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The Art Market Gallery

Open its glass doors and you never know what you’re going to find within the inviting downtown space of the Art Market Gallery. This cooperative is an always-changing treasure trove with one-of-a-kind, yet affordable, fine art and craft. With September an unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, what better place to start than here for a gift of high-quality original art? The gallery, a few doors from Mast General Store, now has Friday evening hours until 9 pm, when street and nearby garage parking are free.

In addition to a new show by artists, each month two gallery members have a featured exhibit and an opening reception during Knoxville’s First Friday Art Walks. For September, painter Nelson Ziegler of Sevierville and clay artist Karen Kyte of Seymour will present recent works. This month’s reception will be held from 5:30 to 9 pm on Friday, September 6, with live music by Sunshine Station and complimentary refreshments.

Ziegler’s oil and watercolor paintings are in private and corporate collections nationwide. His work has been in many notable national juried exhibitions, among them the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists, Faces of America National Watercolor Portrait Show, the Copley Society, and the Tennessee Watercolor Society. His many national and regional awards include Gold Medal for watercolor at the American Artist Professional League and Honorable Mention in The Artist’s Magazine annual competition.

Kyte’s educational goal had been a practical one – to study medical technology until she took an undergraduate painting class. “Liver flukes lost their glamour, replaced by my real passion, mud-pies,” she says, and she graduated with a B.F.A. instead. Her imaginative clay pieces are created spontaneously. Kyte visualizes what she describes as compelling images in a lump of clay, which then wills itself into forms expressing certain shapes, colors, and movement.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, Art Market Gallery is next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm Friday, and 1 to 5 pm Sunday. The gallery is handicapped accessible. Parking in the abutting garage is free after 6 pm and on weekends. For more information, call 865-525-5265 or visit artmarketgallery.net or www.facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery.

Art Market Gallery
422 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
865.525.5265
www.artmarketgallery.net

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