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Art Market Gallery

April is for Art

Bidding for good buys at the Art Market Gallery

After the snowiest and coldest winter in recent memory, we’re finally thawing out with the prettiest time of year in East Tennessee. April in Knoxville may highlight dogwoods in bloom, but it also showcases the annual Silent Auction at the Art Market Gallery, a downtown must-visit destination for original fine art and fine craft by East Tennessee artists.

Prices at this artists’ cooperative are very affordable to begin with, but the opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind work for even less has always been a special incentive for art-lovers and gift-givers, making the month-long Silent Auction very popular. This April’s auction is offering a greater and more diverse selection of art to bid on than last year’s very successful event, since more than 60 member-artists have donated works. Traditional month-long bidding opens at 50% of an item’s stated value, but a new option is featured for 2014: The first person to pay 80% of its retail value may go home with it on the spot!

Besides this always anticipated annual event, the Art Market Gallery features two of its gallery members in a monthly exhibit, with the opening reception taking place during downtown Knoxville’s First Friday Art Walk. April’s featured artists are Diana Scott-Auger of Greenback, who paints in acrylic, and Harriet Smith Howell of Rutledge, who makes silk-scarf wearable art. The opening reception, with complimentary refreshments and live music by the Tennessee Valley Accidentals, will be held Friday, April 4, from 5:30 to 9 pm. The Silent Auction and Featured Artist exhibits will be on display until Sunday, April 27.

Every piece of fine art and craft in the Art Market Gallery is unique and handmade, from paintings to jewelry, stained glass to fiber, intricate wood-turnings to functional pottery, leather, metal, photography, and so much more. Nothing is manufactured. No commercial prints are sold.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 S. Gay Street, 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. Parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 pm weekdays.

Art Market Gallery
422 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

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