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ArtXtravaganza 2015 Features Leading Artists, Kicks Off with Patron’s Party

ArtXtravaganza 2015 Features Leading Artists, Kicks Off with Patron’s Party

ArtXtravaganza, now in its 15th year, returns to Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center March 6-8. More than 2,000 original artworks by nearly 70 acclaimed artists, hailing from the Southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jewelry, ArtXtravaganza promises to satisfy every taste and budget.

The show opens Friday with a new Patron’s Party from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive look at the works by this year’s participating artists. As part of Webb’s partnership with Mooreland Heights Elementary School, a portion of the proceeds supports Mooreland Heights. Tickets for the Patron’s Party can be purchased at www.artxtravaganza.org.

ArtXtravaganza continues Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is free.

Jennifer Bowman and Emily Allison are the featured artists. Bowman’s abstract paintings have been shown on HGTV and are part of the collections of Nashville stars such as Taylor York and Holly Williams. Bowman says her paintings are formed through a process of layering, incorporating molding paste, acrylic and oil glazes, coffee, fabric, and found objects.

Award-wining artist Emily Allison specializes in tin collages and papier-mâché figures. Her mixed media collages use recycled materials, including food tins, plywood, magazines, hardware, circuit boards, and wire. Her papier-mâché figures feature found objects such as wood spindles from chairs or tables, wire and carved teak bowls.

ArtXtravaganza, one of the premier art shows in the Southeast, has helped establish Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts. Reflecting Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, ArtXtravaganza helps support Webb’s visual and performing arts program and the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary.

For more information, call 865-291-3846 or visit artxtravaganza.org, and follow ArtXtravaganza on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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