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Meet Local Artist Allan D. Sibley

GE DIGITAL CAMERAWhat inspires an English man to leave everything behind and move “across the pond” to end up in Monroe County, Tennessee? The answer to the question is, of course, a woman.

Award winning artist, Allan D. Sibley, grew up in England, drawing since he could hold a pencil in his hand. Early on his father said, “I will raise no street painter.” But nothing could hold Allan back, and he applied, was accepted, and attended the Cambridge School of Art in the United Kingdom. He graduated and received the Licentiate to the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

As an adult, Allan met an American girl, fell in love, and moved to the United States. He spent many years working for graphic design firms and doing work for international accounts around the world while living in Florida. Life’s journey has had him end up in Sweetwater, Tennessee, where he has lived for the past seven years.

His life travels have taken him far, but his art has always remained his calling. He has a colorful, graphic style and likes to interpret what he sees onto his canvas, whether it is a still life, landscape, or portrait. His work is full of imagination and draws the viewer in to visit his world. Presently he paints, shows his work, and does commissions.

You can have the pleasure of meeting Allan, as he will be working on-site at Gallery on Main in downtown Sweetwater during their 2nd Annual Open Studio Artists’ Tour on October 10th during the event. For more information about the hours he will be on-site and about the event, call the gallery at 423-337-7400.

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.7400

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Knoxville Bridge Club

Learn to Play Bridge on July 18th

Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminar was a huge success. The Bridge Center was filled to capacity, and all participants experienced a fun day of bridge. New friendships and partnerships developed as a result of that seminar, and those new players continue to enjoy this fascinating game. On July 18th at 1:00, Kevin Wilson will present another Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Participants will be introduced to the basics of playing and scoring contract bridge. Numerous coaches will be on hand to guide in actual play and to answer any questions.

This program is designed for those who have never played bridge, but it’s also for someone who might have played bridge years ago and would like to be re-introduced to the basics. Most importantly, it’s for anyone looking for an opportunity to meet new people while playing this fun and fascinating card game.

Bridge is played socially and competitively by millions of people worldwide. The Greater Knoxville area accommodates all bridge skill levels with games in Knoxville, Maryville, Alcoa, Oak Ridge, and Tellico. These areas offer games for experienced players, as well as games specifically designed for those who are very new to the game. Some games include free lessons for beginners. You will be able to choose just how fast you journey through your bridge experience and just how far you want to go!

Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended due to limited seating. Call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat, and you can begin playing the best mind game ever on Saturday, July 18. The cost is $20. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1:00 pm. Your new best friend and partner just might be there waiting to meet you.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive in Knoxville. For a map and additional information, visit www.unit165.org/kabc.

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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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Learn to Play Bridge on January 17

Learn to Play Bridge on January 17

The Knoxville Association of Bridge Clubs is offering a unique opportunity in Knoxville on Saturday, January 17. Patty Tucker will present the Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Participants will be introduced to the basics of playing and scoring contract bridge. Numerous coaches will be on hand to guide in actual play and to answer any questions.

This program is designed for those who have never played bridge, but it’s also for someone who might have played bridge years ago and would like to be re-introduced to the basics. Most importantly, it’s for anyone looking for an opportunity to meet new people while playing this fun and fascinating card game.

Bridge is played socially and competitively by millions of people worldwide. The Greater Knoxville area accommodates all bridge skill levels with games in Knoxville, Maryville, Alcoa, Oak Ridge, and Tellico. These areas offer games for experienced players, as well as games specifically designed for those who are very new to the game. Some games include free lessons for beginners. You will be able to choose just how fast you journey through your bridge experience and just how far you want to go!

Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended due to limited seating. Call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat, and you can begin playing the best mind game ever on Saturday, January 17. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Check-in time is 11:30 am, lunch is at 11:45 am, and the seminar begins at 1:00 pm. Your new best friend and partner just might be there waiting to meet you.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive in Knoxville. For a map and additional information, visit www.bridgeinaday.com.

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RiverView Family Farm

Eggcitement for the Entire Family

RiverView Family FarmLooking for a fun-filled, family-friendly Easter event the entire family can enjoy? Go to RiverView Family Farm for an Easter Egg Hunt on the farm.

RiverView Family Farm is a 213-year-old working cattle farm that has been in the family since 1801. Nestled along the Tennessee River, this picturesque landscape was once part of a 2,000 acre land grant.

On Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, you and your family can create unforgettable memories as you join in RiverView’s Easter Egg Hunt, hayrides, and activities. You’ll enjoy music, refreshments, and the opportunity to interact with RiverView’s farm animals. The egg hunt is a continuous hunt that your children may participate in at any time during your visit. RiverView Family Farm offers a fun-filled opportunity for your entire family while enjoying the teaching and learning opportunities offered by visiting a genuine working cattle farm.

Are you looking for a venue to transform an ordinary event into an extraordinary event? RiverView Family Farm is the perfect venue for just about any type of outdoor event you might imagine, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, corporate, you name it. Consider moving your next event to the wide open, out-of-door space at RiverView Family Farm.

RiverView Family Farm is known for their custom beef. The farm has served the community for more than 50 years. Order pasture raised grass or grain fed beef specialty cut for your family. Your custom order comes from RiverView’s closed herd of Black Angus cattle raised on their farm.

The Easter Egg Hunt is Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is $9. Bring your Easter basket and hunt for the golden egg!

RiverView Family Farm
12130 Prater Lane
Knoxville, TN 37922
Events: 865.603.9347
rachel@riverviewfamilyfarm.com
Beef: 865.966.9063
www.riverviewfamilyfarm.com

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ArtXtravaganza 2014 Showcases Leading Artists, Partners with Local Galleries

Webb-SchoolWhether you’re looking for that unique gift to decorate a new space or to simply view the exquisite variety of fine art on display, check out this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale March 7-9. More than 2,000 original artworks by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from the southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase in Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jewelry, ArtXtravaganza promises to satisfy every taste and budget. The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.

Painter Vicki Sawyer is ArtXtravaganza’s featured artist for 2014. Sawyer’s enchanting canvases, featuring birds, insects, animals, and wildflowers, reflect the things she learned to love as a child. Sawyer writes on her website that the whimsical notion, “If birds could build nests, then they could make hats,” has been the inspiration for many of her bird and animal portraits. She adds, “I want my work to evoke feelings of peace, joy, and often humor. If I can move someone with my art, then I have achieved my ultimate aim: to serve.”

New this year, ArtXtravaganza has partnered with four prominent Knoxville art galleries. Bennett Galleries, Gift Gourmet & Interiors, Plum Gallery, and The District Gallery will all participate in this year’s event and will spotlight some of their featured artists.

ArtXtravaganza is one of the premier art shows in the southeast and has played a major role in establishing Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts. Reflecting Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, proceeds from ArtXtravaganza support Webb’s visual and performing arts program and the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary School.

Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 pm on Friday, March 7. The art sale continues Saturday, March 8, from 10 am to 6:30 pm and Sunday, March 9, from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 865-291-3846 or visit www.artxtravaganza.org.

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Foothills Craft Guild

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event!

Edie Greer "Bond Street Tobacco Girl"Imagine being surrounded by more than 140 booths of fabulous fine crafts at the 47th annual Fine Craft Show presented by the Foothills Craft Guild! The dates are Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, from 10 to 6 and Sunday, November 17, from 11 to 5 at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. All items are made according to very specific standards for quality workmanship and represent the Tennessee region… woodwork, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, metalwork, sculpture, basketry, and more! What a great time to shop for unique gifts and support your local fine craft artisans!

Enjoy a Make It & Take It Booth for all ages, daily demonstrations of artisans making their crafts, and an Authors’ Corner where local favorites Bill Landry, Sam Venable, and Jim Johnson will be signing books. Special guest Dr. Bill Bass will autograph books Sunday only from noon to 5 pm.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, and children 13 and under are free. For more information, visit www.foothillscraftguild.org.

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Save the Date for the 2013 Whittington Creek Art Show

cynthia yeager, wreathIt’s that time of year again! The Whittington Creek Clubhouse in West Knoxville will be overflowing with art on October 25-27 during the annual Whittington Creek Art Show and Sale. Bring a friend, and come out to support your local and regional artists!

This year’s show promises to please with a variety of affordable, handmade, unique art, including paintings, pottery, glass, photographs, birdhouses, furniture, drawings, wearable art, leather, jewelry, gourd art, floral art, mosaics, wood, metal art, sculpture, garden art, hand hooked rugs, baskets, and more! All the artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and several will be demonstrating their crafts in their booths. More than 25 artists’ work will be set up both inside and outside the clubhouse. Seasonal refreshments and live music will put you in the holiday shopping mood!

The show and reception are free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to come meet the artists and shop for that special gift of handmade art. The show opens on Friday, October 25, at 10 am. The wine and cheese reception will be held that evening from 5 to 8 pm. The show continues throughout the weekend. Show hours on Saturday, October 26, are 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, October 27, from 11 am to 4 pm.

For more information, visit www.whittingtoncreekartshow.com.

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Boomsday

Boomsday Festival 2013

BoomsdayThe 26th anniversary of the Boomsday Festival will be held on Sunday, September 1, along Neyland Drive at Volunteer Landing.  The day will be filled with tons of fun – delicious food, contests, a Family Fun Zone featuring inflatables, Boomsday Bandz, and, of course, the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show!

Boomsday 2013 activities start at 1 pm with food from 30 vendors, amusement games and rides, exhibits, children’s activities, and a community stage for young athletes and performers. Then, at 9:30 pm, the fireworks show begins high above Neyland Drive and Volunteer Landing.  The fireworks display will be choreographed to music broadcasted over load speakers and on Star 102.1 FM.

In 2005, the Boomsday Festival was titled “the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks display,” according to Lansden Hill, national pyrotechnics expert and owner of Pyro Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. Pyro Shows has been responsible for producing the fireworks display since the event’s inception in 1987. In addition to this title, the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) selected the Boomsday Festival as one of its “Top 20 Events” for the months of September 2006 and 2007.

For more information, visit www.boomsday.org.

Boomsday Tips

Bring:  
» Sunscreen, hats, lawn chairs, blankets, portable radios (if desired)

Don’t Bring
» Motorized vehicles or scooters (KPD personnel to determine if necessary for persons with disabilities)
» Backpacks (all other bags are subject to random searches)
» Picnic supplies, coolers, or refillable containers
» Cans or bottles
» Outside food/beverage
» Pets
» Skateboards, bicycles, skates, or skate shoes
» Tents, canopies, or umbrellas
» Firearms, laser pointing devices, or weapons of any kind
» Alcoholic beverages  

First Aid: Stations will be located on Volunteer Landing on the east side of the east tower, underneath the Henley Street Bridge on the north side of Neyland, on the north side of Neyland Drive directly across from the UT Boathouse, on the south side of Neyland across from G-10, and on the east patio of Thompson-Boling Arena.

Persons with Disabilities: Accessible viewing areas will be located on the L-3 Open Air Deck of the City/County Building.  Accessible restrooms will be available at the special needs location.

Broadcast: WBIR-TV/Channel 10 will air its live “2013 Boomsday Festival” special from 9 to 10 pm on Sunday, September 1, and rebroadcast it from 8 to 9 pm on Monday, September 2, on 10News2. Listen to Star 102.1 radio for the soundtrack simulcast as well as updates throughout the day.

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Art Market Gallery

Art Market Gallery’s Annual Members’ Silent Auction

Now in its 31st year, the Art Market Gallery is among the oldest artists’ cooperatives in the southeast.

The gallery’s Annual Members’ Silent Auction is a Dogwood Arts Festival Featured Event. A popular silent auction, offering original fine art and crafts by the gallery’s professional regional artists and artisans, gives art lovers a chance to purchase works at a fraction of their value. This year there will be a longer bidding period, to run April 5-28, with up to 60 works, ranging from jewelry and pottery to paintings and fiber.

The Art Market Gallery also will present an exhibit of recent works by two of its member artists: painter and printmaker Gay Davis Bryant and wood-turner Janis Proffitt, both of Knoxville.

A recently retired community college professor, Gay has also worked as a studio artist for the last 20 years and teaches regionally. While celebrating traditional skills and craftsmanship, Gay brings the viewer into familiar scenes of East Tennessee’s rich landscape with her watercolors and acrylic paintings and through use of relief-printmaking techniques such as woodcuts, linoleum blocks, and composite materials. The featured body of work for this show is called “Gatherings.”

Woodworking has been in Janis’ family for generations, dating back to Sevier County’s first settlers. She grew up helping her father in his woodshop in the mountains of Pittman-Center, later teaching herself pyrography (wood burning), which she incorporated into her wood-turnings. Janis works as a full-time craft artist with her sister in that same woodshop. Her artisanship, which was featured on WBIR’s “The Heartland Series,” blends traditional Appalachia turning with contemporary design.

A First Friday opening reception for the exhibit is planned for 5:30 to 9 pm on Friday, April 5, with complimentary refreshments and live folk and “new grass” music by Molly Rochelson. The reception also opens bidding for the Annual Members’ Silent Auction, and many member artists will be on hand to meet and mingle with visitors.

Owned and operated by more than 60 regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay Street, next to the Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 pm Sunday.

Art Market Gallery
422 South Gay Street
Downtown Knoxville
865.525.5265
www.artmarketgallery.net
facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery

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