First Friday means party time downtown

Suzanne CadaOur Town Arts

You are cordially invited to celebrate local artists and enjoy new exhibitions, artist demos and music Friday, April 5, from 5-9 p.m. at The Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street. Hosted by the Arts & Culture Alliance

Music: Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. by Marble City Opera, Knoxville’s Chamber Opera company that has performed opera in non-traditional venues since 2013. Marble City Opera’s founding executive artistic director, Kathryn Frady, and production manager, Kayla Beard, will perform accompanied by music director, Brandon Coffer.

Around town: Look for ArtWalk flags outside of participating downtown First Friday venues, including exhibitions, music, performances, culinary arts, public art and more.

New exhibits

Recent work by Stephen Brayfield, originally from Chicago where he studied drawing/printmaking, scientific illustration and anatomical rendering at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Contemporary Sentiments by Sergio Martinez Avila and his children: Estefano and Valeria, who live and work in Cantarranas, Honduras.

Woodworking by Janis Proffitt

Three-Dimensional Figurative Art by GoFigure, a mixed media group that creatively explores the art of the figure. The guild is made up of over 30 doll makers from Mitchell, Yancey, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania and Wilson counties in North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Passages by Julie L. Rabun, chair of the art department and professor of art at Carson-Newman University. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design.

Mountain Water and Stars by Theresa D. Williams

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance


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