New exhibits open for First Friday

Suzanne CadaOur Town Arts

First Friday kicks off at the Emporium Center on Gay Street on May 7 with a celebration of regional artists, new exhibitions, live music and artist demos from 5-8 p.m. Among the new exhibits, running through May 28, is A Celebration of Watercolor from the Knoxville Watercolor Society.

In 1963, the Knoxville Watercolor Society began when the head of the University of Tennessee’s art department, Kermit “Buck” Ewing, invited watercolor artists exhibiting at the university’s McClung Museum to form the nucleus for the organization. The purpose of the group is to educate the members as well as the community to the understanding of watercolor as a significant art form. Active membership is juried by the members and consists of Knoxville area artists who are currently active in the serious pursuit of aqueous painting and meet regularly to share knowledge and new techniques.

Featured artists include: Leslie Aguilar, Ann Birdwell, Jann Bohnenberger, Vicki Brandt, Connie Cliff, Lil Clinard, Claudia Dean, Mary Dougherty, (Loretta) Lee Edge, Mary Hall, Linda Johnson, Judy Jorden, Diana Kilburn, Carol Robin King, Cheryl Massey, Kate McCullough, Susan Miller, Michael Pardee, Max Robinson, Mary Secrist, Linn Stilwell, Fran Thie, Barbara Thomas and Nancy D. Webb.

For info on this, more First Friday or other events contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance

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