|Pamela Neal creation, Emporium, Knoxville, April 2011|
Every First Friday features art with a capital “A.” The Art Market features an artist each month and somehow I usually miss that, so I’m planning to put more effort into that next month. UT also has a studio on the 100 block of Gay Street and that is often interesting and sometimes the highlight of the night. Many of the shops around town focus on a local artist, so you never know what you might encounter when you enter their doors.
|Pamela Neal, Emporium, Knoxville, April 2011|
We were able to meet the artist (who also does pet portraits for you pet lovers) and found her to be warm and charming. If you follow the link above you can see more works as well as better representations of the works pictured on this blog. She does works for commission and many of her pieces sell for around $750 to $850. The display will be mounted for the month of April and additional works are on display at Blue Slip Winery. I’d really encourage you to find the time to examine the work for yourself.
|Structure made by UT architectural students|
I also stumbled into some architectural art of sorts at the UT architecture outpost at 500 S. Gay Street. A visiting architect had assisted students in a group design project of sorts. If I understood correctly, it was a crash course, rapid fire design and construction that resulted in what you see in the pictures. Cloth, wood, rope, lights and even bicycles were incorporated. I’m not sure the pictures capture it and I know my words don’t. It’s just one example of something you have to be in the city and see for yourself to fully appreciate.
|Architectural structure on Gay Street, Knoxville, April 2011|