The Arts & Culture Alliance Announces New Exhibitions at the Emporium

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Art lovers are invited to peruse the new exhibitions now on display through April 27 at the Emporium. Photography, poetry and painting are some of the mediums guests can discover.

The public is invited to celebrate regional artists and their new exhibitions 5-9 p.m. April 6 as part of First Friday. The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the First Friday opening, attend a special presentation and reception today, Wednesday, April 4, to introduce:

Living Creatively with Parkinson’s

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new project, presentation, and exhibition which introduce recent research demonstrating definitively that Parkinson’s disease, coupled with intake of dopamine-based medication, is causing some people to be more creative. The project is designed by Knoxville architect David Denton and sponsored by Michelle L. Brewer, MD of the Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center. The public is invited to all of the free activities at the Emporium.

Numerous people have reported that before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease they had not engaged in any particular creative activity, and after the onset of the disease, they took up creative activities such as poetry, painting, and photography. Likewise, many people who were already creative have reported a surge in their artistic output. The research has concluded that when involved in an intense creative activity, the brain produces more dopamine, and the symptoms of the disease are reduced. The exhibition at the Emporium Center is entitled “Creativity and Parkinson’s - Their Stories and Their Art” and will feature the work of several patients of Dr. Brewer who have experienced this phenomenon and includes painting, photography, poetry, furniture making and more. The displays are designed as a traveling show and will be exhibited in the future in locations such as hospital lobbies.

A reception takes place 5:30 today, Wednesday, April 4 with a special presentation at 6 p.m. to introduce the exhibition with the project designer, Knoxville architect David Denton.

Joe Longobardi: Mind heart and the City

“Mind heart and the City” documents downtown Asheville’s most recent iteration of gentrification as it strives to maintain the diversity of its bohemian mountain culture. The images, captured by photographer Joe Longobardi, reveal a people and culture experiencing a paradigm shift as it transitions into the new millennium. The genesis of this project began approximately 10 years earlier, and did not come to completion until 2017. The photographs in the exhibition and the two accompanying books were captured completely on film.

For more information, visit www.knoxalliance.com/joe-longobardi-mind-heart-and-the-city

Expressions by Derrick Freeman

Derrick Freeman is a self-taught artist diagnosed with Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired verbal and non-verbal communication. By age two, he was completely non-verbal and unable to learn and use language like most children his age. By age three, art became his only form of communication, and he learned to express his perceptions of life and everyday living through drawings and artwork. Each piece of art tells the story of his journey with Autism. Freeman continues to break down the barriers of Autism through sharing his unique artistic talents with the community as well as advocating for more social inclusion for individuals with Autism.

Over the years, Derrick Freeman’s artwork has been featured on WVLT-TV (Channel 8), at the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Museum of Art Artists on Location, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Tennessee Disability Mega Conference, the Art Fair of Madisonville, Very Special Arts (VSA) of Tennessee, East Tennessee Historical Society, Blount Mansion, Davis Art Studio, Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University. In addition, Derrick’s art has been featured in several newspapers and magazines throughout Tennessee including: City View Magazine: Annual Arts Magazine and in the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Breaking Ground magazine. For additional information, please visit www.derrickfreemansart.com.

A Total Eclipse of the Heart by Eric Thompson

“This past August, I had a unique opportunity to watch the total eclipse from a friend’s mountaintop home,” artist Eric Thompson said, sharing the story of his new exhibit. “We were in an area of totality for over two minutes, and it was an awe-inspiring experience. The common thread in featuring eclipse pictures with wedding photography is all about the storytelling: it was just like a wedding in that, in order to tell the story of the eclipse, I had to capture all of the elements from the phases to Bailey’s beads to the diamond ring to totality. What I am sharing in this show are scenes from some of my downtown weddings through the past 18 years combined with the artistic fun that I had creating the piece titled ‘Eclipse Descending’ and trying my hand at this new ‘stellar; art.”

Eric Thompson has been a musician and photographer in the Knoxville area for more than 20 years. He was described by his mentor and instructor in the 1990’s as being a natural. His sense of detail and perceptiveness to his surroundings allows him to capture the physical, emotional and reactive responses of his subjects in real time. He also has a photo-journalistic nature and loves to chronicle any momentous occasion in a way that expresses a complete story. For more information, please visit www.photographybyerick.com.

Mike C. Berry: New Works

This small exhibition will highlight the recent work of Mike C Berry. Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style. His paintings consist of gestural brushstrokes and pure bright color. Recently, he illustrated a children’s book, “The Curious Adventures of Wickl Wackl and his Friends” written by his friend Renee D’Elia-Zunino.

Mike C. Berry was the 2007 Dogwood Arts Festival Limited Edition Print Artist and received the Best Visual Artist in Knoxville award by the Knoxville News Sentinel Readers Poll in 2009. He has exhibited his work in numerous group exhibitions and a solo exhibition, Something Blue, in September 2017. He earned his MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Berry is the gallery manager for the UT Downtown Gallery and is represented by The District Gallery in Knoxville and The River Gallery in Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.mikecberry.com.

For more information on these and future exhibitions, visit www.knoxalliance.com.

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