“The Fish Lady and Friends” reception at the Emporium Center
June 1, 2012 @ 9:00 pm – June 2, 2012 @ 1:00 am
Stoneware and Pewter Snails by Ann Melton
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new mixed media exhibition entitled “Gallery 73: The Fish Lady and Friends” featuring the work of regional artists as coordinated by Gallery 73 curator Mary K., “The Fish Lady”. The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 1-29, 2012 with an opening reception as part of First Friday activities on June 1 from 5:00-9:00 PM.
Three of the featured artists include:
Michael Bedoian and his family live in a small town called Saluda in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He is a self-taught artist who started painting black bears after a series of events that lead him to a thought of suicide in 2006. He begged God to help him, and his current paintings and their messages are the result of his prayers. Each painting is a spiritual lesson Bedoian thought was only for him. As the images and lessons started to grow in number, healing occurred within him, then his family, and now in others that he does not even know. He now realizes these works are to be shared with everyone who is hurting on this planet. “The art and the messages that accompany each piece come from the eternal well of oneness and peace that reside within each of us,” says Bedoian. “This oasis is eternal, the brush strokes and thoughts that accompany each work are a reflection of this sacred place.” For more information on Michael Bedoian, visit www.peacefulcoexistence.net/prints.htm
Ann Melton discovered clay at an early age and over time developed a wide range of ceramic techniques. She began formal ceramic studies in Manises, Spain and then participated in an intense two year Studio Potter program at Mountain Empire Community College. Finally, she went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Art. For ten years, Melton designed for an international pewter company. She now lives on Melton Farm in Beachton, Georgia and works out of “Galloping Snail Studio” where she combines the two disciplines. The resulting work is both functional and decorative which savor the uniqueness of the red hills region. For more information on Ann Melton, visit www.gallopingsnailstudio.com
Mary K. “The Fish Lady” is an award-winning, published artist. She is mostly self-taught and lives with her husband in the cabin they built on the Little River located near the entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains in Townsend. Mary K. has been painting and creating most of her life. Her favorite style of art comes from the Adirondacks, and her focus has primarily been fish, thus the title “The Fish Lady”. After frequently being asked if she could fish, she decided she needed to learn. She now holds an IGFA World Record for a woman fly-fisher and has fished across the U.S. from Alaska to Florida. Mary K. likes to use recycled wood, antiques, and other custom made pieces for her art. For more information on Mary K., visit www.fishladyart.com
Gallery 73: The Fish Lady and Friends” will be displayed in the Balcony at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, June 1, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.