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Pay it Forward

Painter-sculptor Marga McBride believes in sharing gifts Marga McBride sees the sublime in the simplest of images. The brilliant red seeds of a towering magnolia. The determination in the face of a toddler who sees himself as Captain
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Clear Vision

Glassmaker sees teaching as a critical part of his craft Johnny Glass’s name is his destiny. The Knoxville native grew up dreaming of a career on stage and screen, worked at the Bijou as a teen and even had some early appearances in
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Turning Heads

Tyler Jamison’s passion brings out the beauty in wood Tyler Jamison carves and turns wood, emphasizing texture, highlighting grain. But he’s not working with just any old wood he finds. Each piece is carefully selected, each unique to
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Floral Portraits

Sarah Moore finds an artistic home among the wildflowers When ironweed first blooms in late summer, its vivid fuchsia cannot be missed. As the autumn shifts into winter, tanned, fluffy seed heads make their appearance. The plant
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A Calming Palette

Michelle Barillaro draws viewers in with abstract cold wax art Michelle Barillaro can still vividly remember receiving her first set of oil pastels when she was seven, along with a special coloring book she designated only for them. She
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Finding the Sublime

Alex Smith shares the beauty of life through oil paintings In early October, Knoxville native Alex Smith wandered through a First Friday crowd at the Emporium. His first local show since moving back to Knoxville in early 2019,
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Falling in Love with Clay

Tina Curry sees the world anew through hand-built animal sculptures It was 27 years ago when Tina Curry fell in love with sculpting. Then a graphic designer at Oak Ridge Laboratory, Curry’s job required her creativity, and yet she
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Spacemaker

Megan Lingerfelt’s murals breathe life and color into Knoxville It was Megan Lingerfelt’s first day in Knoxville in late 2018 when she found her place in the regional art scene. Formerly living in Seattle, Lingerfelt had spent time over
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A Colorful World

Derrick Freeman finds his voice in vivid, expressive art Derrick Freeman’s influence as an artist radiates from the studio he maintains on the lower level of the Emporium Center downtown. Freeman, 30, has autism and has been expressing
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