December 2013

24 02, 2015

A new take on Famly photos

By |February 24th, 2015|December 2013|0 Comments|

Need a new and better way to display your Family photos?
Here is a way you can take almost any picture you have taken with your phone or camera and turn it into an amazing work of art!

1. Select your favorite pictures.

2. Modify the picture to suit your design. Here we have cropped the image to a square and made it black and white.

3. Print your photos. These images were printed 30×30 inches on archival water color paper using a fine art printer.

4. Select the appropriate mat and frame to suit you decor. We chose a contemporary look by selecting a white mat and 2″ square silver frame. The result is a stunning family art wall!
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19 11, 2014

Pens feature exotic wood, cigar bands and whiskey labels

By |November 19th, 2014|December 2013|0 Comments|

Check out this great story from WBIR in Knoxville.

Click here to see the interview.

(WBIR-Alcoa) He’s already a successful businessman who has now transformed a hobby into yet another business: making unusual wooden pens.

“I started wood working probably in elementary school. I made a log cabin for the social science fair and won first place doing that,” Russ Bell said.

Russ Bell works for Alcoa Aluminum on the automotive expansion as a Metallurgical Engineer. He owns his own printing business. And he makes wooden pens with personality.

“I have a friend who smokes a lot of cigars and he gave me a cigar band and said you should try putting this on a pen and I did that so now I make pens that have a cigar theme and also a liquor theme, a whiskey theme,” he said.

He’s not really a cigar smoker or a whiskey drinker.

“The whiskey labels, you have to go to the liquor store and buy and buy a little bottle of whiskey for that. And then I have friends who drink it,” he said with a laugh.

The process starts with a block of wood.

“It’s usually some kind of exotic wood from Africa or Asia or South America, wood that looks cool and coordinates with the cigar band or the whiskey label I’m going to put on it. Or I’ll get a barrel stave from a whiskey barrel and cut that into pieces,” he explained. “Drill them. Turn them on a lathe. Sand them nice and smooth. Put an oil finish on them and then I’ll put the cigar band or the whiskey label on it and then seal it and assemble it.”

The pens are real working pens. But don’t worry if they run […]

9 01, 2014

Light and Rubbed Edges Highlight the Work of Tom Bluemlein

By |January 9th, 2014|December 2013|0 Comments|

Nature in all its forms is endlessly fascinating to painter Tom Bluemlein. Cloud and fog with a strong focused light are signature features of his paintings. Created with an ethereal touch, Tom’s impressionist paintings take the viewer far beyond the subject matter, to a calm place where memories and moods are revisited.

Tom finds inspiration for his landscape, waterscape and still life oil paintings virtually everywhere he travels throughout the United States and France. Yet most of his paintings are created close to home, whether in the Smoky Mountain region of Eastern Tennessee, the Kentucky countryside or the beautiful Ohio Valley woodlands.

Using a tactile technique of painting, he applies paint to the canvas as if each brush stroke is a piece of fabric placed by hand. Once the pieces of paint are assembled, Tom stitches the pieces together, rubbing to blur the edges of one color to another giving his work a Monet like effect. His palette highlights earthy hues with bold colors creating a homogenous presentation of sky, water and land.

Tom’s art career spans thirty years. In addition to painting, he enjoys helping and encouraging other artists and does so regularly through his workshops and painting demonstrations.

We are proud to be the exclusive gallery representing Tom Bluemlein in the Knoxville area.

10 12, 2013

Give a Special Gift

By |December 10th, 2013|December 2013|0 Comments|

If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping consider American stoneware which is both durable and decorative.  Stoneware is not only beautiful, it fits today’s modern lifestyle as it can go from oven to table and is dishwasher safe.

The earliest example of stoneware was found in China and it was the  predominant house ware in the United States in the 19th century;  Today area artists make unique pieces that fit any style.   It is a type of pottery that is nonporous, opaque and glazed for decoration.

We often hear “it’s a beautiful piece but it doesn’t match my other dishes”.  Stoneware doesn’t need to match.  Because it is hand designed each piece is unique.

It is made in a wide range of colors and can be combined with any set of dishes.  Shiny, colorful plates, bowls and mugs add to the decorating style of any kitchen or dining room.

You can purchase a complete set of stoneware dishes but many people use stoneware as accent pieces.  Some pieces make colorful holders for utensils while others are prefect serving pieces when entertaining.  You can use colorful stoneware coffee mugs at the breakfast table.

 

Use a large stoneware serving platter at dinner.

 

Or consider using a bread dipping platter or chip and dip platter at a party

Whatever the purpose American stoneware is affordable art to fit anyone on your list.

 

 

 

3 12, 2013

Fine Art Meets Couture at Liz-Beth Gallery

By |December 3rd, 2013|December 2013|0 Comments|

Fine art met courture when we kicked off the holiday season with a martini party at the Gallery.

 

Beth Watkins, Eddie Mannis, Liz Gobrecht, Bart Watkins,  jewelry designers Sarah Knox and Liz Anderson and artist Jeanne Leemon enjoy unique martinis created by Terrance Pate of Cedar Bluff Wine and Spirits for the Liz-Beth Martini Party.

Over two hundred people attended the reception that featured the newest works from award winning painter Jeanne Leemon of Loudon County and a jewelry trunk show by Nashville designers Liz Anderson and Sarah Knox.  Prestige Formal Wear showed off the hottest new styles in men’s formal wear.

 

The latest men’s formal wear by Prestige Formal Wear

 

We are proud to be the exclusive gallery for Jeanne Leemon’s work.  Jeanne is a self taught, multi-faceted artist, who specializes in painting still-life figures, and landscapes in both oil and pastel.  Jeanne has won many awards for her work including an Honorable Mention twice for her pastel work in the Annual Pastel 100 Competition in 2009 and 2010.  Images of her paintings were published in the magazine’s April 2009 and 2010 issues.  Leemon was also named twice as a finalist for her oil paintings in both the still-life and portrait categories in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition in 2001 and 2006

 

Award winning painter Jeanne Leemon was the featured artist at the party.

This was the first time we featured the work of twins Liz Anderson and Sara Knox well known jewelry designers who are native Knoxvillians.  The twins were inspired to be artists by their paternal grandmother Fern Calfee, an oil painter who resided in the first log cabin built in Townsend.

 

Their unique designs favor the luster and patina of golden hued bronze and firey copper.  […]

3 10, 2013

Welcome to our new site

By |October 3rd, 2013|December 2013|0 Comments|

Welcome to our newly designed site. Don’t forget to checkout the events page to see our upcoming Kids Art Academy sessions and our wine & beer tasting events!