The First Friday festivities this month were some of the best in my gallery-going experiences here in Knoxville thus far. I won't bore you with a critique of each venue and why I think some painting was awesome. I honestly don't know that much about the art world to be worth a damn. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. I wasn't really wearing my journalist hat tonight, so forgive the lack of detailed captions.
Downtown Gallery had a great exhibit by Tom Riesing and Allen Cox. You should go see it if you like trees and color.
Forgive me sweetheart but I forgot your name. Your voice was beautiful though. It brought the Carpet Bag Theater alive for the 5 minutes I was there.
The Emporium was full of people as always. For some reason we always make this our starting point.
Fluorescent Gallery always seems to be the last stop on First Friday. Don't ask me why, though I think it might have something to do with cold beer. Note: I was going to post a better photo of a piece where people drew their own stuff as they came in, but there was a big penis on it. Just being honest, Knoxville. Modern Gal says we're PG-13 here. That said, one of the works at Flo was another of my favorites. It involved a leash. Check it out.
Maybe it was the warm weather, but there were a gazillion people out for First Friday this month.
Last but not least, the Chamber of Commerce folks (see above photo) put on a nice show in their offices on Market Square. Having never been to their office I was a little curious. Needless to say they did a great job and I will definitely be making a return visit in April if they are open. Plus they had free wine (after giving them some contact info). If you do go I encourage you to wander to the back of the space and on your right you will find a painting of a brown horse. I can't remember the artist's name, but he told us about his technique which was fascinating. His was one of my favorites from the night.
See you next month!