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Pivot Point Fine Art Gallery Coming Spring 2022

 

Our Artists

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Thomas Arvid

Painter

Thomas Arvid possesses an unerring ability to refine a moment. In doing so he captures our wonder and has become an art world phenomenon. Art Business News (May 2003) credits him with “launching a major art trend . . .” with his oversized still life compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding it. Arvid astounds viewers with the intricate details of his images and with his mastery of light, depth, and reflection.
The magic of his painting is in Arvid’s ability to visualize and chronicle an entire scene beyond the frame – to tell a story of enjoyment and the good life – using lush color and adroit composition. Arvid is passionate about art and wine: a collector of both, he strives to capture the pleasure of a life well-lived on each canvas. An Atlanta resident and fresh-faced father of two young sons, the self-taught artist insists that wine should be approachable; his paintings are an embodiment of the casual way that we enjoy wine today. He is an appealing role model for a lifestyle of easy elegance and unpretentious charm.
The aura surrounding Arvid’s work is palpable. His international appeal has created such demand that his work is represented by over 50 elite art galleries in the US, Canada, and Japan; collectors are willing to wait years for one of his originals. Influential wineries such as Silver Oak Cellars, Far Niente, and Diamond Creek Winery collect Arvids because he translates the craftsmanship of wine to canvas.

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BAPO Designs

Sculptural Artist

BAPO is a high-end sculptural studio based in Knoxville, TN led by Joshua Shorey. Joshua has his MFA in Sculpture from The University of Tennessee.  

BAPO creates one-of-a-kind works of art, hand crafted and custom curated achieving a perfect balance of form and function. BAPO's mission is to pursue beauty in all of its forms.

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Joan Bontempo

Ceramic Artist

Joan Bontempo has been a ceramic artist for more than 45 years, creating both traditional functional works and expressive abstract, sculpture in clay and mixed media. The ceramic methods she uses are high fire stoneware and low-temperature Raku firing, and may have bits of glass, copper, or gold enhancements. Her work is shown in galleries, museums and universities regionally and national invitations since 1977.

Joan recieved her BFA from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN and her MFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 
After retiring from teaching at Hargerstown Community College in MD, where she taught ceramics and Art History, Joan relocated to Fountain City, TN.

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Ray Byram

Painter

Raymond M. Byram was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He received his primary and secondary education in area schools. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Indiana University, graduating in 1976. Ray is the co-founder of the Indiana University Art Museum, which he accomplished while completing a museum internship. 
Presently a free-lance artist working in oils, watercolor and printmaking. He has done extensive commission work for private and corporate collections. 

Byram’s oils are almost exclusively done with small palette knives rather than brushes. Byram finds his inspiration throughout the eastern mountains and forests, particularly in the North Georgia and North Carolina. He also finds it in the local roads around his home in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina where he resides with his wife Dona and their dog Thor.

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Daniel Clay

Woodcarver

Daniel Clay is a woodworker, designer and artist living and working in Knoxville. Daniel’s woodworking education began in 2005 with a boat building apprenticeship at The Carptenter’s Boatshop, in Pemaquid, ME. His experiences building and restoring traditional wooden boats led him to explore other woodworking and design disciplines including timber-framing, furniture and cabinetry, and various styles of traditional woodcarving. In addition to his full-time woodwork and design practice in Knoxville, Daniel travels the U.S. teaching chip carving. His writing on the subject has been published in Fine Woodworking Magazine and he is currently at work on a book about chip carving for the Nashville based publisher, Blue Hills Press.

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Vladimir Demidovich

Painter

Vladimir Demidovich, born July 16, 1951 in Kyrgyzstan. He graduated Fine Art College in 1978. He was a member of the Art Union of Kyrgyzstan from 1978 until 2004. In August 2004 Demidovich became a permanent resident of the USA. Having lived in multiple countries and geographical regions, Vladimir has experienced many environments which inspire his work. He use oils, to create his Art. His love is painting landscapes from original views. He loves to travel and the many beautiful scenes and places he is exposed to creates his vision for his Creations.

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Scott Hartley

Glass Artist

I have grown up experimenting with all different kinds of media. Throughout my days in school, I expressed myself with the most meaning and desire with a set of graphite pencils.  Two-dimensional art, I felt, was the only outlet for my life.  I love art, and I knew that it would always play a huge role in my life.

I graduated as Valedictorian of my high school class and attended a small liberal arts college, which has one of the greatest science departments in the area.  My priorities were to receive the finest education that I could, play basketball, graduate with a biology degree, and attend medical school.  In college, I realized that biology was my passion, not medicine.  In the end, I found that what matters is not the amount of money you have in your pockets but the impact you have on the lives of those around you. So, I became a high school biology teacher, determined to make a difference … but where was ART?

My life was great.  I married my high school sweetheart, had a great family, and was doing my best to have an impact on the lives of today’s children, but something was missing.  I searched and realized that there was one thing that was missing from my life…ART.  I quit my teaching job to pursue my love for art full time, and I could not be happier.   GLASS is my escape.  GLASS is the glimmer in my eye.  GLASS gives me that same huge smile and flutter in my chest that I had on that Sunday morning staring at the church bulletin.  GLASS is the perfect marriage of both art and science!  My wife, my family, and my art have shaped me into the person I am today.  My work is hard – both physically demanding and mentally draining – but it is by far the most rewarding work that I have ever done in my life.  If you question my love, my happiness, and my joy that I have found in art and glass, look into my eyes…the shine is bright, just like a piece of glass.  Be careful, or you just might catch the fever.

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Shannon Deana Johnson

Mixed Media Painter

Shannon studied at the University of TN and received a BA in studio art. Originally from Southern California where she spent her childhood exploring the coastline and surrounding hills and mountains with a camera or sketchbook in hand. She now lives in Knoxville, TN where the Smoky Mountains and her own backyard are a readily available source of inspiration. Shannon taught high school art for 20 years, founded an AP Studio Art program at her school and was the two-time winner of the Gracelyn Faith teacher award. Shannon was also a two-time winner of the Bailey Opportunity Grant. Her work is collected nationwide.

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Patricia Kilburg

Painter

Seduced by the tactile appeal of various materials, I investigate and respond to the medium itself as a place to start, a “way in” to my process of creating.  Experimentation with paints,  fiber, pastels and charcoal keeps me returning to the studio with enthusiasm and curiosity.  Currently I am exploring the wealth of possibilities in the use of encaustic, a paint created from pigment and hot beeswax.  Regardless of which medium I am using, in my head, there is the unspoken question, “What would happen if…”
Greenville, South Carolina, our home since 1990, is rich with cultural offerings.  In this place there is a synergy between visual art, music, dance and theatre in combination with the natural beauty of mountain, wood and water.  Each day I experience an abundance of stimulation that generates ideas and compels me to paint.
Complex texture, simple forms and expressive marks shape the direction of my paintings.  They are multi-layered with “secret places” for the eye to go and the imagination to be triggered.  That which is on the surface and below the surface fascinate me, as well as the push and pull of color to create depth. My work carries a sense of mystery and ambiguity, where reality is momentarily suspended, evoking the viewer’s own feelings and experiences.

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Lexington Glassworks

Glass Artists

Lexington Glassworks, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC, was born out of the desire to create timeless and innovative hand-blown glass and custom lighting. Each piece is skillfully crafted using century old techniques and locally sourced material with the singular goal of creating top-notch work.

Co-owners and founders, Billy and Geoff each bring more than a decades worth of glassblowing experience and arts management to Lexington Glassworks. Both are graduates of the internationally recognized Alfred University and have traveled extensively to study with some of the best glass artists and technicians in the world.

As the former head studio technician at the prestigious Pittsburgh Glass Center, Billy honed his skills in glass studio operations, equipment building and maintenance. Geoff developed his acute sense of design and innovation through his years spent managing a nationally regarded glass blowing studio in the Southwest. 

Since opening our doors in 2015, Billy and Geoff have carefully designed and hand-crafted each piece in the gallery, showcasing their combined commitment to high-quality hand-blown glass. Together our team of talented glass artists, gallerists, and management, Lexington Glassworks is dedicated to creating quality blown glass and sharing it with our community.

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Thyra Moore

Dimensional Abstract Painter

It wasn't always all about abstracts. There was a time that Ms. Moore was, at that crossroads in her life. She had a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) from the renowned Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania. She had created and grown a successful advertising agency. She loved developing strategies and promotions that really made a difference to her clients. Eventually, in spite of the 

successes and awards, Thyra needed to be somewhere else.

As a result, she went back to her roots and began painting. A move to Maryland with its boats, birds and water served as a further inspiration. She abandoned the commercial world she had lived for so long, and dove head first into the liberating pool of creative expression.

Challenged by her new insights and artistic opportunities, Thyra explored a different medium from the watercolor and gouaches she had always worked. “With acrylics I have the freedom to experience each step and stage of my art,” she said. “I can react with little or no preplanned outcome, and take full advantage of the evolutionary process that’s hidden within each creative challenge.”  

Frankly, the true depth, dimensionality, and impact of Thyra Moore's work can only be best appreciated in person.

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Anna Razumovskaya

Painter

Anna's work is both classical and modern, her romantic figurative works carry with them both tradition and originality. Her work captures the elegance and grace of the female form with both an air of simplicity and sophistication.
While Anna's enchanting figures have an aura reminiscent of the Renaissance, and you can place them alongside old masters like Reubens and Rembrandt and draw similarities, the dynamic technique with which she paints, and the expressive freedom and sensuality of her work, creates something refreshingly modern, unique and beautiful.

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Stephen St. Claire

Dialuminism Oil Painter

“I grew up painting mostly landscapes and still life, but somewhere around 2001, I began experimenting with painting on metallic leaf, and a new painting genre was born. This technique is called Dialuminism (”light passing through”) and embeds metallic leaf and multiple thin layers of oil paint within a coating of solar resistant resin. Because I am painting on a metallic surface, light reflects off the metal and illuminates the paint layers from the back. This makes for very intense color. Light plays off some areas and casts shadows beneath others, creating a dimensional painting that changes in appearance depending upon where the viewer is standing in relation to the light source.  

I began using this technique painting mostly abstract pieces but over the years, as the technique has morphed, I began painting more "abstracted landscape" scenes which led eventually to the more realistic landscape scenes I work on today. 

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Hayden Wilson

Glass Blower

Hayden Dakota Wilson, a second generation glass artist, grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Despite being around glass his entire life, Wilson did not  focus on the material as a profession until after he graduated from UNC-Asheville with a BFA in sculpture.  

Wilson has taught his craft and been influential in his Western North Carolina community by running some of the best Glass Shops in the area before moving to his own studio.  Here he continues to create professionally where his work varies from utilitarian designs and decorative vessels to one of a kind sculptures.  

 

"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

About Historic Emory Place

Gallery Building is on the United States National Registry of Historic Places

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Emory Park was named for the late Reverend Isaac Emory (1830-1904), a victim of the New Market train wreck of 1904. In the late 19th century, a long, two-way wood-frame building, bent to fits its odd space, became the old Central Market was a significant entity.  It was just down from the Walla Walla Gum Factory and near today's historic Gay Street's north end.  It stood near Broad Street and Crozier, which soon became known as Central Avenue. It held 33 rooms or stalls and was more desirable for surrounding farmers to bring in their goods to sell as opposed to manuveuring the traffic and narrow and twisted streets of downtown Knoxville.

 
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What's In A Name?

The Naming of Pivot Point Gallery

What is in a name?  To me, there must be meaning. Personally there was deep meaning in out original name, The ASLAN Gallery at Historic Emory Place. I loved the meaning ASLAN has and that it was also part of our corporate name.  I loved that it called out “at Historic Emory Place”. I loved learning the “history”, which added to the desire for this particular building even more. 


But then there was a wrinkle. An unknown factor that brought pause. That caused a  rethinking.  Many days of searching and I do mean days!!  And researching what felt like thousands of alternate names for this “baby”…the gallery. 


And then it happened. Something felt right. Something gave new meaning.  A different significance. Novel light. 

It was a “Pivot” to change the name. 

Our “Point” on Emory Place is where the road “pivots” - not a full turn, but a shift. 

The efforts being made for Emory Place as a whole in bringing renewed energy to the area is to “pivot” from what has been a bit forgotten area of Knoxville.  Pivoting back to the original town center.

The driving purpose of the gallery is to be a “Pivot Point” for artists. 

Coming to Knoxville. Changing careers. Pivot after pivot since November of 2019. 


So what is in a name?  Well, this name has deep and thought out meaning…and hope…and promise…and excitement of all that is to come.  Welcome to our gallery. Welcome to Pivot Point Gallery. 

 

Contact

We look forward to seeing you at the gallery soon. In the meantime, follow us on FaceBook & Instagram @pivotpointgallery.com.
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15 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917

+1 (865) 248-0050

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