Bennett Galleries' Side-by-Side Exhibit Benefits Knoxville's Community School of the Arts

June 2, 2009 | News Release


Bennett Galleries will host their 13th annual Side-by-Side Exhibition and Auction to benefit the Community School of the Arts on Friday, June 5, from 5-8 p.m.

The Side-by-Side Exhibition is the culmination of a special apprentice program at the Community School of the Arts in which students are paired with professional artists, including Richard Jolley, Tommie Rush, Allen Cox and Robin Surber. The students work in the artist's studio, producing their own works of art in a variety of media, from glass-blowing and sculpture to ceramics and watercolors.

The exhibition features the students' pieces showcased beside the works of their mentors. The artist and student pieces are sold through a silent auction during a reception at Bennett Galleries. Proceeds are used to fulfill the school's mission to provide affordable, quality visual and performing arts instruction to children of all ages, abilities and economic backgrounds.

"The works of art created by these students are absolutely incredible," said Bennett Galleries' gallery manager Ginger Dockery. "It is a wonderful way to promote an appreciation of art at a young age."

The event will be held in conjunction with Bennett Galleries' celebration of First Fridays in the District, a monthly event during which Bearden businesses host a variety of special events for the shopping public.

Bennett Galleries, located at 5308 Kingston Pike in Bearden, offers furniture; art; custom framing; interior design; and jewelry and crafts.


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Renowned glass sculptor Richard Jolley (right) inspects an art-glass piece recently completed by student Moriah Goss in his Knoxville studio. Goss had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Jolley and display her work in a Side-by-Side Exhibition at Bennett Galleries as part of an apprentice program through the Community School of the Arts.

June 5, 2009 Annual Side-by-Side Exhibition and Auction benefiting the Community School of the Arts.