This clever painting by Michael Godard is called, “Splash!” Notice the olive in the artist’s signature!
Have you been to Pivot Point Gallery yet? If not, you need to go. Located at 15 Emory Place in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is just so much fun! The art ranges from whimsical to serious, from painting to sculpture to woodwork and more, and from local to regional to national.
We at Moxley Carmichael got to see it recently when we helped the owners, Don Stoner and Faith Ferguson, with a VIP open house to introduce the business. The art is so irresistible that many of the guests — and even some Moxley Carmichael folks — departed the party as owners of new art pieces. That’s how tantalizing it is.
Emory Place, located a mile from downtown Knoxville, is verging on becoming a new little art district in itself. The 130-year-old building where Pivot Point now is located originally housed the Whittle and Spence Trunk and Bag Company. In the early 1900s, it was converted into a U.S. Post Office. The horses that were used to deliver the mail in the rural areas around here lived in the building’s basement.
Today the space is a two-story, light-filled treasure trove of more than 200 pieces of artwork. The upstairs is available to lease for small private gatherings. Do drop by and check it out. Spring hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 to 4; Saturday 11 to 2; Monday and Tuesday by appointment; and Sunday “by chance.” Ha!
Here’s another piece by Michael Godard. This one is called, “Nature Rendevous.”
Gallery owner Faith Ferguson with artist Ray Byram.
From left, Dr. Bill Pippin, gallery owner Don Stoner, and Marie and Bob Alcorn.
This is a painting — not a bar! Artist is Thomas Arvid. Only thing that bothers me is that there is no Grey Goose!
David Butler, executive director of the Knoxville Museum of Art, with artist Bill Cook.
Artist Patricia Kilburg with her piece called, “Partly Sunny.”
Here’s another piece by Thomas Arvid. This one is called, “Somewhere on a Beach.”
Deanene and Tom Catani.
Frank Rosamond, left, and Laura Pippin.
“Downtown Knoxville” by Vladimir Demidovich.
Alan and Karen Sims with Gay Lyons, at right. Alan writes the “Inside of Knoxville” blog and has covered Pivot Point several times.
Snacks. (Looks like a painting, doesn’t it?)
From left, Will Kidd, Jessica Burleson and Jeanne Kidd.
“Grasp the Moon” by Tebbe Davis. Loved it.
Tebbe Davis with his piece.
Wouldn’t these be cute in a nursery or child’s room? Artist is Kaiser Suidan. All the jacks and balls are sold individually.
Here’s another way to display them.
Kenneth and Jane Creed.
Moxley Carmichael’s Gerald Witt went home with this piece called “Gay Street Bridge” by Vladimir Demidovich.
More Moxley Carmichael people. From left, Katrina Roberts, Maria McHale and Charley Sexton with a non-Moxley Carmichael person, our friend Kim Henry.
This is “Changing Tides” by Thyra Moore.
From left, Thyra Moore, Marina Taylor and Marga McBride.
Jolie Gaston, left, and Susan Seymour.
Heather Miner, left, and Pam Rhoades.
“Painter’s Embrace with a Twist” by Scott Hartley.
Duane Grieve, left, and Larry Leibowitz.
Don Stoner and Gay Lyons.
Artist Susan Verekar and Robyn McAdoo.
Angela Howard, left, and Sandi Burdick.
We saw these fun folks on our way out. Chrissy Keuper, left, of WUOT-FM, and Emilie Stooksbury.
And these great Moxley Carmichael folks were still monitoring the check-in table. From left, Allie Clouse, Katherine Whitehead and Lauren Miller.
Here’s the outside view of the historic building.
Sorry I had to miss it! The art looks fabulous and it is so nice to have an art gallery at Emory Place!
Marsha: We missed you! Glad you sent Duane!
I have loved seeing new and different art every time I visit, and there are still a few pieces that I’ve been thinking about long after leaving. It was really lovely to meet the artists at the opening celebration, and Don and Faith are terrific. They are wonderful additions to Knoxville, and people are going to love working with them to discover new art for their homes and other spaces.
Lauren: Totally agree!
Even if it’s a painting and not a bar, it’s nice to see Bombay Sapphire front and center! (Sorry about your Grey Goose, Mox!)
Betsy: Haha! Cheers, friend!
It’s a beautiful space, and the art was fun. It’s great to see so much going on at Emory Place. I think this secret gem is about to be not-so-secret.
Gay: I couldn’t agree more!
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