Welcome to Bennett Galleries! Recognized as one of the Southeast’s top galleries, Bennett is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the heart of The District in Bearden, Bennett‘s 30,000-square-foot premier full-service art and design gallery is filled with unique, one-of-a-kind art, crafts, jewelry and furnishings from all over the world. In addition to being the top choice for discerning customers to find rare treasures, Bennett also offers interior design services and a custom framing shop with a stunning array of beautiful mouldings.

 


In the Gallery March 
Jeanie Tomanek 
New Visions 
and 
Group Figurative Show - A collection of gallery artists featuring Christine Peloquin

Opening First Friday, March 3rd from 5-8 pm 
Exhibition runs from March 3 through April 1, 2017

It’s been a few years since we’ve shown the work of Jeanie Tomanek and we believe it’s been worth the wait. She has continued to grow and mature as an artist and we are delighted to have this new collection of work to celebrate the arrival of spring.

We will also be showcasing a collection of figurative work from a number of our gallery artists including Christine Peloquin. Come celebrate the human form with us in March!

Artist Jeanie Tomanek draws upon themes that first developed in her poetry; exploring various feminine archetypes from myths, folk-tales, fairy tales and her own experiences. The natural world as she experienced it growing up on a farm in the Genessee Valley region of New York also strongly influences her work. Trees, flowers, birds and snow are symbols for emotional states or story elements. Dogs sometimes accompany the pale bald "Everywoman" protagonist on her journeys that often take place beneath a starry moonlit sky. She has been called a mythic artist, telling ancient stories that never grow old.

Tomanek is self-taught, and has always painted for pleasure. It is only in the last decade that she has begun her full time artist career. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Dennis and two rescue dogs.

"I love to show the strength and optimistic attributes of women. Even when they are in a quandary or in danger, I always try to show a glimmer of hope and wisdom—that they will solve the riddle and make it through, stronger and with dignity. Being bald and shorn of any particular identity, they become all women."

She is also a published poet and her paintings have appeared as cover art for literary journals and poetry collections. Recently her painting "Thoreau’s Pumpkin" was included in the Hudson River Museum’s "Paintbox Leaves, Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth." Three images were also included in "Re-enchantment" a project produced for Australian Broadcasting Company that explores the ongoing effect of fairy tales in our daily lives.

Tomanek's work is held in many private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

Words from the Artist 
**"Throughout my adult life I have always painted–sometimes only one painting a year. Several years ago I left the nine-to-five life behind. Since then I have concentrated on developing my style and voice in my work. 
I paint to explore the significance of ideas, memories, events, feelings, dreams and images that seem to demand my closer attention. Some of the themes I investigate come first in poems I write. Literature, folk-tales and myths often inspire my exploration of the feminine archetype. My figures often bear the scars and imperfections that, to me, characterize the struggle to become.

In my work I use oils, acrylic, pencil and thin glazes to create a multi-layered surface that may be scratched through, written on, or painted over to reveal and excavate the images that feel right for the work.

In reclaiming and reconstructing areas of the canvas, the process of painting becomes analogous to having a second chance at your life, this time a little closer to the heart’s desire."


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"Artists are translators. We have the power to take our surroundings and experiences and transpose them into a product that can be admired, shared and loved by others.” —Christine Peloquin

Christine Peloquin is a 2-D mixed media artist who has been selling her artwork for 30 years. The majority of her artwork is drawing and painting on fabric and paper collage. The subjects range from faces and figures of women and children to landscapes, nature scenes and abstracts.

All the pieces begin with fabric and paper collage arranged, sewn and adhered to wood panels. The collages consist of any of the following; antique cloths, contemporary fabrics, antique dictionary pages, old children’s school books, atlases, architectural plans, wallpaper, tablecloths, napkins, lace, buttons, flowers, leaves and any variety of papers and 2D found objects. Over the collages, the drawings are done in charcoal and the work is painted with acrylics and mediums.

"The joy in this process of collaging, drawing and painting is the instinctual choices of rendering and harmonizing what I will cover up and what I will leave to be revealed.

I believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and that underneath each personality is a collective story and life energy- the soul. I try to mimic these layers of personality, story, energy and spirit with layers of drawing, painting and collage.. My faces and figures are not about portraiture in the sense of capturing a likeness. They are about capturing an essence.

My intention is to weave an autobiographical tapestry invoking and addressing universal issues such as philosophy, spirituality, sexuality, motherhood and self-awareness. Most of the titles come from appropriate words found in the collage. I believe that art and life are always about becoming more conscious, more aware, and more of yourself. For me, this includes life as an artist, a woman and a mother.

I have been proud to call myself an artist since the age of three. I am so grateful for all the people who have collected my work through the years. I am continually amazed and thrilled when I think about my work hanging in so many homes. They are testaments to the power of art that the creative life that brings me so much joy continues to ripple through the world making people feel happy."

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