Painter, fiber artist to be featured during December at Art Market

Recent works by painter Lil Clinard and fiber artist Elaine Fronczek will be featured throughout December at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Brad Hitch and Friends, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. The show will highlight watercolor scenes of the Great Smoky Mountains by Lil Clinard, and 3-D functional fiber pieces by Elaine Fronczek.

An established Tennessee artist, Lil Clinard, is inspired by the unique way light affects the scenes that surround her. Drawing since an early age, she was already receiving art commissions while in high school. Interior design and freelance art also helped pay her way through college. Having no formal training in fine art, to challenge and supplement her understanding of painting, she has studied extensively in workshop settings with distinguished international and national watercolor artists including Frank Webb, Paul Jackson, Keiko Tanabe and Linda Kemp.

Fronczek came from a family that has made beautiful and functional objects with their hands. At an early age she could be found in her grandmother’s sewing room creating her first designs. Fiber was an avocation for almost 50 years. Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors away from Mast General store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. First Fridays only; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.