Eye on the Scene: No Names Needed

No Names Needed

The first issue of a new quarterly journal about the city's contemporary art scene is scheduled for release on Friday, July 4, just in time for that month's First Friday celebration. The unofficial working title of the project is the "Art Journal of Knoxville," but the publication doesn't really have a name, exactly.

"There's no formal name for the project," says Chris Molinsky, one of the principals behind the new journal and proprietor of the Art Gallery of Knoxville. "Part of the purpose when we set this up was to leave the structure open."

Molinsky says about a dozen people have been involved in the publication in the last six months, including printmaker Bryan Baker and graphic designer Jesse Wagner. "The idea was to create a way for the Knoxville community to come together around an arts-related publication that will allow for more in-depth exposure of contemporary art, especially criticism and critical writing," Molinsky says. "The other part is for it to be a vehicle to motivate exhibitions and events to happen."

Molinsky says the journal will be available in newsprint, more expensive bound copies, and online. He says he and the other contributors are working on novel ways to distribute the journal, including using bar codes that are readable by cell phone.

The first issue's theme is explosions and nuclear war. The second issue's theme will be collections and collectors, based on the Art Gallery of Knoxville's summer exhibit, Public Collectors. Potential contributors are invited to the gallery on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. for regular meetings about the journal. (Matthew Everett)

A Rose Is a Rose

City slicker Rip Lydick, an advocate of the local arts scene for decades, finds himself the new executive director of the Rose Center and Council for the Arts, a non-profit cultural center housed in a 19th-century Morristown schoolhouse. Lydick and a band of volunteers are amping up this year's concert schedule with a list of bigger and louder entertainers, including the Dirty Guv'nahs and the B-Team Blues Band, with members of local rock pioneers The Loved Ones. Earlier this year, the Rose Center hosted a fund-raising concert by Austin, Texas, alt-country band The Gourds.

Aside from trying not to embarrass himself, Lydick, a mainstay for local art groups like A1 LabArts and the Knoxville Writers' Guild, says he's just trying to find his way around the Morristown/Hamblen County area.

"I have been here for a little over two months," Lydick says. "In that time, I have met dedicated people who work hard for Rose Center and the community. One of my first acts was to break a crystal award being presented that evening by the local leader for education advocacy. Fortunately, a little super glue rescued it."

Best of all, the Rose has a poignant personal association for Lydick: "It is magical that I could land in such a place in this time of my life. My best friend who passed some years ago—Emily Wise, a potter—her favorite flower was the rose and I think of her each day I walk through the door." (Jack Rentfro)

Islands in the Stream

If the tabloid coverage of Lindsay Lohan's well-publicized relationship with 30-year-old DJ Samantha Ronson isn't good enough for you, then maybe the couple's plans for a commitment ceremony in Pigeon Forge this summer might be. According to the celebrity-watch blogosphere, the couple—Lohan has been spotted wearing an engagement ring, and cameras caught the pair smooching at the Cannes Film Festival in May—have told Lohan's friends that they're planning a ceremony at Dollywood in July. Friends say, according to the British tabloid the Daily Star, that Lohan has started referring to herself as Lindsay Ronson.

Dollywood media/public relations manager Pete Owens didn't have much to say about the possibility of a Lohan/Ronson get-together at the park. "No one has contacted either Dollywood or Dolly [Parton] directly regarding the story you mention," Owens says. "Dollywood does not offer public wedding facilities nor does it have a facility for weddings. I wish her the best." (M.E.)