Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Nerd Alert!

Get ready, Knoxville. We've got a truly fantastic First Friday artist this month!

For the month of August, we will be proudly letting our nerd flag fly with local artist, Jon Pemberton!
A resident of Maryville, Jon makes wildly creative pop culture art work, featuring icons such as Nick Cage, Loretta Lynn (yeah, girl!), Ira Glass, and even Admiral Ackbar.

A self-proclaimed nerd, Jon says "I used to hide the fact that I may or may not be a geek, but I have come to understand that being a geek means that you are passionate about something to an extreme point. These are images of my passion, and I accept that."
We love his creative repurposing, such as turning a vintage suit case into a mini bar or a skate deck into wall art. His use of a variety of materials makes his work even more special!
Come on down Friday August, 7th starting at 6pm!
Until then, may the force be with you...


Friday, July 10, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Pollen Arts

One of the great things about shopping at Rala is enjoying the special connection we have with our artists. We wanted to share more about them, so we are introducing a new blog feature: Artist Spotlight.

First up: Pollen Arts. These two kick-butt people are Peter and Juwels from Flagstaff, AZ. The proverbial wearers of many hats, they keep themselves very busy, but always make time for the incredible nature that surrounds them. When they are not taking in beautiful sunsets, they are making pure beeswax candles, raising goats and chickens, saving and relocating unwanted swarms of bees, AND raising their new baby girl, Lily. Shoo!

They started out 7 years ago in California making antique bottle-shaped beeswax candles in their home-on-wheels: a 1975 Winnebago named Miss Winnie. Since then, they've settled into a picturesque plot of land in Arizona where they live, love and pour candles in their new studio built in a 1968 trailer they named: The Hive.  

By purchasing Pollen Arts products, you are helping save the bee population in America. By shopping at Rala, you are supporting artists all across the USA. 
Look at that: you're a hero!

Want to know more about the folks at Pollen Arts? Check out their blog The Winnebago Diaries and follow them on instagram @PollenArts . 

Happy golden summer to all!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

These Places Are InGRAINed:

It's Summertime and our scruffy little city is alive and kicking! We're honored to present local artist Lindsey Teague as our June First Friday artist. She photographs beloved places in Knoxville and then prints the images on wood.

Stop by Rala this Friday from 6 -10 to meet Lindsey and see her work. 
Happy June!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cold (Gold) is Blazing Hot

It's First Friday again, and we're so proud to be featuring one of our own this month. Alaina Smith is our store manager, but did you know that she also makes leather goods and geometric jewelry? 

In just two years, Alaina has grown her brand, Cold Gold from a modest Etsy store, to being a featured seller on Etsy Wholesale. Her work is now carried in boutiques and shops around the country! In addition to that, she will be showing her work at Knoxville's Retropolitan Craft Fair on May 30 AND Nashville's Porter Flea on June 5-6. 

As if that isn't enough, Alaina has been chosen to be 1 of 22 Etsy Wholesale shops showing at NY NOW in August of this year. Sheesh!

She's on a roll, so make sure to see her new work this Friday from 6 -10pm. Mother's Day is only 2 weeks away, so grab up something special for your mama.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow

Spring has sprung, and we're ready to celebrate the rebirth of beautiful living things.
 For April's First Friday we present the beautiful pastel organisms that grow out of
Carri Jobe's artistic brain.
 Carri works with oil paint and hand embroidery, making her work come to life in the detail.

Stop by Rala this month and check out Carri's collection of unique colors and shapes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Build Your Nest

Spring is almost here, and we are celebrating its arrival with new ceramics by Knoxville artist, Amy Hand. As our featured artist for March, Amy designed her pieces for the season by using pastel glazes, soft textures, and cloud shapes! There are even a few feathery friends...

Come to Rala, and we will help you prepare your nest for warmer weather. Amy's work is fired, glazed, and ready to add some Spring to your morning routine. She will be featured all month long, so don't miss it!
Happy March!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Not your typical A-list party...

When you think of an A-list party, you think of beautiful
celebrities in all their sparkling glory, right?
Us too! 

This First Friday, we're beside ourselves to present our
 very own Paris Woodhull.
Put on your best party attire and get ready to rub elbows with some
 fabulously fancy folk.

Consider yourself one of the elite because you are invited to come to Rala this
Friday Feb.6, from 6pm-10pm.
Paris will be here meeting and might even get her autograph!

See y'all soon! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Double Down for December

Happy Holidays, Friends, Folks, and Followers!
Rala is happy to welcome back Brian Pittman and Cynthia Markert for a joint First Friday event. Our walls are stuffed, so make sure to stop by and grab a piece for a friend, or for yourself!

While you're here, check out our unique selection of cards,  gifts and goodies.

Let Rala wrap your gift!
 Buy some of our beautiful letterpress wrapping paper and don't sweat the folding and cutting.
 We've got you.

Thanks for shopping local!
Happy Holidays from Rala.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Them:

It's that time again: First Friday time!

Before all of the holiday lights and trees come out, let's take a moment to appreciate the breath-taking artwork Knoxville has to offer in November. This month, we are showcasing local artist, Brian Pittman. He free hand draws imaginary cathedrals - check it out:
He has pieces in all shapes and sizes.
He even draws floor plans and rose windows!
Make sure not to miss this beautiful display, because seeing it in person is inspiring!
Come see us from 6-10pm on Friday, meet the artist, and take in the beautiful art!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's getting COLDER out...

Cool, Crisp Fall weather is finally here and
RALA is excited to present local leather and jewelry maker
COLD GOLD for October First Friday.

 Alaina Smith of COLD GOLD makes everything from wallets to keychains to jewelry, all with a fresh, geometric-inspired eye.

And for all you UT fans out there:

Make sure to stop by this Friday, October 3rd from 6pm - 10pm to meet Alaina and see her new work. Happy Fall Y'all!