The Moore Family Folk Art – Catch! – A Three State Junk Art Tour

Alan and his daughters Isabella (age 13) and Emma (age 11) have been creating their iconic bottle cap fish for their junk art tour they call “Catch!” – inspired by their two home states of Florida and Colorado.

Recently the Moore’s went “paintless” in their folk art bringing all the color to their work through the medium of vintage soda/beer cans and bottle caps.  The Moore’s new palette includes over 4000 soda and beer cans to choose from, all dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Their studio also boasts of having over 60,000 neatly organized bottle caps-vintage and modern, domestic and international.  It is not rare for Alan or one of the girls to make a fish with caps and cans from Germany, Russia, Canada, Thailand, S. Korea, the US and several other countries.

Alan, who began making upcycled art as a child, began involving his children in his art world five years ago.  Isabella and Emma have gone from helpers at art festivals and in the studio to budding artists selling their own art across the country.  The girls also teach recycled art classes to kids their own age.  Isabella and Emma are now fully engaged in what the Moores call “The Moore Family Folk Art.”  Alan’s boys, Aidan (8), Liam (6), and Kian (3), are great helpers and are starting to dabble in the folk art world.

The tour’s final stop will be at The Tomato Head in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The Tomato Head owner Mahasti Vafaie found the Moore’s folk art bottle cap fish online and reached out last year about the fall 2014 exhibit.  The Moore’s art will be on display in Market Square until October 4, then it will move to 7240 Kingston Pike  from October 7 to November 3.

You can find all about the Moore’s art at: and

FREE art from The Moore Family Folk Art!

FREE art from The Moore Family Folk Art!

Enter now and you could win this “30A Beach Blonde Ale” folk art fish made from 30A bottle caps! This $1,000 piece measures 42″ x 22″ and we’re giving it away to one random fan on July 9th.

To find out more about the Moores and their recycled southern-fried folk art, drop by The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor, FL or visit

Moore Family Art The Tomato Head

Be inspired by our national parks this summer.

The See America Project has only made stops in New York, San Francisco, and Bahrain, and this summer, both Tomato Head locations will host the exhibit during June and July.

It’s a crowd-sourced project from Creative Action Network and National Parks Conservation Association inspired by the See America posters from the New Deal era, which have been re-imagined for the 21st Century. Over 600 posters were submitted and a selection of them is currently on display in Market Square until July 6. The exhibit will then move to our location in the Gallery Shopping Center located at 7240 Kingston Pike until August 3. By clicking on the image below, you can read more about the project in the latest issue of Metro Pulse.

Stop by Market Square to learn how you can win this framed poster from Tennessee artist Matt Brass.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park poster by Matt Brass

Calling all artists!

Tell your friends we’re accepting submissions for our 2014 art exhibition schedule. The selected artists will have a monthly show at each Tomato Head location, including a First Friday one evening in Market Square. Labeled CDs are requested by October 18th, 2013.  Please include a brief bio, artist statement and sizes for each piece of work submitted. Artists retain proceeds from all sales.

Artists may submit a CD or email of 5-10 images of wall-mountable work to:

Tomato Head Exhibits Committee (for CDs)
c/o Bethann DeGrow
1710 Jefferson Avenue
Knoxville, TN  37917

Art for a cause

You might have noticed the new artwork hanging in our Market Square store. Local artist Sloane Baker Tillman is donating 20% of her sales from now until May 5 to HABIT (Human Animal Bonding in Tennessee). UT College of Veterinary Medicine sponsors this animal-assisted therapy program where pets visit nursing homes, after school programs and mental health centers in our area.

Her paintings are on display downtown until April 6, and then they will move to The Gallery Shopping from April 7 to May 5. Help make a difference in our community by purchasing one of her paintings.



February Artist Announcement

Before talking about the new artwork that’s up at both locations, we would like to give a huge thank you to Bethann DeGrow who organizes our monthly exhibits of local and regional artists. Grazie mille!

This month at the Market Square store, you’ll find acrylic and watercolor paintings from Knoxville resident Dawn Hawkins. Dawn’s work is recognizable from previous shows at Gallery 133 and Gallery Nuance, and the current show at The Tomato Head Market Square lasts from now until March 1.

The photography from Leigh Cooper Creative has moved to The Gallery Shopping Center and will be on display for the remainder of February.

Old City, Knoxville

December Artist Announcement

This month at The Tomato Head on Market Square we’re featuring one of the co-founders of 17th Street Studios. Beth Meadows is presenting work from three different series “that all fall under an intrigue with modern female fashion, not only the garments but the industry as well.” The first is a series of paintings of swimming pools, the second consists of pieces of stretched fabric, and the third are drawings of magazine photographs on old windows using paint pens. If you can’t make it downtown, her work will be at the new Tomato Head location in the Gallery Shopping Center from January 6 to February 3. For more info, please visit

October Artist Announcement

You’ve got to check out the photos at our Market Square store by Dennis Sabo. Printed on aluminum and called Metal Prints, the images are infused into the surface making them scratch-resistant, weather-proof and exceptionally vibrant.  Dennis is an internationally award winning photographer whose clients have included Canon, Hilton Hotels, NASA, NBC, NOVA, Ocean Conservancy, and Shedd Aquarium-Chicago, with additional examples of his photography appearing in Best Dives of the CaribbeanBlue PlanetForbes, Living Southern StyleUSAF Museum, and Reef Horizons.

His art has been included in gallery exhibitions at the Blowing Rocks Preserve-Hobe Sound, FL., Arts in the Airport Spring 2011 Exhibition-Knoxville, the National Juried Exhibition- Knoxville, Red Line Gallery-Farragut, TN, and the Dogwood Regional Fine Art Exhibition, Knoxville.

His work will be on display in our Market Square location from October 6 to November 2.

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