Calendar of Events

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fountain City Art Center: FCAC 2018 Calendar Contest


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Opening reception on Fri Sep 15 to announce calendar winners, 6:30-8:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Featuring FCAC members. Also showing: Judy Brater’s FCAC clay students’ latest works.

Exhibit viewing hours: Tu, Th 9-5; W, F 10-5; Sat 9-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Pride & Prejudice

  • August 18, 2017 — September 3, 2017

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The live stage play will be performed:
Fri., Aug. 18 at 7 PM, Sat., Aug. 19 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., Aug. 19 at 3 PM
Thurs., Aug. 24 at 7 PM, Fri., Aug. 25 at 7 PM, Sat., Aug. 26 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., Aug. 19 at 3 PM, Thurs., Aug. 31 at 7 PM, Fri., Sept. 1 at 7 PM, Sat., Sept. 2 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., Sept. 3 at 3 PM.

The prospects of the five unmarried Bennet sisters are looking up when Mr. Bingley, a wealthy young bachelor moves into the neighborhood. Young Jane Bennet catches his eye, but her sister Elizabeth clashes with his best friend, Mr. Darcy. Both sisters will have to dodge a wife-hunting Reverend, a soldier with elopement and revenge on his mind, and a Lady who disapproves of them all. Jane Austen’s timeless novel is a delightful coming-of-age comedy for all generations.

The play is performed by 18 talented young actors, from ages 12 to 18. Charlotte Stark plays the unconventional Elizabeth Bennet, and Noah Seaman plays her sparring partner, Mr. Darcy.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Ijams Nature Center: Movies Under the Stars


Category: Film and Kids & family

Save the date for Movies Under the Stars at Ijams Nature Center.
August 18: Stephen King's IT

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Bijou Theatre: Edwin McCain


Category: Music

Edwin McCain at the Bijou Theatre on Friday, August 18, at 8:00PM.

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

The Mill and Mine: Social Distortion

  • August 18, 2017

Category: Music

The enduring L.A. punk band Social Distortion bring their rootsy, hard-hitting punk without compromise to The Mill & Mine this summer. For over 30+ years they have shown a knack for finding heart, soul and genuine emotional weight in their tales of life along L.A.'s margins. Catch them live with Jade Jackson this August 18.
Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This is a standing room only venue.

August 18, The Mill and Mine, 227 W Depot Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917.
Tickets at $1.00 of every ticket sold will help benefit Sweet Relief, providing financial assistance to to career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

Knoxville Museum of Art: American Impressionism - The Lure of the Artists' Colony

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Drawn from the extensive collection of the Reading Public Museum, this vibrant exhibition examines the key role played by artists’ colonies in the development of American Impressionism. It features more than 50 paintings and works on paper by Frank W. Benson, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, William Paxton, Robert Reid, Chauncey Ryder, John Twachtman, Julian Alden Weir, and many others.

Many of the nationally prominent artists represented in this exhibition have ties to East Tennessee and the KMA’s ongoing display Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee. More than a dozen participated in large art exhibitions held in conjunction with Knoxville’s 1910 and 1911 Appalachian Expositions, and the 1913 National Conservation Exposition. Their paintings appeared alongside those of several East Tennessee artists represented in Higher Ground, such as Catherine Wiley, Lloyd Branson, Adelia Lutz, Charles Krutch, and Hugh Tyler, to name a few. These sprawling and ambitious exhibitions were designed with the goal of bringing the “best contemporary art in America” to people of the region. The displays highlighted art currents of the day, and allowed East Tennessee artists to demonstrate their proficiency in a national context.

Among other ties, John F. Carlson served as a juror for the 1913 Expo art exhibition along with Knoxville impressionist painter Catherine Wiley. Robert Reid was one of Wiley’s art instructors during her studies in New York, and Mary Cassatt’s intimate domestic scenes inspired Wiley’s career-long interest in depicting women and children. As a result of these and other connections, this exhibition offers a broader national lens through which viewers can assess the work of Wiley, Branson, Lutz, Krutch, Tyler and other Higher Ground artists who also experimented with Impressionism.

Organized by the Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania. The museum is holding an opening reception Thursday, August 10 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Rose Center: "Transition" by Bill Long

  • August 11, 2017 — August 31, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Featuring new work by Bill Long
Opening reception: Friday, August 11, 5-7pm

The Rose Center, 442 West Second North St., Morristown, TN, 37814. Hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 423-581-4330,

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: Head Back to School in Style

Category: Festivals & special events

Who's ready for Back to School? We are! Find great deals on stylish clothes for the students in your family at Goodwill!

Now, looking great is even more affordable than ever! Show your college ID August 11-27 for a 25% student discount! Don't wait for tax-free weekend! Clothes at Goodwill are tax-free year-round!

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: 865-588-8567,

Knoxville Watercolor Society: Exhibition at KMA

  • August 8, 2017 — September 10, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Knoxville Watercolor Society will be exhibiting recent artwork from its members at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The museum and show are free and open to the public.

The public is invited to attend the Knoxville Watercolor Society's opening reception at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Sunday, August 20th, from 2 pm. until 4 pm. Meet the artists and enjoy complementary refreshments.

The Knoxville Watercolor Society is an active, juried membership group of regional artists. Additional information on membership is available online at

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101,

East Tennessee History Center: Stories in Stitches

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and History & heritage

Stories in Stitches: Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Permanent Collection

East Tennessee families treasure quilts made by their ancestors. Besides warming and decorating the bed, quilts also serve as reminders of important events—births, weddings, service to our country, the death of loved ones. Often, these memories are preserved in notes attached to the quilts or through stories handed down to younger generations. Sometimes notes are lost and memories fade, leaving families with a "mystery quilt." Did Grandma Jones or Granny Smith make this quilt? Or, was it Aunt Jane? When did she make it? Why did she choose this pattern? What caused this stain or that tear? These are some of the mysteries that quilt historians try to address through genealogical research and technical analysis.

From histories handed down to mysteries that remain, the new feature exhibition at the Museum of East Tennessee History provides visitors the opportunity to learn the "stories in stitches" from the quilts that have been entrusted to the East Tennessee Historical Society. Stories in Stitches features more than two dozen quilts with dates ranging from c. 1820 to 2001. The exhibition will be on display in the Rogers-Claussen Feature Gallery of the East Tennessee History Center from August 7, 2017 - January 2, 2018. Stories in Stitches is dedicated to Linda Claussen and Ginny Rogers for their years of service and support of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s quilt collection.

When the East Tennessee Historical Society was founded in 1834, early collection efforts focused on books and manuscripts. In more recent decades, objects began to be added, and the idea of displaying them in a museum grew. The ETHS Permanent Collection acquired its first quilt in 1992, one year before the Museum of East Tennessee History opened on the first floor of the renovated Customs House. Now a part of the expanded East Tennessee History Center, the museum and its collection includes more than 100 quilts. The ETHS Permanent Collection focuses on quilts made or used in one of East Tennessee’s 35 counties. An acquisitions committee reviews potential additions, evaluating the quilt’s history, condition, and importance to the collection as a whole. Some quilts are displayed in the museum’s signature exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee. Others are cared for in climate-controlled storage and are brought out for special events or exhibitions like this one. The exhibition highlights more than two dozen quilts in a variety of fabrics, and patterns, and highlights some of the families who have made and cherished them. Patterns include everything from Rose of Sharon and “Knoxville Crazy Quilt” to a Civil War memory quilt and one pieced together out of clothing labels. The quilters range from John Sevier’s wife Bonny Kate to the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Rala: Featured Artist Jon Pemberton

  • August 4, 2017 — August 31, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A resident of Maryville, Jon Pemberton makes wildly creative pop culture art work featuring icons. 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."

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888,

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade presents its 8th Annual Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show. This exciting show will begin with an Awards Reception on Friday, August 4th, starting at 5:00 p.m.

In addition to wall art including pieces in photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pen, ink, and pencil, artists proficient in clay, sculpture, jewelry, wood-working, and mixed-media will be displayed. This year’s Juror-Judge is Joseph S. Mella, director of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. With almost 30 years of experience working in art museums, Joseph Mella manages, curates, and oversees the operations of the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery and its collections within the College of Fine Arts and Science.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Hours: M-Sa 9-4. Information: 931-707-7249,

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