Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Rala: People, Plants, and Other Myths by Annie Rochelle

  • February 3, 2023 — March 29, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Rala is pleased to present local artist Annie Rochelle as our featured artist for the months of February and March! Her show "People, Plants, and Other Myths" continues her exploration of the intersection of culture and the environment. Please join us for the show opening on Friday, February 3rd from 6 to 8pm.

Annie Rochelle is a practicing artist working and living in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Her artistic interests are divided: between draftsmanship and experimental abstraction; the challenging marriage of Old Masters’ techniques and traditional subject matter with contemporary aesthetics and social sensibilities. Her new interest in botanical forms have opened a new investigation into the relationships among human, artificial, and natural aesthetics. Annie Rochelle is also a two-time 1st place winner of Rala's Annual Dolly Art Contest.

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 11-5. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com or www.instagram.com/ShopRala

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Featuring Bob Stevens

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

Bob Stevens is the Art Guild’s Featured Artist for February 2023, and will be honored at the Fun and Wine Friday Reception on Friday, February 3 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Plateau Creative Arts Center. The membership special exhibit for February is “Books We Love.” The public is invited to come to this free event and enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, meet Bob and other artists, and view a wonderful variety of artwork. Light refreshments will also be served.

Originally from Illinois, Bob lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia as an auditor, and later he went into computer programing and systems design. After retirement, Bob and his wife moved to Sparta, Tennessee to be closer to family. Bob always enjoyed doodling during meetings and his habit developed into drawing. After moving to Tennessee, he was drawing in a waiting room where he met artist, Eric Buechel. Eric invited him to one of his painting classes, and Bob has been painting ever since. Bob’s artwork features a wide variety of painting styles and subject matter, ranging from portraits to abstracts, still lifes to landscapes. He enjoys painting with acrylic, oils, air brush, glass and ink. Bob states, “I just like to put paint on stuff. Canvas, wood, glass, saw blades, ... My wife says I'm like the old lady who puts the hot sauce on everything.”

The artwork of Bob Stevens will be on display along with the members’ gallery artwork exhibit from February 3 through March 2. The Arts Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday during our winter hours which are from 10:00-2:00. All artwork in the gallery and in the Endless Possibilities Shop is available for purchase.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

Art Market Gallery: HeART Works

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

February Gallery Theme of HeART Works

Join us for the First Friday Reception, Feb 3, 5:30-9:00.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net, www.Facebook.com/ArtMarketGallery

Awaken Coffee: Featuring GCA Honor Students

  • February 3, 2023 — February 26, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for GCA Honor Students Friday, Feb. 3, from 6-8 pm.

The show includes work by Grace Christian Academy Honors students, Melanie Guyette, Stella Foreman, Peyton Williams and Grace Oliwa, who are instructed by artist Allison Meriwether. At the beginning of the year, students were guided to reflect on the words "authentic" and "authenticity" and how they relate to the concept. A selection of their artwork was chosen for display.

Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Open daily. Information: 865-951-0427, www.instagram.com/awaken_coffee or www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/

Broadway Studios and Gallery: First Friday “Flannel Frontier”

  • February 3, 2023 — February 25, 2023

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

February 3, 5:00-9:00
The BSG studio artists present paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography, flannel wear encouraged!

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: By appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-556-8676, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com and www.facebook.com/broadwaystudiosandgallery/

Arts & Culture Alliance: Smoky Mountain Woodturners

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features live music inside the Emporium by Tinca Tinca. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

This new exhibition highlights creative works in woodturning by members of the Smoky Mountain Woodturners (SMWTS). Club members are from the East Tennessee region and range in skill level from professional woodturners to dedicated hobbyists. The display exhibits 28 selected pieces including segmented bowls, sculptures, and unique vases all showcasing woodturning expertise and the beauty of our region’s wood. The exhibition will also include the history of the SMWTS, educational outreach activities and charitable contributions the club makes locally. Membership is open to all interested woodworkers. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at Woodcraft of Knoxville (8023 Kingston Pike) and include demonstrations by local and nationally known experts in woodturning. www.smwts.org

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: David Gorley: Shadow

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features live music inside the Emporium by Tinca Tinca. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

After a hiatus from showing works, 2020 and the pandemic taught me the need to share my voice in what I have created in past years. These works surround ideas of consciousness versus the subconscious – the archetypes built into a collective or cultural memory. I do not mean them as nostalgic, though that inevitably comes to mind. They are dreamlike, blurred, off, somewhat like that nagging memory, that feeling from the past that can't quite be caught. I view the banal, the everyday. A fleeting sight of a tree. An old house looms up. Someone has just left a room. Crouching, hiding, action has taken place just outside the frame. These visual elements and chosen colors stand as symbols to evoke the hero's journey built into all of us: to make us examine our presence, here and now, or past, or future.

David Gorley is from Upper East Tennessee, and his works are biographical in nature: of himself as well as culturally through the visual language of the sites of this area. His works were created with a Diana camera, a plastic-bodied toy camera that uses 120 roll film and 35 mm film he picked up 20 years ago. As a tool, the visual phenomena created by its analog nature allow shadows to creep in, sunlight to burst forth and scenes to take on a blurred, dreamlike state. He frames vignettes with a nod to precious influencers and mentors such as Nancy Rexroth, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Robert Frank and Walker Evans. www.davidgorley.com

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: Works by (A.D.) Anthony Donaldson

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features live music inside the Emporium by Tinca Tinca. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

(A.D.) Anthony Donaldson lives in Knoxville and is a Knoxville Area Transit bus driver. He intensely studied art in high school and continued taking classes in college. Donaldson expresses himself through art as a writer would express oneself in a book. He asks himself whether art imitates life or life imitates art, and he feels the answer is both.

My art practice and creativity have come easily over time. Thinking and imagination, letting one’s mind run free with thoughts flowing free on canvas, abstract in some creations. Sometimes I wonder if I went too far or deep, and the answer is, No. My God is deeper than infinity: Too high to go over, too low to go under, too wide to go around.

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: This Photo Journey: Through the Lens of Marcy Wielfaert

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features live music inside the Emporium by Tinca Tinca. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

I have two objectives when I photograph. The first one is to tell a story through my work, helping everyone who sees my picture feel as if they are right there and part of the moment. I also want my images to evoke a pleasant memory or awaken a desire to see more of a particular place or time. Second, it is my desire to showcase our amazing world through my own, unique perspective.
God has provided a spectacular place for us to enjoy, and I want to inspire an appreciation of His creation.

After raising her family and enjoying a career in teaching and educational administration, Marcy Wielfaert wanted to pursue something that would both challenge her and provide an opportunity to be more creative. On a whim, she purchased a camera in 2015 to capture the beauty of her beloved Smoky Mountains. That same year, she and her husband began to travel, and she loved having a way of documenting their adventures to Ireland and Switzerland. She taught herself the basics of a Nikon DSLR camera, discovering she loved taking pictures and had a natural ability to compose a pleasing image. In 2019, she and her husband joined an artisan market in Cleveland, TN, from which arose her business, Marcy’s Photo Journey. She has garnered many awards for her photography and has shown locally including at the Knoxville airport and currently at The Shoppes at Grit & Grace Market (Cleveland) and in Painted Tree Boutiques (Knoxville). She is a member of the Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

www.marcysphotography.com | https://www.facebook.com/marcys.photo.journey

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: National Juried Exhibition of 2023

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features live music inside the Emporium by Tinca Tinca. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present its 17th annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 46 artists throughout the region. The National Juried Exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a regional scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as wood, photography, oil, glass, fiber, paper and more. Over $1,800 in cash awards will be announced at a brief awards ceremony at 5:30 PM on February 3.

Exhibiting artists include:
+ Nancy Stalls of Hopkinsville, KY
+ Ann J. Harwell of Wendell, NC
+ Jan Burleson of Athens, TN
+ Vickie Bradshaw of Cosby, TN
+ Chase Williamson of Franklin, TN
+ Alan Finch of Jacksboro, TN
+ Carla Taylor and Adam Jeffrey Trabold of Johnson City, TN
+ Lauren Adams, Susanne Bennett, Sandi Burdick, Bill Cook, Jr., Jurgen Dopatka, Vincent Drake, Andrew Godwin, Andrew Godwin, Hannah Hancock, Nina Harvey, Brian Horais, Gretchen Kaplan, Jeanne Kidd, Lisa Kurtz, David G. Liles, John Edwin May, Tom Owens, Lennie Robertson, Chris Rohwer, Pamela Salyer, Gayla D. Seale, Hanna Seggerman, Owen H. Weston, Judy Overholt Wheeler, and MaceyLou of Knoxville, TN
+ Barb Johnson of Lenoir City, TN
+ Lil Clinard and David Hardin of Loudon, TN
+ Bill Long of Morristown, TN
+ Ken Van Dyne of Norris, TN
+ Yvonne Dalschen, Anna Rykaczewska and Kelli L. Thompson of Oak Ridge, TN
+ Phil Savage of Powell, TN
+ Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel, TN
+ Lynda Best and Judy Lavoie of Tellico Plains, TN
+ Kathleen Ann Janke of Townsend, TN
+ Laurie Drake of Sterling, VA

Juror’s statement: A gentle turn toward nature seemed to dominate these entries. A quiet (hushed but communicative) observation characterized the selected entries. The artist's relationship to the work seemed to have an ominous scale in their observation of the natural and artificial world. The selected pieces tacitly display an awareness of the threat to the world around us. Uncommon representation is another element used in the selection of entries. Although the selections reveal themes of evanescence, the exhibition displays artwork that undeniably draws you in and keeps you there. Several images selected continue to come back to me like pleasant visual earworms.

About the juror: Julie Jack is a Tenured Full-Professor of Art at Tennessee Wesleyan University, where she is Head of the Visual Arts Department, has been instrumental in developing the Art Curriculum, the Fine Arts Major, the Visual Arts Studios and the Muriel S. Mayfield Gallery of Art.

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

HoLa Hora Latina: Amor Latino Exhibición

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Our February First Friday Show will be called "Amor Latino Exhibición" a Valentine's Day celebration. Our featured artists are Héctor Saldivar and Stephanie Villagran. Opens Feb 3, 5-9 PM

Casa HoLa is located inside the Emporium for the Arts on the bottom floor in Suite 112 at 100 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902.

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865-335-3358 or casahola@holafestival.org

Mighty Mud: Resist, Repair, Reclaim ceramic exhibition

  • February 3, 2023 — February 24, 2023

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

Opening Reception: February 3rd, 6-9 pm

The Bottom's Ceramic Exhibition: Resist, Repair, Reclaim: Building Community, Celebrating Culture & Engaging Creativity through Ceramics.

“Resist Repair Reclaim” is a community exhibition of The Bottom’s ceramics class. Over the course of the last 6 months students have been coming together every week to make, explore creative expressions, and grow the Knoxville Black Creative community through the ceramic art form. The very existence of this class is a testament to the power of individual and collective imagination to resist expectations, repair our ever-expanding souls, and reclaim our creative voices and the culminating exhibition is a celebration of that.

Exhibiting artists include Jalynn Baker, Dee Clark, Maggie Connolly, Jazzmine Curtis, Joyce Drew, Fitrah Hamid Golden, George Habeib, Alex Kellam, Miz Kip, London Martin, Ty Murray, Jeremy Myles, Jaleria Rivera, and Eric Sherwood. Read more at https://tennesseetriennial.org/community-venues/mighty-mud

At Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Tu-F 11-6, Sat 9-5. Information: 865-595-1900, www.mightymudclay.com

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