Calendar of Events

Monday, May 29, 2023

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2023 Instructor Exhibition

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

Details TBA

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Rethink: Common Denominators

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

Our ode to creativity, this exhibition reprises a challenge from a few years ago and asks artists to take items of
our choosing (we will provide the objects) and make an original composition including them!

At Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Tomato Head: Market Square Farmers' Market Collection

  • May 8, 2023 — July 5, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

When: May 8-June 4 (Downtown) | June 6-July 5 (West Knox)

Don’t miss a personal collection of Market Square Farmers’ Market photos featuring vendors, shoppers, happenings, and memories over the past 20 years, taken by local photographers Holly Rainey and Shawn Poynter.

Enjoy a meal at Tomato Head to view and purchase these beautiful, framed prints - perfect for the MSFM super fan.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Lilienthal Gallery: Vibe - Textile, Thread, Color

  • May 5, 2023 — August 27, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event



Opening with a 5:30 PM Gallery Talk - wine and live entertainment.

23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm or by Appointment
For sales inquires, please call or email. (865) 200-4401 or
IG @lilienthalgallery

Relay Ridge: "Our America" by Vincent Drake

  • May 5, 2023 — June 9, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Relay Ridge has an open artist studios + opening gallery reception for solo exhibition of Vincent Drake at our gallery (My 5-june 9th) and we'll be doing printmaking demos in the printshop on Friday. we also have 2 open studios available starting in June with applications due May 15th...we have other events coming up too....

We'll be open 6-9pm Friday May 5
We have a new exhibition in the gallery "Our America" by Vincent Drake @artistvincentdrake
Wildflower Printing demo + sale in printshop!

Check out all the Relay Ridge artists and their studios on Friday featuring:

Drake was chosen for our first local Call for Exhibitions via democratic votes. The first-round was judged by a 10-member panel of 2023 Penland Winter Resident Artists, and from that, the finalist was determined by a panel of the Relay Ridge Studio Artists.
“I’m inspired by the absurdity of modern American society; The irrational ideals we’re convinced to accept, the relentless marketing and propaganda, the tribalism, disgust, perverted romanticism and violence that has become characteristic of us. In my art I’m unconcerned with beauty or idealization. I’m interested in investigating our culture’s influence on our identities and the confusion, panic, and suffering that results. My subjects are people; sometimes we as individuals, sometimes us as a group. They are part mechanical construction, part hallucination; both comical and uncomfortable; suffering, confused, and trapped by their emptiness and proselytized ambitions.”

Plateau Creative Arts Center; Three Dames from Knoxville

  • May 5, 2023 — June 1, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art

May’s Guest Artists, Three Dames from Knoxville present “Summer Hues” at the Plateau Creative Arts Center’s Fun & Wine First Friday Reception, Friday, May 5 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade.

The area’s high school seniors’ artwork will also be on display in the gallery and a special awards ceremony will be held celebrating the winning entries. The public is invited to come to this free event and enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, meet the Three Dames; Linda Blair, Marcia Shelly and Cheryl Massey, high school student honorees and other artists, and view a wonderful variety of artwork. Light refreshments will also be served.

The paintings of the Three Dames and the high school seniors’ artwork will be on display along with the members’ gallery artwork exhibit from May 5 through June 1. The Arts Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00-4:00. All artwork in the gallery and in the Endless Possibilities Shop is available for purchase.

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Works by Barbara Thomas and Cathie Fitzjohn

  • May 2, 2023 — June 25, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Paintings by Barbara Thomas and Glass Art by Cathie Fitzjohn

In Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Dr.
Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM, Friday 9 AM to noon

Tennessee Artist Association: Rarity Bay Clubhouse Show

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Tennessee Artists Association has a member art show now at the Rarity Bay Gallery. Please stop in and view these beautiful pieces, now through June 30th.

You are invited to an artist's reception on Sunday April 23rd from 2-4 pm for an artist's reception. Meet and greet the artist behind each masterpiece.

The Gallery in Rarity Bay is located in the Community Activity Center (CAC) at 150 Rarity Bay Blvd., Vonore, TN, which is the second building on the right as you approach the gates. CAC hours: 9 AM - 4 PM Monday - Friday except Tuesday when it is open 9 AM - 1 PM. Call ahead 423-884-3800 to confirm there isn't an activity in the room at the time you want to visit.

TVUUC: Exhibition by LaKesha Lee and Sam Stapleton

  • April 21, 2023 — June 7, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Free and open to the public
When: Reception Friday, April 21, 2023, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Artists’ talks at 6:30 p.m.

Layered Barriers by LaKesha Y. Lee
“Layered Barriers” addresses the obstacles blacks faced in the past and what African Americans still encounter today due to the color of their skin. These images, created in mixed media collage on paper, evoke the fear and lack of self-worth many African Americans experience today. Lee says, “When someone looks at my work, I want them to feel the figure’s essence without knowing the person’s identity. I want to ask the question, ‘Do we have to know someone’s identity to sympathize or show respect?’”

LaKesha Y. Lee is a first-year MFA student in Painting and Drawing at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2019, she received her Bachelor of Fine Art from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since then, she has been in many group exhibitions throughout the south. Lee uses her work to provide a positive outlook on black identity within the black community and to create new, positive narratives.

Hidden Dimensions by Sam Stapleton
Stapleton has photographed flowers for more than a decade, always searching for new aspects or insight. This exhibit uses the power of digital processing to reimagine original portraits.

Sam Stapleton’s photographic journey began with the purchase of his first 35mm SLR in 1974. He learned his craft through workshops, professional magazine assignments with his author wife and lots of hands-on practice and experimentation. He says, “Most important, I study the work of other photographic artists, always asking myself ‘what are they doing,’ ‘why are they doing it this way’ and ‘how can I learn from this.’”

Gallery hours: 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday, 9:00-1:00 Sunday
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

The District Gallery: American Impressionist Society

  • April 14, 2023 — June 3, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The District Gallery will be hosting a national show and weeklong art event. We are honored to present this national exhibition by the American Impressionist Society’s Signature and Master Members. This 7th annual small works showcase will feature 174 juried paintings by some of the top contemporary impressionist painters in the country. Awards will be judged and presented by longtime Nashville artist Anne Blair Brown.

Friday, April 14, 5-8 pm: Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony of Impressions
174 juried paintings by some of the top contemporary impressionist painters in the country will be judged with a top prize of $4000. We'll have over 60 artists from around the country, including judge Anne Blair Brown from Nashville, at this prestigious event.

During the week of April 11-15, there will be several art events and workshops that require registration. For a full calendar of events and our show catalog, please go to

Saturday, April 15, 5-7 pm: Wet Works Exhibit and Awards
The impressionist painters will be in Knoxville painting at various locations the week of April 11-15, this exhibit is a culmination of their freshly painted works that will be on display for one day only.

The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 10-5:30, Sa 10-4. Information: 865-200-4452,

East Tennessee Historical Society: Lights! Camera! East TN!

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Film, History, heritage and Kids, family

Our relationship to moving images is constantly evolving. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, for example, our use of–and reliance on–streaming services to access Hollywood blockbusters not only changed how we watch movies but also disrupted traditional models for financing and distributing such productions.

How did our relationship with moving images begin? What technological and cultural events sparked our interest in motion pictures as entertainment? And what role has East Tennessee and its people had in moviemaking?

Lights! Camera! East Tennessee!, a new feature exhibition at the East Tennessee History Center, answers these questions by chronicling Knoxville’s contributions to film from the promotion of Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope in 1895 to its use as a location for major productions currently in development. At the heart of the story is 35 mm film, shown both in urban theaters and suburban cineplexes and shot by itinerant filmmakers, documentarians, industrial filmmakers, and news reporters. Multiple screens featuring highlights from these genres anchor the exhibition.

Equally intriguing are the stories of how Knoxvillians made Hollywood history. Learn about Clarence Brown, a graduate of Knoxville High School and the University of Tennessee, who became one of MGM’s most prominent directors. And see why James Agee, known to us today as a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, was better known as a film critic and screenwriter during his life.

Lights! Camera! East Tennessee! will also spotlight the numerous actors from across East Tennessee who became Hollywood A-listers and the variety of films that were shot in East Tennessee, including A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970) and That Evening Sun (2009), both of which premiered in Knoxville.

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,