Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Emporium Center: Knoxville Photo 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

The Arts & Culture Alliance is please to present the eighth annual Knoxville Photo juried exhibition featuring selected works from 32 artists throughout the region. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more and will display in the main gallery of the Emporium Center from July 3-31, 2020.

The following artists’ works will be shown:
+ Tonya Wade Wunder of Arden, NC
+ Jared Kreiss of Bristol, TN
+ David Boruff, David Denton, Jurgen Dopatka, Laurie Drake, Katharine Emlen, Elena Ganusova, Chuck Jones, Nicki Klein, Andreas Koschan, Alyssa Nealon, Tom Owens, Chris Rohwer, Crystal Stinson, and Jeff Wischkaemper of Knoxville, TN
+ David Hardin of Loudon, TN
+ Debra Lovvorn Belvin and Yvonne Dalschen of Oak Ridge, TN
+ Marlon Davey of Rutledge, TN
+ Hayley Spear of Charlottesville, VA

Rocky Kenworthy served as juror for the exhibition and viewed 364 images to select the exhibition. Kenworthy has worked in the photography industry for more than 35 years. Arriving in New York City in the late 80’s, he spent ten years working and collaborating with photographers, photo editors, design firms and advertising agencies in various capacities as assistant, production coordinator, photographer, and retoucher. He established Dot Editions in 2005, one of the strongest boutique fine art printing studios on the East Coast. In 2013, Kenworthy established a presence for Dot Editions in Asheville, NC where he continues his passion for developing a collaborative style print studio for local, regional, and international artists alike. In 2019 Rocky launched The Gallery @ Dot Editions as an experiment in the discovery, preservation, and collection of bodies of photographic work that offer a unique lens into the world at a given place in time.

Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced on July 3. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. For more information, please visit https://www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, July 6, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy online**

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids & family

Summer Art Academy 2020 is moving online! Due to restrictions on group activities related to COVID-19, the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Summer Art Academy will take place online only this year. No classes will be held at the museum. A full menu of fun and educational art activities will be available soon on the KMA’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/KnoxvilleMuseumOfArt, or check www.knoxart.org for updates. Online art activities will be available for no charge.

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, https://knoxart.org/kma_events/summer-art-academy-2020/

The Emporium Center: Arts & Culture Alliance Summer Members Show

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is proud to present a special Summer Members Show featuring new works by local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at www.knoxalliance.com/join-renew. Most of the works in the 2020 Members Show are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

A reception is tentatively scheduled for First Friday, July 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to attend at 100 people at a time. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and other recommendations given by the Knox County Health Department, the City of Knoxville, and Knox County.

Individual members of the Alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some of the members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some Alliance members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding county’s elementary, middle and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as The Emporium Center, The Vacuum Shop, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Studio 2515, Broadway Studios & Gallery, and Knoxville Community Darkroom.

The Summer Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from June 5 – July 31, 2020. Gallery hours are currently Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed July 6 for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

UT Gardens, Knoxville: Dazzling Dogwoods: A Garden Art Exhibit

  • June 1, 2020 — September 30, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

The silhouettes created for the 2020 summer “Dazzling Dogwoods: A Garden Art Exhibit,” are on display at the UT Gardens, Knoxville. All the pieces will be available for purchase at an auction that will be held in the fall. The auction will be the last phase of an art project designed to promote community participation and artist collaboration as well awareness and support for the UT Gardens.

https://tiny.utk.edu/DazzlingDogwoods

37 local amateur and professional artists creatively interpreted this year’s dogwood theme by painting or embellishing large-scale plywood dogwood silhouettes in two sizes. Artists had the option to create either a large or small form or a pair. The works have been installed throughout the UT Gardens and will be on display throughout the summer. In the fall, these beautiful, one-of-a-kind dogwood silhouettes will be sold to the public at auction.

Ijams Nature Center: Opening Quarry Swimming Area, Paddling Rentals

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Ijams Nature Center has opened the swimming area at Mead's Quarry in phase two of the City/County reopening plan, which went into effect May 26.

River Sports Outfitters (RSO) began offering paddle rentals on the lake Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rentals will close due to inclement weather and will be announced on the RSO Facebook page at @RiverSportsOutfitters.

The Ijams Outpost, which offers concessions, beer and other items, will mirror RSO hours. Restrooms at the quarry remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Visitor Center restrooms and limited-contact gift shop/concessions purchases continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All restrooms will close for short periods at set times each day to allow facilities to be cleaned and sanitized. During those times, the front lobby of the Visitor Center also will be closed.

Navitat is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are by appointment only.

You are encouraged to wear masks when entering the Visitor Center and while passing other people on the grounds. Ijams remains committed to the health and safety of visitors and staff, and will be evaluating reopening policies, procedures and hours; changes may be implemented at any time. www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Zoo Knoxville: Now Open

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Kids & family and Science & nature

Zoo Knoxville is reopening to the public on Monday, May 18, with carefully planned protocols to ensure the safety of their guests, staff and animals. The zoo closed to visitors on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the City of Knoxville and Knox County COVID-19 Reopening Phase 1 plan, Zoo Knoxville is open for passive outdoor use only, which means no indoor areas or interactive experiences like rides and animal encounters can be offered at this time. Playground areas, including the splash pad, will also remain closed in this phase.

To control the number of guests in the zoo daily, advance purchase timed entry tickets are required. Circle of Friends members and annual passholders will continue to receive free admission but will be required to make a reservation online for a timed entry on a specific date.

The zoo has added more than 30 additional hand sanitizing stations throughout zoo grounds and restaurants have modified their ordering and delivery systems to minimize contact.

Zoo Knoxville asks all guests to take the safety of other visitors, zoo staff and the animals seriously by following CDC recommendations:
• Wearing a mask or face covering
• Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo frequently
• Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between groups
• Using ground markings and directional signs to maintain safe distancing in areas where people may gather
• Staying home if you are sick or in a high risk group

To show appreciation for the outpouring of care and support during the closure, Zoo Knoxville will be offering tickets at a reduced price of $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 4-12 and seniors over 65. Ages 3 and under are free. The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning May 18, 2020. Tickets and entry times can be purchased and reserved online.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

Nourish Knoxville: Market Square Farmers' Market

  • May 2, 2020 — December 19, 2020

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

COVID-19 UPDATE: the Market Square Farmers’ Market will be temporarily relocated to Mary Costa Plaza by the Civic Coliseum. While at Mary Costa, our hours on both Wednesday and Saturday will be 9 am – 1 pm, with the 9 am – 10 am reserved for at-risk shoppers. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more details about the COVID-19 safety protocols in place at our markets.
https://www.nourishknoxville.org/market-square-farmers-market/

Dates and Hours:
May 2 – November 21, 2020
Wednesdays/Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM

December 5, 12, & 19, 2020
Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more.

Flamenco Dance Classes - Beginner & Intermediate

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance and Kids & family

Spice up your dance routine with flamenco dance classes. Our routines will challenge your coordination and stamina and will help you acquire stage presence. Our classes are geared towards beginners and intermediate dancers. Feel free to come and try it out! Classes are ongoing and drop ins are welcome in the beginner class! Check the website for updates.

Beginner Flamenco classes Wednesdays 5:00 PM
Intermediate/Advanced classes Wednesdays 6:00 PM

The studio is big and spacious!

Pre-registration may be required. All classes are held at the Tennessee Conservatory for Fine Arts 8701 Unicorn Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922. Info: 865-202-0740, landronescu@tds.net, or www.flamencowestknox.com

Angela Floyd School for Dance and Music: Virtual Studio

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance, Kids & family and Music

We are here to motivate and train our artists to progress and grow as dancers and musicians. The site includes weekly classes, bonus exercises and materials.

https://www.facebook.com/angelafloydschools

Knoxville Asian Festival: Year of the Mouse 5K & 1 Mile Virtual Run

Category: Festivals & special events, Health & wellness and Kids & family

As an athlete, we appreciate the efforts you make to train and your commitment to maintaining a health and fitness routine. And now let’s channel that energy to create the most fun virtual run experience ever!

The race is part of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month takes place in the United States every May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout United States.

The mission of the Asian Culture Center of TN is to invest in the Greater Knoxville Community and East Tennessee and promote cultural diversity by bringing families together to experience the richness and beauty of a diverse culture. Thus, this 5K race strives to bring together people from various cultural backgrounds to promote peace, harmony, unity and a healthy lifestyle.

https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Knoxville/KnoxAsianFest
Asian Culture Center of TN Web site: http://www.knoxasianfestival.com/

Central Cinema: Virtual Programming

  • April 1, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Film and Kids & family

A slew of distributors have shown support for defunct independent cinemas with groundbreaking “virtual engagements” that directly benefit us directly, so take a look at what’s “showing” this week! More info: https://centralcinema865.com/

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Central Cinema is a community moviehouse located in the heart of North Knoxville's Happy Holler neighborhood. Central Cinema's single auditorium features top-notch digital projection and 96 seats.

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: info@centralcinemaknox.com, (865) 951-2447, https://centralcinema865.com