Calendar of Events

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pellissippi State: South Korea: An Exhibition Series by Bradley Cantrell

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception: Monday, November 20 at 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Featuring photographs from a recent trip to South Korea.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30. Information: 865-694-6405,

Bass Pro Shops: Santa’s Wonderland

  • November 11, 2017 — December 24, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Knoxville-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games.

Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free.

Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside Bass Pro Shops with Santa’s Wonderland through December 24 including free photos with Santa. Guests can schedule their Santa time using the free Bass Pass system. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass.

Santa’s arrival coincides with Veteran’s Day and the start of a holiday round up program where customers can help support service members, military families and veterans through a donation program. Bass Pro Shops will donate 100 percent of customer contributions to USO Care Packages, which are shipped directly to active service members overseas, and AMVETS.

3629 Outdoor Sportsman Pl, Kodak, TN 37764. For hours and details visit

The Emporium Center: The Arab American Club of Knoxville: From the Middle East to the Smoky Mountains

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Arab American Club of Knoxville: From the Middle East to the Smoky Mountains in the lower gallery
The Arab American Club of Knoxville presents an exhibit of paintings and photos from the Middle East to the Smoky Mountains. The exhibit shares the experiences of local community members through their photo journeys to the Middle East and East Tennessee. Photographer Sam Mishu’s work includes photos of Jordan, the ancient city of Petra, and the majestic natures of Cades Cove; Dean Rice’s photographs capture his visit to the Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan; Rulla Habiby’s paintings captures the essence of her hometown Haifa and her husband’s hometown, Nazareth; Vivian Dakak’s expressive paintings tell the story of her Iraqi background and her life as an American; Hiba Alyawer’s paintings give abstract art a whole new meaning, exploring her life under Saddam, escaping as a child with her family to Kuwait and later settling in the United States.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Rose Center Exhibition: Gene Pool

  • November 7, 2017 — November 29, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Work by Marcia Goldenstein, Tom Reising, Katarina Reising, and Peter Reising

Artists' reception: Sunday, November 19, 2-4pm

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

Ewing Gallery: Liquid Kingdom

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Modeling an Architectural Proving Ground - An exhibition by SMOUT ALLEN

Liquid Kingdom is a speculative design proposal for an environmental 'proving ground' of landscape and architectural installations, sited on the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary. The project responds to the Isle's unique character, 'shaped by separation, a sense of independence and abrupt contact with nature', and prepares it for the future demands of society and climate change.

Mark Smout — Professor of Architecture and Landscape Futures, and Laura Allen — Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes are based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Our work takes two routes, architectural competitions, where the particular rigor of the competition brief, site and program provide the basis for new investigations and, conceptual design projects which test out the agenda and methodology of the design research practice. We focus on the dynamic relationship between the natural and the man made and how this can be revealed to enhance the experience of the architectural landscape.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery: "The Real Me": Paintings by Carl Gombert

  • November 5, 2017 — December 31, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Carl Gombert is a Professor of Art at Maryville College. He is displaying 24 self portraits portraying 24 different ethnicities. "Is my identity a function of the choices I make and the signals I send, or is it determined by others and their interpretation of those shifting signals?"

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Drive
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM

Knox County Public Library: "Reading Close to Home"

  • November 5, 2017 — November 21, 2017

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Literature & readings

The American South gave the world biscuits, jazz, and a literature that stands among the best of the 20th century. Knox County Public Library is pleased to present “Reading Close to Home,” a reading/discussion series that focuses on the short fiction of three Southern giants of American Literature. The series starts with William Faulkner at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5 at Lawson McGhee Library. Future programs in the series will focus on Alice Walker and Eudora Welty. Edward Francisco, Professor of English at Pellissippi State College, will lead the discussions. Admission is free.

Edward Francisco is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Pellissippi State College. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright and scholar. His poetry and fiction have appeared in more than seventy magazines and journals and a half dozen anthologies. He is the author of two novels and was the principal editor of The South in Perspective, an anthology of Southern literature, published by Prentice-Hall. Professor Francisco is also a member of the Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford, England.

Sunday, November 5, 2:00 pm
Introduction to Faulkner’s life and work with film screenings of Barn Burning and A Rose for Emily

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 pm
Discussion of “A Rose for Emily”

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Discussion of “Barn Burning”

Tuesday, November 21, 6:30 pm
Discussion of “Dry September”

“Reading Close to Home: William Faulkner” is sponsored by Friends of Knox County Public Library.

For more information about the series, email or call 215-8729
Knox County Public Library: 500 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8750,

Pioneer House of Letterpress & Vintage: Knoxville Girls!

  • November 3, 2017 — December 23, 2017

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

"Don't get so busy earning your salt that you forget the sugar."

Pioneer House, home of the original Knoxville Girl t-shirt and letterpress printmaking studio and gallery, will throw open the doors Nov. 3 to welcome five local artists. The Knoxville Girls show and sale brings together five fine women with ties to Knoxville and a flair for fiber, ceramics, letterpress printmaking, encaustic painting and mixed media. You'll love them better than biscuits.

Reception for Artists: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., First Friday, Nov. 3

The artists:
Knoxville native Amanda Humphreys occupies her time teaching pottery classes and making functional, whimsical pottery. Her work is inspired by her love of textures and colors borrowed from old, historic buildings, vintage maps and the 80s and 90s in general. She also revels in classic country music.

Peg Hambright is a former graphic designer and illustrator who has neglected her creative side for the past 25 years while nurturing her little bakery, Magpies. In an attempt to find balance in her life, she's found herself transitioning from food into art by making art that is food. It's a start.

A mixed media artist from Knoxville, Cara Pfennigwerth loves to draw, crochet, garden and try just about anything hands-on. Another favorite art form is relief block print. She draws most of her inspiration from the flora and fauna of East Tennessee and creates as a way to preserve and appreciate the beauty of local wildlife.

Laura Baisden runs a custom letterpress shop called Camp Nevernice in the same historical building that is home to Pioneer House. She crafts custom posters and invitations for clients and hand-carves linoleum illustrations. She has a labor of love in the works: writing and illustrating a children's book.

Julie Belcher is the proprietor of Pioneer House. An Appalachian artist, dedicated handmade advocate and restorer of vintage printing presses from way back, she adds bits of her Southern and mountain heritage to all her works. Letterpress monoprints and small encaustic mixed media are among the new works she has created for this show.

Pioneer House of Letterpress & Vintage, 413 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-200-8084,,

Rala: Works by Cynthia Markert and Brian Scott Pittman

  • November 3, 2017 — November 25, 2017

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

Hosted by Rala: Regional and Local Artisans

We are excited to announce our featured artists for the month of November! Please join us for a show opening with work by local artists, Cynthia Markert and Brian Scott Pittman

Opening reception November 3rd 6-9pm

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

Bennett Galleries: New Southern Saints

  • November 3, 2017 — November 25, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Mixed media sculpture and paintings by Marga McBride (ceramic sculpture and paintings) and Jay McBride (new works in wood)

Reception Fri Nov 3, 5-7 PM

Bennett Galleries, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 584-6791 |

The Emporium Center: Live and Local: Recent Works of the Pellissippi Art Faculty

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 3, from 4:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Live and Local: Recent Works of the Pellissippi Art Faculty in the Balcony gallery
"The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety." - William Somerset Maugham

Live and Local features a mix of ceramics, sculpture, installation, printmaking, drawing, painting, and mixed media. After a successful exhibition in 2012, the studio art faculty of Pellissippi State Community College return to the Emporium to exhibit their recent works. Among the faculty, exhibiting artists include: Randy Arnold, Jennifer Brickey, Caroline Covington, Marty Komorny, Elizabeth Kurtz, Jeff Lockett, Tatiana Potts, Herb Rieth, and Sarah Shebaro.

Pellissippi State offers a comprehensive range of studio courses in painting, drawing, design, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture in a studio setting under the guidance of practicing professional artists. For more information on the Art program, visit

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Kimberly Pack: lovenestmonsters

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, November 3, from 4:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Kimberly Pack: lovenestmonsters in the display case
The drawings of Kimberly Pack came about out of necessity. Tough times call for some unusual ways of escaping. Her drawings of mopey-faced, scraggly-haired guys became an outlet for that escape. To create guys with lumpy bodies and eyes with dark circles and puffiness allowed her to bring to life with pen and paper the sadness and uncertainty of her life.

Pack was born in Virginia to a family of people with sleepy, sorrowful eyes whom even in the toughest of times were always there for her. The drawings possibly represent the small town she was born in – surrounded by mountains and home to a Dupont factory located across the street from her childhood home. There were plenty of characters in that town and in her own family, many of whom come through in the drawings she creates. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BA in art and a concentration in photography, the black and white-ness of her drawings only confirms her love of the processing and printing of black and white film. She also spends her time sewing her lovenestmonster dolls and photographing anything and everything. Follow her on Instagram at @lovenestmonster and @kimberlypack_art.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

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