Calendar of Events

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pellissippi State: Paper Trail Vol. III Exhibition

  • October 3, 2016 — October 21, 2016

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

Artwork inspired by study abroad experiences will be on display at Pellissippi State Community College for the Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit. The exhibit will include artwork created by Pellissippi State students and faculty during study abroad experiences over this past summer. Countries featured in the exhibit include Cuba, Germany, India, Italy and Scotland.

The Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit is free and open to the public. A reception to meet the student and faculty artists will be held from 3-5 p.m., Oct. 3. Some of the art will be for sale over the course of the exhibit.

"Study abroad is an amazing opportunity for our students" said Jennifer Brickey, a Pellissippi State art associate professor and frequent faculty advisor on study abroad trips. "This exhibition helps us all stop, reflect on our travel experiences and celebrate the impact it makes on our lives. I've had the enormous opportunity to witness students stepping outside their comfort zones and becoming totally immersed in a different culture." Brickey, who organized the exhibit, teaches in and directs the study abroad program to Italy through the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies. "It really is one of the best parts of my job, knowing that I may have contributed to the impact that a trip like this makes on student lives," Brickey said.

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,

McClung Museum: Stroller Tour: Down and Around Knoxville


Category: Free event, History, heritage and Kids, family

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! This month we explore Knoxville history and basic archaeology concepts in our galleries as part of programming related to new special exhibition, Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley. The event is free, but limited, and all attendees must register to attend online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144,

McClung Museum: Homeschool Enhanced Learning Program: Ancient Egypt


Category: Classes, workshops, History, heritage, Kids, family and Science, nature

Homeschool Enhanced Learning Program: Ancient Egypt
Monday, October 3, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
$5 per student
The McClung Museum offers Enhanced Learning Homeschool Programs. These 90 minute sessions cost $5.00 per student and give students a chance to experience hands-on learning in the museum's galleries. See the museum's Events calendar for various sessions and dates.
This session, Ancient Egypt, explores geography, environment and agriculture; writing; government; religion, including gods & goddesses, temples, tombs, mummification and the afterlife; daily life.
Online reservations are required, payment must be made in advance, and the fee is nonrefundable. With the exception of the Human Origins program, students must be K-12 in age. Reservations open July 1, 2016.
Register Online:
Contact: Debbie Woodiel,
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144,

Founders Day Luncheon to Celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 225th Birthday

  • October 3, 2016
  • 12:00 Noon

Category: Fundraisers, History, heritage and Lecture, panel

The Historic Homes of Knoxville are pleased to invite the public to a luncheon on Monday, October 3, 2016, at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 225 years ago. Bill Landry, host of WBIR’s The Heartland Series, will be the featured speaker. Knoxville's key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes. Purchase tickets through or by calling 865-523-7543 by September 26.

Bill Landry is the voice, host, narrator, and co-producer of The Heartland Series, which has aired on WBIR-TV for nearly thirty years. Since its beginnings in 1984, over 1,900 short features have been produced, including 150 half-hour specials. Mr. Landry has written, produced, and acted in many of the episodes.

Receiving an MFA from Trinity University at the Dallas Theater Center and a BA in literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Bill has gone on to receive two Emmy Awards for directing The Heartland Series, the Education in Appalachia Award from Carson-Newman University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Lincoln Memorial University.

For over thirty years Mr. Landry has written, produced, and performed his one-man play, Einstein the Man. He has presented the play over 1,000 times in thirty-eight states and two provinces of Canada.

In 2009, Bill premiered his DVD production of William Bartram – An Unlikely Explorer for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which tells the tale of the little known eighteenth-century explorer, adventurer, and naturalist.

Bill works as a spokesman for WBIR-TV and for several other companies including Hallsdale Powell Utility District. He continues to write, direct, and produce video documentaries, and gives lectures and speeches, including his popular presentations of “An Evening with Bill Landry.” Bill's latest book, "WHEN the WEST was TENNESSEE," will be published in 2017.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville are uniformly significant in Tennessee’s accession as the 16th state in 1796. Apart from the paramount importance of their preservation, each house museum offers regular tours, events, and educational opportunities that benefit the community at large. For more information on the Historic Homes of Knoxville, visit Each of these historic homes is a chapter of history unto itself. Together they exemplify and celebrate the continuing pioneering spirit that created Knoxville 225 years ago.

The luncheon will be held on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM at The Foundry, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive in downtown Knoxville. Guests may enjoy a meet & greet with Bill Landry at 11:30 AM, with the program and luncheon beginning at 12:00 PM. WBIR's John Becker will perform the duties of Master of Ceremonies and Jack Neely will give additional remarks about the history of Knoxville. Knoxville’s Poet Laureate, RB Morris, will read a poem written in honor of the city’s 225th birthday. Advance single tickets are $50; a table of ten is $500. Purchase tickets through or by calling 865-523-7543. Advance reservations are requested by September 26.

The Tomato Head: Exhibition by Ruth Allen

  • October 2, 2016 — December 5, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Back for her third showing at The Tomato Head, Ruth Allen skillfully crafts vivid drawings and paintings featuring nature’s flowers and wildlife. Since her last visit from Athens, Georgia, Ruth has had two paintings selected for juried shows and currently has a painting showing at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Her work will be on view at Market Square from October 2 through November 7 and will then move to the West Knoxville Gallery on November 7 through December 5. For more artist information, please visit The Tomato head blog: or

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Silk Painters International's "Silk in Transition"

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is exhibiting over 70 silk paintings by 36 national and international artists in two exhibitions. The exhibitions are in conjunction with the Silk Painter International’s (SPIN) biennial conference “Silk in Transition” being held at Arrowmont October 7-15, 2016. Arrowmont invites the public to view the exhibitions and attend the reception. Admission is free.

A reception will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016, 6-8pm. Awards will be announced at 7pm.

SPIN members were asked to create works that answer the questions, “What does silk painting mean to you? What does it mean to the silk artist? What does it mean in a transforming landscape?” The result is a dynamic group of silk paintings, sculptures and installations that explore a variety of themes and subjects. Silk Painters International (SPIN) is an international organization of silk artists, painters, practitioners and educators. Their mission is to establish silk painting as a recognized art form by encouraging and promoting the collecting, displaying and production of silk art at the highest level.

In the Sandra J. Blain Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Laura Baisden of Camp Nevernice

  • October 1, 2016 — October 31, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Don't miss October's amazing exhibit by artist Laura Baisden of Camp Nevernice! Her unique and whimsical letterpress prints are all about the detail in the designs. Every poster is printed one color at a time, one poster at a time. All prints on display are available for purchase.

More events at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. The Visitor Center, including exhibits, gift shop, offices and restrooms is open M-Sat 9-5 and Sun 11-5. Information: 865-577-4717,

City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary Events

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, Fundraisers, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

The Arts & Culture Alliance, the City of Knoxville, and Visit Knoxville invite the public to celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary, October 1-3, 2016, at three distinct events.

On Saturday, October 1, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, the public may enjoy free performances by Ensemble Knox, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, Knoxville Opera, and Marble City Opera. There will also be 20 booths for local arts and culture organizations to host children’s activities and promote their events, and local artists will sell their handcrafted wares including pottery, glass, and painting. Visit Knoxville is providing free cupcakes at this celebration in the Krutch Park extension. At 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM in the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Archives of Moving Image and Sound are showing a one-hour film containing archival footage of downtown Knoxville throughout the 20th century, rare films of the UT Vols at the 1940 Rose Bowl and 1941 Sugar Bowl, historic events, home movies, local musicians and more.

On Sunday, October 2, the public is invited to a magical, once-in-a-lifetime dining experience on the Gay Street Bridge beginning at 5:30 PM. 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Arts & Heritage Fund, Knoxville’s united arts fund. The Dinner on the Bridge is catered by All Occasion Catering and features remarks by Mayor Madeline Rogero, the Inaugural Poem by R.B. Morris, City of Knoxville’s First Poet Laureate, entertainment by Carol Zinavage Shane, a silent auction, and more. Tickets for Dinner on the Bridge are $225 per person and may be purchased online at or by phone at 865-523-7543.

On Monday, October 3, the Historic Homes of Knoxville invite the public to a luncheon at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 225 years ago. Bill Landry, host of WBIR’s The Heartland Series, will be the featured speaker. WBIR’s John Becker will perform the duties of Master of Ceremonies and Jack Neely will give additional remarks about the history of Knoxville. Knoxville’s key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes. Purchase tickets through or by calling 865-523-7543 by September 26.

Many thanks to these sponsors: AC Entertainment, All Occasion Catering, All Occasions Party Rentals, Ann & Steve Bailey, Cherokee Distributing Company, City of Knoxville – Madeline Rogero Mayor, Cornerstone Foundation, First Tennessee Bank, Knoxville News Sentinel, Pugh & Company, Robin Easter Design, Visit Knoxville, and WBIR-TV.

For more information on any of these events, please visit, or contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or

Fluorescent Gallery: A Violet, A Vein

  • September 30, 2016 — October 3, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception: September 30 6:00pm - 10:00pm

“a violet, a vein” brings together new, large-scale paintings by Anna Wehrwein. The work explores the intersection of perspectival, color, and social space. Using drawing as a starting point, the paintings construct the act of looking as having the potential to be both subjective and communal. Contained within the picture plane, this gaze is intimate instead of performative: a tool for self-reflexivity and self-imaging. In turn, the high-chroma of the work – rich magentas, deep blues, acidic greens – radiate out. The optics and vibrancies are both enticing and shifting, demanding attention but refusing a singular read. In this way the color – opaque and vibrant like color-aid paper – acts as both ground and figure. But the heart of the work is in the relationships and community it depicts: women artists, friends, who use the domestic space as a site of creativity. It’s an idealistic space, but also a very real one. One in which beers are had, ideas are shared, tattoos and haircuts are given, and paintings are made.

Fluorescent Gallery, 627 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Crucible

Category: Theatre

Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” will play in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre September 28 – October 16, 2016. A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, September 28. The second Preview will take place on Thursday, September 29 and Opening Night will take place on Friday September 30. The Talk Back with the cast will take place Sunday, September 9 following the matinee and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 pm. A panel discussion about the impact of the play upon political discussions during its time and today will take place after the Sunday, September 16 matinee.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, “The Crucible” is an ageless tale of fear, greed and power written by one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. When teenage girls are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the 17th century town of Salem explodes with accusations of witchcraft. The vicious trials that follow expose a community paralyzed by terror, religious extremism and greed, and a marriage forever changed.

Miller composed “The Crucible” as a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials, with the witch trials standing in for the anti-Communist “witch-hunts” of the 1950s during the McCarthy era. As with the alleged witches of Salem, suspected Communists were encouraged to confess and identify other Communist sympathizers in order to escape punishment. Many of those accused of Communism suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment.

Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

The Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University: Art by Striped Light

  • September 27, 2016 — October 21, 2016
  • Reception Sept, 27, 3:00-5:00PM, M_F 8AM-4PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

New and recent work in a variety of media by the three talented co-founders of Striped Light, a Knoxville-based letterpress, graphic design and music recording studio, Bryan Baker, Sarah Shebaro and Jason Boardman. The show will run September 27 through October 21.

Opening reception with the artists on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 3:00-5:00PM.
Regular gallery hours are Monday Through Friday, 8:00AM-4:00PM.
The Art Department phone number is 865 471 4985.

Warren Art Building, corner of Branner Ave. and S. College Street,
Jefferson City, TN 37760

Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church: Exhibition by Carl Gombert

  • September 25, 2016 — October 31, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Stamping out art: Community invited to meet Maryville College artist Dr. Carl Gombert

The excitement is building at the Gallery at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church for the opening reception for artist Dr. Carl Gombert. The community is invited to meet the artist this Sunday, September 25 at 12:15 pm. Dr. Gombert’s gallery talk will follow the reception. ORUUC is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. There is no cost to attend.

Dr. Gombert, who is also a professor of Art at Maryville College, is being commissioned to do a large kaleidoscope mural on a wall of the church Social Hall. His exhibit consists of rubber stamped decorative pieces that have been Gombert’s focus for the last several years. Visually alluring, his creations consist of applying small rubber stamp images that become the building blocks of his work. These varied images are combined into ever widening shapes. The results, in both black and white and color prints, are not always what they seem. “They’re a lot more improvisational than they look. They look like they’re incredibly planned out – all I can really tell you is that they start with an image in the middle that’s vaguely round and then will get bigger and bigger. I just try to make decisions that don’t reckon,” said Dr. Gombert.

Gombert will display his work at the Gallery at ORUUC through October. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm. and Sunday 9:30 am to 1 pm. For more information call ORUUC at (865) 483-6761. To learn more about the artist go on line to

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