Calendar of Events
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Joy of Music Youth Music School: Holiday Sparkles & Spirits
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville TN 37919
Holiday Sparkles & Spirits! – a gala evening to benefit The Joy of Music School. On Wednesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. supporters of the School gather for a unique holiday event at Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville, Tenn.
Experience the warmth of a Christmas gathering, children’s voices and get a head start on gift-buying for loved ones—all for a great cause. Bid on unique items in arts & culture, travel, food & wine, home & garden, and more.
The evening is highlighted by a brief performance from students of the School. Holiday songs will fill the Cherokee Ballroom, played and sung by talented students studying in our program. What better way to witness the results of the Joy of Music School’s efforts than to experience a live performance?
A silent auction will be held throughout the night, with a live auction culminating the evening.
Semi-formal attire. The event includes heavy hors d‘oeuvres, wine and cocktails. $135 per ticket.
Union Ave Books and UT Libraries: In Conversation: Bettye Kearse and Robert Bland
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST
The John C. Hodges Society of the University of Tennessee Libraries and Union Ave. Books invites you to join us In Conversation: Bettye Kearse and Robert Bland, a virtual event, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8th.
Kearse and Bland will discuss Kearse’s recently published book The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family. This event also includes an opportunity for audience members to participate in a live Q&A session.
Register now at: https://volumes.lib.utk.edu/features/bettye-kearse/
Special thanks to our campus event partners: The University of Tennessee Black Alumni Council, Multicultural Student Life, and Commission for Blacks. https://www.facebook.com/events/1243549219356551
Oak Ridge Art Center: Gallery of Holiday Shops
Gallery of Holiday Shops is our annual fine arts and crafts fair. Due to the pandemic, the question has been, how to host the event and keep our Patrons safe. We believe the answer is to spread the event out over several days from December 5 to 12 and limit the number of individuals in the building at any one time. To do so we are offering appointments for, or in, small groups to shop for special hand made items for gifting or your home. You may also drop by and, if you don't mind waiting a bit if there are too many people in the building at one time, you can join us in the galleries once others complete their transactions. This will enable us to host more people safely. Should social restrictions continue this fall, we will ask participants to wear masks and social distance while in our facility. In addition, we will offer a few items from each vendor through this website during the event, so whether you can join us in the gallery, or prefer to shop on-line, you are sure to find something wonderful for friends, family or yourself!
The 2020 Gallery of Holiday Shops is our 25th annual event and will offer guests an opportunity to access the one-of-a-kind creations of regional artists and artisans in a variety of media. There is no admission fee, and proceeds from the artists’ sales will benefit both the artists and the Art Center. Shopping local is a great way to support the local economy, regional artists, and the Art Center. We realize many of our art and craft artists are in need of sales outlets because they depend on the sale of their creations and many, if not most events were cancelled this fall. We hope Gallery of Holiday Shops will truly be a win/win/win for all - crafters, shoppers and the Art Center.
We are accepting applications to exhibit now and will add a list of exhibitors soon. We are fortunate to have several returning favorites as well as new vendors to titillate your mind and add new flair to your gifting ideas. Watch this space for news and updates on this special event. Please plan to join us!
Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, https://www.oakridgeartcenter.org/exhibitions
Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: First Fiber Arts Exhibit
The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade invites the public to venture to the Plateau Creative Art Center and enjoy the first Fiber Arts Exhibit. This exciting new display was featured during the First Friday Fun and Wine Reception on December 4th and will grace the gallery through Thursday, February 4th, 2021. The exhibit presents works by 11 artists, 5 which are members of the Art Guild, 6 are non-members, with 15 pieces of fiber artwork.
We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to both artisans and attendees, with the expectation of generating more interest and acceptance of many varieties of Fiber Arts as Fine Arts. This medium is non-utilitarian work that consists primarily of natural or synthetic fiber or yarn. It focuses on the design, materials, and artistic labor as basic for the works’ significance that prioritizes aesthetic over utilitarian values.
The term Fiber Arts originated shortly after World War II, defining work by craft artists incorporating fabric into their works. The 50’s gave more recognition to Fiber Arts as Fine Arts, and by the 60’s and 70’s, Fiber Arts was embraced worldwide, with a growing number of artists creating 2 and 3-dimensional fiber works in a variety of genres. Fiber Arts continues to thrive and evolve, and the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade is thrilled to share a variety of Fiber Art for public viewing.
PCAC regular hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through December 23. Winter hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning December 24th and running through February 28. The PCAC will be closed on Christmas Day.
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 4 PM. 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
Arts & Culture Alliance: 2020 Members Show
The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents its 2020 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of 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 regional 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.
A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, December 4, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. 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.
“We always look forward to this eclectic exhibition as a robust demonstration of the past year’s productivity on the part of Greater Knoxville’s artist community,” says Liza Zenni, Executive Director for the Arts & Culture Alliance.
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, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mighty Mud, 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, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Broadway Studios & Gallery, and Knoxville Community Darkroom.
The 2020 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from December 4, 2020 – January 29, 2021. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Please note, the Emporium will be closed December 24, 2020 – January 1, 2021 for the holidays.
An additional reception will take place on Friday, January 8, from 5:00-8:00 PM.
For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.
JTV: Home for the Holidays Festive Lights Display & Charitable Giving Event
Dec 3-Jan 4, 4:00pm – 10:30pm
Where: 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922
JTV (Jewelry Television), the national jewelry retailer and broadcast network, today unveiled its “Home for the Holidays” display that will support three Knoxville nonprofit agencies as part of the season of giving. Known for adding sparkle to life with beautiful jewelry and gemstones, JTV invites the public to enjoy its incredible “Home for the Holidays” display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and numerous holiday displays in the park of JTV’s West Knoxville headquarters. “This holiday season is unlike any other,” said Tim Matthews, President and CEO of JTV. “In a time when many traditional holiday events are canceled, we wanted to create an enjoyable event at JTV that brings us together in spirit and celebrates the joy of the holidays, albeit a bit differently than we have celebrated in the past.” While there is no cost for visitors to enjoy the festivities, donations to the three area nonprofits are welcome. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Emerald Youth Foundation, which helps serve thousands of local urban youth; the Restoration House, which assists women who face challenging situations; and Elder Care, which will provide gift boxes to area nursing home residents. Visitors can easily donate by scanning QR codes as they walk through the holiday displays or via the links above.
“Now more than ever, the holidays remind us that we are in a season of giving,” Matthews continued. “JTV’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ event will celebrate our hometown of Knoxville and give back to three charitable organizations that are focused on helping youth, women, and the elderly.”
JTV’s “Home for the Holidays” light display is part of Knoxville’s Neighborhood Holiday Trails. Guests can walk the track and enjoy the festive atmosphere in a socially distanced way, which features three signature trees, a stunning life-sized Nativity display, two “tunnels of lights” and climb into Santa’s sleigh for terrific photo opportunities.
The event is located at JTV’s headquarters at 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37922 and is open every day from 4:00pm-10:30pm from now through January 4, 2021. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department is lending a hand to oversee JTV’s park attendance every evening. For more information on JTV, visit JTV.com and follow @JTV on Instagram, @jewelrytelevision on Facebook, @jewelrytv on Pinterest and @jewelry on Twitter
Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window #2
Art Thru The Window #2
Featuring the works of the BSG resident artists
Broadway Studios and Gallery
1127 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917
To purchase works please call 865-556-8676
Clarence Brown Theatre: Capote's A Christmas Memory
The University of Tennessee Department of Theatre presents Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” read by Carol Mayo Jenkins, recorded on location at the Mabry Hazen House, and directed by John Sipes. The free, streaming recording is available NOW through December 25, 2020. In conjunction with the reading, a “Full Belly Fund” virtual food drive has been set up with Second Harvest to provide food for the community. To watch “A Christmas Memory” and to donate to the Full Belly Fund, go to
Truman Garcia Capote was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Several of his short stories, novels, and plays have been praised as literary classics, including the novella “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and the true crime novel, “In Cold Blood.” First published in 1956, “A Christmas Memory” is an autobiographical recollection of Capote's rural Alabama boyhood. Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an enduring friendship between two innocent souls--one young and one old--and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals. Now a holiday classic, "A Christmas Memory" has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions.
Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Melanie Ford Fetterolf
The Ijams Visitor Center’s Hallway Gallery features the diverse paintings of Melanie Fetterolf in December. Whether creating "rain paintings" (above left), capturing nature or studying human forms, Melanie employs a variety of techniques and styles to create something unique every time. She also teaches art classes and hosts painting parties at Painting Your World Studio.
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920
Fountain City Art Center: Fountain City Art Guild Holiday Show**
Reception: December 4, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787, www.fountaincityartcenter.com
Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio: December Classes
We're excited to offer each of these classes for the 3 week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Questions? Just reach out! We're looking forward to seeing you!
Intro to Aerials: Mondays 5:30-7pm: 2 spots left!
Stilt Walking: Mondays 7:30-9pm: 1 spot left!
Intro to Aerials: Thursdays 5:30-7pm: 3 spots left!
Kids class: Saturdays 9-10:30 am: 2 spots left!
Kids class: Saturdays 11-12:30pm: 4 spots left!
Inversion Bootcamp: Saturdays 1-2:30pm: 3 spots left!
Creating a Routine (Knots B): Sundays 1-2:30pm: 1 spot left!
Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio
4506 Fennel Road
Knoxville, TN 37912
Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: December Workshops & events
Monthly Happenings for December 2020 At the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC)
Due to these uncertain times for gatherings, please check the Art Guild website or Facebook page for the most current information.
Facebook: The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade
In the Art Studio, class size and/or open studio gathering size is limited. All people inside the PCAC building should wear face masks and practice social distancing! To register for a class, visit the PCAC or call 931-707-7249. Payment must be received at the time of registration.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
Chain Mail Jewelry: Christmas Joy Bracelet, with George Gallant. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for guests. $25 materials fee payable to the instructor. Number of students: minimum is 3, maximum is 6.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Watercolor 101 for Beginners with Vera Bogle, 1:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for guests. $5 materials fee payable to instructor. Number of students: minimum is 4, maximum is 8.
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