Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Oak Ridge Art Center: Women's Work

  • February 6, 2021 — March 20, 2021

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

This year's theme is "On the Bright Side". Open to women artists of any medium!

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

The Greeneville Arts Council: STAYING CONNECTED - Valentines of Jim Balderes, Jr.

  • February 6, 2021 — February 28, 2021

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The online-only retrospective exhibition titled “STAYING CONNECTED: The Valentines of Jim Balderes, Jr.” will be available for viewing from Saturday February 6 through Sunday February 28, 2021 at the Greeneville Arts Council website under the Mason House Gallery Online: Current Exhibit section.

Balderes has been sharing valentines of his own creation with friends and family for nearly forty years. The first was produced in a darkroom during his senior year at Cornell University where he earned a BS degree in Design and Environmental Analysis. Since then he’s seen Valentine’s Day as a regular opportunity to reach out at a time of year when family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and former colleagues could all use a bit of “handmade” warmth and whimsy.

During a two-decade career in corporate interior design and project management in New York City, both his mailing list and the variety of media for the yearly missive grew – thanks, in part, to a few classes at the School of Visual Arts and the significant transformation in digital media during those years. The various media for his valentines have included drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and digital art. Some of the greeting cards (primarily postcards) involved the use of custom-made tools and materials such as rubber stamps, die-cuts, candies and even scratch-and-sniff stickers.

Coincidentally, this year’s mailing is Balderes’ fourteenth since moving to East Tennessee. It becomes more important to him each year to send a tangible, physical greeting card when social media and email messages seem to be a step too removed. “Not only am I proudly supporting the ever-important U.S. Postal Service, but people would have a really hard time sticking a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter post to the refrigerator,” says Balderes. Balderes with the valentines he sent in 2007, his first after moving to Greene County. “And especially now, as we continue to contend with a worldwide pandemic, ‘Staying Connected’ safely is paramount. It is with that sentiment in mind, and as an expression of unceasing appreciation for all of our healthcare workers, that I made this year’s valentine.”

For information on Greeneville Arts Council exhibits, please contact Til Green, director of exhibitions, at 423-329-5366 or

QuickBooks Made Easy

  • February 6, 2021 — February 27, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops and Free event

Hosted by Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and The Maker City
New 3-part workshop on QuickBooks!
Get the training you need to get your books in order

QuickBooks accounting software is often used by small business owners, to keep invoices and bills in order. If you use this software, don't let its nuance and features hold you back. Register to learn from Nikki Elliot, CPA, from Elliott Advisory Group, LLP, as she sets up easy to follow steps for business financial success. The classes are FREE and will all be held virtually.

The first meeting will be 3-hours and you have two weeks to do the homework. The following two meetings will be shorter and topics will be based on attendee questions and needs.

February 6, 9am-12pm
February 20, 9am-10am
February 27, 9am-10am

Only 15 spots available! Register through Eventbrite today! If the class is full, you can sign up for the waitlist to be contacted for the next class.

5th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest: Street Character Video Auditions

  • February 6, 2021 — February 12, 2021

Category: Auditions, Festivals & special events and Theatre

Planning for the fifth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway. This family-fun event will come to life with new dates--the last two weekends in May, plus Memorial Day. The rustic outdoor event site is located in Harriman, about 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. All are invited to escape to the pirate haven of Barataria, south of New Orleans, circa 1814.

“Our storyline is based on The Buccaneer, a 1958 movie starring Yul Brynner,” said Barrie Paulson, VP/Director. “Pirate Captain Jean Lafitte, King of Barataria, is showing his French hospitality by hosting a grand festival, as he hatches a plan to survive the War of 1812. Come see British red coats, New Orleans socialites, and ‘good’ and bad pirates all in one place. Enjoy hours of family fun and Get Yer Pirate On!” Eight acres of interactive entertainment will include comedy, music, and dance stage shows; costumed street characters; craft, food, and beverage vendors; and a variety of games. Activities will include patron costume contests, gong shows, pirate school, and Trail of Doom. New this year--live mermaids for photo opportunities.

Auditions for local street characters will be held by video by on Saturday, February 6, from 2-5pm ET; or by appointment before 2/13. Adults with theatrical experience and a friendly outgoing personality are encouraged to audition. Talented mature teens will also be considered if they have reliable transportation or will be accompanied by a participating adult. The audition consists of speaking in a British, French, and/or pirate accent; singing a short song; and reading from scripts posted on the website. Wearing a costume to audition is optional. For those cast, video call backs are scheduled for February 13. Weekly Saturday rehearsals will be held online and in small groups from Feb 20-May 15. To apply, please visit the website under the audition tab.

Most of the professional stage acts have been cast. But for future consideration, acts are encouraged to email their show details with a video link to

The Tennessee Pirate Fest is planned for May 22-23, 29-30-31, 2021, from 11a-6p ET, at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. Festival organizers are staying abreast of health regulations regarding Covid-19. Safety protocols, such as wearing masks, checking temperatures, social distancing, and regularly wiping down often touched surfaces will be in place. For more information, please visit and sign up for updates. Like and follow them on Facebook at

Haiti Fest: A drive up Mardis Gras Feast

  • February 6, 2021 — February 7, 2021

Category: Culinary arts and Fundraisers

FEB 6, 5-7 PM and FEB 7, 12:45-3 PM
Pick up your food curbside this year!

Church of the Immaculate Conception (Knoxville, Tennessee)
414 W. Vine Ave, 37902

Join us for our 2021 Drive up Mardi Gras Feast to benefit our friends at St Francis Xavier School in Fond Des Blancs, Haiti. Please RSVP in the event! Cant wait to see you all and thank you in advance for your support of our efforts! Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to GO TIME!

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Jeffrey Fratus in Concert

Category: Music

Knoxville Classical Guitar is excited to present Jeffrey Fratus in concert. Join us on February 6th at 7:00 PM at the Holston Hills Country Club, 5200 Holston Hills Road, Knoxville, TN. Tickets: $20 (in-person and virtual)

Jeffrey is a classical guitarist and songwriter in Austin, Texas. Jeffrey will perform a mixture of original music, featuring vocalist and clarinetist Veronica Gerhardt, and music from his classical background. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor's in Music from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters in Music from College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. He currently works as an instructor and performer in the Austin area, where he also writes and records songs with his band, Monohan. Jeffrey is from Knoxville, TN and he received the Larry Long award in the Outstanding Guitar Educator category.

COVID-19 Information: Masks are required to attend this concert. Social-distancing guidelines will be in place. We will stream the entire show to audience members who would like to participate in the concert virtually. Drinks will be available for purchase. Seating will be limited.

Ijams Nature Center: Ijams Hiking Club

Category: Kids & family, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Feb 06, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Hiking Club meets the first Saturday of each month, and club membership is required to join the hikes. Contact for more information.

Learn More at

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Picture Window Ornaments

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

Picture Window Ornaments with Joy Chadwick
Saturday February 6 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn to make a “picture window” style ornament! Can you believe there is absolutely no sewing involved in making it? Just a lot of straight pins, some fabric, and a foam ball is all it takes! Several different choices of “picture” fabric will be available for students to choose their favorite to make. Bring the family (over age 16) or a friend and create a family heirloom to hang on the tree this year. Joy will have kits, fabrics, and completed ornaments for sale at the workshop along with a printable tutorial in a PDF document to use to create your own ornaments from home. Hurry and register, there are only 7 spots remaining. Please note facial coverings or masks will be required during the workshop.

Member Rate: $25 | Non-Member Rate: $35 | Materials Fee: $10 paid directly to instructor | Registration deadline: February 4

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

UT School of Music: Virtual Concert and Lecture Series

  • February 5, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Free event and Music

New performances released every Friday:

Welcome back to our Virtual Concert and Lecture Series! To kick things off this spring semester, we have the Aulos String Quartet's performance of Joseph Haydn's String Quartet "Sunrise," Op.76, No.4. We also have a special announcement regarding the Aulos String Quartet at the end of today's video!

This video is also available on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. You'll just need to search 'utksom' to find us.

We hope you enjoy today's performance, and stay tuned for more throughout this semester! Thank you for your continued support of the School of Music.

UT School of Music
Main Office: 865-974-3241

Rala: New Work by Cynthia Markert

  • February 5, 2021 — March 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Rala is preparing for our February First Friday show, with featured artist Cynthia Markert. The opening reception will be from 6-8 on February 5th. All paintings are one of a kind and make the perfect gifts for Valentine's Day! Cynthia's work will remain on display from February 5th - March 31st.

Facebook Event:

Cynthia Markert's art-deco paintings of women have long been a staple in the Knoxville art scene and have become symbolic of the city's artistic community. A long-time Knoxvillian, Cynthia was a Studio Art major at the University of Tennessee with a minor in Women's Studies. Since then, she's created these gilded, glowing, and brooding works that Tennesseans have come to adore and collect. Cynthia began developing her iconic style by painting plywood panels on empty buildings around downtown in 1994. Back then downtown was, as Cynthia puts it, a "ghost town", so the boarded up buildings provided plenty of the wooden canvas that would become indicative of her work.

"I would go walking past these big gorgeous pieces of plywood nailed to doors and I would start to see a face or a body. On Saturday mornings I would fill a baggie with pencils or pastels and return to draw"

Fun Fact: Markert's work is included in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and Knox County safety guidelines, we will be limiting customer capacity and requiring that masks be worn inside at all times. Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Thomas Whitehurst exhibition

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

Photographer Thomas Whitehurst is the Art Guild’s Featured Artist for February, 2021 and he will be honored at the Fun and Wine Friday Reception on February 5th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC), 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade. Thomas’ photographs will be on display along with the monthly members’ gallery artwork exhibit. Over 50 of Mr. Whitehurst’s photographs will grace the walls of the small gallery and many will be available for purchase at 50% off the original price. The public is invited to come and enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, meet Thomas and other artists, and view a wonderful variety of artwork.

Thomas loves being outside and taking photographs of “Nature’s beauty;” outdoor scapes and floral shots make up the majority of his subject matter. Thomas states, “We have so much beauty here in East Tennessee to enjoy, and through photography we can enjoy it over and over each day.” Thomas uses archival papers, mats, and pigment inks to produce his photographs. He prints his own photos (except the ones on metal) and does his own matting and framing. His printer has nine ink cartridges giving his photographs an excellent color gamut. Thomas prints on various types of media; standard photo paper as well as canvas, watercolor, and fine art papers. He does all of his photography using a full frame digital SLR camera and state of the art lens’ and processing software. With today’s photographic technologies and Thomas’s talents, he’s able to create artistic photographs that can be enjoyed by all for decades. Visit Thomas' web site:

The Art Guild is open to the public Monday through Saturday during winter hours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Browse through eye-catching displays of paintings (watercolor, oil, pastels, colored pencil, acrylic, mixed media), photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, and more! The artwork of Thomas Whitehurst is part of the Art Guild’s February gallery exhibit, which will be on display from February 5 – March 4. All artwork in the gallery is available for purchase. Unique gifts can also be found in the Art Guild’s new retail space, “Endless Possibilities, Fine Arts and Crafts.”

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 AM - 2 PM. Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window #3

  • February 5, 2021 — February 28, 2021

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

"Art Thru The Window #3" Broadway Studios and Gallery. Featuring our resident artists. View the Art Show and Sale safely through the glass. Purchase info will be listed on the window!

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-556-8676,

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