Calendar of Events

Monday, August 2, 2021

Fountain City Art Guild: Exhibition at Tomato Head

  • August 2, 2021 — August 29, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Members of the Fountain City Art Guild will be exhibiting at Market Square Tomato Head through the month of August.

The mission of the Guild is to create an atmosphere that promotes, encourages, guides, supports, and informs artists in our guild. The Fountain City Art Guild began in 1979 as a group of women who met in the “Art Cellar,” the basement of Chloe Harrington’s home. Most of the Guild members were watercolor artists. For several decades, they were known as the Fountain City Watercolor Guild, and they met in various churches and homes in the community, holding exhibitions in local businesses. In 2000, the Guild voted to allow other 2-D media in their exhibits, and in 2015 members voted to allow nonfunctional 3-D work as well. In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. They welcome creative, committed artists who will bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to join the Guild.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) in Knoxville.

Tennessee Theatre: Mighty Musical Monday Virtual Stream

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Monday, August 2 | 12PM

Join us to enjoy a streaming concert featuring House Organist Freddie Brabson on the Tennessee Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer and special guest vocalist Noelle Harb Brundige. Although you won't be here with us, we're glad we can still connect with you via these platforms. Share with your friends and family, and save the date! You can view on Facebook Live or our Vimeo channel. This program is presented by LHP Capital, LLC.

Soprano Noelle Harb Brundige is a voice teacher, singer, and storyteller in the Knoxville, TN area. When she isn’t teaching, Noelle enjoys avidly avoiding housework. She loves spending time with her husband, her family and friends, and her cats. Musically, Noelle is excited by contemporary musical theater, Mozart, and hymns. Noelle studies with voice teacher Marjorie Bennett Stephens.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Fountain City Art Center: Member's Show

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

Our members show is coming up: July 30 – September 15.

Our RECEPTION and show opening will be Sunday, August 1st from 2pm – 4pm! Awards will be announced at 2:30pm.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

East Tennessee Community Design Center: Online Art Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Fundraisers

Our Art Auction goes live online! From July 28th through the start of the Celebration at Lakeshore Park, you can bid on over forty (!) items from local artists.

Oak Ridge Art Center: Hugh Bailey Retrospective

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

They say, "into every life, rain must fall," and while that is true, some individuals defy that logic and always deal with a light hand and a joy that defies the trials and tribulations of life. Hugh Bailey was one of those rare individuals. He experienced the sorrows of life as we all do, but chose a brighter side. Hugh saw, painted, sculpted, printed, and related stories of joy. He created objects that were "joy filled" and shared them with those lucky enough to cross his path. This show will be an echo of that joy and his legacy to all who knew him.

Hugh was an ambassador for the clay arts especially. A founding member of Foothills Craft Guild and an active member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild, an instructor in our program and others for many years, and an active demonstrator of clay arts throughout the region, Hugh was gracious with his time and talents sharing both with curious individuals of all ages. All of his work was imbued with his quick wit, amazing sense of humor and delightful sense of whimsy. In fact, Hugh was an advocate of playful experimentation in all media. These aspects to his work are readily apparent and will bring many memories to those who knew him and inspire those who did not have that privilege. The objects displayed in this exhibition will be shared with the Art Center from his many collectors in homage.

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

Pellissippi State: Painting: Methods and Materials exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Pellissippi State Community College is ushering back art exhibits with the work of students who took Painting: Methods and Materials in June.

The show is on display until Aug. 6 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Everyone is invited to view the exhibit for free 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Painting: Methods and Materials focuses on oil and acrylic painting on canvas with an emphasis on personal content through expanded methods and mediums.

“This is a very creative and eclectic group, ranging from realist still-life to broken glass and gold leaf abstractions to strange and wonderful painting/sculptural explorations," said Associate Professor Herb Rieth, who taught the class.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.

Dogwood Arts: Synergy Art Exhibition

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

The Dogwood Arts Synergy Exhibition showcasing gifted K-12 art students alongside their teachers from across East Tennessee at the Clayton Center for the Arts. See the results of the artistic student-teacher synergy that happens every day in our schools! All student artwork has been generously professionally framed by our friends at ExpressFrame.

• Gallery Hours: 9am-6pm (Monday - Friday)
• Address: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804

A closing reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Clayton Center for the Arts on Thursday, August 5th from 5:30PM-7:30PM. Awards will be presented at 6:30pm.

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590,

Tennessee Watercolor Society: A Celebration of Water Media (Athens)

  • July 5, 2021 — August 20, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Treat your eyes to an art exhibit with over 100 original paintings by 25 members of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. This 50th Anniversary Celebration includes works by the members of the three eastern regions of the statewide Society: the Knoxville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities chapters. This show runs from July 5 - August 20, 2021, at The Arts Center in Athens, Tennessee.

Art enthusiasts may mingle with the artists and learn about techniques and processes from the artists themselves at our opening reception to be hosted on Friday, July 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This reception, as well as exhibit attendance during the show at The Arts Center, is free.

Exhibiting artists are Mary Ahern, Claudia Balthrop, Jann Bohnenberger, Mary K. Brown, Sandy Brown, Helen Burton, Linda S. Campbell, Durinda Cheek, Lil Clinard, Mark Cobbe, Don Gotterbarn, Marie Spaeder Haas, Irma Herzog, Harriet S. Howell, Spencer Hudson, Faye Ives, Barbara Brown Jernigan, Linda A. Johnson, Judy Lavoie, Kirsten May, P. Holly Peck, Jean Porter, Richard Rice, Gayla D. Seale, Tom White, and Barbara Wilfon.

This is the second biennial show of the regional Tennessee Watercolor Society artists and one of The Art Center’s largest, favorite, and best attended exhibits. Among the original paintings being displayed are various water media, including watercolor, acrylic, ink, tempera and gouache. See works on paper, canvas, and panels, including scratchboards, in a wide range of sizes and formats. Most of the works are for sale. Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS) is the largest and most respected organization in Tennessee dedicated to the exploration and advocacy of water media. This is an exciting year for the TnWS, as the 50th Anniversary of the society’s founding. The society has grown in numbers and significance over the years, with regular showings all over the state and an acclaimed juried Biennial Exhibition. TnWS currently has a statewide membership of more than 250 artists and supporters, representing some of the finest artists in the state. For more information on the Tennessee Watercolor Society, please visit

Athens Area Council for the Arts: 320 North White Street, Athens, TN, 37303. Hours: Mon-Fri 10-5. Info: 423-745-8781,

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes: Featuring artist Kara Lockmiller

  • July 2, 2021 — August 29, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes is excited to host local artist Kara Lockmiller for First Friday as Downtown Knoxville starts to return to normalcy amid more reopening activities since the pandemic shutdown.

Kara will be at Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes at 445 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville from 6 – 9 PM on Friday, July 2nd for an in person meet and greet where snacks and drinks will be served.

Kara Lockmiller is a Knoxville artist who specializes in painting in shadow hues. She is known as a chromesthete, which means she sees a vast array of real colors in her mind when she listens to music. Kara paints musical artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Billy Joel and accepts custom commissioned requests. She has displayed her work at several venues throughout Knoxville over the years and has received many creative awards.

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes is a women's clothing and gift store located on Gay St. in downtown Knoxville and has been a downtown Knoxville mainstay since its start in 2003. Bliss prides itself on offering an alternative to the standard retail experience and often carries pieces you won't find anywhere else. Husband and Wife team Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen own Bliss, along with four other Bliss stores throughout TN and KY including another women's boutique in West Town Mall, and three furniture stores (Bliss Home) located in Knoxville and Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY. For more information on Kara Lockmiller, please visit her website at or follower her on social media @klockmillerart

For more information on Bliss, please visit their website at or contact Molly Hanley at 865-219-2703 or

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Jonathan Howe

  • July 1, 2021 — August 29, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

July 1, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Paintings by Jonathan Howe

Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 4PM
Please call to confirm availability of access to display

WDVX: Blue Plate Special & The Big Plate

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey, Monday through Thursday at the Knoxville Visitor Center. On Fridays WDVX takes the Blue Plate Special to Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria for “The Big Plate”, then back to the Visitor Center on Saturday with your host Evie Andrus.

It’s always free to join in, so please don’t be shy. Make yourself at home as part of the WDVX family. From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it all part of the live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Just like at your favorite meat n’ three, the WDVX Blue Plate Special® is served up piping hot. This fresh and free daily helping of live music during the lunchtime hour that features performers from all over the world and right here in Knoxville has put WDVX on the map as East Tennessee’s Own community supported radio.

Previous performing artists include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Nickel Creek, Red Stick Ramblers, Rodney Crowell, String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, Claire Lynch Band, Brett Dennen, Tommy Emmanuel, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, John Oats, Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott, and many many more! There’s plenty of great music to go around!

Free 2-hour visitor parking located next door to the Knoxville Visitor Center. One Vision Plaza, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-544-1029,

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Camp

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

Start date: June 2, 2021
End date: August 4, 2021

Zoo Knoxville offers a variety of day camps throughout the year. Camp activities include animal interactions, games, crafts, fun activities, excursions through the zoo and trips behind-the-scenes to learn how we care for zoo animals. Click below for more information about each camp.

Zoo Knoxville is following CDC guidelines for daycares and following the guidance of Knox County Health Department. These measures include increased hand washing/sanitizing throughout the day and increased cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces. Classrooms will be disinfected daily and camps will be kept separate from each other. All camp staff and campers will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 each day before being allowed to attend camp.

Summer Zoo Camp Summer fun at the zoo for kids ages 4-13! The new 2021 summer schedule is here! Registration opens for passholders on February 1st.

Mon-Fri 9 AM – 3 PM

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