Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Smoky Mountain Blues Society: International Blues Competition

  • September 2, 2021
  • 6:00PM

Category: Music


Thursday, September 2, at Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Doors open at 6:00PM, show starts at 7:00PM

Please visit Smoky Mountain Blues Society: for more information.

UT Arboretum Society: First Thursday Nature Supper Club - Bird-Friendly Yards

Category: Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature and Virtual


Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club on Thursday, September 2nd, 7:00 p.m. EDT as we learn how to create a bird-friendly yard for our avian friends in East Tennessee.

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales will entertain and teach us via Zoom. He will discuss the feeders, seeds, nest boxes and native flowers and berry producing plants you need to create a bird-friendly yard. Participants will learn that hummingbirds come to sugar-water feeders but they also like native plants like trumpet creeper, coral honeysuckle, columbine, bee balm and cardinal flower.

Please register for this free Zoom Program at This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please contact Michelle Campanis at with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at

Circus Moon at Ijams

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

Come one, come all to the Circus of the Moon at Ijams Nature Center. The night will be filled with music, acrobatics, stunts, thrills and more!

Join in the fun and magic with the extremely talented troupe of Tennessee performers for Circus Moon at Ijams Nature Center on Thursday September 2 from 6 to 9pm.

Circus Moon is an art fundraising event and marketplace. The night will be filled with acrobatic performances, music, and so much more. Gate and marketplace opens at 5pm, show begins at 7. There will be beer sales and a food truck on site. Tickets are $15. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the performance from the lawn outside the Visitor Center at Ijams.
At Ijams Nature Center: 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Table Readings

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

After four evenings of lectures and discussions, KWG’s very first Playwriting Class has concluded, producing two new, ten-minute plays. Table readings of the plays will be the essence of this program, produced via Zoom. Harrison Young, Tennessee Dramatists Guild Representative, will set the stage (so to speak), explaining how the class was conducted and the process of shaping the plays into readiness for their premiere.

Harrison Young is the Tennessee Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild of America and the Literary Manager for the Tennessee Stage Company. As a Theatre graduate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Improvisation alum from the Peoples Improv Theater-NYC, he has performed in many comedies and new works which taught him how to write his own comedies. He recently began Next Rung Productions, a program in which he mentors a local playwright each year as they create a new play from scratch. (Our own Jeannette Brown sings the praises of his mentorship.)

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, September 1.
Thursday, September 2, 7-8 pm
Sign up today!

You will receive an email with the Zoom link the morning after registration closes. (Please check your junk or spam folder early if the email isn't received and notify us before the event starts.)

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Meetings take place at Central United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

UT School of Art: Mapping Home / Collecting Truths: Works by Indigenous and International Artists

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and History, heritage

The University of Tennessee School of Art is hosting Navajo artist and University of Colorado Professor, Melanie Yazzie, September 20– 24, for a series of activities on campus.

Mapping Home / Collecting Truths: Works by Indigenous and International Artists, an exhibition organized by Yazzie with prints by 35 indigenous and international artists, addressing ideas of homeland and its intersection with the environment, climate, or other influences.

About her work Yazzie writes: “The Navajo Paradigm in which we create the world with our thoughts, grounds and motivates my work as an artist, as a teacher, an Indigenous person who is a member of the Navajo Nation, and asPoster for Mapping Home/Collecting Truth Showcase faculty of the University of Colorado. The key themes and processes central to my work include: outreach to rural communities on the local, national, and global level with Indigenous people, colonization, the idea of homeland, nature, the female archetype, and issues relating to health and safety. My intellectual, creative, classroom, and outreach is rooted in the fact that we learn from one another, through our shared experience in the practice of art-making, an ancient, sustainable way of both being in the world, and a way in which to live together, always in a state of learning. Of principal research interest is our diverse yet shared foundational, theoretical, and philosophical bodies of knowledge that express our connections to our homelands.”

On view in the Printmaking Showcase Gallery on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building
UT Campus

Omega Gallery: Back to the start: Recent Artworks by Jennifer Brickey

  • September 1, 2021 — October 15, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening reception Wed Sep 1, 2-4 PM

Jennifer Brickey works in pen, ink, acrylic, paper and more.

Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: 865-471-4985,

Old City MedSpa: Works by Leesa Osburn

  • September 1, 2021 — September 30, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Artist Leesa Osburn
Medium: Water Based Oils

Bio: I enjoy painting with water based oils on canvas. Often times I rescue a canvas to save it from destruction. My painting subjects include pets & wildlife, landscapes & seascapes, and scenes from our nearby Smoky Mountains. Originally from the West Coast, I have lived in Knoxville with my husband and two dogs since 2019. I have a website which is under construction at

Old City MedSpa, 104 W Summit Hill Dr SW, Knoxville

Tennessee Artists Association exhibition at Clayton Center for the Arts

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Galleries are open 10 AM to 6 PM Monday thru Friday

Reception is Friday, September 17th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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

Ijams Hallway Gallery Presents: Jon Pemberton

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

East Tennessee artist Jon Pemberton's three-dimensional works are whimsical, fun and unique! Don't miss the chance to see them in September!

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Judy Kelley Jorden and Paula Browning

  • August 31, 2021 — October 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Works by Judy Kelley Jorden and Paula Browning

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

McClung Museum: Ornithological Quadrupeds

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Ornithological Quadrupeds features prints from Beauvais Lyons, University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Professor of Art, Beauvais Lyons. Lyons’ whimsical prints, which are a companion display to Between the Hand and Sky: The Art of Elizabeth Gould, draw on the tradition of natural history illustration by artists including Elizabeth Gould and John James Audubon.

The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. As part of the University of Tennessee, we adhere to UTK's COVID19 policies.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

Pellissippi State: Mezzotint Prints by Jacob Crook

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Mezzotint prints created by artist Jacob Crook are on display at Pellissippi State Community College through Sept. 24, and the public is invited to enjoy the show.

The free exhibit is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Pellissippi State encourages the wearing of masks in indoor spaces.

Crook, assistant professor of art and printmaking coordinator at Mississippi State University, works primarily in the intaglio printmaking technique of mezzotint, invented in 1642. This process achieves tonality – a range of tones in a work of visual art – by roughening a metal plate with a metal tool called a rocker. The rocker has a beveled, serrated, curved edge with many tiny teeth that create innumerable tiny indentations and burrs that hold ink during the printing process. Ink is rubbed into the varieties of textures and the excess wiped away, gradually revealing the image.

“The fully rocked areas that are left alone produce a rich, velvety blank print, and areas that are scraped and burnished to varying degrees of smoothness will hold less ink, producing lighter value,” Crook explained. “Essentially the image is created in a reductive manner by ‘erasing’ the roughened areas to create areas of light.”

Crook’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others. His works also are displayed in academic institutions and private collections.

“The quality of light cast into a space has the potential to bring poetry to the prosaic, magic to the mundane and beauty to the banal,” Crook said. “The light spilling through these nocturnal landscapes and vacant interiors serves as a sort of spotlight, transforming the scenes into empty stage sets, either soon to be entered or perhaps long abandoned, suggesting the possibility of untold narratives that are just out of reach.

“My intent is not to tell a story directly, but to set the stage in such a way that viewers are compelled to consider the moments before and after the one presented based on their own associations with the imagery,” he added.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event or any Pellissippi State event, call 865-539-7401 or email

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