Calendar of Events
Friday, December 3, 2021
Awaken Coffee: Featuring Michelle Barillaro
On display from December through the end of January.
Michelle Barillaro is an abstract painter based in Knoxville, TN. She works with a wide variety of mediums and enjoys discovering new ways to bring her work to life. https://www.michellebarillaroart.com/about
Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-951-0427 or https://www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/
Rala: Castles and Cathedrals by Brian Pittman & Tiny Works
Rala is excited to announce a First Friday Double Feature show for the months of December and January! We will have a new series of Castles and Cathedrals by local artist and architect Brian Pittman, along with a curated show of tiny artworks from 20 different local and regional artists. The opening reception will be from 6-8 on December 3rd. Both shows will remain on display from December 3rd through the end of January.
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/1v7UW8jBz
Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
PH: (865) 525-7888
UT Downtown Gallery: Beyond Costume
December 3, 2021 - January 8, 2022
The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by former University of Tennessee Head of Design for Theatre, Marianne Custer, and Clarence Brown Theatre Head Draper, Kyle Schellinger.
In this exhibit, two artists blur the line between costume craft and art. Their work is born in theatre practice and emerges as sculpture. The impulse to make hats transforms leather into sculptural expressions from nature. The impulse to make historical gowns becomes a sculptural exploration of material and scale.
Join us Friday, December 3 for an opening reception from 5-8pm and stay downtown for the WIVK Christmas Parade. All events are free and open to the public. Masks are required. Thank you for helping keep our community healthy.
Open Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802, http://web.utk.edu/~downtown
Albright Grove Brewing Co: Exhibition by Jerry's Artarama Staff
Friday 12/3 - We are doing our first First Friday art showing here with the staff at Jerry's Artarama Staff Showing! We will be showcasing their work on Friday 12/3 and will have their artwork up all month long! Look forward to seeing you here!
Albright Grove Brewing Company, 2924 Sutherland Ave, KNOXVILLE, TN, 37919
Tue-Wed 4pm - 9pm
Thu-Fri 4pm - 10pm
Sat 2pm - 10pm
Sun 2pm - 8pm
Bennett: Culinary Excess by Denise Sanabria
Bennett is proud to present Culinary Excess, an exhibition of new works by Denise Stewart-Sanabria that will be on show from December 3rd to December 30th, 2021. Denise is a Knoxville-based painter and mixed-media visual artist. She earned her BFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and relocated to Knoxville in 1986. This is Denise’s first show with Bennett. Denise’s hyper-realistic paintings draw upon imagery from art history, particularly the Baroque and Rococo periods. Her themes of memory, excess, gluttony, and the human figure are present in many of the works in her oeuvre.
Many of Denise’s paintings hearken back to the still lives of Ruysch and Peeters, with flowers, fruit, and food having just gone past the point of freshness. Denise was the 2019 recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission State Fellowship for her work in wood. Her work is included in various museums, private, and corporate collections including: The Tennessee State Museum, The Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, The Knoxville Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Firstbank TN, Pinnacle Banks, Omni and Opryland Hotels, Scripps Networks, Knoxville Botanical Gardens, Jewelry Television, TriStar Energy, the Atlanta Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank/Nashville office, the Aslan Foundation, The Ayers Foundation, and the corporate offices of McGhee Tyson Airport.
Bennett is a Knoxville institution founded in 1976 that operates at the intersection of fine art and interior design. Bennett is committed to the integration of art and life, and to the art world of East Tennessee. For further information, press, or sales inquiries please contact the Managing Director, Robert Shipley, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Gallery Associate, Clara Souvignier, at email@example.com.
Bennett: 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791, https://bennetthome.com/
Arts & Culture Alliance's Annual Members Show
A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, December 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The 48th Annual WIVK Christmas Parade starts at 7:00 PM along Gay Street and passes in front of the Emporium.
The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents its 2021 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.
“This exhibition is traditionally a highlight, and for us, represents a culmination of a year’s productivity on the part of Knoxville’s diverse and enthralling 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, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Broadway Studios & Gallery, Knoxville Community Darkroom, West Fifth Studios, and Relay Ridge.
The 2021 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from December 3-23, 2021. 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.
The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed December 24 – January 2 for the holidays. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.
Knoxville Children's Theatre: Annie Jr.
The play will be performed Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.
Annie Jr. follows the story of an orphan named Annie living a “hard-knock life” at The New York City Municipal Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie dreams of being reunited with her parents and takes action to find them. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
The play is performed by twenty talented young actors from ages 8 to 16.
The show is directed by Student Directing Intern: Campbell Ella. The play is designed by young student designers from ages 12 to 16.
Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677, www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com
Theatre Knoxville Downtown: A Doublewide, Texas Christmas
By Jones, Hope, and Wooten
Directed by Candace Moore
Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM
In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being double-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.
In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, Patsy Price. Patsy, fresh out of the local mental institution, clearly has her own devious agenda and the County competition over in Fayro is just the place for her to settle an old score.
By the time this full-tilt rocket ride of lunacy climaxes in a what-else-can-go-wrong live television presentation, you’ll have doubled your Christmas spirit. So spend the Yuletide in Doublewide and let this hilarious Jones Hope Wooten Comedy make your Christmas merry and bright…because there’s no place like a good ol’ Texas-sized mobile home for the holidays!
Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999, www.theatreknoxville.com
Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
Get ready for visions of sugar plums, a mouse king and a sparkling snow scene, as The Appalachian Ballet Company proudly announces its 50th Anniversary of The Nutcracker. The evening performances are accompanied with live music by The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The beloved ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful Mouse King before embarking on a wondrous journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Annamae Sterling will dance the role of Clara. Young and old alike will experience the many special effects, including the Christmas tree that “grows” and the "snow" falling during the snow scene.
Ticket prices for The Nutcracker start at $20 and can be purchased by visiting www.appalachianballet.org. The Sugarplum Fairy will be danced by seasoned professional, Kylie Morton Berry, and guest artist James La Russa will dance role of Drosselmeyer. The ballet company welcomes the opportunity to be onstage once again and the theaters will have a mask policy.
Two weekends, Two venues!
Friday, December 3, 10:00am School Matinée
Saturday, December 4, 7:00pm Public Performance with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, December 5, 3:00pm Public Performance
At Knoxville Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, TN
Friday, December 10, 7:00pm Public Performance with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 11, 3:00pm Public Performance
At Clayton Center for the Arts
Tickets/more information: 865-982-8463, www.appalachianballet.org
Broadway Studios and Gallery: Holiday Market
Friday Dec 3rd 5:00-9:00, Sat Dec. 4th 12:00 - 5:00 Sun Dec. 5th 12:00 - 3:00
Paintings, Jewelry, Ceramics, Plant Art, Photography, Woodwork, Fiber Arts, and much more.
Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-556-8676, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com and https://www.facebook.com/broadwaystudiosandgallery/
Maryville College Fine Arts: Alpha Psi Omega Presents “Moving”
Haslam Flexible Theatre
Fri-Sat at 8 PM, Sun at 2 PM
Alpha Psi Omega and the Maryville College Theatre Department will present “Moving” by Sean M. McCord, directed by MC senior theatre major Brittany Barthelmess ’22.
Over the span of thirty years in one apartment in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, lovers come together, fall apart, and move on through life's choices.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and students. Admission is free for MC students, faculty, and staff with ID, although a printed ticket is required for admission. *Masks are required in all indoor campus spaces.
Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590, www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com
Central Filling Station: Christmas Tree Extravaganza!
Mark your calendar! Raise the Tree is coming back to North Knox! Central Filling Station is hosting the Knoxville-based "Raise the Tree" holiday fundraiser to provide fresh Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands while raising money for local charities.
10% of all proceeds will benefit local area non-profits, and only premium grade Fraser Firs are sold, along with wreaths and garland. Free delivery available to the Old North Knox and Fourth and Gill Neighborhoods! https://www.facebook.com/events/922254895357157/