Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

WDVX: Blue Plate Special & The Big Plate

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

No BPS will occur Jan 25-29 - please come back Feb 1 for more great 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! http://wdvx.com/program/blue-plate-special/

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, http://www.wdvx.com

Knoxville Museum of Art: Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

JANUARY 04, 2022 - FEBRUARY 19, 2022
An Exhibition of International Collage Artists
Monuments are ubiquitous on the landscape. Common and omnipresent, they blend into the background and go unnoticed until someone points them out. In recent years, monuments have become flashpoints of cultural controversy. It wasn’t that these monuments weren’t being seen, it’s that some people in the community weren’t hearing what others in the community were saying about them.

In 1747, a sandstone column was erected in the center of Birr, County Offaly, Ireland and topped with a statue of the Duke of Cumberland who just the year before brutally defeated the Scots at Culloden. The column and its statue was an act of imperialism, a message to the Irish people that a similar fate awaited them should they, too, resist English rule. In 1915, Birr Town Council voted to remove the statue. The Council’s action came during a period when the people of Ireland were asserting their independence from England. The column has stood empty ever since.

In 2021, at the invitation of the citizens of Birr, curator Ric Kasini Kadour invited eighteen collage artists from eleven countries to use an image by Robert French (1841-1917), The Square, Parsonstown, from the Lawrence Photograph Collection to imagine a monument that speaks to a world where all people enjoy safety, security, well-being, and dignity on their own terms. The collage prints debuted during the 53rd Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival, where the project was recognized with a National Heritage Award.

The exhibition of these works in the American South changes the context of the project from one rooted in British imperialism to an opportunity to reflect upon the role monuments can play in historical revisionism, in particular as we work to undo the legacy of slavery and the use of Confederate monuments to distort history and intimidate the descendants of enslaved people. That important civic conversation has focused on whether monuments should stay or be removed. We hope this exhibition invites a different conversation: What role do we want monuments to play in our community? What shared ideas or collective memories do we want future generations to celebrate? And ultimately, how can we build communities where all people enjoy safety, security, well-being, and dignity on their own terms. https://knoxart.org/kma_events/empty-columns-are-a-place-to-dream/

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101, https://knoxart.org/

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: January Classes & Workshops

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

Tue Jan 4, 10-12: “Heat Emboss and Dry Emboss Note/Greeting Card,” with Louise Goodman, $30
Thu Jan 13, 12-1:30: Home School Children’s Art Class
Fri Jan 14, 10-1: PinCushion Parfait, with Twyla Marti & Vera Bogle, $50
Tue Jan 18, 9:30: Monthly Members Meeting
Tue Jan 18, 12-2: Artist Peer Review and Discussion Group, with Jack Retterer, $20
Wed Jan 19, 1-4: Chain Maille Jewelry: “Valentine Necklace,” with George Gallant, $80
Thu Jan 20, 10-1: “How to Paint Trees in Watercolor”, with Sheryl Reeser, $40
Wed Jan 26, 12-2: Life Drawing, with Dena Whitener, $5
Located at 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade (off Peavine Road). 931-707-7249 or www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Kimmons, Parson & Yates

  • January 2, 2022 — February 27, 2022

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

Artwork by:

Kim Kimmons, Watercolors of Western Art
Ralph Parson, Wood Turning
Audrey Yates, Pottery

Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN
865-584-3957
Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM and Friday, 9 AM - noon

Oak Ridge Art Center: Selections from the Permanent Collection Exhibition

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

December 18: Selections from the Permanent Collection Exhibition begins

Holiday Closings:
December 24—26—Closed
December 31 closing at 1 PM
January 1—Closed

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

Exhibition from the Basement: Annual Art Education Exhibition

  • December 9, 2021 — January 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Please join us for our Annual Art Education Exhibition featuring the work of our graduate students!

Congratulations to all of the art education students involved for such fantastic artwork and a job well done!

This is a culminative project for our Visual Culture and Critical Pedagogy course.

Every year, art education graduate students create a body of artwork as part of their graduate coursework and display the work through an art exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display at the Cookie Aytes Elliott Art Education Gallery in Bailey Education Complex, Room 105, and will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm from December 9th - January 31st.

Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, Room 105
1122 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
https://calendar.utk.edu/event/exhibition_from_the_basement_annual_art_education_exhibition#.YdMmHWjMLct

Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church Exhibition: Photographs by David Liles

  • December 8, 2021 — January 20, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Showing 22 images of Landscapes, Abstracts, and Flowers by David G. Liles

809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 483-6761
Hours: M-F 9-4 and Sun 10-12:30
http://www.oruuc.org/the-art-gallery-at-oruuc

The Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church hosts art exhibitions in the central corridor hall of the church. This not-for-profit gallery programs approximately six exhibitions per year, showcasing regional artists working in a wide variety of styles, media, and genres.

Tri-Star Arts: Graft by Edra Soto

  • December 7, 2021 — February 12, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts announces a special exhibition in their gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A solo show, Graft, featuring work by artist Edra Soto of Chicago, Illinois opens on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 and will run through Saturday, February 12, 2022. Public receptions will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 4:00- 8:00 pm and Friday, February 4, 2022 from 5:00- 8:00 pm (artist in attendance on February 4).

This exhibition will coincide with the unveiling of a permanent, outdoor sculpture by Edra Soto, Graft Knoxville, in early February 2022 at the UT GATOP Arboretum & Education Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. This site-specific sculpture initiative has been organized and curated by Tri-Star Arts in partnership with the UT Department of Plant Sciences, UT School of Art/ Sculpture Department, UT College of Architecture + Design/ FabLab, Sanders Pace Architecture, Johnson & Galyon Construction, Mallia Engineering Company, and Tennessee Marble Company. Graft Knoxville is in its final stages of production with more information and related public events forthcoming.

The Graft exhibition at the Candoro Marble Building features sculpture and prints by Edra Soto alongside a visual exploration of her design process, including scale models, a real-scale block module, and project renderings by Knoxville-based firm Sanders Pace Architecture.

Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tue-Sat 11-5. Information: https://tristararts.org/visit
The use of masks and social distancing is encouraged.

Follow Tri-Star Arts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
#TRISTARARTS

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Michelle Barillaro

  • December 3, 2021 — January 30, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

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

  • December 3, 2021 — January 30, 2022

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

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
Instagram: @ShopRala

Knoxville Museum of Art: 16th Annual East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art proudly presents the 16th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Friday, November 26, 2021-Sunday, January 9, 2022. Now a long-standing tradition, the exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of art education programs in East Tennessee, celebrates talented middle and high school students, and supports arts education.

Middle and high school students from East Tennessee have the opportunity to display their talents in a juried exhibition and receive recognition for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment. This event is generously sponsored by Carton Service, Inc., Home Federal Bank, the Rotary Club of Knoxville, the Guild of the KMA, Sarah Stowers, and Ann and Steve Bailey.

Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony Tuesday, December 7, from 6 pm-8 pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Welcoming remarks will be made by the Mayor of Knoxville, Indya Kincannon. The event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend the reception should register in advance at www.knoxart.org/exhibitions/etrsae-2021/.

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to 6-12 grade students attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Categories for the competition include ceramic, drawing, digital imagery/video production, mixed media, painting, computer graphics, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Participating schools were invited to submit up to 15 artworks per teacher, and each school will be represented by one winning work of art.

Approximately 347 works of the more than 712 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The Best in Show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the permanent collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Education Collection.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101, https://knoxart.org/

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

Zoo Lights, presented by Chick-Fil-A Knoxville, is back and better than ever. This illuminating holiday experience is complete with vibrant animal lanterns, mythical creatures and tree lights all while you enjoy festive food and drinks. The spectacular display has doubled in size to snake through the entire length of the zoo. Add a little light to your nights this winter beginning November 26th and flickering through January 9th!

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

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