Calendar of Events
Monday, April 18, 2022
Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on Location 2022, a Plein-Air Painting Event
The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location 2022, an art show and sale, from 5:30 to 9pm Saturday, April 23 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Artists on Location promotes the museum’s connection to the local and regional art community and provides both new and seasoned collectors a rare opportunity to buy original paintings of Knoxville and East Tennessee.
From Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22, talented artists selected through a rigorous juried process will be painting outdoors in and around the Knoxville area. The public is invited to watch AOL’s artists in action as they capture on canvas a wide variety of subject matter, from urban street scenes to pastoral garden settings. The artists’ specific locations will be published on the KMA website www.knoxart.org prior to the event and will be followed on the KMA Guild’s Instagram page @artistsonlocation.
The paintings produced will be sold from 5:30 to 9pm on Saturday, April 23 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Proceeds of the sale will benefit both participating artists and the Knoxville Museum of Art. Artists on Location is organized by the Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art. The Guild raises funds to support the Knoxville Museum of Art and promotes the museum’s programs in the community while educating and building appreciation for visual arts.
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/
Pellissippi State: Design for Web and Print Student Showcase
Mondays-Fridays, April 18-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts
TVUUC: New Exhibitions by Suzanne Jack and David Liles
Reception: Friday, April 29, 2022, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Artists’ Talks: 6:30 p.m.
"THE PROMISE OF THE HEART" in Exhibition Hall B
I believe that the power of art can inspire and affect change in one's self and others. This exhibit is an expression of a joyful heart that flows from a spirit that is nourished by understanding one's emotions, character, and passions. It features thirty-six original works of art by Suzanne Jack.
Photography by David Liles Exhibition Hall A
I seek to create art through photographic imagery. Inspiration often comes from the natural world. Great material is everywhere & seeing it is limited only by opportunity and imagination. My eyes are trained to look for textures, patterns, contrasts, and plays of color in everything I experience on a daily basis. My imagery is often an abstraction, a departure from the normal “snapshot” type photograph. I use mostly digital photography with cropping and image enhancements of color saturation, tone, and contrast, but no additions. The computer is my darkroom, via software tools of digital manipulation.
Gallery Hours: Mondays 10 am - 4 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am - 3 pm. Other times are by appointment only. Sign-in and masks are required. At Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-4176 x101, www.tvuuc.org
Bennett: Richard Jolley Retrospective
Sat Apr 9, 11 AM - 4 PM - champagne opening and meet the artists (1-3 PM)
In conjunction with the premier of the concerto Cycle of Life, created in celebration of Richard Jolley’s monumental Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity permanently installed in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Bennett is proud to be mounting a gallery-wide exhibition of Richard Jolley’s work focusing on both large scale hot formed glass sculpture, smaller blown pieces, and acrylic paintings from the last 20 years. The work of his partner, Tommie Rush, will be displayed alongside Richard’s work.
The progression of work during Richard’s 4-decade career will include glass pieces, works on paper, and paintings. Bennett has partnered with Richard and the KMA to present a truly spectacular reflection of Richard’s career and growth as a glass artist, and as a Knoxville art icon. Cycle of Life is a violin concerto composed by Michael Schachter that was jointly commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and their supporters. GRAMMY nominated violinist Tessa Lark will return to Knoxville to take perform this long-awaited concerto.
Richard’s art falls into distinct series, each serving as a stage in his evolution toward increasingly evocative and technically challenging forms. Jolley spent much of his childhood in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and became fascinated with sculpting glass as a student at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee. Since 1975, he has maintained a studio in West Knoxville, where he continues to create glass sculpture notable for its inventiveness and sophistication. He is represented in public and private collections across the country.
For more information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791, https://bennetthome.com/
Rhea Carmon celebrates National Poetry Month
During April, I will be doing a short reading every Monday at 7pm. I will also be issuing a writing challenge every day for NatPoWritMo.
Award-winning wordsmith Rhea Carmon is a force that weaves passion, purpose, and power into poetry. She is a teacher, mentor, motivational poet, and inspiration to all that come in contact with her. Rhea's life lessons and stories create space for conversation and understanding. She will motivate and inspire students and adults to be the best form of themselves on a daily basis. She is the City of Knoxville's Poet Laureate.
Ijams Nature Center: Yoga at Ijams Starts
(All ages) Join Hope Irwin for weekly yoga classes at Ijams on Mondays starting April 4 from 6-7 p.m.! This class, held at the Visitor Center, may be on the back patio or indoors during inclement weather. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Learn More and Register
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, www.ijams.org/ijams-river-rescue.
Keep Knoxville Beautiful: The Orchids Awards
JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION! The Orchids Awards have been presented to Knoxville and Knox County's most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art since 1979. Throughout the month of April, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards online via our Facebook page. Awards will be presented to winners in six different categories: New Architecture, Redesign/Reuse, Outdoor Space, Community Space, Public Art, and Regreening.
Join us in celebrating the architects, artist, developers and community members that are beautifying our dynamic city.
Stay tuned for information to support Keep Knoxville Beautiful Mural Fund, which will support Knoxville's next murals. Four generous sponsors will match your individual donations. Help us reach our goal of $9,500!
UT School of Art: Ericka Walker Lithographs – The Great Experiment
The Printmaking Showcase Gallery on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building features “The Great Experiment,” an exhibition of lithographs by Ericka Walker. The exhibition will be on view from April 1 – May 30, 2022. Born in Wisconsin, Walker received her MFA from UT Knoxville in 2010, and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she is an Associate Professor at NSCAD University.
Art and Architecture Building, 2nd Floor Printmaking Aisle
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
Rala: The Fortune Teller's Sister & Other Portraits with Cynthia Markert
Opens FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022 AT 6 PM – 8 PM
Rala presents The Fortune Teller's Sister & Other Portraits, a show by Cynthia Markert. All paintings are one of a kind originals.
Please join us for the show opening from 6 to 8pm. Visit our online gallery: https://shoprala.com/collections/art-originals
Cynthia Markert is a staple artist and local treasure within Knoxville's arts community and has long been creating timeless paintings of women on wooden panels. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we prefer that masks be worn inside the store. Thank you for helping us stay safe!
Art Market Gallery: Anna Burton & Curt Imerman
First Friday Reception: April 1st, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
April Featured Artists: Anna Burton – Jewelry and Curt Imerman – Drawing
Anna Burton, Jewelry
Anna Burton is a self-trained bead embroidery and weaving artist. She has a love for color and nature and challenges herself to bring contemporary and fun style to the artform. Her background as a professionally trained musician influences how her pieces take shape and flow. Her affinity for bright color combinations, nature, and a desire to continually explore new avenues with her medium is evidenced in each finished piece. Her passion is bead embroidery and dreaming up new ways to make an already 3D art form even more 3-dimensional. Anna began working with beads right out of college when employed at a bead store. What began as a necessity (the bead store was in need of someone to teach their classes), quickly grew into a love and a passion. She has entered several international competitions, most notably, Battle of the Beadsmith (2013, 2014, 2015). She has also served as a member of CABO (Capital Area Bead Organization) in Raleigh, NC, as project coordinator. She is currently a member of the EGA (Embroiderers’ Guild of America).
Curt Imerman, Drawing
I began making pencil drawings at a young age. I have been drawing in pen and ink since the 1980s. I was juried into the Art Market Gallery in September 2020. I submitted several of my barn drawings to the jury. I have since expanded my artistic work by adding slight accent colors to enhance my barn drawings. I also broadened the subject matter I draw (birds, mushrooms, butterflies, etc.). However, barns are still very strong in my mind and heart.
Dogwood Arts: Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens & Camera Sites
April 1 - 30, 2022
Knoxville’s iconic Dogwood Trails date back to 1955 and today cover more than 85 miles in 12 neighborhoods throughout the city. Take a drive, a walk, or a bike ride and enjoy the scenic natural beauty of our region!
History: In 1947, New York newspaper reporter John Gunther came into town, checked out the area, then returned to New York and wrote “Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. Its main street is called Gay Street; this seemed to me to be a misnomer.” Thus, in 1955, members of the Knoxville Garden Club, led by Betsey Creekmore, Martha Ashe and Betsy Goodson, along with a group of concerned citizens with a vision began a civic beautification project–the Dogwood Trails..
Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561, www.dogwoodarts.com
Emporium Center: Richardson & Marilyn Avery Turner: Recent Work
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from April 1-30, 2022. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, April 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features jazz music inside the Emporium by Taber Gable and Friends and an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. 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.
Richardson Turner presents an autobiographical series of prints using images he has created over the last three years. They represent memories of the pursuit of a certain muse during a ten-year period from 1964 through 1974. The works are made starting with a black lithograph key drawing followed by screen printed color layers.
I look for visual images that express an initial intuitive understanding and recognition of an idea or thought. I wrote text to accompany this work, which was an integral part of creating the compositions and remembering dream-like details.
Originally from New York City, Marilyn Avery Turner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1966. Her mediums were painting and collage, but in the past 30 years, she has concentrated on printmaking (monoprinting and screen printing). She taught art for over 20 years in a variety of settings and has been involved, since its inception in 1982, in the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. She exhibits in solo and group shows and participates in juried exhibitions throughout the U.S. In the last ten years, she has exhibited work in over one-third of the states in the U.S. and has received awards in national exhibitions in Alabama, California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
The long, horizontal shape, which I think of as a mini-mural, has been one of my preferred formats for over fifty years. It is only in recent years that I have been using it to explore monochromatic, non-representational images. In these works, I start at one end and continue until I get to the other end. It is the forward movement that interests me; the progression of one piece leading to another. It feels like walking in color and at the end looking back to see if there are any missteps, which I can then go back and alter. In a sense, these works are metaphors for time and its forward thrust. My other preferred shape is the square. These works use figurative imagery in an abstract format. The figurative elements draw mainly from childhood influences, which were shaped by my early years of living in Mexico and California. The designs and images from Pre-Colombian cultures have been an important source of inspiration for me, as have the Western motifs. My interest is in archetypal ideas, as described by C.G. Jung, and images from both these sources feel like fitting representations of these ideas. All of the pictorial elements are derived from monotypes, a form of printmaking wherein a painted image is run through a press to make a unique impression, which I then collage to create the monotype/chine colle works in this exhibit.
Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Hours: M-F 9-5, Sat 10-1. CLOSED SAT APR 9 AND FRI APR 15 - BUT OPEN SUN APR 10, 10-1. Info: 865-523-7543, www.knoxalliance.com