Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Morristown Art Association: Juried Art Show

  • June 2, 2022 — June 29, 2022

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

The Reception and Awards presentation will be held at Rose Center, Edith Davis Gallery, on Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Morristown Art Association will sponsor the 52nd Annual Juried Art Show in June 2022. This is the premier visual art event of the year in Morristown with some of the best artists in East Tennessee submitting work for the show. This cultural, community event is held at Rose Center Council For the Arts, Edith Davis Gallery.

Over $1000.00 in total cash to be awarded. Juror-Diane Fox

The Rose Center, 442 West Second North St, Morristown, TN, 37814. Hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 423-581-4330, or

Marble City Opera: The Copper Queen

Category: Music, Theatre and Virtual

Stage premiere of "The Copper Queen" by Clint Borzoni & John de los Santos.

Described as a cross between La Traviata and The Shining, Borzoni and de los Santos' "The Copper Queen" is based on the dramatic true story of Julia Lowell, a resident of The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1910, who was forced to live in captivity in service to the town's men. A century later, Addison Moore—a stranger to Bisbee—visits Room 315, the site of Julia's tragic suicide, where her ghost now famously roams. The riveting tale—told across the generations—is one of human bondage, furtive romance, secret connections, and ultimately—redemption. The opera won the top prize for Arizona Opera's commission program, Arizona SPARK. Marble City Opera's production will be the first time the opera is performed live on stage.

Sara Crigger, mezzo-soprano as "Addison Moore"
Kathryn Frady, soprano as "Julia Lowell
Graham Anduri, bass-baritone as "Mr. Floyd"
David Silvano, tenor as "Teddy"
Jacob Lay, bass-baritone as "Richie/Sugar Dog"
Daniel Spiotta, baritone as "Peter Ackerman"

Conductor: Reginald Houze
Stage Director: John De los Santos

Where: Flying Anvil Theater, 1300 Rocky Hill Rd., Knoxville, TN 37919
Contact: or (865) 226-9756
Cost: In-person: $40 (masks strongly encouraged)
Online-streaming: $30 (Link will be emailed 15 minutes before performance granting access to view the show online)

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Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival

  • June 2, 2022 — June 4, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

Early bird tickets for the Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival, featuring three world renowned storytellers, will be on sale for the June 3 and 4 performances until the end of April. This popular annual event will return live at the Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Early bird tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or the Ferrell Shop (cash or check only) in Oak Ridge. This is a great gift for people of all ages.

The two-day event will feature storytellers Sheila Arnold, Bil Lepp and Kim Weitkamp known to audiences nationwide for their wit, wisdom and abilities to make audiences laugh, cry and reminisce. A workshop by Bil Lepp has been added on Thursday, June 2nd.

Highlighting the Friday night performance will be acclaimed storyteller Sheila Arnold who will tell the story of the Scarboro 85, the 85 brave young people from Oak Ridge who were the first to desegregate a school district in the South. Few people know of this 1955 milestone event that took place in Oak Ridge. Sheila will honor the Oak Ridge 85 by telling some of their stories. Storytellers Bil Lepp and Kim Weitkamp will also perform Friday evening. Friday evening tickets 7 p.m. performance are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

There will be three shows on June 4th. and the storytellers will share different stories for each performance. The morning family show, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. will offer tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for school-age children. The afternoon show is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the evening show is from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets for the afternoon and evening performances are $25 for each show. Early bird pricing is currently available at $40/ticket for both the Saturday afternoon/evening shows. For groups of 10 or more tickets will be $20 each for either the afternoon or evening performances.

Storyteller Bil Lepp will present a special workshop “Bringing a Story to Life and Including Your Audience in the Experience” on Thursday June 2, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium in Oak Ridge. Tickets for workshop are $50 and are also available at Eventbrite and the Ferrell Shop in Oak Ridge. The Ferrell Shop accepts cash or check only.

A first-time special event has been added to this year’s Flatwater Tales. Oak Ridge Historian Ray Smith will lead a tour of some historic Oak Ridge sites on Friday, June 3rd at 1 p.m. Tickets for this free tour are available on Eventbrite. The event is FREE but registration is required. Learn the history of Oak Ridge by spending the afternoon with the Ray.

The Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival is led by volunteers from all three Oak Ridge Rotary Clubs.

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Prepping for Publication

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing and Virtual


Self-publishing is more than writing a book — you have to be writer, publisher, and marketer or find someone to help with all the pieces of those jobs. Keifel Agostini and Victoria Raschke launched 1000Volt Press after Victoria’s previous publisher reorganized and gave back the rights to her books. In addition to publishing Victoria’s Voices of the Dead series, 1000Volt has signed three new projects to release over the next year. Keifel has previous experience in online and print news publishing and book design experience with Ingram Print on Demand. Victoria has learned on the job. Together they’ll give you an overview of what you need to do before, as, and after you self publish and discuss some free or low cost tools designed to help you produce a polished, professional looking book.

We are back on ZOOM for the summer programs (June workshop is in-person), so please register on the KWG website: You will then receive a link for Zoom access, usually on the day of the event.

Authors Guild of Tennessee: Meeting

  • June 2, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information:

Collectively Speaking Open Mic

  • June 2, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Literature, spoken word, writing

Shoe Game and RheaSunshine presents Collectively Speaking. Hosted by RheaSunshine Knoxville's Laureate. Our featured Headliners are Bluz from Charlotte, NC a four-time Emmy Winner & Slam Master and Dasan Ahanu from Raleigh, NC a public speaker & spoken word artist. This month's Rising Star is Knoxville's own Lelani who will be sharing a few of her favorite poems. Since we're Collectively Speaking be prepared to grab the microphone to share some of your favorite poems. You will be encouraged and supported by local Poetry lovers from the area. Seating is limited so get your tickets today.

Collectively Speaking is the premiere open mic in Knoxville. We hold this event every other month bringing you amazing features and an environment of fun and high energy.

Lox Salon: Artwork by Leesa Osburn

  • June 1, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Leesa Osburn, Knoxville, TN
I was born and raised on the Oregon Coast. I enlisted in the Army and had the opportunity to travel to Germany. After serving in the Army, I returned to the U.S. and ended up settling in Las Vegas, NV for 14 years. After too many hot summers, in 2019 my husband and I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee with our two rescue dogs. The positive change in environment has reinvigorated my need to put paint to canvas.

I have a Bachelors in Studio Art from University of Nevada Las Vegas and paint mostly in Water Soluble Oils. My work, mostly landscapes, have been shown now in several local exhibits and hope to expand my reach to future juried events.

I enjoy “rescuing” formerly used canvases and frames. Many canvases only need a tiny amount of work and a neutral base coat in oils to prepare them for a new day of painting. Good quality frames often just need a new coat of paint and the two, canvas and frame, are ready to be joined. I often choose to paint on gallery wrapped canvases which omits the need for a frame all together.

To Expand my craft, I joined Tuesday Painters, a Plein Air painting group. For ease of portability I have been dabbling on Tuesdays in Watercolor.

Lox Salon, 103 West Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tues-Fri 9-9:00, Sat 9-5:00, Closed Sun-Mon.

40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair

  • May 21, 2022 — June 29, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

On May 21, the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair kicks off with a variety of events across the city. To add to the festivities, we're planning to promote ALL THINGS 80s in Downtown Knoxville. Starting Saturday, May 21 and running for 40 days (through June 29), enjoy 80s-themed menus, music, merchandise, and events. Details coming soon!

Oak Ridge Art Center: Celestial Phenomena

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

For artists who work in any medium. We invite artists to interpret this theme as they see it—heavenly, outer space or stellar formations, angels, mythic beings, otherworldly imagery or any others.

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Currents: Women Artists from the KMA Collection

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, showcases what two important Tennessee cultural organizations are doing to support and empower women artists. Women Artists: Highlights from the Hunter Museum of American Art is on view at the KMA April 22-July 24, 2022, and Currents: Women Artists from the KMA Collection is on view May 13-August 14, 2022. Both exhibitions pay tribute to contemporary women artists represented in each museum’s respective collections.

Since 2000, the Hunter Museum of American Art has prioritized the acquisition of works by women artists from around the United States, who have long lagged behind their male counterparts when it comes to museum-level recognition. Highlights of the Hunter exhibition include an installation by Lesley Dill featuring floor-to-ceiling banners and hand-embroidered text, a silhouette pop-up book by Kara Walker examining the history of American race relations, a textile by Vadis Turner questioning inherited gender roles, and a mixed media installation by Beverly Semmes inspired by composer John Cage’s minimalist music.

Like the Hunter, the Knoxville Museum of Art has actively sought to acquire outstanding works by women for its collection. The selection on view reflects women’s broad technical and aesthetic range found in contemporary art. A mixed media painting on wooden sections by Alison Moritsugu conveys a monumental landscape, expansive yet incomplete. Nancy Rubins elevates graphite drawing into a large sculptural construction apparently shaped by violent forces. British artist Marilène Oliver constructs provocative portraits of her family in the form of acrylic sheets imprinted with digital medical scans. Patty Chang uses water and mirrors to transform her own image taken in a Belgian church into a complex photographic work fragmented by harsh angles and provocative reflections. In her video Joan of Arc, Alex McQuilkin responds to Maria Falconetti’s memorable lead role in the legendary 1928 French silent film by Carl Dreyer and the film’s themes of adolescent desire, faith, and suffering. These and other selected works call overdue attention to women’s significant role in reshaping the contemporary art landscape.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, Admission and parking are free.

Fountain City Art Guild: Spring Show

  • May 13, 2022 — June 22, 2022

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

Reception May 13, 6:30-8 PM
Food, fine art & friends! Free and open to public.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu 9:30-3:30, W-R 9:30-4:30 or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

Anthology: A Collection of Selected Works by Ted Richards

  • May 8, 2022 — July 29, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening May 8, 2-4 PM - meet the artist, refreshments
Exhibition hours M-F 9-4

Ted Richards lives in Loudon, TN.

The Gallery at Rarity Bay Community Activity Center (second building on right as you enter Rarity Bay), 150 Rarity Bay Pkwy, Vonore, TN 37885.

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