Calendar of Events

Monday, June 6, 2022

UT School of Art: Printmaking Summer Showcase

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Prints by UT Knoxville Undergraduate & Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff

Art & Architecture Building, second floor
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

June 6 – September 2, 2022

Each summer for the past few years the Printmaking Program in the UTK School of Art presents an exhibition of recent prints by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The works represent a wide variety of methods and approaches, including intaglios, relief prints, lithographs, and screenprints, reflecting a diversity of ideas and approaches. The MFA Program in Printmaking at UTK is ranked #3 among public universities nationally by US News and World Report.

The Art and Architecture building is accessible to the public through the summer weekdays from 8 am-5 pm.
https://art.utk.edu/2022-printmaking-summer-showcase/

The WordPlayers: Southern Comforts

Category: Free event, Literature, reading, writing and Theatre

The WordPlayers will present a staged reading of “Southern Comforts,” a comedy by Kathleen Clark. The reading takes place at the Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Rd., Knoxville on June 6 at 7:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information, see www.wordplayers.org or call 865-539-2490.

"Southern Comforts" is a story told with warmth and humor about a widow and a widower embarking on a late-in-life journey of compromise, rejuvenation, and personal risk. Their awkward and enchanting interactions are filled with sweet surprise and unpredictable tribulation. Will they be able to move out of their comfort zones toward a more rewarding and unconditional love for each other?

Brad Croisdale of Realty Executives sponsors The Staged Reading Series. The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 theatre company. Upcoming programming includes "Hello, Dolly!" at the Bijou Theatre in July.

Facebook: The WordPlayers
Twitter: @wordplayers
Instagram: wordplayers

Tennessee Theatre: Mighty Musical Monday with Tim Eggert

Category: Free event and Music

AT 12:00PM (DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM)
Free Event

We are pleased to welcome you to the Theatre to enjoy a LIVE concert featuring House Organist Freddie Brabson on the Tennessee Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. He will be joined on stage by Tim Eggert, one of the world's greatest whistlers. At a young age, Tim set his sights on competing on the national level. He achieved that goal and has competed in the International Whistlers Convention in Louisburg, NC multiple times. Tim the Whistler, as he is known, also competed in the 'Allied Arts' category where contestants combine whistling and another talent. He performed Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, complete with dance moves and took home the First Place trophy. He brings to Knoxville a setlist of popular hits sure to please.

Please note that we will not be providing lunch, but concessions will be available for purchase.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200, www.tennesseetheatre.com

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Auditions for Joan, The Girl of Arc

Category: Auditions, Fine Crafts, Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will hold auditions on Monday, June 6th for our upcoming production of JOAN, THE GIRL OF ARC. The show will be directed by KCT Academy Director, Emily Helton.

The audition will take place from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM at KCT, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue. Detailed instructions for what to prepare will be included with audition confirmation.

Artistic Staff at auditions: Emily Helton, Director & Academy Director; Steve Sherman, Artistic Director.

There are great parts for boys and girls and there will be roles for actors making their KCT debut. Actors must be at least 8 years old to audition for KCT productions.

When Joan D’Arc, a shepherd in Domremy, France, 1420s, hears a voice while tending sheep one day, she can’t believe what—and whom—she’s hearing. But the voice is joined by others who claim they’re saints and ask her to go to war for France. Now she must convince her father, her friends and her priest that she is telling the truth. But no one believes her. Finally, she sets out on her own, determined to be believed, and proves her visions to the leader of the French army. He helps her get safely to Paris, where once again she must convince the prince of France and his corrupt advisors. She instills courage in the prince to stand up for what he believes, and he gives her the entire French army to lead against the British. In a suit of armor made especially for her, she leads her soldiers to win the Hundred Years’ War, using the wits and methods of the real teenage girl that she was. But when she refuses to deny the voices she heard, she is sentenced to death.

Rehearsals begin on Sunday, June 26th and continue through Thursday, August 11th. *Tech and dress rehearsals August 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 in the evenings are mandatory and actors must be available for all 14 performances Thursday-Sundays (August 12 – 28). Cast Orientation Sunday, June 26th is mandatory for first time production participants and we ask all parents to be there.

https://knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com/audition-tips
https://knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com/register-for-an-audition/

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677, www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com

Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Nief-Norf Summer Festival will take place from June 5-19, 2022 at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Approximately 50 performance, composition, and music technology performance fellows will gather in an immersive think-tank environment during Nief-Norf Summer Festival. They will participate in 20+ events including concerts, lectures, masterclasses, and group hangs; engage in networking and in-depth collaboration; and work with our guest artists and composers.

We are thrilled to welcome guest artists Mark Applebaum (composition/improvisation/piano) in residence for Week 1 and Pamela Z (composition/technology/voice) in residence for Week 2, in addition to our all-star faculty line-up!

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Opening Concert
Friday, June 10, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Mark Applebaum & Nief-Norf Composition-Fellows: Theme in Search of Variations Concert
Saturday, June 11, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Music of Mark Applebaum

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | NNSF22 Composition Fellows' Concert #1
Thursday, June 16, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | NNSF22 Composition Fellows' Concert #2
Friday, June 17, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Music of Pamela Z
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 3-5:30PM | Final NNSF22 Concert

Concert tickets are $10 (students) and $15 (general); VIP festival passes are $60 (students) and $90 (general). All tickets and passes are available at the door, and will be available on the Nief-Norf ticket website.

Artistic Director Andrew Bliss and Managing Director Abby Fisher lead a stellar faculty for the 2022 Nief-Norf Summer Festival, including: Erin Rogers (Composition Director); Mark Applebaum (Guest Artist); Pamela Z (Guest Artist); Allison Adams (Saxophone & Woodwinds); Maria Castillo (Flute); Claire Chenette (Oboe & Woodwinds); Andrea Lodge (Piano); Jordan Munson (Music Technology); Kendall Williams (Steel Pan and Percussion); and Ashley Walters (Cello).

https://www.niefnorf.org/

Tennessee Artists Association: Exhibition at Ijams Nature Center

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception will be June 4th, 6 – 8pm in conjunction with a Bluegrass Band performance.

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

Tennessee Artists Association: 865-675-2285, www.tnartists.org

Bennett: Carl Sublett - The Golden Years

  • June 4, 2022 — June 25, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Champagne opening June 4, 11 AM - 4 PM

Bennett is proud to present a retrospective of Carl Sublett’s work post-retirement from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Carl Sublett was a Knoxville local who divided his time between Knoxville and his home in Maine; much of his work is influenced by the landscapes of Eastern Tennessee and Maine. Carl is best known for his landscape paintings and abstract works; his dark color palettes evoke a sense of nostalgia and draws the viewer in with the essences of his works.

Carl Sublett studied at Western Kentucky State College before joining the US Army in 1941. He was stationed in Italy, and after the end of the war Carl enrolled at the University Study Center in Florence, Italy. By 1954 Carl had returned to the United States and was living in Knoxville with his wife and their two children. Carl became a founding member of The Knoxville Seven, a prolific art group, and began teaching painting at UT Knoxville in 1966 until his retirement in 1982. Bennett has been representing Carl and his work since the 1980s. Carl’s influences came from a wide range of sources, most notably his expansive collection of art books and magazines, the work of Marsden Hartley, and his contemporary, Andrew Wyeth.

For more information contact claras@bennettgalleries.com or roberts@bennettgalleries.com. Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791, https://bennetthome.com/

Bistro at the Bijou: Live Jazz

  • June 3, 2022 — December 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Free event and Music

Mon music is from 7-9pm
Fri/Sat music is from 8-10:30pm
Schedule: https://www.thebistroatthebijou.com/speakeasy.html

11/4-Nous Trois
11/5-Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego

11/7-UT Jazz Jam hosted by Margherita Fava
11/11-Kenneth Brown
11/12-Will Boyd Group

11/14-Terry Washington Quartet
11/18-Margherita Fava Trio
11/19-Mark Boling Trio Life

11/21-Carter Beucher
11/25-The Stuffy Turkey Band
11/26-Harold Nagge/Alan Wyatt

11/28-Michael Price

The Bistro at the Bijou, 807 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 544-0537

Rala: Dolly Art Contest exhibition

  • June 3, 2022 — July 31, 2022

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

The opening will be Friday, June 3, from 6-9pm. We will announce awards at 7pm, which will also be streamed live on our instagram, @shoprala and on our youtube channel. The art will remain on display through the end of July.

FB event: https://fb.me/e/1u2zUsNzG

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 11-5. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com or www.instagram.com/ShopRala

RED Gallery: Fresh Perspectives by Wayne Blankenship

  • June 3, 2022 — July 29, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

OPENING RECEPTION of recent work JUNE 3, 5-9 PM

RED Gallery proudly announces the showing of Fresh Perspectives, by Wayne Blankenship. Opening on June 3 (First Friday), the show will run through July 29. Blankenship’s work features Appalachian landscapes.

Wayne Blankenship’s pieces are well known in East Tennessee. He has enjoyed recognition for his work in winning the Dogwood Arts Print Competition in 2002 and 2006. Blankenship presented his piece titled Appalachian Flowers to Dolly Parton at the Dogwood Arts Festival in 2006. In addition to the Dogwood Arts Festival, Blankenship’s work has appeared in local galleries, such as The Venue at Lenoir City.

An artist from an early age, Blankenship reveals that his creative career began with repainting his sister’s coloring books. He moved on to paint-by-number projects, and then to painting with acrylics. Blankenship’s mentor Jim Gray taught him to paint with oils, and it was Gray who suggested Blankenship try watercolors. Blankenship now combines materials in mixed-media work, using oil, watercolors and acrylic to achieve his signature, layered landscapes. He continues to branch out with his technique, and is continually inspired by the work of Andrew Wyeth. Blankenship is a member of the Tellico Village Art Guild.

“When I paint, it mostly comes from my memory, thoughts, or emotions,” says Blankenship. “I rarely have a photo reference or use a plein air technique. Whether it’s sunrise or sunset, painting the mountains gives me an endless supply of inspiration.” For the artist, painting is a way to capture the natural world and a stillness in time, as well as the sharpness of a treasured memory. Blankenship hopes visitors will enjoy the show, and be inspired to visit the mountains. Blankenship says his show at RED Gallery is happening at the perfect time, since it coincides with the upcoming Dolly Fest. He’s always been inspired by Dolly Parton, since he grew up in similar circumstances. Blankenship’s mother taught him a love and appreciation for the natural Appalachian beauty that was his childhood environment. http://wayneblankenship.com/

Starting June 3, Fresh Perspectives can be viewed at RED Gallery on Fridays 5-9pm, Saturdays 1-5pm and Sundays 1-5pm, and by appointment through the week, until July 29.

RED Gallery, 130 West Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Art Market Gallery: New Members Exhibition

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

First Friday Reception: June 3rd, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Vicki Bradshaw, Mixed Media
Vickie Bradshaw is a Southern Appalachian based artist who has been making art for the last thirty years across a variety of media. She has taught metals and torch-fired enamel classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. She is especially interested in mixed-media art and the functionality of found objects. She received her BFA from Memphis College of Arts. Currently she is showing and selling her work at art festivals across the south.

Cathie Fitzjohn, Glass
Cathie Fitzjohn began her journey with glass in 1980. Initially working with stained glass, she created custom windows for private residences. In 2002 Cathie took a weekend workshop in glass fusing or kiln-formed glass and fell in love with the process. Now she works exclusively in this medium, drawing inspiration from nature and wildlife.

Lisa Kurtz, Clay
A professional potter since 1985 when she received her Masters of Art in Ceramics from the University of Louisville, Lisa started her pottery, Highland Pottery, in the eclectic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. She previously taught clay at community colleges including Cleveland State and Pellissippi State and at craft centers such as the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, Tn. and Payne Street Pottery in Ky. In 2015-16, Lisa was a Master Artist in Tn. Craft’s Master Artist Apprentice Program. Lisa throws and hand builds her pieces, often combining both methods to create her functional pottery and clay wall art. Her art highlights the malleable qualities of clay by emphasizing texture and form. She encourages the happy accidents that occur while working in clay and in the firing process. To see more about Lisa and her work visit her website … www.LisaKurtzHighlandpottery.weebly.com.

Allen Monsarrat, Painting
I am drawn to representational art and enjoy the problem solving of depicting various surfaces in paint: stone, hair, skin, water, night sky, etc. Painting from photographs allows me to carefully design my composition which is the basis for any good artwork. More importantly, as my reference source it allows me to study the nuances of color, light and reflection and how it changes across a seemingly uniformly colored surface.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net, www.Facebook.com/ArtMarketGallery

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Debbie Alley

  • June 3, 2022 — June 26, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artists Debbie Alley Friday, June 3, from 6-8 pm.

Debbie is a local fiber artist who specializes in fine art images made from plant material using the eco-printing process. She offers a line of fine art originals, and prints, as well as a line of eco-printed and hand-painted silk scarves. Her art is organic and intriguing and often described as calming and meditative.

Debbie enjoys combining techniques from silk painting, quilt design, fabric dyeing, eco-printing, and watercolor into her art to create something unique and interesting.

Debbie's work can be found at:

• Studio 106 @ The Emporium Center, Knoxville, Tennessee
• The District Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee
• The Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery, Townsend Tennessee

Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Open daily. Information: 865-951-0427, www.instagram.com/awaken_coffee or www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/

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