Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

UT Downtown Gallery: Small Expressions 2022

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

Small Expressions is an annual juried exhibition produced by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. and showcasing contemporary small-scale works (not to exceed 15 inches in any direction) using fiber techniques in any media. Small in scale but visually compelling, this exhibit features work that speaks to the intricacy of expression, intimacy of design, thoughtful communication, and visual excitement. The artists in this exhibit create a big impact through small pieces.

All UT Downtown Gallery events are free and open to the public. Masking is strongly encouraged. UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sa 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802,

Spiritus Knox: Breathing Under the Oak Tree

  • July 13, 2022

Category: Free event, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Meet under the Pavilion in Lakeshore Park (the structure with a roof and no sides, it sits close to Marble Hall and the newer playground). There will be signs to help guide you.

second Wednesday of the month: July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9

If you live in Knoxville or happen to be visiting the area, we'd love to breathe together under an old oak tree in Lakeshore Park. Engaging our breath in healthy ways can not only benefit our physical health, it can also help us attune to the Holy Spirit (the breath of God) as well as better connect to our own heart, body, soul and spirit. Breathing together in community can be a delightful gift of finding ease in our lives with others who are trying to do the same. So bring a camp chair, blanket &/or meditation cushion. We so look forward to breathing together under the oak tree.

Please email if you have any questions:
This is a free event and all are welcome. Registration is encouraged.

Live Band Karaoke at Pretentious Beer Co! with Tinca Tinca

  • July 13, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Live Band Karaoke is back again! July 13th! Jump on stage and sing with an all-star band featuring Travis and Owen of Tinca Tinca, Maggie Tharp, Ben McLaughlin, and Grady Milligan.

Come early at 6pm to sign up; last time we kept it going, but still had over a dozen signups we didn't have time to squeeze in when the night was over.

Follow @TincaTincaMusic and @PretentiousBeerCo on the socials for the song list
Doors and signups at 6pm
Karaoke 7-9pm
$5 cover

East Tennessee Historical Society: A Brown Bag Lecture with Dr. William E. Hardy

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Virtual

"Tennessee's Great Sphinx: Governor DeWitt C. Senter and the Collapse of Reconstruction"
A Brown Bag Lecture on July 13, 2022, at 12 pm

In-Person Location and Reservations:
East Tennessee History Center
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.)
Register on Eventbrite

(Or visit the ETHS Facebook Page at the start of the program to watch this on Facebook Live.)

Students of the Civil War era have traditionally paid little attention to the Reconstruction governors in the South and how these governors were an essential part of the Republican Party's machine that sought to secure the fruits of Union victory while maintaining peace during a period marked by great change and strife.

Whereas Tennessee's William "Parson" Brownlow is perhaps the best known and often despised of all the Reconstruction governors, his successor, DeWitt C. Senter, may be both the least known and understood. The silent, sphinx-like East Tennessean was thrust into leadership of the state's new Republican Party at a young age and soon found himself in the gubernatorial chair when Brownlow suddenly resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate.

Would Senter relax Brownlow's proscriptive policies that barred the former Rebels from the ballot box and usher in an era of "reconciliation" or would he push forward with his party's plans to establish a biracial democracy in the aftermath of slavery? Nobody knew. But Governor Senter's efforts to bridge the political divide and achieve compromise brought about a number of unintended consequences that ultimately led to a political and constitutional revolution and the end of Reconstruction in Tennessee.

About the Speaker:
Dr. William E. Hardy earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Tennessee where he specialized in 19th century American History. He has taught at Tennessee Tech, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Chattanooga Community College and is currently an Assistant Professor of History and the Lincoln Scholar at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. From 2005 to 2013, he worked at the East Tennessee Historical Society in the Education Department on various programs, such as the Teaching American History Grant and National History Day.

601 S. Gay Street | Knoxville, TN | (865) 215-8824 |

Oak Ridge Art Center: The Fabric of Memory

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

Memories are the fabric of our lives. Our experiences are woven together on the warp of time to create a tapestry of meaning: sometimes coming together to form a clear picture in one’s mind; sometimes waiting to be resolved, or unraveling. For some, fabric can hold memories – your grandmother’s quilt, the dress you wore to prom, the baby booties you knit for your first child, even the wine stain on your best tablecloth. Each represents a memory spun into the fabric of one’s life.

Dates: July 9, 2022 – August 19, 2022
Opening Reception: July 9, 2022

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

Oak Ridge Library: Fiber Arts Display

  • July 9, 2022 — July 31, 2022

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

Featuring Judie Dysart: Books; Cassie Dickson: Linen Processing; Baskets from the collection of Ken and Kathleen Dalton; Appalachian Center for Craft

Opening Reception: July 9, 2022

Exhibition Hours: Mondays – Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike; Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Ijams Hallway Gallery: ECOTONE: Art from the Museum of Infinite Outcomes

  • July 6, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

Visit the Ijams Hallway Gallery in July to view the ECOTONE collection of art from collaborators of the Museum of Infinite Outcomes. These artists practice historic craft methods in conversation with contemporary ecology to create their artwork that will make you think about the relationships between humans and the natural world.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-577-4717,

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Dynamic Nature: Paintings and Drawings by Kathy Holland

  • July 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

In the Schilling Gallery of Westminster Presbyterian Church from July 1- August 31, 2022.

A native of Virginia, Kathy Holland attended the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking. The following summer she studied with master wood-engraver Blair Hughes-Stanton at the Central School of Art and Design in London, England. Holland has maintained her professional studio practice since graduation, exhibiting drawings, etchings, relief prints, and paintings in juried regional, national, and international competitions and solo shows. Since moving to East Tennessee in 1997, Holland has been an active member of the Art Market Gallery, a longstanding artist-run cooperative gallery of original art and fine craft in Knoxville, TN. Her work is included in public and private collections in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Uruguay. Her home and studio are in Oak Ridge. For additional info, please visit her website:

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4, Fri 9-12. Information: (865) 584-3957 or

Fountain City Art Center: Art Educator Show

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

On July 1st we will be having a Show Opening Reception for our Regional Emeritus Art Teachers. It's been several years since we've had this group of talented folks exhibit their work. We'd love you to stop in for light snacks and cool water to enjoy the opening from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Thanks to Christine Harness and Judy Jorden for spearheading this project!

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,

Art Market Gallery: Fiber Artist Showcase

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

First Friday Reception: July 1, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Featured artists: Elle Colquitt, Fiber Art; Elaine Fronczek, Felted Art; Harriet Howell. Fiber Art; Carol Pritcher, Weaving

Elle Colquitt, Fiber Art
Elle Colquitt has been working as a professional fiber artist since the early 1970's. For over a decade, Elle designed art quilts and self-published patterns/books through her company, The Picket Fence, exhibiting at International Quilt Festivals and trade shows across the country. Teaching workshops included PBS, HGTV and many hands-on workshops. Currently, she is enjoying the challenge of designing fiber vessels. The wide variety of texture and pattern of her fabrics create designs that impersonate other materials; her work falls somewhere between quilting, basketry, pottery, and sculpture. Each unique vessel features distinctive trims and embellishments.

Elaine Fronczek, Felted Art
The fiber arts were an avocation for me for over 50 years. In 2008 I learned to wet felt wool fibers at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. I have since expanded into incorporating other fibers such as silk in both wet and needle felting. My creations are both functional and whimsical.

zHarriet Howell, Fiber Art
Harriet Howell has been a working artist for over 40 years and works in a variety of media. The prevailing theme throughout her work is her use of color to express the energy, emotion and atmosphere of the subject. Her purpose is to engage the viewer and entice them into a world beyond what they see. Harriet enjoys painting both in the studio for her abstract work, and on location for her more realistic work. The abstract work focuses on color, shape and texture to express emotional and spiritual themes. In her landscape work, she uses these same elements to express the unique qualities of a particular subject on a particular day. In her wearable art pieces, Harriet hopes her work will make the wearer feel the joy and pleasure of wearing something beautiful.

Carol Pritcher, Weaving
Carol is a fiber artist who has been weaving for over 40 years and is also a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Appalachian Arts Craft Center. She weaves mostly one of a kind pieces of clothing, but also rugs, placemats and wall hangings.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

Mighty Mud Studios: Woven, Felted, Sculpted and Crowned

  • July 1, 2022 — July 31, 2022

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

Don't miss this show which will include woven works, felted works, handmade fabrics and large sculptural installations at this lovely bright gallery near the heart of downtown Knoxville.

Four Artists including Rose Downs (Weaver, Spinner, Ceramic), Christal Yost (Fiber, Mixed Media), Siobian Jones (Hair Sculpture), and Vasanto (Hatmaker, Felter, Fiber) will contribute.

Opening Reception: July 1, 2022

Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Tu-F 11-6, Sat 9-5. Open studio time on Thu 6-9. Information: 865-595-1900,

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen

  • July 1, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen, on July 1, 6-8 pm.

Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen (Lewa Studio) is an artist based out of Knoxville Tn, primarily creating with acrylic paint. Lily’s works in portraiture and environment recreation reflect the often unseen yet inherent beauty within her subjects and scenes. They draw out specific emotions representative of those people and places by manipulation of color and abstraction techniques.

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, or

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