Calendar of Events
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Knoxville Classical Guitar: Open Ensembles
Come play music with us on August 18th! If you play guitar or ukulele, consider joining the fun! Participation in the KCG ensemble is open to the public, and all skill levels are welcome. The Knoxville Classical Guitar Ensemble will meet weekly at 7 PM at the Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Road, in Knoxville.
For more information, contact Andy LeGrand at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information: 865-686-2067, https://knoxvilleclassicalguitar.com
Free Spirit Theatre: Love Letters
August 18-20: Free Spirit Theatre presents a dinner theatre production of LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney. Jubilee Banquet Facility (6700 Jubilee Center Way). See www.freespirittheatre.org for more information.
Concerts on the Square: Variety Thursday with Mike Snodgrass Band
Bring your kids, lawn chairs, blankets, pets, and friends to enjoy outdoor Knoxville nights, live music, food, fun, and community in Market Square. The City of Knoxville provides these free Concerts on the Square all summer long.
Variety Thursdays – Every 3rd Thursday at 7 pm
Features a broad spectrum of musical genres.
August 18 - Mike Snodgrass Band
September 15 - Dirty Grass Soul
To stay updated on bands and any cancellations due to weather, visit the City of Knoxville Special Events Facebook page. No Tickets. It's Free! https://www.downtownknoxville.org/featured/concerts/
Tennessee Theatre: Amy Grant
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 | 8PM
Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200, www.tennesseetheatre.com
Knoxville Botanical Garden: SEE! Drawing from Life – Redux
August 18th, 6:30-8:30p
You are invited to spend a warm summer evening sitting in the garden and sketching, noticing how the world around us pulses with life. The more we get to know one another, the more we see the fullness and diversity that envelops us. Our leaders, Ashlee Mays and Logan Szymanowski, are co-founders and directors of the Museum of Infinite Outcomes, a neighborhood museum of conservation in Parkridge, and will guide us through multiple informal short sketches to prepare for one longer drawing session. Participants will receive all sketching materials (or can bring your favorites from home).
River Breeze Event Center: UB40's Bigga Baggariddim Tour
UB40's Bigga Baggariddim Tour w/ The Original Wailers ft Al Anderson, Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
Enjoy reggae on the river!
River Breeze Event Center: 6110 Asheville Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37924. Information: (865) 584-9740 or https://www.goriverbreeze.com/
KnoxCrafts: Crafts and Drafts - DIY Terrarium Workshop
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2022 AT 7 PM
At Knox Brew Hub
Event by The Maker City, Knox Crafts TN and KnoxCrafts
Tickets · $35
Come enjoy some crafts and drafts at Knox Brew Hub on Thursday, Aug 18th at 7pm for a DIY Terrarium Workshop with guest artist, Kiana Jones of Plush Moon Terrarium CO. Kiana will teach participants all the fundamentals needed to create your own glass enclosed miniature ecosystem. All materials and plants will be provided as well as your choice of eco-friendly, reclaimed glassware to build your terrarium! Fun add ons will also be available for purchase to make your terrarium even more customized!
Knoxville History Project: A Conversation with Warren Dockter
Thursday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
For this month’s Zoom program, Dr. Warren Dockter, the chief of the East Tennessee Historical Society, will talk about his plans for the 35-county organization, and the upcoming first-ever celebration, the East Tennessee History Hootenanny, on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Dr. Dockter (who doesn’t even mind if you call him that) may even share how this Winston Churchill scholar and author, who has spent much of his adult life in England, and whose books have been praised by the prime minister, found himself back in his native East Tennessee, in charge of a large and dynamic organization.
Register with Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559, www.Knoxvillehistoryproject.org
Ewing Gallery: From Then to Now, work by Diane Solomon Kempler
From Then to Now will open at 2pm on Wednesday, August 17. The Ewing Gallery will operate under Summer hours (M-F 10am - 5pm) until Wednesday, August 24. Then we will resume full operating hours. (M-F 10am - 5pm, TR 10am - 7:30pm, and Sundays 1-4pm)
FROM THEN TO NOW is a retrospective that includes work from the past twenty plus years as well as present explorations. All these works utilize change as a thematic thread. The most recent work is influenced by frequent travel where rich and varied observations of the natural world are recorded. The oldest works consist of clay sculptures that are weathered, narrative and psychological, while the present work. especially the photographs, looks at the idea of finding beauty in the deciduous, the dying, the changing.
Diane Solomon Kempler was a professor at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia where she taught ceramic sculpture for many years. She has been a practicing artist for over thirty years, has had major exhibitions and received many awards. She has also created public art works in the United States and Bosnia. Her ceramic work focuses on the ideas of transition and transformation in the natural world as well as in humans. She has traveled extensively to such places as Mali, Turkey, Indonesia, Peru, and Nepal. Her travels to Asia, especially Burma and India, allowed her to pursue one of her research interests, observing hand building pottery techniques that exist in rural villages. She was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholar grant to pursue this research in India and created several films from this research. She has participated in ceramic studio residencies in Hungary, France, India, and Denmark where she has spent time developing her ceramic and photography work.
Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Arrowcraft Textiles 1930s-1940s
GEOFFREY A. WOLPERT GALLERY
2022-2023 Kenneth R. Trapp Craft Assistant/Curatorial Intern Kelli Fisher explores the early history of Arrowcraft, an important facet of Gatlinburg’s history and the history of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Building on the knowledge of Arrowmont friend Frances Fox, historian and past apprentice to the Master Weaver for Arrowcraft, she has curated materials from Arrowmont’s collection and archives. Kelli will also be presenting her research at the Tennessee State Museum’s Lunch and Learn program, telling the stories of some notable Appalachian women who worked and shaped Arrowcraft and, in turn, Arrowmont as it exists today.
Opened in 1926, the Arrowcraft Shop continued the project established by the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School of meeting the needs of those who lived in the Smoky Mountains. The shop also allowed Appalachian makers the opportunity to make and sell their crafts for more equitable prices than they could find on their own. Their wares – including handmade baskets, coverlets, and chairs – were incredibly popular, in part due to the revival of the American Arts and Crafts movement, which prized high-quality workmanship.
While Arrowcraft employed diverse craft makers, its main focus was weaving. Partially, this decision had to do with storage – only so many baskets and chairs could be stored in the Arrowcraft shop, while weavings of different sizes and complexities (and varying prices) could be more economically stored. Weaving also allowed for both the designer and the weaver to earn credit, as is seen in the small selection of textiles on view in this gallery. Gatlinburg’s weaving women were highly skilled, and between 1935 and 1945 242 different women wove for Arrowcraft. Within Arrowmont’s permanent collection is a sizeable collection of coverlets, hand towels, window tapestries, aprons, handbags, wallets, purses, coats, and more, collected from the early days of Arrowcraft and lasting until its dissolution in the 1990s. Arrowcraft’s success came from the high quality of the items, as Pi Beta Phi alumnae and tourists for the national park sought to buy from the accomplished women makers.
The success of Arrowcraft’s weaving program encouraged the Pi Beta Phis to expand their craft classes, which in turn led to Arrowmont’s workshops that celebrate craft’s histories, its present, and its many futures. Arrowcraft was instrumental in making both Arrowmont and Gatlinburg the spaces they are today.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, https://www.arrowmont.org
TVUUC: Works by Terri Swaggerty and Ken Moffett
Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, August 19, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.
Gallery hours: 10-3, Monday and 10-4, Tuesday through Thursday
Terri Swaggerty began a career in Art at Expo 82 as a sidewalk portrait artist. She then became a self-employed photo retouch artist, specializing in photo restoration and photo enhancement utilizing airbrush, pencil and dye work, and oils for hand coloring. As a member of the Tennessee Professional Photographers association, she received many First-Place awards in photo retouching and received the Artisan Degree in 1997. She also received First Place awards in national PPA competition. Beginning in 1998 she transitioned to a photography career. In 1999, competing as a photographer, she received TPPA First Place honors in Portrait and received First Place in Wedding the following year. Her wedding photography business, Terri Swaggerty Portraiture, flourished in Knoxville for 15 years. Terri now works part time for Little Log Wedding Chapel in Gatlinburg. Terri began taking oil painting workshops in 2014. and is now a member of the Art Market Gallery in both photography and painting. She has previously shown at TVUUC, Tomato Head, Artemis Gallery in Apalachicola Florida, Post Modern Spirits, and Crafty Bastard Brewery.
For me the process of creating Art, whether through a lens or with a paint brush, is where soul meets body. I am always looking for and discovering Art in the changing environments of daily life. Finding it is so exciting! ~ Terri Swaggerty
Kenneth M. Moffett is retired from a career in architecture, having been design director at the Knoxville/Nashville firm Bullock Smith Architecture and Planning since joining in the formation of the firm in 1984. The firm has received numerous design awards with projects nationwide and abroad. Moffett has also worked as an artist throughout his life. His works in watercolor and acrylics on canvas have been widely exhibited, including at TVUUC. In recent years he has become involved in writing about architecture and urbanism, having a book on foundational issues published in 2017 with two further books published earlier this year by ORO Editions, publishers of architecture, art, and design. As an amateur musician he is a long-standing member of the Tennessee Wind Symphony and a member of the Knoxville Music Study Club. Moffett is presently co-chair of the TVUUC Art Gallery Committee.
These works are selected from the many I produced during a year of travel and study abroad in 1969-’70, under the auspices of the Lloyd Warren Fellowship (“Paris Prize”). Works on paper in pencil, ink, or watercolor, they represent varied approaches to capturing qualities of the architectural, urbanistic, or cultural subject matter, ranging from realistic rendition to mannered sketch techniques. These and others were produced “en plein air” in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Norway, and England, and they initiated a long tradition of sketching on trips abroad. Unearthed from the flat files, this is their first gallery showing. Some of the works in Venice are featured in my new book Urban Lessons of the Venetian Squares.
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-4176, www.tvuuc.org
KnoxFill: August Pop-Ups and Markets
Refill with Us at Our Upcoming August Pop-Ups and Markets
All your favorite refills will be available! Bring your own containers (BYOC) or use ours. Just pay for what you fill.
Sun Aug 14, 11-4 - Old City Market on West Jackson Ave
Sat Aug 20, 10-2 at Oglewood Ave, 3524 N Broadway
Fri Aug 26, 9-4 at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1511 Downtown W. Blvd