Calendar of Events

Friday, August 26, 2022

McClung Museum: The Spirit of Día de los Muertos

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

August 26–December 11, 2022

For the first time in its exhibition history, the McClung Museum is celebrating the deeply rooted traditions and colorful spirit of the Day of the Dead. The Spirit of Día de los Muertos (The Spirit of Day of the Dead) is the museum's first community collaboration exhibit created with guidance from Latino/a/x community members. The exhibition will open to the public on August 26 and be on view through December 11, 2022.

With displays in Spanish and English, The Spirit of Día de los Muertos highlights the rich history of the Mexican celebration that remembers loved ones passed. The exhibition opens with a traditional ofrenda (or altar) installation displaying an array of materials dedicated to deceased friends or family members. Familiar sights include colorful cempazúchitl (marigolds), ofrendas (altars) with food offerings, papel picados (decorative banners), and smartly dressed calaveras (skeletons).

https://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/2022/08/03/mcclung-museum-collaborates-with-community-to-present-fall-2022-exhibition-celebrating-day-of-the-dead/

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

The Inaugural Gathering of the Waymakers Collective

  • August 26, 2022 — August 28, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Film, Fine Crafts, Health, wellness and Music

501 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902

The Waymakers Collective invites all Appalachian Futurists to attend our inaugural gathering!

Come enjoy a weekend with Appalachian artists, culture workers, organizers, activists, doers, and creatives building a just and equitable Appalachian future! This is the first official gathering of the Waymakers Collective since inception. Our first gathering will be a weekend filled with fellowship, joy, laughter, performances, peer networking, skill-building workshops, art making, film screenings, site visits, and more! Come ready to learn, share, make new connections with artists and art organizations in the region, and be inspired by the people and communities making new ways for life to thrive in the mountains!

Schedule
Friday August 26th, 2022
6:00 – 7:00pm: Welcoming Reception
7:00 – 9:00pm: Dinner Including Performances

Saturday August 27th, 2022
7:00 - 8:00am: Breakfast
8:00am - 3:00pm: Workshops, Films & Art Making
3:30pm - 5:00pm: Site Visits
6:00pm: Community Dinners

Sunday August 28th, 2022
7:00 – 8:00am: Breakfast
8:30 –11:30am: Business Meeting (For Voting Members of the Collective)
11:30am –12:30pm Lunch & Closing
12:30 - 1:30pm: Strategy Circle with Funders (Funders Only)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-inaugural-gathering-of-the-waymakers-collective-tickets-373024033927

Gallery 1010: It Takes Ten

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Second Year MFA Student Exhibition

Gallery 1010, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 114, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Reception Fri 5-7 PM, Sat 10 AM – 1 PM, or by appointment. Information: https://gallery1010.utk.edu/

Ijams Movies Under the Stars: Ghostbusters

Category: Film, Kids, family and Science, nature

It’s the 10th anniversary of Ijams’ partnership with Central Cinema and Knoxville Horror Film Fest!

Grab your favorite blanket or lawn chair and join the film festivities! Doors open at 7 pm and movies begin at dark (~9 pm). Food trucks and beer garden will have tasty meals, snacks, and beverages for purchase. NO COOLERS AND NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL PLEASE. Dogs are allowed, but must be on leash at all times.

These events are on the Ijams Visitor Center lawn. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Ijams Homesite under the tent. Tickets are $10 per person or $36 for a family four-pack. Space is limited per screening. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is highly recommended. Walk-up tickets may not be available.

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or https://www.ijams.org/movies-under-the-stars

Bijou Theatre: Lost Dog Street Band

Category: Music

LOST DOG STREET BAND

WITH MATT HECKLER
Friday, August 26 | 8PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832, https://knoxbijou.org/

UT Downtown Gallery: First Year MFA Exhibition

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

Wednesday, August 24 - Saturday August 27, 2022
Reception, Friday, August 26, 5-8pm

This exhibition welcomes UT School of Art’s incoming MFA class of 2025! We are excited to have these students join our graduate program and look forward to watching them develop during their time at UT.

Ruchi Singh - Time Based Arts
Kaitlyn Anderson - Ceramics
Hannah Langer - Ceramics
Francis Akosah - Sculpture
Kyle Cottier - Sculpture
Gaby Hurtado-Ramos - Printmaking
Eliza Frensley - Printmaking
LaKesha Lee - Painting + Drawing

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, https://downtown.utk.edu

Fountain City Art Center: Student Show

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

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, www.fountaincityartcenter.com

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Open Ensembles

Category: Free event and Music

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 info@knoxvilleclassicalguitar.com

Information: 865-686-2067, https://knoxvilleclassicalguitar.com

Ewing Gallery: From Then to Now, work by Diane Solomon Kempler

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

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

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

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

  • August 14, 2022 — October 5, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

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

  • August 14, 2022 — August 26, 2022

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

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

https://linktr.ee/KnoxFill

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