Calendar of Events

Friday, December 2, 2022

Bennett: Andy Saftel Art Exhibition: Peas Come to Table

  • December 2, 2022 — January 28, 2023

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


Join BENNETT for the latest exhibit of Andy Saftel’s work, and meet the artist Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1–3pm. The complete collection of work shown at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is available through BENNETT. Join us for this special show!

Watch the video of Andrew Saftel as he creates Peas Come to Table.
Browse the catalog of Andrew Saftel’s Cedarhurst exhibit.

Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-584-6791,

Art Market Gallery: Inna Knox and Mary Saylor

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

December Featured Artists
First Friday Reception: December 2nd, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Inna Knox, Painting
Inna Knox’s paintings are energy and time captured on canvas. Her vibrant colors and skillful use of the palette knife capture life and movement on the street. She grew up in Russia and Ukraine, studying at the prestigious St. Petersburg Art University in Interior Design, before immigrating to the U.S. in 2000. She does commission paintings and enjoys painting cityscapes, landscapes, seascapes, portraits of people and animals.

Mary Saylor, Sculpture
Mary Saylor is an accomplished Mixed Media Artist who specializes in Paper Mache with the use of recycled materials. Mary received her Bachelor of Fine Art at Ohio University with a major in ceramics and minor in sculpture. She has the ability to take ordinary items and give them new life in unconventional ways. Her work has a whimsical bent and exhibits a deep love and appreciation for the characters she creates. Her work may be viewed at the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville and at local exhibits and shows.

Open Christmas Eve Dec 24, Closed Christmas Day Dec 25. Open New Years Eve Dec 31 , Closed New Years Day Jan 1. Open Mondays during December - Closed Mondays starting in January.

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

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Lauren Ailor

  • December 2, 2022 — December 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Lauren Ailor Friday, Dec. 2, from 6-8 pm.

Lauren is a Knoxville native, wife, and mother of two young children. Her main body of work consists of three-dimensional botanical art. Her paintings are characterized by beautifully rich colors and incorporate three-dimensional elements. Her bright and many-colored flowers are meant to convey the beauty of God’s creation in a powerful and impactful way.

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

Arts & Culture Alliance: 2022 Members Show

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents its 2022 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, December 2, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The 49th Annual WIVK Christmas Parade starts at 7:00 PM along Gay Street and passes in front of the Emporium. During the opening reception, dancers with Circle Modern Dance will preview their upcoming production Modern Dance, Primitive Light.

“This exhibition showcases the broad variety of styles and skills representative of our diverse membership of whom we are so proud,” says Liza Zenni, Executive Director for the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Individual members of the Alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some Alliance members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding counties’ elementary, middle and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mighty Mud, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as the Emporium, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Broadway Studios & Gallery, Knoxville Community Darkroom, West Fifth Studios, and Relay Ridge.

The 2022 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from December 2-22, 2022. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or via the online shop at The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, December 3 & 10, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed December 23 – January 2 for the holidays. For more information, please see or call (865) 523-7543.

River & Rail Theatre Company: The Wolves

Category: Theatre

December 2 - 18: THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe, a co-production with Pellissippi State Community College

Squats, jumping jacks, quads, hamstrings, butterfly, periods, Trigonometry, pressure, expectations, loss...Sarah DeLappe takes teenage girls seriously, "I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings - as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people who weren't just girlfriends, or sex objects or manic pixie dream girls but who were athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who were actively trying to change the world around them." This sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and sometimes terrifying play takes an insider's look at a high school girls soccer team and finds a full human microcosm there.

River & Rail Theatre, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Carol!

Category: Comedy, Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation will present the world premier live production of “The Carol!” This comedy is written by KCT Artistic Director, Steve Sherman. The play will be performed December 2nd through the 18th, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 and 6 PM. There will be school matinees on December 9th.

The entire family will enjoy this holiday comedy! A community theatre is trying to keep its head above water and when famous stage actor Sir Anthony Stewart is unable to play Scrooge in their annual production of A Christmas Carol, their technical director and house understudy has to step in. A farce that includes the guy who takes theatre a little too seriously, the girl who is always late, the guy who doesn’t prepare, the spoiled grandson of Sir Anthony, lots of teenage drama, and a major error by the new marketing person that throws everything into a tailspin. Ending with lots of Christmas joy, this show will be fun for everyone!

The play is performed by 18 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 18. The show is directed by KCT Artistic Director Steve Sherman. KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.

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

Cherokee Caverns: Christmas in the Cave

  • December 2, 2022 — December 18, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931

Fridays 12/2/22, 12/9/22 & 12/16/22 5:00PM-8:00PM
Saturdays 12/3/22, 12/10/22 & 12/17/22 3:00PM-8:00PM
Sundays 12/4/22, 12/11/22 & 12/18/22 3:00PM-8:00PM

Admission: $12 ages 4 and up, free parking. Cash or credit cards accepted.

Come stroll through the underground winter wonderland, get your face painted, do some holiday crafts, and visit with Santa! (Wheelchair and stroller accessible.)

Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

The Nutcracker, Dec 2-4 at Civic Auditorium Knoxville and Dec 9-10 at Clayton Center for the Arts Maryville

Friday, December 2, 10:00am
School Matinée

Saturday, December 3, 7:00pm
Public Performance
Accompanied by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, December 4, 3:00pm
Public Performance

Friday, December 9, 7:00pm
Public Performance
Accompanied by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 10, 3:00pm
Public Performance


Kelsey Tiara Photo Tintype Pop-Ups

  • December 2, 2022 — December 9, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

December 2, 2022 | Relay Ridge First Friday tintype pop-up & exhibition | 5-9PM

December 8-9, 2022 | Remedy Coffee tintype portrait pop-up | 9:30AM-2PM

Hosted by Kelsey Dillow: or @kelseytiaraphoto

Gypsy Circus: Ullr Fest Knoxville

  • December 2, 2022 — December 4, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Calling all snow fans, your festival is here! Ullr Festival celebrates the snow and everything the snow gives! Sport and competition, creating delicious mead and drink to be shared around a fire, and more. Featuring live music, giant turkey legs, special meads, tarot readings and more! Ullr Fest is December 2-4 at Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus in Knoxville, and Gypsy Circus Cider Company in Kingport. All ages welcome and free to attend but some activities require a fee or purchase!

Artsclamation! 2022

  • December 2, 2022 — December 3, 2022

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

Event Dates: Friday, December 2 – Saturday, December 3, 2022
Event Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Cathedral Hall - Google Maps

Artsclamation! is an indoor juried fine art sale featuring professional regional artists in all mediums. Now in its 21st year, Artsclamation! brings amazing artists, beautiful artwork, and generous buyers together to support an important cause – the behavioral health services provided by Peninsula.
The event begins on Friday evening, December 2, with an invitation-only preview party offering heavy hors d’oeuvres coupled with wine, spirits and eager collectors. On Saturday, December 3, the event is free and open to the public at large, always drawing a large turnout.

Artsclamation! is the primary fundraiser for Peninsula, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing mental health care to adults, adolescent, and children in East Tennessee. In addition to event sponsorships, 30% of all artists’ sales will go directly to Peninsula. To learn more about the event, please go to

Gallery 1010: Fall Capstone Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A Group Exhibition by the BFA Class of Fall 2022

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:

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