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.

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

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:

Bennett: December Open House + Gurhan Trunk Show

  • December 2, 2022 — December 3, 2022

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


Join BENNETT for a festive December open house with an exclusive Gurhan Trunk Show. Gather your elves and head over for this special time!

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

City of Knoxville: WIVK Christmas Parade

  • December 2, 2022

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

The 49th Annual WIVK Christmas Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2022 in Downtown Knoxville at 7:00pm.

WDVX: Taps & Tunes on the Corner with Mac Comer

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Host Evie Andrus & the Friday friends with guest Mac Comer
Start your First Friday fun with WDVX & Visit Knoxville with a free show at 6pm

301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Tel: 865-544-1029

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Regatta de Manque by Herb Rieth

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Join us on December 2nd for First Friday for a new gallery opening from 6-9PM. We will be hosting the opening reception for Regatta de Manque by interdisciplinary artist Herb Rieth will be on exhibit. We are beyond grateful to welcome artist and Pellissippi professor Rieth to exhibit his mixed media pieces in our gallery.

The Knoxville Community Darkroom, 126 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

UT Science Forum: What the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens Taught Us

  • December 2, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

Join us Friday, Dec. 2 at noon for “What the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens Taught Us,” a presentation by Virginia Dale, research professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and the recovery of its ecosystem have been complex. Some plants and animals and their interrelationships have recovered rapidly, but the speed and extent of recovery varies greatly over time and from place to place on the volcano’s slopes. Professor Dale will discuss how human activities greatly influence the patterns and rates of the recovery as well. And why resource managers need to plan for these disturbances.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register today for the Dec. 2 presentation at noon on Zoom.
Once registered, you will receive a link to join the meeting.

About Virginia Dale
In addition to her work with the university, UT Institute of Agriculture and Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, Dale is a corporate fellow emerita at ORNL. Her research focuses on environmental decision making, succession, ecosystem management in view of disturbances and climate change, sustainability of agricultural landscapes and energy systems, and stakeholder engagement. Her work has resulted in 11 books and more than 285 scientific articles, chapters and reports. Professor Dale contributed to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scientific Assessment that received the Nobel Peace Prize. She earned a MS in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in mathematical ecology at the University of Washington.

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