Calendar of Events
Friday, December 23, 2022
Oak Ridge Art Center: Art à la Carte
Come on the 4th Friday
Art à la Carte, the Art Center’s brown bag luncheon and learning series, meets the fourth Friday in each month at 12 noon. While programs in the series may include artist or gallery talks, primarily we use films. Films typically focus on art history, museum collections, interviews with and/or demonstrations by various artists, and the creative muse or spirit. Programs are free and open to the public.
Bring your lunch and a friend to lunch while you learn! The Art Center will provide coffee and/or tea.
In December, Art à la Carte is slated for December 23. We get it. It is a busy and sometimes stressful season! If you need a break, come join us for a showing of a holiday movie or two, hot cider, cookies, and friends.
Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org
Christmas at The Gateway
Come celebrate the holiday with movies, games, a recovery meeting, and food this December 23rd at The Gateway!
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM at The Gateway - 530 W 5th Ave
The Gateway is a recovery community center, based off a national evidence-based model to provide additional supports and on-going recovery to those transitioning from addiction treatment back into the community or who are seeking recovery, but need someone to walk beside them as they navigate a path free from substance misuse. The disease of addiction is both chronic (lifelong) and relapsing. By keeping individuals from isolating during the early stages of recovery, we can further strengthen their skills and reduce potential relapses. https://metrodrug.org/recovery-support/the-gateway/
Alliance Brewing Co: FESTIVUS 2022
“Festivus for the rest of us" will actually be on December 23rd this year! We will have the usual airing of grievances, feats of strength, aluminum pole, Festivus snacks, miracles, dancing, beer releases, a silent auction and much more. Come spend the day with your fellow Allies!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11am - Opening with a Michelada Bar
12PM - Cask Tapping: English Porter
1PM - Release: Barrel-Aged Cubano Brown Ale with whole bean coffee, vanilla beans, and chipotle peppers
2PM-4PM - Hallmark Movie Bingo
4PM - Festivus episode screening
5PM - Cask Tapping Barrel-Aged Coconut Cubano Brown Ale aged on toasted coconut
6PM - Feats of Strength keg lifting competitions
8PM - Airing of Grievances (add your grievances to the box at the register)
9PM - Silent Disco dance party!
10PM - Late night cereal bar
**ALL DAY we will have s'mores kits available for purchase
**ALL DAY we will have a silent auction going down
River & Rail: THE UNUSUAL TALE OF MARY & JOSEPH'S BABY: A Candlelight Concert Reading
Dec 21 - 23, 2022
Old City Performing Arts Center
111 State Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
After five incredible years of producing THE UNUSUAL TALE OF MARY AND JOSEPH’S BABY, the River & Rail team is taking a break and stepping back to just enjoy the music with a concert version of our favorite Christmas musical. We love the community that we’ve built around this show, and we want everyone to join us for this intimate, magical evening to celebrate the beautiful humanity of the nativity story. In this limited run, we will gather in candle light and simplicity to experience the music that has gone home in our hearts every Christmas season since 2016.
THE UNUSUAL TALE... An original folk-rock Christmas musical by Don Chaffer (of Waterdeep) and Chris Cragin-Day. This new musical dares to take the classic story at its word. There really is a pregnant virgin. There really are shepherds and angels and foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men). There's a ratty extra room/stable at the inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator, whose menacing shadow hangs over everything. And obviously, it’s a comedy. Seriously. It is. The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby surprises both virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing audiences alike bringing a new sense of wonder and imagination to the age-old story.
Note to Parents: This concert is fun for the whole family! We recommend the show to children ages 7 and up. We are parents ourselves and would rate the show PG: for mild language. Translation: there are 2-3 mildly "adult" words in the show.
Oak Ridge Art Center: Selections from the Permanent Collection and Souper Bowl Auction
At Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org
Knoxville Museum of Art: Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking
Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the country’s most renowned printers-publishers. Founded in 1970 by Jack Lemon, Landfall Press played a key role in expanding the geography of the American postwar print renaissance. In the late 1950s and 1960s, new printmaking workshops, including Universal Limited Art Editions, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, and Gemini G.E.L., opened on the East and West Coasts. Jack Lemon helped bring this printmaking revival to the Midwest. He learned lithography at the Kansas City Art Institute, then later established and directed lithography workshops there in 1965 and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1968. He opened Landfall Press in Chicago, effectively creating a new hub for printmaking that attracted artists from around the country.
Landfall Press is known for its outstanding innovation and exacting technical standards. It specializes in lithography but has also produced etchings, woodcuts, books, and multiples that have often redefined what a print can be. As a publisher, Lemon has collaborated with a diverse range of international artists, introducing many of them to the process of printmaking. Landfall operated out of Chicago for thirty-five years and, in 2004, relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where it continues to serve new generations.
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org. Admission and parking are free.
Central Flats and Taps: Lauren Kelly - A Full Year
Lauren Kelley is a native Knoxvillian and abstract artist, working primarily in acrylic and mixed media.
She is fascinated by color and luminosity, so the juxtaposition of light and darkness is a reoccurring theme in her work. Through her presentation of vibrant color and mark-making, her mission is to encourage others to choose hope and to reach beyond difficult external circumstances. She has often found that trying or painful times can serve as a catalyst to provide a dramatic shift in life. It is her hope that viewers may find the boldness within themselves to pursue the freedom that is found when embracing one's true calling.
Lauren's solo show, presented now through New Years Day 2023, at Central Flats and Taps in Knoxville has been titled "A Full Year." She shows 15 pieces that have all been created during 2022.
She explains: "as we all prepare to celebrate the holidays and the end of the year, we also anticipate a new year, with new experiences, joyous moments, and the inevitable difficulties that come with day to day life. I have chosen to title this show "A Full Year," to celebrate the trials and triumphs of living life that are universal to all.
Reflecting this theme, pieces featured include: "Northern Lights Shine Brightest in the Dark," "Surprise Party!,"
"Serendipity," and "The Phoenix." All pieces are for sale in time for the holidays.
Additionally, her work can be found at: Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Sarah Brobst
Come out during the month of December to see a wild collection of mixed media collages and sculptures from Ijams' own Sarah Brobst. Her show, Dreamworlds and Hidden Gems, was created using recycled and upcycled items to create one-of-a-kind compositions!
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org
Nourish Knoxville's Winter Farmer's Market
Every Saturday, December 3-17 and January 21 – March 25, 2023*
10 am – 2 pm
* NO WINTER FARMERS’ MARKETS ON 12/24/2022, 12/31/2022, 1/7/2023, OR 1/14/2023
2022 – 2023 Location: Outdoors on historic Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville
Nourish Knoxville’s Winter Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the WFM is grown or made by our vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, plants, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more!
Public restrooms are available on the ground floor of the Market Square Garage.
Art Market Gallery: Inna Knox and Mary Saylor
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.
Bennett: Andy Saftel Art Exhibition: Peas Come to Table
AN EXHIBIT BY ANDREW SAFTEL | MEET THE ARTIST
DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 THRU JANUARY 28TH, 2023
CHAMPAGNE SATURDAY OPENING IS DECEMBER 3RD FROM 11 – 4PM
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, https://bennetthome.com/
Awaken Coffee: Featuring Lauren Ailor
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!