Calendar of Events

Monday, August 21, 2023

Preservation Pub: Jared Petteys & The Headliner

  • August 21, 2023

Category: Music

Jared Petteys & The Headliner are a power trio using "rockabilly" instrumentation to create a fresh new (old) sound of rock n roll, RnB, blues and country. The band will be on tour to support the release of at least 5 new tracks this year. The Charleston SC based band quickly gained traction after their formation in 2018 after accolades such as Top Finalist in the world wide songwriting competition Rockabilly Rumble, Gretsch Guitar's Spotlight Artist Of The Month in 2021, and Best Local Band 2020 & 2022 nomination by the Charleston City Paper.

Date: Monday, August 21, 9:00pm at Preservation Pub

headlinersrockabilly@gmail.com
https://jaredpetteys.com/home
https://www.facebook.com/jaredpetteysandtheheadliners/

TVUUC Gallery: Chicago and Beyond: The Sylvia and Jan Peters Collection

  • August 18, 2023 — October 4, 2023

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

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, August 18, 2023, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Collector’s talk at 6:30 p.m.

Show: August 13 - October 4, 2023
Gallery hours: 10-3 Monday through Thursday and 10-12:30 Sunday
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Sylvia and Jan Peters have been collecting art for more than five decades, including notable works by Chicago-based African-American artists Fred Jones, Steve Walker, and Dale Norman, and a lithograph by Charles White. The exhibit includes paintings in a variety of media, prints, and photographs.

As educators, Sylvia and Jan Peters advocated for arts in community and educational programs in Chicago. Since moving to Knoxville in the early 1990s, Sylvia has been involved with the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, the Links, the 100 Black Women, and the Knoxville Botanical Garden. She initiated the Delaney Project and Days of Dialogue.

Of their early days in Chicago’s art world, Sylvia said, “We held Sunday Salons at our home where artists were invited to eat, drink, and discuss their work. It was almost an out of body experience to participate in these discussions. Richard Hunt, Ralph Arnold, Margaret Burroughs, William Carter and many others visited our home.”

Pellissippi: Turn to the Fool: Two Person Show of Eric Sherwood and Maggie Connolly

  • August 14, 2023 — September 22, 2023

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

Closing Reception: Thursday, September 21, 3-5 pm

This mixed media exhibition by Maggie Connolly and Eric Sherwood, both teachers at Mighty Mud ceramics studio in Knoxville, will be on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery.

“Purposefully organic is a phrase that permeates the exhibition 'Turn to the Fool,’” said Professor Herb Rieth, Career Community Coordinator for Creative and Media Arts at Pellissippi State Community College. “The throbbing iterations, linear susurrations and natural genesis channeled through automatic drawing, wordplay and sculpting result in work that is quiet, insistently patient and infinitely detailed.”

Connolly received her Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in her native Iowa, her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Design from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and her Ph.D. in Fine Arts Ceramics from Tokyo University of the Arts in Japan. She was an Arrowmont Artist in Residence 2019-2020.

Sherwood was born and lives in Knoxville. As a person of Chinese and American parentage, he spent time in China with his extended family and grew up navigating between the two cultures. This “otherness” is a platform for viewing both cultures and the larger world around him as well as a lens turned inward.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts

Appalachian Equality Chorus: Knoxville Auditions for Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses

Category: Auditions, Free event and Music

6:30 PM – 8 PM at Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Calling ALL singers in the Knoxville area! Join us for the 2023-2024 season! Sopranos and Altos, now's your chance to be a start of something BRAND NEW in our first-ever Soprano Alto Chorus. Tenors and Basses, sing with the Tenor Bass Chorus in our 12th season! Please prepare a one minute excerpt of a song in any style that shows off your best singing ability. If you don't have anything prepared, the directors will work with you on vocal exercises. NO SIGN UP REQUIRED - just arrive between 6:30 and 8:00. Audition on either Monday, August 14th OR Monday, August 21st. Questions? email us at info@appequalitychorus.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/294304226408721/294304236408720/

Knoxville Choral Society: Auditions

Category: Auditions, Free event and Music

Join us in song this season! We will be holding auditions for all voice parts August 13, 14, 20, and 21. Auditions will be held at Ball Camp Baptist Church, 2412 Ball Camp Byington Road. To reserve an audition time, email membership@knoxvillechoralsociety.org!

During the 2023-2024 concert season, the Knoxville Choral Society will present a fall​ concert titled "Uncaged" that will feature contemporary choral music written within the last few years. Additionally, the KCS will perform a winter concert featuring "The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy" by Christopher Tin. Tin is a multi-Grammy award-winning composer of film and video-game soundtracks. His most famous piece being “Baba Yetu” written for the video game Civilization IV was the first video game music to ever win a Grammy. The Lost Birds uses poetry by Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Sara Teasdale. The Knoxville Choral Society will also collaborate with the @knoxsymphony on several of their concerts this upcoming season: Handel’s "Messiah", 37th Annual Clayton Holiday Concerts, Holst’s "The Planets", and Verdi’s "Requiem".

https://knoxvillechoralsociety.org/

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: 14th Annual Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show

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

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the prestigious Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show on Friday, August 4th from 5 - 7 p.m. Mark Hall, retired professor of art at Maryville College in Tennessee, will judge the entries.

Juror - Judge Mark Hall formerly served at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the David and Alfred Smart Museum. Previously, he served as an assistant professor at MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois, an assistant and associate professor at Marian College, Indianapolis, and has retired as a professor emeritus from Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee. He currently has a small print/art studio in Maryville and continues to create prints and drawings in a variety of styles and modes.

Winners of the J&J Fine Arts Show will be announced to the public during the August 4th reception. This event is free and open to the public!

Gallery: Mon-Sat 9-4. Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

Rala: First Friday with Summer Small

  • August 4, 2023 — August 31, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

We are excited to announce local artist Summer Small as our featured artist for the month of August! Her work unfolds a complicated but passionate relationship with modern Appalachia and the people and places that call the valley home. Please join us at Rala in the Old City for the show opening from 6 to 8pm on August 4th, 2023. Summer's work will be on display August 4th through August 31st.

https://www.facebook.com/events/307835021665435/

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 11-5. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com or www.instagram.com/ShopRala

Awaken Coffee: Jordan Abba Exhibition

  • August 4, 2023 — August 27, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Friday, August 4, from 6-8 Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Jordan Abba.

Jordan is an artist and visual art teacher for Knox County Schools. “As an art educator, I find joy in art as an experimental process. I embrace growth through exploration. The series, “Under DE-construction,” explores positive and negative space, line, and shape to create compositions that express the experiences and emotions of life. Art, to me, is about appreciating the things in life that we love the most. This body of work embodies the bittersweet nostalgia of memory while engaging the principles of abstract painting.”

Please join us for some fantastic art, light refreshments, and great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Open daily. Information: 865-951-0427, www.instagram.com/awaken_coffee or www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/

Arts & Culture Alliance: Kathleen A. Janke: From the Mountains to the Forest Floor

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 4-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features original music inside the Emporium by the Fountain City Ramblers (Instagram @fountaincityramblers). Most of the works on exhibition will be for sale and may be purchased by visiting in person or the online shop at https://www.knoxalliance.store.

I create my art in multiple mediums concentrating on pine needle basketry and alcohol inks. The results are largely inspired by my connection to the natural environment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and my love of gardening and experience with landscape design. While the vistas and flora of the park lend themselves to the utter spontaneity and brilliance of color with alcohol ink, pine needle/gourd basketry becomes tangible three-dimensional pieces of art using materials the earth provides… much of this material I grow or collect in a sustainable manner on walks. The baskets are inspired by touch, feel and a connection to the forest floor and riverbanks.

Kathleen A. Janke experimented with various art mediums for years before becoming serious in the fall of 2019. Within two years, she sold her bed and breakfast to become a full time artist. In 2022 she sold work in 14 shows, via her website, and by word of mouth. Three craft guilds contracted her to teach classes, and she is currently building an art gallery and studio, Gracehill Fine Art and Basketry, in Townsend. Janke is a member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Piedmont Guild, Tennessee Craft, Tennessee Artist Association, Foothills Crafts Guild, Art Guild of Tellico Village, Blount County Arts & Craft Guild, Townsend Art Guild, Oak Ridge Art Center, the Arts & Culture Alliance, American Gourd Society, Handweavers Guild of America, and National Basket Association.

https://gracehillart.com/

This exhibition will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: Christian Freeman: Solitude

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 4-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features original music inside the Emporium by the Fountain City Ramblers (Instagram @fountaincityramblers). Most of the works on exhibition will be for sale and may be purchased by visiting in person or the online shop at https://www.knoxalliance.store.

My current body of work is a lovingly created group of abstract landscapes encompassing color and glazes I achieved through knife painting techniques. By allowing the strokes and shapes of the paint to form the subject matter, I relied on the process of creating and energy to finalize these works. The freeing process of this type of painting has become just as important to me as the finished product. It is a combination of chance, accident, energy, composition, contrast, and emotion. I hope to leave viewers moved by beauty and emotion the way the impressionist and expressionists inspired me.

Christian Freeman is a Knoxville native with a BFA degree from the University of Tennessee. Having begun her career working with the Symphony Showcase Homes and Parade of Homes painting murals and custom finishes, she has completed countless residential and commercial projects and has the ability to work on any scale within current budgets. Her work is her passion as she transforms homes and businesses into functional as well as aesthetically beautiful spaces. She completed a well-known local mural of ladies in the windows at Patrick Sullivan’s (Old City) which auctioned off several years ago by Knox Heritage. Freeman is also an accomplished canvas painter and art instructor, and she continues to create, teach, and consult currently in the Knoxville area and beyond.

https://www.facebook.com/christianfreemancreations

This exhibition will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: The Journey Is What You Make It by Tina Curry

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 4-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features original music inside the Emporium by the Fountain City Ramblers (Instagram @fountaincityramblers). Most of the works on exhibition will be for sale and may be purchased by visiting in person or the online shop at https://www.knoxalliance.store.

This exhibition will transport your mind and creativity to a place where animals give you insight into their own unique personalities and tell their own story. I delve into animal behavior from my interpretation of the way they see the world around them. They say “the eyes tell the story”; at times, the eyes can be humorous and whimsical while they can also exhibit the ferocity and survivalist nature of their species. I prefer to use alternative firing techniques for my sculptures to enhance the intricate detailing and textures of fur and skin. I want to feel it with my eyes as well as my hands.

Tina Curry began working with clay over 30 years ago. She holds a BA from the University of Florida and worked for 35 years in graphic design. Now retired, she is a full-time ceramic and bronze sculptor living in Knoxville. Her sculptures are hand-built, so each has its own distinctive personality and characteristics. The specialty pieces are one of a kind and born of pure imagination. Alternative firing techniques using natural elements of horse hair, sawdust, banana peels, coffee, manure, and salt create an organic fusion. The fire, smoke, and fumes dance to create more natural surface effects and colorations. Curry’s clay work is in the collections of both national and international art enthusiasts. In 2021, the first lady selected Curry among artists in her home state to create the Governors Arts Awards. She was honored with a solo exhibition for the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville in 2018 and was the featured artist for the Southern Highlands Craft Guild marketing campaign in 2016. Her animal sculptures have been commissioned by Zoo Knoxville (TN) and the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada. She serves on the Board of Governors for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and is a member of National Sculpture Society, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Foothills Craft Guild, Terra Madre Women in Clay, Oak Ridge Art Center, and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Instagram @tinasculptress
www.curryoriginals.com

This exhibition will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: Dogwood Arts Regional Exhibition

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 4-25, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features original music inside the Emporium by the Fountain City Ramblers (Instagram @fountaincityramblers). Most of the works on exhibition will be for sale and may be purchased by visiting in person or the online shop at https://www.knoxalliance.store.

The Dogwood Arts Regional Exhibition showcases fine art of all kinds from emerging and established artists throughout our region. The juried exhibition awards over $2,000 to participating artists. The 2023 exhibition will feature artworks completed in the last two years at both the Emporium and at Dogwood Gallery (123 W Jackson Avenue).

Dogwood Arts has a 67-year history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, we produce 20 year-round events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work and play.

https://www.dogwoodarts.com/regional
https://www.facebook.com/dogwoodartsknox
Instagram @dogwoodarts

This exhibition will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

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