Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Friends of Music and the Arts: Cantus Vocal Ensemble

  • April 16, 2024
  • 7:30 PM

Category: Music

Learn more about them here:

Friends of Music and the Arts, a support society for music at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, augments the calendar of liturgical feast-days with concerts and organ recitals throughout the year.

Contact info
(865) 588-0589 or
800 S. Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN. 37919

Tickets are $25:

The Birdhouse: Overcoming Anger

  • April 16, 2024

Category: Classes, workshops and Health, wellness

10 am to 12:30 pm at The Birdhouse Neighborhood Center
800 N. 4th avenue, Knoxville 37917

Jill Cagney LCSW, PLLC teaches a Buddhist Meditation Class at The Birdhouse on Tuesday evenings through the Je Tsongkhapa Buddhist Center in Asheville.

In this course we will explore practical solutions to the problem of anger, deconstructing its actual causes and learning viable alternatives to this painful habit of mind. Includes guided meditation, talks and time for Q & A. For more info or to register go to

UT Arboretum Society: Invasive Silver Carp

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

“Invasive Silver Carp are Heading This Way–Can the Ecological and Economic Devastation Be Prevented?” In-Person Program Tuesday, April 16 at the UT Arboretum Auditorium

Did you know that the invasive silver carp may soon impact our East Tennessee local waterways, ecosystems and the businesses that depend on these environmental resources? There are currently only four flying silver carp-free reservoirs on the Upper Tennessee River Basin. To learn more about the multiple threats posed by the impending silver carp invasion, come to the UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm Eastern time.

This is an in-person presentation and seating is limited so please register for your seat under the programs tab at The program is presented by the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council (WBEFC) and co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be seeking “public comments” on their recommendations for locations of fish deterrents on the Tennessee River in June 2024. This session will give the public important information on how to participate in this public comment period.

Addressing the group will be Dr. Timothy Joseph who will discuss the multiple threats posed by the impending silver carp invasion. Dr. Dr. Joseph will review the state’s present plan and explain in detail the only options available to save Melton Hill, Watts Bar, Tellico, and Ft. Loudoun lakes. Dr. Joseph is a fisheries biologist with over fifty years of fisheries and ecological laboratory, field, and management experience. Dr. Joseph founded and chaired the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council (WBEFC) for seven years and remains a board member. He was an environmental engineer for DOE, and managed projects throughout the U.S. for private industry including Midwest Research Institute, Resource Sciences Corporation, Environmental Research and Technology, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Also speaking will be Dirk Van Hoesen who is chairman of WBEFC. With over fifty years of experience, Van Hoesen has built and lead teams that have successfully completed some of the most complex and challenging environmental cleanup projects on the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation. He will discuss what specific actions are needed to prevent this invasion from reaching our lakes. He will review WBEFC’s current activities and path forward with local, state, and federal political leaders. He will also explain the process for public comments during the open comment period in June, and how critical it is that the public take part and be heard. Public comments will be vital for approval of the “first” fish deterrent to be placed at Watts Bar Lock.

Tennessee Artists Association: Monthly Meeting with Pat Apling

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Lecture, panel and Meetup

The Tennessee Artist’s Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Dr., Knoxville. This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in the arts in East Tennessee. Refreshments will be served.

The program will feature artist Pat Apling. Apling is an oil painter with extensive teaching experience. She enjoys interacting with students and helping them reach new levels of success and skill. Apling has studied under Joyce Ortner, Mary Carole Larson, Brenda Harris and many others. She has trained Bob Ross instructors, and has appeared on QVC TV network and other networks.

Tennessee Artists Association - A place to learn and grow as an artist. Monthly programs of TAA include practical art demonstrations, discussions, and opportunities for individual artists to get involved in learning, community and shows. More on the Tennessee Artist’s Association can be found on the web at, on Instagram at @tn_artists, and on Facebook at TNArtistsAssociation.

Church Street United Methodist Church: ETSU Chorale

  • April 16, 2024

Category: Free event and Music

Church Street United Methodist Church presents the renowned ETSU Chorale as part of the 2023-2024 Master Arts Series. Join the Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens, for a concert featuring a wide variety of repertoire. Free admission!
7 PM

Clayton Center: Maryville College Senior Show

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Gallery Exhibit: Maryville College Senior Show, at the Clayton Center for the Arts, Blackberry Farm & William “Ed” Harmon Gallery. Featuring art by Maryville College senior art and design majors. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

UT School of Art: Landin Eldridge, Abby Hedley, and Casey Wolhar

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

MFA Thesis Exhibitions - Group 3
In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

Exhibiting students are Landin Eldridge, Abby Hedley, and Casey Wolhar
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April 15 - 22, 2023
Reception: Friday, April 19, 5-7pm
Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture

Landin Eldridge
Prove It.

Prove It. is an installation of large and small-scale autobiographical drawings centered around the desire to be understood, heard, and loved. I take images and memories that hold significance (A photo of a class pet, a Valentine’s Day card from my mom, a voice recording from a friend) and translate them into ink, gouache, colored pencil, and pen. Certain moments are repeated throughout the room, allowing narrative to peek through dense visual information.

Casey Wolhar
A Held Breath

This installation features a combination of large and small scale videos surrounded by glittering kitsch materials. The exhibition addresses the uncomfortable process of claiming space for yourself by putting the fragmented body on display. The audience is then asked to search for comfort within the presented unease.

Abigail Rose Hedley

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-T-F 10-5, W-R 10-7:30, Su 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200,

TVUUC Gallery: Works by Pamela Salyer and Jack Retterer

  • April 12, 2024 — June 5, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Reception Friday, April 12, 2024, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Free and open to the public, Gallery hours: 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday and 9:00-1:00 Sunday

Pamela Salyer: A View Through the Trees

This series uses mixed media (acrylic, collage, photo transfer) to explore the relationship between bare trees and their surroundings—how a tree, a group of trees, or even just a few branches, can change our perspective on the world around us. Pamela Salyer studied with UK’s Open College of the Arts and was juried in as a member of the Art Gallery in 2017. She has been part of many juried exhibits in the Knoxville area, including the Arts & Culture Alliance National Alliance National Juried Exhibition, Arts in the Airport, and The District Gallery’s “The Big Tiny Show.”

Jack Retterer

Jack Retterer says his goal as an artist is simple: “Use photography to help others experience and understand life more deeply and more completely by making it easier to ‘stop and smell the roses.’” He maximizes the emotional impact in his photography to increase the viewer’s awareness. Retterer is a fine art photographer, teacher and poet. His American Impressionist style photography and large canvas prints have been displayed at the Art Market Gallery, the Arts & Culture Alliance, Arts at the Airport, and many other locations in East Tennessee. He is an active member of both the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee.

Fountain City Art Center: Members Show

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring a variety of media by local artists.
Reception: Fri Apr 12, 6:30-8 PM with awards at 7 PM

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,

George Denninger Artist Open House on the Dogwood Trail

  • April 6, 2024 — April 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 PM, April 6 - 28 (or for appointment call 636-256-6555)

Come talk with the artist and explore examples of his fine art, sculpture, and furniture throughout his gallery home. Mr. Denninger is an internationally known artist, designer, and author. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Open houses are free.

At 2109 Manor Road, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Tri-Star Arts: Extended Materiality

  • April 5, 2024 — June 1, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to present the next exhibition in their Main Gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A two-person show, Extended Materiality, featuring recent works by artists Mie Kongo (Evanston, IL) and Althea Murphy-Price (Knoxville, TN) opens Friday, April 5 and will run through Saturday, June 1, 2024. Curator: Brian R. Jobe.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artists in attendance). There will be an artist talk by Kongo and Murphy-Price beforehand at 3:30pm. The address is 4450 Candora Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920 and admission is always free of charge.

The artists will also appear at an event at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center on Friday, April 5, 2024 from 12:00—1:00 pm. Attendees are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch. The address is 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Mie Kongo grew up on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, and now lives and works in Evanston, IL. She creates multidisciplinary works that have been exhibited nationally and internationally. This includes two solo exhibitions at 65Grand in Chicago, IL, a recent two-person Exposure booth represented by 65Grand at EXPO Chicago, and participation in NADA Miami represented by The Landing Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Her other selected solo and group exhibitions were held at Harper College in Palatine, IL; Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO; Audible Gallery at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, IL; Devening Projects + Editions in Chicago, IL; Arts and Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI; and 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, IL. She completed residencies at Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park in Shiga, Japan, and the European Keramic Work Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Mie Kongo received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Currently, she serves as an Associate Professor, Adjunct, in the Ceramics Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Fellowship in 2021.

Althea Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University, and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. Murphy-Price maintains an active exhibiting practice. She has exhibited in venues throughout the country and abroad such as the Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Howard Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Wellesley College, Boston, MA; Wade Wilson Art Gallery, Houston, TX; Indiana University Art Museum; The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC; and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN. International exhibits include the International Printmaking Exhibition, Jingdezhen China; the American Youth Printmaking Exhibition, Lui Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China; and Print Resonance, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan. In addition to her exhibition record, she has been an artist-in-residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School; University of Hawaii, Hilo; the Vermont Studio Center; and the Venice Printmaking Studio. Her writings and work have been featured in such publications as Art Papers Magazine, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, and Printmakers Today.

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information:

Tri-Star Arts: Dusk by Shahnaz Lighari

  • April 5, 2024 — June 1, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Project Space, Apr. 5 - Jun. 1, 2024

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to present the next exhibition in their Golden Chain Gallery project space located at the historic Candoro Marble Building. Dusk by Shahnaz Lighari (Nashville, TN) opens Friday, April 5 and will run through Saturday, June 1, 2024, with a thematic focus on the transitional moment between day and night. This show is located within the unique architectural space of a narrow wooden stairwell.

Shahnaz Lighari is an artist based in Nashville, TN. She is self taught as a painter but attended Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film where she became inspired by art history and film. Incorporating a cinematic time-based approach to 2D media her work embodies the process of creation highlighting the many phases and layers involved in the evolution of each piece. Her work has been featured in publications and has shown in galleries nationwide, especially in the southeast. She has taught painting and printmaking at Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center and recently attended a workshop on Byzantine Iconography and sacred arts.

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information:

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