Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Mabry-Hazen House: Celebrating Juneteenth

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Kids, family

FREE Tour Series
Wednesday, June 19, and Saturday, June 22, 2024, times varied.

Join us for special tours to commemorate Juneteenth. Mabry-Hazen House will share stories, objects, and research related to the historic house museum, local enslaved communities, and their stories of emancipation. Visitors will learn about the lives of African-Americans connected to Mabry-Hazen House, their achievements and struggles, and the various ways they gained their freedom. From self-liberation to the 13th Amendment, “...And Then I Became Free: Stories of Emancipation at Mabry-Hazen House” will explore the different methods enslaved people broke down the oppressive institution of American chattel slavery and fought to gain their personal liberty.

On Wednesday, June 19th, the museum will offer special Juneteenth tours at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
On Saturday, June 22nd, tours will be offered at 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm.

Admission is free, but tours are limited to twenty-four (24) visitors per tour.
Reservations are encouraged and donations are appreciated.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Juneteenth Commemoration

  • June 19, 2024

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family and Lecture, panel

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators and Valuing the Voice of our Young Adults

4 PM: Unshackled Discussions
A Taste of Soul Food
10 AM - 4 PM Tours, exhibitions and activities

Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Tu-F 10-2. Information: 865-524-8461,

Mabry-Hazen House: The Value of A Man: Wiley Mabry and His Mark on Knoxville

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, panel

On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 6 pm, Executive Director Patrick Hollis will give a talk on the life and emancipation of Wiley Mabry.

The story of Wiley Mabry offers a celebratory yet sobering tale of the lengths enslaved African-Americans took to obtain their freedom. Only fragments exist from Wiley's life, yet an 1872 Southern Claims Commission report reveals a fascinating and powerful detail about him: Wiley Mabry bought himself.

Since discovering this fascinating story, more details about Wiley and his experiences after his self-emancipation have emerged. From political activism to marriage, family, and beyond, join Patrick Hollis to hear Wiley's story, learn about Black life in Knoxville during the 1870s, and understand Hollis's research process into the fragmentary evidence sketching Wiley's life.

Admission is FREE. Join us at 6 pm at Mabry-Hazen House.

MLK March/Parade and Juneteenth Celebration

  • June 19, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Meetup

June 19, 2024
Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center, 3300 E. Magnolia Avenue
Time: 10:00 AM

Join us for the vibrant 2024 MLK March/Parade and Juneteenth Celebration, a celebration of freedom and heritage! The event will begin with registration and lineup at Chilhowee Park, offering community members the chance to participate actively in this historic march. Parade Line Up begins at 8:30am, then we will step off at 10:00 am. The festivities will culminate at Dr. Walter Hardy Park, where the Juneteenth Celebration will commence at noon with a range of activities, performances, and educational opportunities. The MLK Parade will begin at Midway (Chilhowee Park) 3300 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville TN 37914. The Midway Chilhowee Park entrance is directly off of North Beaman Street, parallel to Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. The parade route will run through MLK Avenue and end at Walter Hardy Park. For further information or questions please be sure to contact us at

Rings on the Square

  • June 19, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

The road to Paris runs through Knoxville! Get ready for an unforgettable experience (and one of a kind photo op!) as the Olympic Rings make their way to downtown Knoxville, an iconic stop along their current cross-country road trip! FREE and open to the public, this spectacular 20-foot-long display of the Olympic Rings will be in Market Square on Wednesday, June 19, from 10 AM – 7 PM. The stop in Knoxville will feature an interactive exhibit, offering fans a unique and engaging way to connect with the excitement of the upcoming games. This is your chance to see and touch this enormous symbol of unity and excellence!

Want to further experience the Olympic spirit? The Visit Knoxville team will be on-site to provide information and assist with ticket purchases for the U.S. Olympic Trials – Diving, taking place at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center from June 17 – 23!

Kern's Food Hall: Wonder Woman film

  • June 19, 2024
  • 8 PM

Category: Film and Free event

Join us at Kern's Food Hall for a movie screening on the Great Lawn hosted by Monday Night Proofing Co. Bring a blanket or a chair, grab and some great food, beer or beverage, and join us for a fantastic evening! Free popcorn!

2110 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville

First Take Co: The Flick by Annie Baker

  • June 16, 2024 — June 23, 2024

Category: Film

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35mm film projectors in the state. A hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Jun 16 - 23, 2024
Central Cinema, 1205 North Central Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

TVUUC Gallery: INDICIA by Jean Hess and Emily Taylor

  • June 9, 2024 — July 31, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception Friday, June 14, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.
Free and open to the public

“Indicia” is defined as indications, traces or evidence; something serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality or feeling. Mixed-media artists Emily Taylor and Jean Hess – long-time friends and colleagues -- make work about recollecting and reconsidering early memories, family history and chaotic life paths. They each gather and playfully experiment with found and natural materials along with traditional art media, aiming to surprise themselves and others.

Jean Hess’ work is in public collections including the Huntsville, Knoxville and Evansville museums of art as well as corporate and private collections. She writes about art, gives classes and opens her Knoxville studio and garden by appointment:

Emily Taylor teaches studio art locally as an adjunct professor and in other workshop formats. She has shown her work locally, regionally and in group shows and private collections. Contact her to visit or come to an open studio in Bearden!

Gallery hours: 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday, 9:00-1:00 Sunday
Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Tri-Star Arts: Outta Time with Joshua Bienko and Lester Merriweather

  • June 7, 2024 — August 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A two-person show, Outta Time, featuring recent works by artists Joshua Bienko (Knoxville, TN) and Lester Merriweather (Memphis, TN). Curator: Brian R. Jobe.

A preview reception will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm. Additionally, there will be an artists’ reception on Friday, July 19, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artists in attendance). There will be an artist talk by Bienko and Merriweather beforehand on July 19 at 3:30pm.

Joshua Bienko (b. 1978, NY) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2008, and his BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2000. He has exhibited at NADA (NY), Dallas Contemporary (TX), Artpace (TX), Labor Ebertplatz (Köln), Vox Populi (PA), Big Medium (TX), OUTERSPACE (Facebook) and the Guggenheim Museum (in collaboration with YouTube Play Biennial). Most recently he has shown in New York, Portland, Baltimore, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. He has also curated shows in Brooklyn, Queens, Seattle, and Gainesville and is one of the founding members of the artist-run space Ortega y Gasset Projects in Gowanus, and C for Courtside in Knoxville. He is a 2009 Tanne Foundation recipient, and a Hambidge Residency and V.C.C.A Fellow. Bienko is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches Drawing and Painting. “Who’s the G.O.A.T.? Jordan! Or maybe J.M.W. Turner. Yeah, Either Jordan or Turner.”

Lester Julian Merriweather (b. 1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University. Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum (New York, NY), CAM (St. Louis, MO), TOPS Gallery, Crosstown Arts, and Powerhouse (Memphis, TN), Diverseworks (Houston, TX), Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA). He has also exhibited internationally at the Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw, Poland). Merriweather served as the first Curatorial Director of the Jones Gallery & the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis from 2010-2016. He worked on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. independent journal where he created the Art of the South exhibition series. He is a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel. He served as the Curatorial Consultant for the PPF Contemporary Art Collection (Memphis, TN). He is Emeritus for the Advisory Panel of TONE Memphis. Merriweather is participating in Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage. Originating at The Frist Art Museum (Nashville, TN), the exhibition travels to The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.).

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

Tri-Star Arts: Cien Años by Michael Giles

  • June 7, 2024 — August 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

This show is located within the unique architectural space of a narrow wooden stairwell.

A preview reception will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm. Additionally, there will be another reception on Friday, July 19, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artist in attendance).

Michael Giles is a Venezuelan-American artist working primarily in painting and drawing. He has exhibited nationally including SITE: Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY), Core New Art Space (Denver, CO), Channel To Channel (Nashville, TN), William King Museum (Abingdon, VA), Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN), Walters State Community College, Carson Newman University, and Fluorescent Gallery (Knoxville, TN). Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, at the age of five he immigrated with his family to Baltimore, OH. He studied as part of the Reciprocal Exchange Program at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia, 1996) and received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2000, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. He lives and works in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and son and various furry animals.

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

Dogwood Arts: Exhibition by Gared Luquet

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Join us on Friday, June 7th for the Opening Reception of 'Menagerie: A Solo Exhibition by Gared Luquet' from 5-8PM. Enjoy live music from SPNCE from 6-8PM. Free & open to the public, a cash bar will be available.
Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM

This exhibition, Menagerie, transcends the traditional portrayal of wildlife, mirroring the similarities in emotional expressions shared between human beings and animals in the modern world. Through this anthropomorphic lens, Luquet presents a playful nod to traditional portraiture, where surrealism interlaces with classic compositions, often with a subtle undertone of irony.

Gared Luquet is a Knoxville-based artist and muralist. His large-scale acrylic paintings transcend the traditional portrayal of wildlife, mirroring the similarities in emotional expressions shared between human beings and animals in the modern world. Through this anthropomorphic lens, Luquet presents a playful nod to traditional portraiture, where surrealism interlaces with classic compositions, often with a subtle undertone of irony. Additionally, his paintings contrast the interplay of man-made elements, such as the use of classic neon signs as backgrounds, in place of the animal's natural biome. Gared is a graduate of Pepperdine University where he majored in studio art with an emphasis in painting.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Art Market Gallery: Carole Stoiber and Lynn Straka

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

First Friday Reception: June 7th, 5:30 - 9 pm
Art Market Gallery, Knoxville

Lynn Straka, Jewelry
Lynn Straka is a Cleveland, Ohio native, avid Buckeye, and supporter of Arrowmont School Of Arts and Crafts. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, and is a self-taught jewelry artist that enjoys the art of technique and texture. While she has always been a maker in some form, she began making beaded jewelry which lead her to explore the art of metal working. Daily problem solving and using small hand tools as a veterinarian has helped her with mastering jewelry fabrication. This is her fourth season teaching community classes at Arrowmont, and her first season at Hands On Gatlinburg. Her work can be found at the Cliff Dweller’s gallery in Gatlinburg, TN, Ijams Nature center, the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN, the Arrowmont showcase gallery, and

The jewelry I make is adornment – created to produce joy to the wearer. Designs influenced by nature, they may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality. The common denominators of my work are texture and exercise in technique. Whether it is hand stamping designs or words, forging, creating three-dimensional forms, or impressing texture onto metal, each piece has its own one-of-a-kind, individual personality. The materials I use most are sterling silver, copper, and bronze, with semiprecious stone accents. Some of the materials are recycled or repurposed metal items that I have altered and incorporated into my jewelry. Typically, they are finished with an antiqued or aged patina to highlight their texture. This month’s featured artist collection is called ‘Trash To Treasure’. Most pieces will have unusual materials and found objects combined with sterling silver. This represents the idea that beauty and adornment can be found in everyday and discarded objects.

Carole Stoiber, Painting
Carole Stoiber is an artist who expresses herself in watercolors, oils, acrylics, and clay. Her works are presently on display and for sale at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. When living in Harrisonburg, VA, Carole began painting original watercolor portraits of homes as commissions. She called her business, “A Different Kind of House Painting”. Images of these watercolors and her amazing original oils can be viewed on her website:

Patrons marvel at her talent to create beautiful images with skillful techniques, vibrant colors, and imaginative designs that provoke emotions and memories with familiar, yet unique visions. Carole received a Fine Arts Degree with a Ceramic Concentration from Barton College (Wilson, NC). Carole continues to learn and create every day in all media. Her experiences in multi-media were indispensable when teaching K-12 at Greenfield School. She also taught at Wilson Community College through continuing education programs with seniors. In addition, Carole’s years of teaching include The Boys & Girls Club (Wake Forest NC), churches, and summer camps. Most recently, Carole retired from her position as Art Department chair at Greenfield Academy. Since moving to Tennessee, Carole has found fulfillment as a published fiction author, and is a member of the local Mossy Creek Writers. She has written and illustrated a book titled THE UNTOUCHABLES AND THE CIRCLE OF TRUST. Carole will now be teaching art to grades K-2, 2-4 and 4-6 entitled MAKE ART with MS. CAROLE. These original and cross curriculum STEAM lessons will be at the Rose Center for the Arts in Morristown, Tn. Carole’s philosophy? To stay young at heart, you must create something every day.

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

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