Calendar of Events

Monday, October 14, 2019

McClung Museum: Stroller Tour: Eclectic Elephants

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their infants through four year olds. Crying and wiggly babies welcome!

Join us in the Geology Gallery as we learn about the fascinating fossil history of elephants!

Make a Free Reservation:

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: Exhibit by Knoxville Photography Collective

  • October 13, 2019 — December 11, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, October 18, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Organized in 2001, the Knoxville Photography Collective is a group of photographers who meet monthly to share images, technical information, encouragement, and inspiration. Members Katharine Emlen, Tony Hayzen, Owen Weston, Wayne Setser, David Bryant, Robert Minick, and Brian McDaniel each have distinctive styles and perspectives. Hayzen, for instance, is passionate about landscapes and wildlife photography, whereas Weston looks for hidden images in the commonplace.

Gallery hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Thursday and 10 AM – 1 PM, Sunday
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919,

Pellissippi State: Stacey Heil Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A Maryville-based graphic designer creates playful images that combine different media.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM - 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Open Show 2019

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

Our annual juried exhibition! Details TBA

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

The District Gallery: Barry Spann: Vaulted Space

  • October 4, 2019 — November 16, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Following his 2017 exhibit Twenty-One Still Lifes, Barry Spann returns with a compelling new body of work that playfully explores inner and outer spaces, and the realms in between. We invite you to experience a very special evening featuring a bold new installation singular to this exhibit.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 4 from 6-9 p.m. Meet the artist and enjoy live music & refreshments. The gallery will be transformed for a bold new installation singular to this exhibit. This is a dressy-casual First Friday event that is free & open to the public.

The District Gallery & Framery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 200-4452 or
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10-5:30, Saturday 10-4

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Autumn Blaze Fall Art Show

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

Enjoy the Opening Reception of the “Autumn Blaze” Fall Art Show on Friday, October 4, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This special reception is scheduled on the regular monthly “Fun and Wine Friday” reception date. Participants can view the show entries and watch the presentation of awards to the winning artists. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be available. The reception is free and open to the public. The “Autumn Blaze” Fall Art Show will be on display in the gallery through October 31.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Dogwood Arts: "Pieced" by Nick DeFord and Melissa Everett

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

An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8PM.

Pieced is a collaborative exhibition of work by Melissa Everett Textiles and Nick DeFord

Melissa Everett: Each dyed, painted or printed textile, a unique work of art in itself, is cut and deconstructed to then be reconciled into a larger quilted piece. The steps taken resonate and reveal how hope and beauty can emerge from brokenness.

Nick DeFord: The work in Pieced represents both an exploration of mapping, but also the metaphoric properties of gaming and escapism. By embellishing the already decorative surfaces of game boards, it both accentuates their paths and trails, but also destroys their utilitarianism. Additionally, by starting to use alchemical signs, symbols, images and monsters, the work alludes to the transformation from low art to high art, from ephemera to gold, and from the starting square to finished line.

More about the Artists:

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,
Gallery hours M-F 9-5

Rala: First Friday with Pippin Long

  • October 4, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

October 4th 6-9PM (Will be on display the entire month)

Join us in welcoming Pippin Long as our October First Friday artist. She is a native Tennessean and a graduate of UT Knoxville with a degree in art. While she enjoys experimenting with various mediums and techniques, Pippin’s main focus is in drawing and painting, and has worked with watercolors from a very young age. Her newest work explores portraiture and the treatment of skin using watercolor and negative space. Pippin currently makes her home in Asheville, NC.

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
HOURS: Mon - Thurs: 10:00am to 8:00pm, Fri - Sat: 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sun: 11:00am to 5:00pm
PH: (865) 525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Awaken Coffee: Artwork by Rita Nabors

  • October 4, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host artist Rita Nabors for First Friday, Oct. 4 from 6-9 pm.

Rita Nabors is primarily self-taught, relying on continuous study, practice, and observation. Painting in oil and acrylic, her favorite subjects are landscapes and animals. Her current Farm Series is painted on rusty roofing tin.

Join us for inspiring art, refreshments and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee is a live music venue, espresso bar, craft beer & wine bar and organic restaurant in the heart of downtown. Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Hours: Mon-Thu 7 AM - 9 PM, Fri 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 2-8 PM

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Community Art League of Athens

  • October 4, 2019 — October 26, 2019

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

Broadway Studios and Gallery will be hosting The Community Art League of Athens, Tn with their show entitled "Trading Spaces" for the first Friday event in October.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Fri-Sat, 10-6, by appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-556-8676,

The Emporium Center: Townsend Artisan Guild: The Best of Us

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

A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

This new exhibition, presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild, features original art by 20 artists including fiber arts, charcoal, pen and ink, oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery, woodworking, and mixed media. The Guild is excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of these artists who live and work in the East Tennessee area.

Founded in 2007, the Guild brings together working fine artists and fine crafts persons to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts. The group of approximately 80 members strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops. The Guild operates the Townsend Artisan Guild and Studios at 7719 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend, where juried members display and sell their work, and artists work in their studios. The art represents a wide variety of visual arts and is rotated frequently to represent the continued creativity of its displaying artists. Membership in the Guild is open to working artists, aspiring artists, and those supporting the arts. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Wood N Strings Dulcimer Shop, 7645 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. The meeting includes a business meeting, a program, and a time for fellowship. Guests are always welcome to attend. For more information, please visit, find them on Facebook at Townsend Artisan Guild, or e-mail

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Barb Johnson & Anna Rykaczewska: Inside/Out

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

Barb Johnson and Anna Rykaczewska will display work from their perspective of what they observe in photographed images. The images include both inside and outside spaces. The quality of light as it infiltrates a setting determines how textures and color tones play a major role in their compositions.

Barbara Rybolt Johnson is from Swayzee, Indiana and earned her degree in art education from Indiana State University. She taught art in public and private schools, most recently at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Barb is now a full-time artist, private teacher, and member of Art Group 21. Her artwork has been displayed in numerous juried art venues including Arts in the Airport, Oak Ridge Art Center, Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, Knoxville mayors’ offices, and art shows in the Emporium Center. Follow her on Instagram at @barbjohnsonart or on Facebook at

Anna Rykaczewska was born, lived in and received her education in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from the High School of Fine Arts where she studied painting, sculpture, graphics, costume design, scenography, jewelry design, and photography. She then earned a master’s degree in art history at the University of Warsaw. Rykaczewska worked for seven years as the Art Specialist and Designer at Ars Christiana, the premiere and largest company in Poland specializing in religious art. She has resided in many European countries due to her husband's scientific career, and since 1997 has lived in the United States. In 2001, the YWCA honored her with a nomination for the "Woman of Distinction" award in recognition of her volunteer work. One of her paintings was presented to His Excellency US Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe by the local Polish-American Community in 2004, and the painting exhibited at the Residence of the US Ambassador in Warsaw for six years. For more information, visit

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

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