Calendar of Events

Monday, November 18, 2019

Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center: 2019 Holiday Show and Sale

  • November 15, 2019 — December 8, 2019

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

Highlights some of the fine things that are made by people right here in Knoxville! Join us for the Holiday Sale right in the middle of the show on Fri Dec 6.

Buy Handmade for the Holidays!

Mon: 9am-8:30pm
Tues: 9am-8:30pm
Wed: 9am-8pm
Thurs: 9am-6pm
Fri: 9am-2 pm
Sat: 9:30am-2 pm

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, 1127 Broadway Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-523-1401, http://knoxvilletn.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=109562&pageId=15402751

Ewing Gallery: Artist in Residence Retrospective

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

Opening Reception, Thursday, November 7, 5:30 - 7:30pm in the Ewing Gallery before the Artist in Residence Lecture at 7:30pm in room 109, A+A Building

The Ewing Gallery will be closed November 27 - December 1 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present AIR Retrospective an exhibition that showcases work from the Ewing Gallery permanent Collection by past UT School of Art Artists in Residence. We will also be exhibiting the AIR of UT Print Portfolio, a 3 portfolio suite of digital prints curated by UT School of Art Alumni, Wade Guyton, Meredyth Sparks, and Josh Smith. The AIR of UT Print Portfolio features work by many past Artists in Residents and alumni of UT. Several sculptural works and drawings by former UT School of Art painting professor, Michael Brakke will also be on display. Brakke, who passed away in 2010 was instrumental recruiting AIRs and developing the UT Artist in Residence program.

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Art and Architecture Building, Knoxville, Tn 37996

The Emporium Center: Work by Recipients of Bailey Opportunity Grants

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

Special reception for the artists on Wed Nov 20, 5-7 PM - open to the public. Please join us!

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents an exhibit of painting, photography, woodwork, forged metal, jewelry, sculpture, and more by the fourteen visual artists who are recipients of an FY20 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant. Artists in the exhibition include: Eleanor Aldrich, Lynda Best, Jurgen Dopatka, Derrick Freeman, Shannon Johnson, Marty McConnaughey, John Phillips, Sarah Pollock, Shawn Poynter, Chris Rohwer, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Derek White, Bryan Wilkerson, and Brandon Woods.

A part of the Arts & Heritage Fund, the Bailey Opportunity Grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations. The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development. These fourteen artists have utilized their collective $42,000+ for local, regional, and national workshops, studio time, technical equipment, and more.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The District Gallery: The Big Tiny Show

  • November 1, 2019 — November 30, 2019

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

We are so pleased to announce our first open call small works show! The Big Tiny Show is a national juried exhibition of over 100 small works by a diverse group of local and regional artists. $1500 in cash awards will be juried by longtime Knoxville artist Joe Parrott. Please join us this First Friday, November 1 from 5-8 p.m. to meet local artists, get a sneak peek at our holiday collection, and enjoy this big show of delightfully tiny art!

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

The Emporium Center: Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Member Exhibition

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 1, from 4:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Exhibition includes special weekend hours: Saturday, November 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, November 3, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center (AACC) Member Exhibition was developed to showcase local arts and crafts from members of the AACC crafting in the East Tennessee region. Traditional Appalachia arts and crafts will be featured in the member exhibition, including: basket making, woodwork, quilting, weaving, pottery, mixed media and more! The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is one of the oldest craft centers in Tennessee with more than 70 local juried artists. Their mission is to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. They are a nonprofit arts center featuring a public gallery selling handcrafted pieces by our local juried artists. Throughout the year, the center offers classes for adults and children. For more information, please visit www.appalachianarts.net or www.facebook.com/appalachiancraftcenter.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Bruce Bunting: New Works in Paper

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 1, from 4:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Exhibition includes special weekend hours: Saturday, November 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, November 3, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

In this exhibition, Bruce Bunting will display the wide range of papers he has made, from simple sheets to complex multi-step sheets, as well as examples of his art made with from these papers. Paper fibers include abaca, kozu, gampi, seisel, bamboo, cotton, and wood cellulose, and he also uses various vegetable related fibers from his garden. He uses dyes, inks, and pigments for color as appropriate.

I became interested in paper several years ago as a way to make low cost, light weight jewelry. Progressing from there, I started making folk style art using handmade paper. My early paper making was crude and made in a blender. As I read more, I became interested in the equipment and science of papermaking and decided to set up a studio. As a retired engineer, I was able to understand the science and construct my own equipment. After a year of construction and redesign, I now have a complete paper studio with a Hollander beater, molds and deckles, a press, a drying box, and a vacuum table.

Bunting has attended papermaking classes and visited artist studios and paper mills, during which time he has met fine artists, makers of books and prints, those who sell finished paper sheets to others, and those collaborate with others to help them realize their art in paper. In this exhibition, he hopes to generate interest and discussions leading to future opportunities and collaborations. Currently, he can sell paper from his inventory, make custom orders of paper, collaborate on paper related projects, or consult about paper making science and techniques. For more information, visit https://brucebuntingart.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Tennessee Craft-East: Connections Through Craft

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 1, from 4:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Exhibition includes special weekend hours: Saturday, November 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, November 3, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Connections Through Craft is a members showcase by artists working in a variety of media who have come together to highlight the mission of the statewide Tennessee Craft organization: to connect emerging and experienced makers as well as the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on Tennessee's handmade legacy. The East chapter exhibition will feature both fine arts and crafts pieces as well as a public mural piece created during the recent Art in the Valley festival at Ijams Nature Center. The mural aims to demonstrate how the community may be connected through craft. For more information on the festival, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/698535843903685/.

As the only networked community of its kind across the state, Tennessee Craft nurtures talent and creates artist connections through programs funded by donations and signature exhibition events; it has been Tennessee’s largest, most visible and most respected craft artist organization since 1965. Tennessee Craft-East serves the sixteen counties of Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

Dogwood Arts: Amanda Thompson, Lauren Karnitz, Lacey Sutton, and Colleen Thornbrugh

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

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November First Friday at Dogwood Arts will feature work by Amanda Thompson, Lauren Karnitz, Lacey Sutton, and Colleen Thornbrugh.

Amanda Thompson - www.etsy.com/shop/BoxofPearlsbyAmanda
Box of Pearls came into focus after the birth of my daughter, Pearl. While staying home with her, I took the opportunity to grow my love of making jewelry, and developed an online business. In the years that have passed, my style and ideas have transformed, but one thing has always stayed firm; I love creating meaningful jewelry. It is my way of connecting with others, my mode of giving back to my community, and the platform on which I express myself. Jewelry makes a statement, and means something different
to each of us. I most enjoy the feeling it offers as a gift; to celebrate milestones, to show you care, to remember a loved one, to support, or just to show off your personal style. Medical alert/ID, personalized, and classic designs with a modern touch, are my specialties.

Colleen Thornbrugh - www.collthorn.com
Colleen Thornbrugh is a professional and teaching artist from Knoxville, TN. Colleen has years of experience working in the community teaching K-12 children. Colleen has taught hundreds of students and has worked extensively teaching art with the Great Schools Partnership in Knoxville via the Knoxville Museum of Art, University of Tennessee, Boys & Girls Clubs and more. Colleen enjoys teaching a wide range of students including homeschool students ages K-12 at Thursday Connection Homeschool Cooperative. She has a passion for helping her students experiment with many different media – everything from oil pastels to stop motion animation and puppet building! When not teaching classes, Colleen works as a painter from her home studio. Colleen’s paintings are mainly non-representational, meant to evoke the inner landscape. She loves to work intuitively, experimenting with color and texture.Colleen lives in Knoxville with her husband and loves her city.

Lacey Sutton - www.suttonceramics.com
Sutton Ceramics is a small Knoxville based Business owned and operated by myself, Lacey Sutton. I make unique wheel thrown pottery and handmade porcelain jewelry. I hope to create pieces that honor the beautiful tradition of pottery, while also offering a fresh and modern interpitation of the craft. I have always loved to create. My childhood home had an attic “craft room” were much of my time was spent. The floors were always covered in crayons and loose glitter that stuck to my naked toes. Today the glitter has been replaced by floors covered in clay drips and porcelain dust, but I love it even more. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to spend my days creating, hands and feet covered in clay, and at home, kiddos by my side. I am so grateful for all the people who have made my dreams a reality, by supporting my work, and buying and using the things I make.

Lauren Karnitz - www.laurenkarnitz.com
Lauren Karnitz earned a B.A. in English Education and Russian Literature from New York University in 1992, taught English in New York City, then accepted a job in Seattle. In 2001 she returned to academia to pursue her first love, painting. In 2004, while completing her Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing at University of Tennessee, Lauren opened Three Flights Up Gallery in downtown Knoxville, where she was founding partner and curator through 2009. Lauren remains active in Knoxville’s art community, while exhibiting her own work and raising two boys. Her work is in galleries and private collections around the country.

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Chrysalises

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

Elysia Mann, Raymond Padrón, Joshua Shorey

Three Tennessee artists whose work addresses themes in common: pairs, piling, salt, shells, sight, stiffness, suits, transformation.

Jerry Drown Wood Gallery , Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Gallery hours: M-R 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-4, Saturdays call ahead. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, www.arrowmont.org

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, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices

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

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: OCTOBER 18, 6 - 8 PM

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts presents the National Juried Invitational Exhibit, "Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices," featuring artists who seek innovative approaches to traditional craft practices and create historically conscious work, while resonating with newer audiences and current issues. This exhibit recognizes artists under 35 years of age who are making significant strides in their craft in bold and diverse ways.

For more information about the show and participating artists, visit: www.arrowmont.org/bridging-the-gap-contemporary-craft-practices/

Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Gallery hours: M-R 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-4, Saturdays call ahead. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, www.arrowmont.org