Calendar of Events

Friday, April 19, 2024

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Great Smoky Mountains Fiber Fair

Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

April 19, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Discover a new craft, skill, or hobby! Join us for the 3rd annual GSM Fiber Fair, where skills are learned, wool is spun, and a fiber enthusiast can shop to their heart’s desire! Over 20 vendors are set up throughout the Heritage Center’s 10 acres and a variety of classes are offered. Check out our Social Time and bring your knitting, crochet, or other project, a mug of tea or coffee and get to know one another! It’s designed to share stories and learn from one another!

Our classes include:
- Cartwheel Dorset Button
- Dying Roving for Spinning
- Pin Loom Basics
- Fiber Prep for Spinning
- Beginning Drop Spindle
- 3D Figure Sculptures
- Needle Felting with Armatures
- Tapestry Garment Felting
- Beginning Spinning on a Wheel
- BYOT to Dye for
- Intermediate Wheel Spinning

Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/926919522370620

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882. Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5. Information: 865-448-0044, www.gsmheritagecenter.org

UT Downtown Gallery: Art Source

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

Reception on First Friday, May 3, 5-9PM | UT Downtown Gallery

Every day, Knox County Schools art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. Now in its 15th year at the UT Downtown Gallery, Art Source, an exhibition dedicated to Knox County Schools art educators, has given these teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

This year’s exhibition was jurored by Ashton Ludden and Andrew Messersmith of Relay Ridge. The show is in partnership with Knox County Schools, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Jerry’s Artarama.

Award-winning educators will be recognized at the gallery’s May First Friday reception. The gallery will be open from 5-9pm with awards at 6:30pm.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street. Hours: W-F: 11am - 6pm, Sat: 10am - 3p. For more information: ewing@utk.edu | https://downtown.utk.edu

Arts & Culture Alliance: Woodworking by Janis Proffitt

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 April 5-27, 2024. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, April 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features music by Marble City Opera.

Janis Proffitt is a native Knoxvillian. Her roots run deep in the Smoky Mountains. Her great-great-grandfather owned a sawmill in the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 25 years, she and her sister ran their father’s woodshop in Pittman Center, Tennessee. In the 1980s she taught herself wood burning that she incorporates on to her pieces. With her rich Southern Appalachian Heritage, she creates both traditional and contemporary wood turnings, and her work comes from the head, the heart, and hands.

This new exhibition is in honor of my dad, Ellis Proffitt, for showing me the love of wood and working with it in all the different ways it can be used, from building a house to building a fire and all that's in between.

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The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; and 5:00-7:00 PM on Thu Apr 11, Thu Apr 18, and Fri Apr 26 for Gallery 1010 openings. 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. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: GoFigure: Exploring Three-Dimensional Figurative Art

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 April 5-27, 2024. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, April 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features music by Marble City Opera.

This new exhibition, created by GoFigure Guild members, illustrates how the vision and skill of talented makers can transform figurative art beyond what is typically thought to be a “doll” or a toy. Three-dimensional figurative art has evolved over the years to include a wide range of artistic styles and mediums. The figures included in the exhibition incorporate a variety of materials such as paper clay, polymer clay, fabric, wood, felt, and natural or synthetic wool. Each piece is an entirely original work of art which requires a wide range of skills to create; including sculpting, painting, costuming, and creating structure and framework to present the figure. Each work of art can take weeks, or in some cases months, to complete.

GoFigure Guild is a mixed media group that creatively explores the art of the figure. The guild is made up of over 30 doll makers from Mitchell, Yancey, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, and Wilson Counties in North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee. The abilities of the members range from beginner to professional doll makers. In 2023, they exhibited at Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery in Mars Hill, NC, and they maintain an ongoing exhibit at the I-26 West North Carolina Welcome Center. Professional doll makers in the group exhibit individually both regionally and nationally, through galleries and such organizations as the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA), Foothills Craft Guild, Toe River Arts Council, and the Blue Ridge Arts Trail.

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The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; and 5:00-7:00 PM on Thu Apr 11, Thu Apr 18, and Fri Apr 26 for Gallery 1010 openings. 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. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2023-2024 Artist in Residence Exhibition

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, https://www.arrowmont.org