Calendar of Events

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

JOIN US FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 5-8PM for a Closing Reception at the Ewing Gallery

Cassidy Frye: Pushing and Pulling Overworked Surfaces
Alex McKenzie: Again Again
Erica Mendoza: Privacy Settings

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

McClung Museum: Stroller Tour: Tick Tock


Category: Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family and Science & nature

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!

What time is it? How have people measured time throughout history? What devices have they used? Join us for a special program about time, science, and art! Craft materials are included.

The event is free, but limited, and all attendees must register to attend online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour.

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,

Nourish Knoxville: CSA Fair

  • March 19, 2018
  • 3:00-6:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Mark your calendars for a CSA Fair on March 19, 3 to 6pm, at Whole Foods Knoxville!

Meet farmers face-to-face and learn about the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that's right for you! Visitors to the CSA Fair can compare and sign up on the spot or take home a CSA comparison of all CSAs delivering in Knox County and decide later. Workplace groups and corporate wellness program administrators are encouraged to attend and talk to farmers about delivery directly to their office!

This event is free and open to the public.
March 19, 3:00 to 6:00PM, at Whole Foods Knoxville, 6730 Papermill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Nourish Knoxville: 865-805-8687,

Whole Foods Market: Community Supported Agriculture Fair

  • March 19, 2018
  • 3:00-6:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Science & nature

CSA Fair, Monday, March 19th, 3pm-6pm at Whole Foods Market, 6730 Papermill Dr NW, Knoxville.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You might have heard the term before - lots of farms in East Tennessee offer CSAs. CSA subscribers purchase a "share" of a farm, receiving a portion of the farm's products at designated times throughout the year. The most common CSA share is a weekly box of seasonal produce, but could take many other forms, including a monthly meat share, bi-weekly egg share, weekly cut-flower share, or herbal remedy share. According to Slow Food USA, the idea of CSAs began in Japan in the 1970s when a few families concerned about pesticide usage on their food decided to cooperate with local farmers for pre-arranged, pre-paid produce delivery. The first American CSA program started in 1986, and CSAs have been growing in popularity here ever since! When you buy a CSA, you're investing in the farm - and you're providing the farmer with income when they need it the most.

Not sure which CSA is right for you? We're co-hosting a CSA Fair with the Knox County Health Department, so you can come meet farmers face-to-face and compare CSA options!

There will be a variety of CSAs to choose from, including those offered by:
Abbey Fields Farm, Garden Delivery CSA, Sustainable Harvest Farm, A Place of the Heart, Care of the Earth Community Farm, Crooked Road Farm, David Lay Farms, UT Vol-Supported Agriculture, Lacewing Farms, Terraced Garden Farm.

Monday, March 19th, 3pm-6pm, Whole Foods Market - 6730 Papermill Dr NW, Knoxville.

UT's Writers in the Library: Meagan Cass

  • March 19, 2018
  • 7:00PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

On Monday, March 19, at 7:00PM, fiction writer Meagan Cass will read as part of UT's Writers in the Library reading series. Meagan Cass's first full-length collection, ActivAmerica, published by University of North Texas Press in 2017, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. She is also author of the chapbook Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014), and her stories have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, PANK, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among many others. Dan Chaon selected her fiction for the Wigleaf Top 50 Short Fictions of 2012, and Smokelong Quarterly republished her story "Egg Toss, August 1989" in its Best of the First Ten Years anthology.

Cass is an Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications and has served as fiction coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology and fiction editor for Rougarou and for Stirring. An associate professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, she teaches courses in creative writing, publishing, and 20th/21st-century American literature and curates the Shelterbelt Reading Series. Her degrees include an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and a doctorate in English from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend. There will be a brown bag Q&A for students and faculty at noon in 1210 McClung Tower.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to "showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen." Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information please visit

Oak Ridge Art Center: Metamorphosis III: Recycle to Art

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

The exhibition will open on March 10 from 7 to 9 pm with a gallery talk at 6:30

Featuring local artists whose work is composed of reused or re-imagined materials, ephemera, or found objects.

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

Town of Farragut: Exhibit by William "Dan" DeFord

  • March 9, 2018 — April 27, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The March/April 2018 Farragut Arts Council Featured Artist is painter William "Dan" DeFord. His exhibit focuses on the mountains and local culture of East Tennessee, where he grew up. DeFord's grandparents were Concord natives. He pursued art from a young age, and some of his childhood drawings are included in the exhibit.

He went on to attend college in Seattle, Wash., and Southern California, graduating with degrees in electrical engineering, math and physics. He continued to paint, and studied and worked with local artists in Tennessee, California and North Carolina. He returned to East Tennessee with his family in 1971.

DeFord's artwork features subjects from the 1930s to present in oil, watercolor and mixed media.

Each month, the work of an artist or group of artists is featured in specially-designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in Farragut Town Hall. For more information about this exhibit or to access a Featured Artist application, email, call 966-7057 or visit

Town of Farragut, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934

Dogwood Arts: SYNERGY: Student Art Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Knoxville’s next generation of artists is on display, featuring the work of gifted art students from area schools at Clayton Center for the Arts.

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

Dogwood Arts: SYNERGY: East Tennessee Art Educator Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

In its fourth year, this is an exhibit promoting the work of East Tennessee’s finest K-12 art teachers and current art interns/student teachers from public schools, private schools and academies located at Clayton Center for the Arts.

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

Tomato Head: Exhibition by Kimberly Pack

  • March 6, 2018 — April 2, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Playwright Edward Albee famously decried the efforts of critics and scholars to identify too much “connective tissue” in his work. Albee said he didn’t control characters – they act the way they act because that’s who they are, and they do what they do because that’s what they want to do. For Albee, writing, art if you will, isn’t limited or necessarily driven by what happens to the creator of the work. Albee might have opined that in art, like life, the artist starts something, somewhere for reasons known or unknown, but once started that creation careens off in its own direction. Artist Kimberly Pack, whose exhibit currently hangs in our Market Square location, isn’t exactly sure where the characters in her work came from, but she does know that they have taken up residence in her imagination where they seem to have heard and heeded a call to be fruitful and multiply.

A quick look at her collection of drawings (ink on watercolor paper) is enough to tempt an observer into wondering if these strange little people have some connection to the artist’s life: Are they personal demons trying to get out? Are they unkind caricatures of unpleasant characters from her past? Are they born of some great sadness or a little touch of madness?

Kimberly Pack will be on view at the Market Square Tomato Head thru March 4th, 2018. She will exhibit at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from March 6th thru April 2nd, 2018.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Ric Brooks: Big Ears Big Eyes – Big Ears photos from 2009-2017

  • March 5, 2018 — May 7, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Love is in the air. And it’s on our walls. It’s hanging there, mostly in bold colors, as a clear statement that photographer Ric Brooks loves music makers almost as much as he loves their music. For years, Brooks has been the official unofficial photographer of Big Ears. And it’s a role he loves. He’s a straightforward guy, I suspect he wouldn’t tell you any lies. So when he repeats that he isn’t a professional photographer, you believe that he believes it. Yet when you look at his work, you’ll recognize that he is a passionate shutterbug – which, in many ways, is exactly what you want for a festival that touches the very heart of passion.

His collection of work now hanging on our Market Square walls spans 2009 – 2017 and is mostly comprised of artists in action shots. Each one is a studied photo in its way. Brooks says, “I’m in the audience, listening, and I see a photograph that I want to take. Say, I see this look on the artist’s face, and I know I want to photograph it. I’ll have to take 3 or 4 just to get that expression. Lots of musicians will do certain things, make a move or something to get that high note; you know it – it’s what people call the guitar face. But you can see that happening in the song so you know it’s going to come back on the chorus or somewhere. I’m waiting for it. I know what photo I want.”

The exhibit represents just a fraction of his search for the images he likes and an extensive association with musicians. Brooks and Big Ears founder Ashley Capps have a long and continuous friendship that dates back to Kindergarten. When Capps started doing concerts at the Laurel Theatre way back when, Brooks was there with a camera and, sometimes, catering too. When Capps opened Ella Guru’s, Brooks was there, managing, taking tickets, and meeting, hearing and watching.

“Big Ears Big Eyes – Big Ears photos from 2009-2017”, an exhibit of photographs by Ric Brooks will be on view at the downtown Tomato Head on Market Square from March 5th thru April 1st. The exhibit will then be on view at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from April 3rd thru May 7th.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Ijams' Gallery Presents: Gayla D. Seale and Lori Paul

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

Stop by for local art that will put a smile on your face! March's exhibit features Gayla D. Seale's bright watercolor paintings and Mtn. Girl Design's adorable pebble collages. Both capture the charm and magic of everyday life.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

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