Calendar of Events

Monday, August 21, 2017

Maple Hall Mondays with WDVX

  • August 21, 2017 — December 31, 2017
  • 7-9 PM

Category: Free event and Music

A weekly event on Mondays, 7-9 PM. Sponsored by WDVX and hosted by Will Carter.

MAPLE HALL is a boutique 11-lane bowling alley located in the historic J.C. Penney building in the heart of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. We offer a full-service bar, small plates, cozy lounge areas, a live stage and a 2-lane private VIP room. We are a spirited bowling experience that can host every kind of party. Maple Hall, 414 S Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-249-8454, www.maplehallknox.com

Town of Farragut: Solar Eclipse Party

  • August 21, 2017
  • 1-3 PM

Category: Free event and Science & nature

Because Farragut is on the northern edge of the eclipse's path of totality, residents will witness a rare celestial event on Aug. 21. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth and blocks all or part of the sun. The last time a total eclipse was visible in the contiguous U.S. was 1979.

While everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial eclipse, the 70-mile wide path of totality will only pass through 14 U.S. states.

Celebrate the Eclipse Across America with the Town of Farragut! The first 300 participants will receive free eclipse glasses that will allow them to safely witness this awe-inspiring event. The partial phase of the eclipse is expected to begin at 1:04 p.m., with totality beginning at 2:33 p.m. and lasting for one minute and 20 seconds. At McFee Park, 917 McFee Road. For more information, contact Special Event and Program Coordinator Lauren Cox at 218-3372 or lcox@townoffarragut.org.

UT Arboretum: Eclipse Viewing

  • August 21, 2017
  • Gates open 1:30PM

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

Why Go Far From Home? Come to Oak Ridge and Watch the Eclipse in Totality!
The UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge will be a viewing site for the solar eclipse on August 21st. It is estimated that the total solar eclipse in Oak Ridge will last 27 to 31 seconds at approximately 2:33 p.m. EDT. For this first solar eclipse over the continental United States since 1979, Oak Ridge is one of the few cities in the path of totality in Tennessee.

The public is invited to view the eclipse in a clear area above the arboretum's auditorium. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. for cars to park near the site. Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center staff will direct patrons to walk to the area at the top of the hill.

The public is invited to bring chairs, blankets and viewing devices. Normal arboretum rules will be followed including no pets and no picnicking. People are encouraged to bring water. Restrooms will be available in the auditorium building.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: Exhibit by Carra Artis and Zach Searcy

  • August 18, 2017 — October 5, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Free and open to the public

When: Opening reception August 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; artists’ talks at 6:30 p.m.

Carra Artis paints impressionistic landscapes in oil. She hopes the viewer, through her work, will appreciate the beauty of God’s creation and mankind’s mark on the landscape. She strives to capture the essence, time, light, and mood of the scene. Almost all of her paintings are “en plein air,” meaning painted on location, or plein air completed in the studio. After moving to East Tennessee in 2013, Artis was overjoyed to find a group of nurturing artists, “Tuesday Painters,” a weekly plein air painting group. She is currently their coordinator. A member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance, her work has hung in shows at the Emporium, winning an honorable mention at the Tennessee Artists Association show in 2016. She has continued her growth by studying with Kathie Odom, John Lasater IV, Jason Sacran, Dawn Whitelaw, and Peggy Root. She has been influenced by visits to major art museums in New York City, Washington, D.C., Paris, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, and Dublin. Her paintings are in private collections in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Zach Searcy creates mixed media work with paint, resin, found materials, and inkjet pigment transfers. Compositions juke, push, and pull to create a visceral experience. More recently the works have started to move through all axes, with compositions that spill over the side or toward the viewer. Materials and textures have become fixed in a way that the paintings become something that could be held or touched. This show of new works and old explores the experience of art’s function to take us to a faraway place as well as remind us that we are, in fact, right here. Searcy is a self-trained artist from Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been featured throughout the Southeast; at the NEXT Gallery in Denver, Colorado; and at the William King Museum of Art. He has served as a juror of the Dogwood Arts Festival. Once obsessed with browsing art on his smart phone late at night, Searcy brought this vision to curating a physical space in Knoxville: Zach Searcy Projects. The shows ranged from contemporary painting to a computer-controlled xylophone, and the space hosted for the Big Ears Documentary Project. He resides in Knoxville and splits his time between his studio and throwing darts with his brother.

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 37918

Rose Center: "Transition" by Bill Long

  • August 11, 2017 — August 31, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Featuring new work by Bill Long
Opening reception: Friday, August 11, 5-7pm

The Rose Center, 442 West Second North St., Morristown, TN, 37814. Hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 423-581-4330, www.rosecenter.org

Rala: Featured Artist Jon Pemberton

  • August 4, 2017 — August 31, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A resident of Maryville, Jon Pemberton makes wildly creative pop culture art work featuring icons. A self-proclaimed nerd, Jon says "I used to hide the fact that I may or may not be a geek, but I have come to understand that being a geek means that you are passionate about something to an extreme point. These are images of my passion, and I accept that."

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com/

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show

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

The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade presents its 8th Annual Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show. This exciting show will begin with an Awards Reception on Friday, August 4th, starting at 5:00 p.m.

In addition to wall art including pieces in photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pen, ink, and pencil, artists proficient in clay, sculpture, jewelry, wood-working, and mixed-media will be displayed. This year’s Juror-Judge is Joseph S. Mella, director of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. With almost 30 years of experience working in art museums, Joseph Mella manages, curates, and oversees the operations of the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery and its collections within the College of Fine Arts and Science.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Hours: M-Sa 9-4. Information: 931-707-7249, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

Dogwood Arts: First Friday: Bangles & Bubbles

Category: Fine Crafts and Free event

Bangles & Bubbles! We are celebrating August’s First Friday with a showcase of Knoxville’s talented jewelry artists. View our month long exhibition and buy jewelry at our pop-up shop from 4:30-9:00 on August 4th!

Artists: Jessica Weiss, Wendy Seaward, Katie Dirnbauer, Karen Dwyer, Ryan-Ashley Anderson, Megan Craig, Kristine Taylor, Amanda Thompson, Alaina Smith, and Cameron Kite

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Viewing hours: Monday- Friday 9-5. Information: 865-637-4561, www.dogwoodarts.com

The Emporium Center: Terina Gillette: Temperance: An Expose of Emotion

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 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.

In the lower gallery - “Temperance: An Expose of Emotion” is a journey through color, texture, and raw expression. The works reflect a myriad of feelings influenced by the artist's psychology background and each piece is symbolic of a particular moment of personal emotional expression from the artist. Elements of nature are integrated throughout the collection as an additional component of emotion to bring her view of the world full circle in experiencing and expressing a multitude of emotions. "Emotion is the essence that influences our entire thought process, and ultimately it culminates our mental state and world view,” says Terina Gillette. “Emotions allow us to experience life fully."

Terina Gillette resides in Knoxville. She works in a variety of media such as window painting, chalk art murals, traditional wall murals, working with acrylics, papers, pencils, and face & body painting. She publishes an International art magazine that highlights professional artists and students. The magazine has been sent to Belgium, Italy, Holland, and the UK. You will find Gillette teaching art to local home education students at her private studio as well as summer art camps at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She is a member of numerous associations nationwide and locally that promote and support arts and culture. Each weekend you can find her face painting unique and beautiful designs for public and private events around town. She is in her master’s program for psychology and recently graduated with a double Bachelors in psychology. She believes that art is an important venue for healing and enjoying life, and that art is the fullest expression of emotions. Her printed work can be purchased at Visit Knoxville or online at www.TheColoredPalette.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. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: A1LabArts: GODDESS/JAPAN/PEACE

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 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.

In the Balcony gallery - A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists and remains one of the oldest artist-run organizations based in Knoxville. During their membership meeting at the beginning of the year, they selected the title for the exhibition a la Dada during which attendees wrote a word on a piece of paper. Three words – Goddess, Japan, and Peace – were chosen to help inspire works to appear in the exhibition.

A1LabArts is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media. Through events, workshops, shows and performances, A1LabArts aims to make connections in the community among artists of different ages, interests and backgrounds. They see art as a bridge between ideas and people and use their space in Emory Place as a catalyst to spark innovation and make connections. Their current membership includes 60 artists and is open to the public. For more information or to learn about becoming a member of this art collective, please visit www.A1LabArts.org.

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 www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Mary Saylor: A Whimsical Nature

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

A reception will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 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.

In the display case - Mary Saylor has been fascinated by all sorts of artistic endeavors from her childhood and was raised by parents who themselves were creative individuals. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University with a minor in Sculpture and taught art in middle school for some time in Ohio. Over the years, she has dabbled in various creative outlets including drawing, quilting, painting, woodcarving and clay and recently has focused on paper mâché sculptures. Saylor has a profound love and appreciation of all animals, great and small, and this devotion is clearly seen in her whimsical, humorous animal sculptures.

“Most of my recent work has been fashioned from paper mâché and mixed media using recycled materials,” says Mary Saylor. “I have a whimsical bent and a deep love and appreciation for all animals, but especially for dogs and cats. I never know how each new sculpture may evolve as I begin. They always surprise me as they come to life with their own personalities and stories!” Saylor tries to inject humor and warmth into each piece and hopes that when each is finished, their happiness and joy radiate to all who see them. For more information, please visit www.thecraftydonkey.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. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Dick Wills: Celebrate Color

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5:00-9:00 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.

In the Atrium and North Wall - Dick Wills is an older adult with a broad background and many hobbies. A Chemical Engineer by training, he owns and operates a manufacturing company in West Knoxville. He plays over 20 instruments and is a member of his church music worship program. Wills frequents the gym and hikes as much as possible. Several times each year, he travels to the northwest to search for and excavate dinosaur fossils.

His art is multimedia: he utilizes oil, acrylic, dye, watercolor and more for paper and tissue collages and canvas/other surfaces. “Colors are full of joy and are therapeutic,” says Wills. “They attract the eye and lift the spirit. It is not so much what you see, but how you feel when you see it. Simple color and form can change your attitude and brighten your day in one look.”

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 www.knoxalliance.com.

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