Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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,

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Lunch @ The Square Room

Category: Culinary arts and Music

Bond. James Bond. The series has not only created some of the most popular cinema of the past half-century, it has also produced some truly great music. In this special performance, guitarist Chad Volkers and bassist Dave Slack dive into this vast catalogue to offer their distinctive interpretations of this classic material.

1st Wednesday of each month - $15 admission includes lunch buffet. At 4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902. Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: 865-573-3226,

The Mill and Mine: Hippie Sabotage

  • March 7, 2018
  • 9:00PM

Category: Music

Hippie Sabotage brings their Path of Righteousness Tour to The Mill and Mine on
March 7, 2018. Music Starts at 9PM

We're thrilled to bring powerhouse EDM duo Hippie Sabotage to Knoxville this spring! Come experience their ability to mix the cultural melting pot vibes of their hometown of San Francisco with fat hip-hop beats into glorious dance party jams. It's going to be epic!

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

Candoro Marble: Candoro and Catan - A Board Game Night in Historic Vestal

  • March 7, 2018
  • 6 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Feb 7, Mar 7, and Apr 4 at 6:00 PM

At 4450 Candora Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Come play board and card games in one of Knoxville's most historic gems! We will have many games supplied with a game leader at each to help you if you've never played before, but feel free to bring your own! Food and drinks will be BYO but some treats will be supplied.

This event is free but we do suggest a $2-5 donation for our building! We will also be offering tours beginning at 5PM and will be doing them throughout the evening. Come learn about Candoro's amazing history! Games will start at 6PM.

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,

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Work by Max Robinson, Melissa Everett and Coral Turner

  • March 4, 2018 — April 29, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

Paintings by Max Robinson, patchwork fabric art by Melissa Everett and screen painted fabrics and embroidery by Coral Turner.

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 9-4. Info: (865) 584-3957 or

Art Market Gallery: Works by Pamela Salyer and Hugh Bailey

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

Recent works by photographer Pamela Salyer and Hugh Bailey will be on display through the month of March at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists with complimentary refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 2 during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Pamela Salyer: Nature inspires my artwork in so many ways, but I find myself continuously intrigued by trees. Whether the subject is a single tree, a group of trees, a knot of branches, or a mass of leaves, my paintings and collages are my attempts to describe and capture the ephemeral beauty that I find outdoors. The results are usually somewhere between direct representation and abstraction, transforming trees into pattern, color, light and texture. I use color and shape to try to communicate some of the mystery and beauty that I see in the shifting moods and landscapes of the natural world: nature can be lush or sparse, sinister or comforting. These aspects may be conveyed in different ways, i.e., through a beautiful color combination, a somewhat surreal image, or in a scene that’s almost in focus but remains slightly out of reach. Regardless, I strive to create something that will hopefully draw the viewer in, and evoke a moment of connection with the natural world.

Hugh Bailey received a B.A. in fine arts from Berea College in Berea, KY in 1956 and a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics and painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1959. He has extensively taught extension courses for the University of Virginia from its Bristol division and filled in for his pottery teacher for one year at Berea College. Bailey worked as a graphic designer for the University of Tennessee beginning in 1960, and retiring in 2001. Bailey divides his time between painting and ceramics and has always been fascinated by animals and this certainly reflects in his art. When he first started doing craft shows he noticed that most of the work was utilitarian and thought that there might be an opportunity for more sculptural work. This has worked out. The first examples were small solid figures mounted on wood blocks, but they eventually developed into wheel thrown shapes assembled into one whole form. A woman at a pottery festival once asked him what his pieces were good for. He replied, “They are dust catchers with a 100% chance to catch dust.”

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Th & Sa 11-6, Fri 11-9, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-5265,

Bijou Art Gallery: Exhibition by Adam Pernell Deal

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Join us on March 2, 5-9 PM for our second First Friday Art Show EVER in our newly updated gallery space! This month we're excited to be featuring the work of #Knoxville's Adam Pernell Deal!

Adam Pernell Deal is an illustrator and performance artist working in Knoxville's underground art scene. His art is influenced by Albrecht Durer's detailed woodcuts, Austin Spare's esoteric symbolism, and a pleasant childhood spent in the woods and abandoned buildings of rural Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Adam's illustration work is primarily in ink and watercolor, generated through surrealist automatism. His guided hand reproduces worlds and their inhabitants beyond the veil, whether they may be on the far side of the universe, or as near as the empty lot next door. Adam is currently working on fantasy- based children's literature, gothic rock n' roll, and his biceps. You'll often find him in DIY studio spaces or corner tables of coffee shops. He crafted his technique in the moonlight.

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-522-0832,

The Emporium Center: Fountain City Art Guild's Spring Showcase

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, March 2, 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.

The Fountain City Art Guild will feature original art by nearly 30 local artists including oils, watercolors, woodworking, and more. The mission of the Guild is to create an atmosphere that promotes, encourages, guides, supports, and informs artists in our guild, which currently has about 50 members.

The Fountain City Art Guild began in 1979 as a group of women who met in the "Art Cellar," the basement of Chloe Harrington's home. Most of the Guild members were watercolor artists. For several decades, they were known as the Fountain City Watercolor Guild, and they met in various churches and homes in the community, holding exhibitions in local businesses. In 2000, the Guild voted to allow other 2-D media in their exhibits, and in 2015 members voted to allow nonfunctional 3-D work as well. In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. They welcome creative, committed artists who will bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to join the Guild. Applications for admission are accepted each spring and fall. The Guild meets monthly and holds two exhibits each year at the Art Center. They also coordinate painting retreats and workshops. For more information, please 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. Closed Friday, Marhc 30. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

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