Calendar of Events

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Central Collective: UTILITY with Melissa Everett

  • April 6, 2018 — May 15, 2018

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


My journey as an artist began with the comfort and connection associated with quilt making. I taught myself to quilt in 2012 upon the arrival of my first son. It was one of those huge transitions in life when you don’t really know what is about to happen next but you hold on and go for it. Much to my surprise, this “little hobby” I was embarking on would lead to huge personal growth, branching out and meeting some of the most inspirational people here in Knoxville.

Domestic life was a difficult adjustment for me, and through quilting I was able to find beauty and calm in the day to day hustle of child rearing. The historically woman-dominated craft of quilting was becoming a way of life for me, as it has for so many before me. For many years, women have been making these objects of utility to provide warmth and security to their loved ones, pouring their prayers and hardships into each one and weaving broken pieces back together. The quilt’s utility is so appealing and practical, yet what goes into making the surface design of each quilt is so much more than useful--and this method of beautifying the home environment has a deep and rich history into which I step with each quilt I design..

Modern quilt making has evolved into a movement of personal expression which has spurred me to keep exploring, asking questions and searching for more. My work is evolving, centering me and satisfying my need to be stimulated visually through color, composition and concept. I’ve been influenced greatly by cut paper collage, abstract expressionism, print making and a love for what I call organic geometry. There is a deep satisfaction in the calculated imperfections that come from creating by hand and being a work in progress, because these processes resonate with my experience. I discover under-appreciated beauty in life's imperfections. This show is about how much more there is to life than UTILITY.

This show is dedicated to the women who have taught me and encouraged me to explore.

The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-236-1590,,

UT Downtown Gallery: Clarence Morgan - On the Fringe of Conformity

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Artist Lecture: Thursday, April 5, 7:30 PM, McCarty Auditorium, Art+ Architecture Building

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-9PM
Clarence Morgan is a visual artist whose studio focus is centered on painting, drawing and printmaking – often of an abstract nature. Utilizing random shapes and biomorphic forms within an intricate network of drawing, collage elements and subtle color, Morgan’s work ranges from highly patterned organic painting compositions to meticulously articulated and somewhat minimal collage-drawings. He approaches each work intuitively allowing the forms and elements to find their own natural cadence visual pulse. He studied painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts with continued study in painting at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts (now renamed Penn Design). Morgan’s prints, paintings and works on paper can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Asheville Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art and Weisman Museum of Art as well as many private collections throughout the United Sates. Clarence Morgan resides in Minneapolis, MN where he maintains a studio and is a Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sa 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802,

Broadway Studios And Gallery: Portraits, Double Portraits and More by Steve Krauss

  • April 6, 2018 — April 28, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Broadway Studios and Gallery (BSG) presents Steve Krauss in a solo art exhibit entitled: “Portraits, Double Portraits and More.” Adhering to a philosophy that “art is a never ending process,” Steve, a retired physician and teacher, doesn’t let his age slow him down. His home and studio display many paintings dotted along the high walls.

Steve grew up with art being a a regular part of his childhood. He took art classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and frequent family trips to NYC’s MOMA, Steve started a lifelong journey creating art. Throughout the years, he has branched out using many media types included painting, woodcuts, etching, jewelry, enamel and more.

Steve was inspired by past masters such as Manet, Matisse, Picasso, and was also encouraged by Knoxville art professionals, Owen Weston, “Nick” Nicolaides, Clark Stewart, Beauvis Lyons and Bobbie Crews. With their influence, he has worked through the years finding his own “voice” as an artist.

His later work is made with the help of his model, friend and muse, Allison B where he places her in contemporary settings such as gardens, cafes, homes and village streets. Steve’s paintings display a wide gamut of colors and an engaging style where the artist’s unusual interpretation of realism and perspective are uniquely evident. He also incorporates patterned silk fabrics as recurring a element to help make a cohesive body of work.

Some work of particular note are his “double portraits.” Borrowing from Picasso’s cubist style, these portraits and figures are exceptionally interesting with a combination of two angles of the same subject incorporated into a single image.

Opening night is “ First Friday” April. 6th from 5-9pm. Parking is on site and light refreshments will be served.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Thurs-Sat, 10-6; Sun-Wed by appointment (or when the "open" sign is turned on). Information: 865-556-8676,

The Emporium Center: Joe Longobardi: Mind heart and the City

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, 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.

Mind heart and the City documents downtown Asheville, North Carolina's most recent iteration of gentrification as it strives to maintain the diversity of its bohemian mountain culture. The images reveal a people and culture experiencing a paradigm shift as it transitions into the new millennium. The genesis of this project began approximately ten years earlier, and did not come to completion until 2017. The photographs in the exhibition and the two accompanying books were captured completely on film, shot over a ten year period. Although the use of film is not the main focus of the project, Joe Longobardi’s intent was to rediscover the 20th century humanist approach to street photography via the utilization of old manual film cameras to explore and document city life. View a YouTube video at

Joe Longobardi is a photographer, writer, musician, and illustrator who has worked professionally as a documentary and street photographer since 2008. He studied graphic design and Illustration at The Art Institute of Boston. He was also a founding member of the recording and touring Metal band Attika releasing several album in the U.S, Europe and Japan. Longobardi’s photography has been exhibited at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts; the Biltmore Estate; Southeast Gallery of Photographic Art, Vero Beach, FL; CREGS Lens on Gender and Sexuality Exhibition, San Francisco, CA; Lenoir-Rhyne University; and the Asheville Art Museum. Solo exhibitions include Living Art at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and Urban Photography from the Streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town at UNC Asheville. His photos have appeared in numerous publications including Our State Magazine, The New York Times, F-Stop Magazine, Shelterforce Magazine, Mel Bay Publications, and the Laurel of Asheville Magazine. 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. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Expressions by Derrick Freeman

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, 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.

Derrick Freeman is a self-taught artist diagnosed with Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired verbal and non-verbal communication. By age two, he was completely non-verbal and unable to learn and use language like most children his age. By age three, art became his only form of communication, and he learned to express his perceptions of life and everyday living through drawings and artwork. Each piece of art tells the story of his journey with Autism. Freeman continues to break down the barriers of Autism through sharing his unique artistic talents with the community as well as advocating for more social inclusion for individuals with Autism.

Over the years, Derrick Freeman’s artwork has been featured on WVLT-TV (Channel 8), at the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Museum of Art Artists on Location, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Tennessee Disability Mega Conference, the Art Fair of Madisonville, Very Special Arts (VSA) of Tennessee, East Tennessee Historical Society, Blount Mansion, Davis Art Studio, Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University. In addition, Derrick’s art has been featured in several newspapers and magazines throughout Tennessee including: City View Magazine: Annual Arts Magazine and in the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Breaking Ground magazine. For additional 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. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Mike C. Berry: New Works

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, 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.

This small exhibition will highlight the recent work of Mike C Berry. Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style. His paintings consist of gestural brushstrokes and pure bright color. Recently, he illustrated a children’s book, “The Curious Adventures of Wickl Wackl and his Friends” written by his friend Renee D’Elia-Zunino.

Mike C. Berry was the 2007 Dogwood Arts Festival Limited Edition Print Artist and received the Best Visual Artist in Knoxville award by the Knoxville News Sentinel Readers Poll in 2009. He has exhibited his work in numerous group exhibitions and a solo exhibition, Something Blue, in September 2017. He earned his MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Berry is the gallery manager for the UT Downtown Gallery and is represented by The District Gallery in Knoxville and The River Gallery in Chattanooga. He and his wife Leah live in Knoxville with their daughter, Orly. 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. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: A Total Eclipse of the Heart by Eric Thompson

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, 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.

This past August, I had a unique opportunity to watch the total eclipse from a friend’s mountaintop home. We were in an area of totality for over two minutes, and it was an awe-inspiring experience. The common thread in featuring eclipse pictures with wedding photography is all about the storytelling: it was just like a wedding in that, in order to tell the story of the eclipse, I had to capture all of the elements from the phases to Bailey’s beads to the diamond ring to totality. What I am sharing in this show are scenes from some of my downtown weddings through the past 18 years combined with the artistic fun that I had creating the piece titled “Eclipse Descending” and trying my hand at this new “stellar” art.

Eric Thompson has been a musician and photographer in the Knoxville area for over 20 years. He was described by his mentor and instructor in the 1990’s as being a natural. His sense of detail and perceptiveness to his surroundings allows him to capture the physical, emotional and reactive responses of his subjects in real time. He also has a photo-journalistic nature and loves to chronicle any momentous occasion in a way that expresses a complete story. 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. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Creativity and Parkinsons - Their Stories and Their Art

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, April 6, 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.

Recent research has demonstrated definitively that Parkinson’s Disease, along with dopamine-based medication is actually causing some people to be more creative. Many people report that before being diagnosed with the disease they had not engaged in any particular creative activity, and after the onset of the disease, they took up creative activities such as poetry, painting, and photography, while those who were already creative have reported a surge in creative output. The research has concluded that when involved in an intense creative activity, the brain produces more dopamine and the symptoms of the disease are reduced.

This exhibition will feature the work of several individuals who have experienced this phenomenon. Most of these participants are not professional artists. The value of their work is the pleasure and relief they garner from the creative experience. The work to be displayed includes painting, photography, poetry, furniture making and more. The displays are designed as a traveling show and will be displayed in the future in locations such as hospital lobbies. The project is designed by Architect David Denton and sponsored by Dr. Michele Brewer, MD.

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

Knoxville By Design

  • April 6, 2018 — April 14, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Lectures

Friday, April 06, 5:30pm-8:30pm - FIRST FRIDAY ART SALON
The Fixture Co. Building, 304 W. Jackson Ave.
In partnership with IIDA Join us for the First Friday pop-up gallery celebrating the vast range of original works of art created by architects and related professionals in East Tennessee. Don’t miss out on this one-night only event. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Saturday, April 07 10am – 4PM - MODERNISM HOME TOUR
Check-in opens 9:00am and will close at 12:30pm at Mid Mod Collective; $25 per person, children 15 and under are free.
Sponsored by Mid Mod Collective In Partnership with the Knoxville Symphony League
Join us for the 2018 Modernism Home Tour. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to peak inside eight of Knoxville’s modern gems including an award-winning minimalist glass house on the bluff overlooking Sequoyah Hills and a recently-renovated 1903 downtown residence. This year’s tour includes the four luxury residences decorated by local designers in the brand new TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel and Residences which are a part of the Symphony Designer ShowHouse 2018.

@ Cox Auditorium / Alumni Memorial Building - free
Hosted by The University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design
Juhani Pallassmaa is a Finnish architect, educator and critic. Awards for his architecture include the Arnold W. Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his contributions to architecture as an art, the Fritz Schumacher Prize, and the Finnish State Architecture Award. In 1991, he was Finland’s representative at the Venice Biennale. The scope of his creative work extends from the scale of the hand to the city, from interiors, furniture, and sculpture, to urban districts. He is also an accomplished graphic designer and curator, whose exhibits have traveled the world. Over the course of his career he has written extensively, becoming one of the most respected voices in the world of architecture. His influence includes serving, from 2009-14, as a jury member for the Pritzker Prize. He is the author of numerous essays and books, including the Eyes of the Skin, his classic polemic on the essential role that the body and senses play in architecture. First published in 1996, it continues have a major impact on architectural thought in the 21st century.

Tuesday, April 10 6:30PM-7:30PM - THE SYMPOSIUM
@ Scruffy City Hall
SIX PROJECTS AND THEIR REASONS FOR BEING (told with images in seven minutes each) - This year the Design Symposium explores the style, influences and decisions that gave shape to six architectural projects in Knoxville (or thereabouts):
Jennifer Akerman on Beardsley Community Farm
Mark Heinz on the Daylight Building
Dawn Michelle Foster on Suttree Landing Park
Avigail Sachs on Norris Dam
Doug McCarty on the UT Art and Architecture Building
Kelly Headden on the UT Natalie L. Haslam School of Music

Thursday, April 12 5:30PM-7:30PM - DESIGN SLAM
@ The Square Room In Partnership with the East Tennessee Community Design Center
Design SLAM! Knoxville is a live fast-paced architectural competition of design prowess and presentation. DSKv5 will pit teams from Knoxville’s architecture firms against one another to solve a Knoxville design challenge. Teams will be given 1.5 hours to come up with and present their solution to the audience and a panel of guest judges for both juried and a people’s choice favorites. Come, grab a beer, and root for your favorite team.

Saturday, April 14 2pm-4pm - KNOX BRICKS & BLOCKS
@ UT Conference Center In Partnership with Beyond a Brick
Welcome to the 1982 World’s Fair Tower Design Competition! We invite students and families to join us for a fun LEGO build competition. Teams will be challenged to brainstorm, design, and collaborate to construct a tower that reimagines Knoxville’s landmark tower. Teams composed of students and local Architects will compete head-to-head for the grand prize and various “best of” prizes. This Lego build event is for ages 4th grade through 12th grades. $5 Entry Fee per builder.

Saturday, April 14 5:30pm - DESIGN AWARDS GALA
@ Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum
A red carpet event in celebration of design excellence, individual achievements, and fellowship. All are welcome. Stick around for the after party featuring ELENOWEN.


Tennessee Theatre: Motown The Musical

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 10th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre

It began as one man's story... became everyone's music... and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit. “More than a Broadway show. A celebration of music that transformed America!” – CBS Sunday Morning.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Rhythm N' Blooms Music Festival

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Music

Set against the historic backdrop of Knoxville’s Old City, this three-day festival spotlights performances from the most exciting emerging acts in American roots music – encompassing blues, country, jazz, rock, indie, and everything in between.

Dr. Dog and Paul Thorn's Mission Temple Fireworks Revival are slated as headliners for the festival.

Other acts will feature The McCrary Sisters, The Mowgli's, The Lonely Biscuits, Lilly Hiatt, The War & Treaty, The Accidentals, Becca Mancari, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Glass Magnet, The Brother Brothers, Sarah Potenza, Midnight Merry-Go Round: One Hit Wonders Edition hosted by Hudson K, David Francisco, The Young Fables, Early James & the Latest, Brother Sundance, Beth Snapp, Daniel Donato, and Anthony Da Costa.

Pass required.

South-Doyle High School Choral Department: Annie

  • April 6, 2018 — April 8, 2018

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

The South-Doyle High School Choral Department will be presenting "Annie" at the high school auditorium April 6-8. Auditorium is located at 2020 Tipton Station Road, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Performance Dates:
Friday, April 6 @ 7:00 pm (Doors open @ 6:30)
Saturday, April 7 @ 2:30 pm (Doors open @ 2:00)
Saturday, April 7 @ 7:00 pm (Doors open @ 6:30)
Sunday, April 8 @ 2:30 pm (Doors open @ 2:00)

Ticket Prices:
Adult - $12.00
Student - $7.00
Child (5 and Under) - Free

Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased online:

If purchasing tickets online for "Annie" at South-Doyle, patrons should print their confirmation email as their tickets.

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