Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

McClung Museum: Back to School Sale!

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Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

BACK TO SCHOOL SALE! The McClung Museum store will have a special sale August 22-29.

All students receive an additional 10% off of all museum store goods.

All books will be an additional 20% off during this period as well.

Museum Store sales go to fund educational programs for 10,000 area children. Come by & help make sure that everyone has a great time going back to school!

Remember, Museum members get an additional 10% off on top of the above discounted prices.

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, http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

Lotus Light: Festival of Sacred Space

  • August 22, 2018 — August 26, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events

Lotus Light is a Contemplative Community Center in the Mechanicsville neighborhood of Knoxville, TN. Beginning as a collaborative initiative of several Buddhist groups in Knoxville, Lotus Light seeks to provide a space for anyone interested in the practice of mind, secular or traditional, and to embody this practice for the purpose of personal and collective awakening.
Lotus Light is committed to diversity and openness to all individuals regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation, and as a community center, Lotus Light is invested in outreach to the local and broader communities, offering programs and aid to foster a culture of wisdom and compassion in society.

To celebrate the opening of the center and to invite the local community, Lotus Light is planning a Festival of Sacred Space, from August 22-26. The central feature will be the construction of a sand maṇḍala featuring the Buddha of Compassion. Although these practices are rooted in the history and culture of Tibet, they offer opportunities beyond mere historical or aesthetic appreciation. They offer us, as people who live a modern western lifestyle, a chance to connect deeply with the natural beauty and power that is the essence of interconnectedness and impermanence. In this way, the sand maṇḍala can appeal to anyone regardless of belief or background.

Several monks from the Tibetan Buddhist Drikung Kagyu Lineage have been invited to construct the maṇḍala, and will preside over the blessing ceremony on Saturday, August 25th. The following day will be devoted to prayers of universal compassion
and will conclude with the dissolution of the maṇḍala and a procession to the Tennessee River where the sand will be deposited with prayers for the benefit of the region.

The public is invited to visit at any time during the festival, which will feature various programs including talks, group practices of compassion, a children’s art program, a maṇḍala sound meditation, and a ceremony of consecration. All programs are either
free or donation based.

For more information please visit http://lotuslightcenter.org/.

Mabry-Hazen House: Night at the Museum

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Mabry-Hazen House is hosting its quarterly Night at the Museum. With school back in session and autumn approaching, join Mabry-Hazen House for their final event of the summer. During the work week, museums (including Mabry-Hazen House) mostly keep bankers' hours and weekends are often packed with other activities, making it difficult for people who hold day jobs but would like to visit more often. Night at the Museum is a chance to visit Mabry-Hazen House after-hours on a weekday and drink up a little history. Explore the 1858 historic house in an entirely different light as twilight falls upon Mabry’s Hill, watch the sun set behind Sharp’s Ridge and North Knoxville flicker alight, all while enjoying drinks provided by Balter Beerworks. This "historical happy hour" is not just about the festivity either; it’s about connecting with history and gathering at the museum to meet staff, volunteers, and local community members while talking about the past in a casual atmosphere.

Tickets are $10 per adult and visitors under 18 are free. Each purchased ticket includes two adult beverages and additional drinks are $5. The historic home will be open for self-guided tours and there will be behind-the-scenes access to the historic walkout basement. We’ll have bocce, croquet, and corn hole available to play and guests are encouraged to bring their own games. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Mabry-Hazen House.

Event will occur rain or shine. Tickets will be available at the door or at www.mabryhazen.com/natm.

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661, www.mabryhazen.com

East Tennessee Historical Society: The Cherokee Code Talkers in World War I

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

“To Transmit in Perfect Safety: The Cherokee Code Talkers in World War I” - A Brown Bag Lecture with Pat Gang

While the term "Code Talkers" is often associated with World War II, the story actually begins in WWI, when to avoid German deciphering of messages, the U.S. military employed Native Americans fluent in both their native language and English, to send secret messages in battle. The first known use of Native Americans in the American military to transmit messages under fire was a group of Cherokee troops under the American 30th Infantry Division serving alongside the British during the during the Second Battle of the Somme in the World War I in September 1918.

A student of military history, Pat Gang holds a BA in history and is the founder of "Keeping Your Stories Alive," a local concern specializing in veteran's histories, and the author of the book It Was a Two Egg Mission, recounting an incident during the 8th Air Force bombing campaign against Germany in WWII.

The lecture is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory and is free and open to the public and will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Get Off Your Glass

  • August 22, 2018

Category: Free event

Keep Knoxville Beautiful and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will host its third Get Off Your Glass event on Wednesday, August 22. The glass recycling collection will begin at 5PM at Trailhead Beer Market, 1317 Island Home Avenue, and go until 8PM.

Get Off Your Glass is a glass recycling event that provides the community with a chance to sort and recycle glass in a convenient location as well as meet up with other recyclers. The first two events have yielded in 2,058 pounds of glass recycling.

West Rock will be providing bins to sort green/blue, clear, and brown glass bottles and jars. Anyone that brings their glass to be recycled will receive a free beer and swag from Sierra Nevada.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/upcoming/2018/8/22/get-off-your-glass-trailhead-edition-ph2dh
alanna@keepknoxvillebeautiful.org or (865) 521-6957

Knoxville Museum of Art: Joseph Delaney: On the Move

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

More than 40 paintings and drawings from public and private collections around the country celebrate the life and achievement of this well-known Knoxville native.

Joseph Delaney (1904-1991) rose from humble beginnings in Knoxville to establish himself as a tireless and prolific painter of Manhattan’s urban scene. Over the span of his 60-year career, Delaney displayed a remarkable ability to express the city’s vitality using the loose brushwork of gestural abstraction, which at the time represented the cutting edge of studio practice, without sacrificing the narrative content many of his contemporaries had abandoned. The works featured in On the Move represent the variety of ways in which he used this hybrid method to infuse his painted scenes with vibrant energy, and intricate patterns of movement.

While capturing the ebb and flow of life on the boulevards and back alleys, Delaney’s vigorous brushwork also reveals his restless spirit and insatiable creative drive. On the Move has been organized by the KMA in the hopes of generating newfound appreciation and scholarly attention for an artist who captured his time and place with uncommon energy and a fiercely independent spirit. In depicting Manhattan’s urban scenes, the artist trains his ever-shifting vantage point on gleaming plazas and gritty nightspots with equal intensity and familiarity. In some compositions, near-panoramic views emphasize the pulse of crowds within vast architectural arenas. In others, the artist focuses on specific urban structures—subway cars, bridges, and roadways—that make movement possible.

The public is invited to celebrate the art and life of Joseph Delaney at the KMA Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 25 from 11am to 4pm. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of Katherine and Joe Fielden.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org

Fountain City Art Center: FCAC 10th Annual Members’ Show

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

Reception: August 17, 6:30 – 8:00 PM - Free and open to the public.

Exhibit viewing hours: Hours: Tu & Th 9-5, W & F 10-5, 2nd-4th Sa 10-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787, www.fountaincityartcenter.com

TVUUC exhibition: Works by Gary Heatherly and Althea Murphy-Price

  • August 12, 2018 — October 11, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception Friday, August 17, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

About Gary Heatherly: Heatherly recently retired from 30 years of commercial photography and is returning to the beginnings of his art. Still photography captures the precious moments of life. When we are younger, he says, life passes in slow motion as we explore our new world. As we age and shed the curiosity and wonder of youth, life speeds up. Photographers strive to capture and embellish the pristine moments for future appreciation. Heatherly has lived in Knoxville for over 55 years. He attended West High School and graduated with honors in 1974 from UT Knoxville with a BFA in Studio Art, emphasis in drawing and painting. He started his own photography business in the mid 70’s and focused on advertising, editorial, architectural and stock photography. His work allowed him to see the world with trips to the Philippines , Ireland, and the Caribbean. He published a Book of the Year winner along with help from WBIR and Robin Easter Design: Knoxville Then & Now. He is featured in three other “coffee table” books about Knoxville. www.garyheatherly.com

About Althea Murphy-Price: Murphy-Price is inspired by the social implication of beauty as it relates to female identity, women and culture. This work investigates how identity is informed and influenced through the context of a deceptively subversive beauty culture. Real and false, decoration and imitation are addressed and questioned. Recent work is inspired by the popular hashtag #blackgirlmagic and online image results from searching “perfect hair” and “perfect skin.” Her response to these images is colorful, playful and expressive of a child-like fascination. Althea Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in venues throughout the country and abroad, including the Weston Gallery, Cincinnati; Howard Museum of Art, Baltimore; Wellesley College, Boston; Wade Wilson Art Gallery, Houston; Indiana University Art Museum; The Print Center, Philadelphia; The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston; and the Knoxville Museum of Art. International exhibits include the International Printmaking Exhibition, Jingdezhen, China; the American Youth Printmaking Exhibition, Lui Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China; and Print Resonance, Musashino Art University, Tokyo Japan. She was artist in residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School; University of Hawaii, Hilo; The Vermont Studio Center; and the Venice Printmaking Studio. Her writings and work have been featured in Art Papers Magazine, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, and Printmakers Today. www.altheamurphyprice.com

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176, www.tvuuc.org

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Turnabout: Women at the Lathe

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

Turnabout: Women at the Lathe is the first exhibition organized and funded by the Women in Turning (WIT) committee of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Reflecting our membership, we created a blended invitational and juried show that celebrates both known and unknown voices in our field. The twenty-seven sculptural pieces in the exhibition were created by women artists from the United States, England, Wales, Canada, and Taiwan, ranging in age from their early twenties to their 80s. The work in the show is created all or in part on the lathe, a specialized woodworking machine that holds and spins material while it is carved with sharp tools. The exhibition features work by women with anything from a few years of experience to more than three decades of turning.

A traveling show, Turnabout: Women at the Lathe will be featured at three distinctly different venues: the Appalachian Center for Craft, part of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University; the American Association of Woodturners’ Gallery of Wood Art; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

It is our hope that through this exhibition more women will think of turning as possible for themselves, and discover the many pleasures of this extraordinary craft and art form.

Participating artists: Katie Adams, Donna Zils Banfield, Dixie Biggs, Kailee Bosch, Sally Burnett, Marilyn Campbell, Martha Collins, Barbara Dill, Sharon Doughtie, Jeanne Douphrate, Ena Dubnoff, Melissa Engler, Diana Friend, Louise Hibbert, Liz Kent, Janice Levi, Kristin LeVier, Grace Parliman, Tania Radda, Betty Scarpino, Hayley Smith, Janine Wang, Kimberly Winkle, Helga Winter, Andi Wolfe, Cindy Pei-Si Young

At JERRY DROWN WOOD STUDIO GALLERY at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, www.arrowmont.org

Tomato Head: "Opposite Day" by Julie Armbruster

  • August 5, 2018 — October 1, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

"Opposite Day" by Julie Armbruster

Armbruster’s exhibit, “Opposite Day” opened this month in our Downtown location, and it’s a wild ride of color, character, and composition that grabs the eye and then runs into the imagination. The work bursts with color and life and is inhabited by a cast of characters that are simultaneously alluring and suspect. http://thetomatohead.com/julie-armbruster/

At the Downtown Knoxville location Aug 5 - Sep 2 and West Knoxville Sep 3 - Oct 1

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

Clayton Center for the Arts: Tone Cogburn Exhibit

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

A reception will be held on Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the DENSO gallery.

Tone Cogburn was born and raised in Norway, but has lived in Tennessee since 1987. She has 30 years of experience in traditional and contemporary quilt design and teaches experimental techniques nationally and internationally. Pictorial and architectural elements are her favorites. Tone has exhibited all over the world and finds lots of inspiration from her travels.

Denso Gallery, Clayton Center for the Arts. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590, www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com

Bijou Art Gallery: "Songbirds & Smoke Rings" Exhibition by Robert Felker

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Join us for the August First Friday featuring Knoxville's Robert Felker, opening August 3, 5:30-8:30 PM.

Songbirds & Smoke Rings — Paintings and Mixed-media Collages

About the artist: I am a painter and collage artist looking for the magic in everyday life. Whether it's the tranquil lake at sunset, or the abandoned country store, I want to honor and capture the beauty I see in the world. I earned a BFA from School of Visual Arts (1991) and today, live in Tennessee with my wife, two kids and our backyard chickens. https://www.robertfelker.com/

1991 - graduated School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Media Arts.
Spring 1991 - Solo show through SVA Galleries, entitled "Works on Paper"
Spring 1991 - Group show at the Art Directors Club, entitled "Illustration as Short Story"
Spring 1991 - Group show: "Images of Labor," Gallery 1199, NY
1991 - 1998 - Freelance illustrator, clients include: Lenscrafters, Sun Microsystems, Alfred Knopf, Dartmouth Press
1998 - present - personal work and private commissions

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-522-0832, https://knoxbijou.org/art-gallery/

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