Calendar of Events

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Mill and Mine: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

  • September 10, 2018

Category: Music

Monday, September 10, at The Mill and Mine.

We're thrilled to announce beloved guitarist Ben Harper and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite are joining forces at The Mill & Mine this fall!

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

The Emporium Center: Yumee Eun: An Exploration of An Enlightened Spirit

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, September 7, 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.

Yumee Eun’s inspired art grew from long hours of deep meditation and prayer. Her small sketches and poetry grew with her visions in the form of large canvas paintings with acrylics, oils, plasters, mud, and charcoals. She is constantly growing and discovering new ways to recreate the different realms of her visions and inspirations. Her artistic style is described simply as an all-encompassing poem of life. Her art embraces life in a deeply spiritual and soulful way. In a time where people are less creative and more structured, and art classes are nothing more than directing people to paint “perfect” pieces in order, her hope is that those who view her work will see her invitation to bravely explore themselves and create something uniquely individual.

While some may describe Eun as a budding new artist, her creative vision is fueled by years of dedicated soul searching and meditation, and each piece of art carries deep wisdom and spirit that was developed over years of searching for her own identity in this world. Eun’s work challenges and invites others to find the freedom of mind found in her inspired pieces. “There is always a space for one to retreat to in my art,” she says. “I would like others to have that place for enlightened peacefulness as well.” Inspired by the works of Indian artist and poet Rabindranath Tagore, and Siddhartha novelist Herman Hesse, her artwork and poetry reflect their pathos as well as her own internal struggles into thoughtful awakened images of growth and beauty. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/YumeeEunArt/.

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: Ericka Ryba: Devour

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

A reception will take place on Friday, September 7, 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.

Artist statement: Food can be devoured for physical consumption or an object can be devoured with the eyes. The term denotes a kind of all-consuming appetite that you feel from within. Devouring is not about mere sustenance but fulfills other primal urges. Often times these urges can leave us with a love/hate relationship with food after having succumbed to our food cravings. I started my career studying Culinary Arts and became interested in the health and nutrition of our bodies. After experiencing significant declines in my own health, I have come to believe wholeheartedly in the adages “you are what you eat” or “let food be thy medicine”. I have regained my health through food, but not without cost. There are plenty of others in my situation, finding ourselves gluten free, dairy free, additive free, sugar free, low carb, keto, paleo, and on and on. This body of work explores the double-edge sword that food represents in our culture. On one hand, it’s a very community based affair that can bring people together and can celebrate our various cultures, but there is also a very dark side concerning the effects of poor nutrition and overeating that is plaguing our society. An alternate meaning of the term devour means to consume destructively. For me, and many others, this is what happens if we indulge in the wrong foods for our bodies. This work represents my daily experience where I am surrounded by enticing and appealing food that I cannot enjoy physically. It can be a visual sensory experience but cannot be experienced beyond that.

Ericka Ryba is a local, Knoxville-based potter. She earned an AAS in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales in Charleston, SC and a BFA in studio Art and MS in Art Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She currently teaches art full time at Coulter Grove Intermediate School in Maryville and has a ceramics studio inside Mighty Mud in North Knoxville. Ryba’s pottery is available at various markets and shows in the region. Recently, she was the recipient of a 2019 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant. For more information, visit https://www.instagram.com/erickaryba.

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: Knox County Stormwater: Storm Drain Style-Off

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, September 7, 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.

In 2017, nine local artists painted colorful, original murals at Knox County libraries (Bearden branch and Karns branch) to raise awareness about water pollution. These beautiful paintings are whimsical and playful yet convey the message that individuals can make a difference for our streams by not using storm drains as trash bins. The Knox County Stormwater and Library departments held a design contest open to all artists. The aim of the contest was to bring visibility to water issues through the artists’ imagination and creative talent.

In its second year, the 2018 Storm Drain Style-Off contest reimagines traditional approaches to public outreach and connects to communities through art. During August, select artists painted colorful scenes and interpretations of stream life as a means of educating the public about throwing away trash, pet waste, oil, and grass clippings properly instead of into a storm drain. These items have devastating effects on stream life if they are discarded into a storm drain because our storm drains lead directly into the streams and rivers. These works of art can be viewed at five Knox County libraries: Cedar Bluff Branch, Fountain City Branch, Halls Branch, Howard Pinkston Branch and North Knoxville Branch.

The public may vote for their favorite design starting Friday, September 7, to coincide with the First Friday Opening Reception of the exhibition showing photos of the paintings. Voting will last until September 30, 2018. The following artists were selected to paint a small mural at a library storm drain: Mene Manresa Bodipo, Cedar Bluff branch; Eric Johnson, Howard Pinkston branch; David Jones, Fountain City branch; Christine Palmer, Howard Pinkston branch; Corelli-Corey Pope and Elli McNall (team), North Knox branch; Genevieve Trent, Fountain City branch; Makala Wetherbie, Halls branch; Julia Widby, Cedar Bluff branch; and Thomas Zachary, Howard Pinkston branch. For more information, visit https://www.knoxcounty.org/stormwater/strong_streams_art.php.

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: SOUTHERN GOTHIC

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Literature & readings

A reception will take place on Friday, September 7, 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.

SOUTHERN GOTHIC includes a collection of paintings by Stephen Brayfield with poems by Tonya Wade.
Stephen Brayfield began drawing at an early age which lead to his acceptance into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981-82. There he studied drawing, printmaking, anatomical rendering and scientific illustration. He left the Art Institute to begin a career in illustration and portraiture while taking courses at the American Academy of Art, the Palette & Chisel and the School of Representational Art. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University with a major in studio art and a minor in earth science. As an illustrator he contributed to World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia which won the 2001 Golden Lamp Award for Children's Publications by the Association of Educational Publishers. He has done numerous illustrations for magazines and books over the years and has provided illustrations for the Kids Ark Christian Children's Magazine since 2005. Brayfield relocated to Knoxville in 2008 and soon received the portfolio award in the New-to-Knoxville Juried Exhibition held by the Arts & Culture Alliance as well as awards in the Southern Watercolor Societies 35th and 39th annual Juried Exhibitions.

SOUTHERN GOTHIC includes a series of Brayfield’s watercolor paintings exploring southern gothic themes with an emphasis on the portrait and figure. Although there is always an element of darkness present, gothic doesn’t always mean darkness. For more information, or to purchase prints or commissions, visit http://stephenbrayfield.imagekind.com.

At an early age, Tonya Wade made friends with the monsters hiding in her closet. Through them, she awakened to the subtle beauty only darkness possesses. Tonya enjoys various streams of poetry, but it was Emily Dickinson who gave her the courage to discard rules. She also credits Andre Breton’s automatism with widening her approach to poetry. She and artist Stephen Brayfield have been together since he found her haunting his closet two years ago. Tonya lends poetic titles and suggests content for many of Stephen’s paintings, and he will also create a painting inspired by one of her poems. His encouragement means everything. Tonya Wade spent her formative years in beautiful Mississippi and currently resides in Asheville, NC. More of Wade’s poetry can be read at https://tdwunder.blogspot.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: Judy Jorden & Peggy Leland: Variations

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, September 7, 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.

Judy Jorden received her BFA degree in Painting at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She taught art education for 31 years in Knox County Schools and then worked with art interns as a part-time clinical faculty member for the Art Education Department at UT. Her volunteer teaching experiences and involvement with student art experiences have included Governor’s School for the Arts, Scholastic Student Art Exhibit, Dulin Gallery, KMA Guild, Beck Cultural Center, East Tennessee Student Art Exhibition and currently Tennessee Valley Fair Student Art Exhibition. She has exhibited locally and statewide in juried exhibitions. Her Educational Awards include: Tennessee Humanities Fellowship Award Winner 2001, Tennessee Secondary Art Educator of the Year 2001, Tennessee Art Educator of the Year 2006 and Tennessee Retired Teacher of the Year 2012.

Inspiration for her current paintings emerges from close-up surface texture studies found in metal objects, plant forms, and a variety of views from onsite studies. She arranges these artworks into groupings, creating a mosaic of miniature paintings and also group paintings with a similar subject matter.

Peggy Kretchmar Leland’s recent work is concerned with presenting a variety of viewpoints, both far away and close-up. Aerial views are especially captivating because they can create abstract, geometric and organic patterns. The sense of space conveyed using distinct viewpoints is often mysterious. This subject matter, together with the endless possibilities presented by the use of encaustic media, results in a wide array of visual experiments and outcomes.

Peggy Kretchmar Leland received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting, a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Master of Science Degree in Art Education, all from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her work experience includes: Workshop Co-Director, U.T. Arts Academy for High School Students (15 years); 20 years as Art Instructor, Central High School, Knox County Schools; Education Specialist: Staff Development, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union; Educational Specialist, TVA Education and Skills Development Dept.; Program Manager, Regional Arts Program, Tennessee Valley Authority; Assistant to the Director, School Planning Laboratory, The University of Tennessee. Selected Honors and Awards include: Teacher of the Year, Central High School; TAEA East Tennessee Art Educator; Invitational Painting Exhibit, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN (2017); Merit Award for painting in Arts in the Airport Exhibit (2016); Two paintings selected for Arts in the Airport Exhibit (2015-16); Honorable Mention, encaustic painting, Knox County Art Teachers Exhibit, U.T. Downtown Gallery (2013); Knox County Art Teachers Exhibit, 1998-2013; Knox County Mayors Exhibits, City County Building (2016-2018); Two-Person Exhibit, TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

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.

Tennessee Valley Fair

Category: Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

The 99th annual Tennessee Valley Fair is set to debut a variety of new and noteworthy attractions for East Tennesseans! From culinary arts to crafts, livestock shows to action sports, headline concerts and special events, there are thousands of ways to enjoy a little Homegrown Happiness at this year's Tennessee Valley Fair.

Concert Line-up:

Friday, September 7 | 8 PM | $10-$20 - Rick Springfield
Saturday, September 8 | 8 PM | $15 - Chris Blue
Sunday, September 9 | 8 PM | $10 - Joe Diffie
Monday, September 10 | 8 PM | $10 - Tenth Avenue North
Tuesday, September 11 | 8 PM | $10 - Craig Campbell
Wednesday, September 12 | 8 PM | $10-$15 - 38 Special
Thursday, September 13 | 8 PM | $10-$20 - Scotty McCreery
Friday, September 14 | 8 PM | $15 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Saturday, September 15 | 8 PM | $5 - Who's Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Sunday, September 16 | 8 PM | $15-$25 - The Charlie Daniels Band

To see a full list of attractions and activities, visit www.tnvalleyfair.org. Tennessee Valley Fair: 865-215-1471 or tickets@tnvalleyfair.org

Introspection - Recent Paintings by Bill Long

  • September 4, 2018 — October 26, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Reception Fri Sep 14, 3pm to 5pm

http://www.billlongartist.com/

At the Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & S. College Streets, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: www.cn.edu

McClung Museum: For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Science & nature

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a nationally touring exhibition from NEH on the Road, uses a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts to trace how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement.

This visual culture jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency. Visitors to the immersive display will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images, including photographs from influential magazines, such as LIFE, JET, and EBONY; CBS news footage; and TV clips from The Ed Sullivan Show.

Also included are civil rights-era objects that exemplify the range of negative and positive imagery—from Aunt Jemima syrup dispensers and 1930s produce advertisements to Jackie Robinson baseball ephemera and 1960s children’s toys with African American portraiture. For All the World to See is not a history of the civil rights movement, but rather an exploration of the vast number of potent images that influenced how Americans perceived race and the struggle for equality.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144, http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: SPIN (Silk Painters International) Exhibit

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

Reception date TBA

In the Sandra J. Blain Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, www.arrowmont.org

Clarence Brown Theatre: Voltaire's Candide

Category: Music and Theatre

CBT Mainstage

Searching throughout the Old and New World for his beloved Cunegonde, Candide’s philosophy of Optimism is challenged by catastrophe after catastrophe.
The CBT and KSO are proud to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in 2018, the 100th anniversary of his birth year. Bernstein’s brilliant and beautiful score deepens Voltaire’s great satire with contributions from the greatest lyricists of the 20th century.

By Voltaire. Music by Leonard Bernstein.
Directed by Artistic Director Calvin MacLean. Conducted by Music Director Aram Demirjian.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444, www.knoxvilletickets.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

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