Calendar of Events
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Lawson McGhee Library: Music on the Mezzanine
In a quartet of Thursday evenings beginning October 11, one of Knoxville’s most beloved musicians, Sean McCollough, brings his extensive knowledge of music history to the 2nd floor mezzanine of Lawson McGhee Library for an unconventional, performance-laced romp through the history of rock ‘n roll. In the four-part series, McCollough will explore the roots of rock through the 1970s with lectures, discussions, stories, and live performances.
Any Old Way You Choose It: A History of Rock 'n Roll
Lawson McGhee Library 2nd floor mezzanine | 6:30-8:00
October 11 - Roots of Rock
October 18 - The 50s
October 25 - The 60s
November 1 -The 70s
Presented by Knox County Public Library and Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Music on the Mezzanine is a free series exploring each of three musical genres: rock and roll, jazz, and opera. Over the course of a month, an expert presenter will explore the history and characteristics of each style of music, plus feature stories and both live and recorded performances.
The 2nd floor mezzanine of Lawson McGhee Library houses the Sights & Sounds department, which features an extensive collection of music CDs, streaming music and other media, audiobooks on CD, feature films, documentaries, and television shows, all available for checkout or download.
Tennessee Theatre: 90 Year Milestone Celebration
It's a 90-Year Milestone Celebration!
IN HONOR OF THE TENNESSEE THEATRE'S 90TH ANNIVERSARY, WE ARE INVITING THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE ALSO 90 YEARS OLD (OR OLDER) TO JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THIS INCREDIBLE MILESTONE WITH A BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON ON THE STAGE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11.
Birthday honorees and guests will sit on the stage of the beautiful Tennessee Theatre for a catered lunch to share memories of the Tennessee Theatre and downtown Knoxville in the early years of the Theatre and hear a few songs from the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. This free event has limited seating, so please register
to reserve your spot at https://www.tennesseetheatre.com/birthday/. Each guest may bring up to 2 companions. If you have any questions or would like to register by phone rather than online, please contact Kelly Hider at 865-684-1200 (ext 150).
Birthday Luncheon Timeline - Thursday, October 11
11:30 - Doors Open
12:15 - Lunch begins
1:30 - Event concludes
UT School of Music: Beth Mitchell; tuba
Beth Mitchell; tuba
Guest artist recital; Los Angeles freelance tubist and pedagogue, Beth Mitchell, will present a varied recital of tuba music.
Natalie Haslam Music Center
UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678, www.music.utk.edu/events
Arts in Common Gallery: Artist Donna Arensbak
Art is happening in downtown Sevierville, TN. A reception for local artist Donna Arensbak will take place on October 11 from 5:00 until 7pm at Arts in Common Gallery located at 129 Bruce Street (Sevierville, TN 37862) and is free to the public.
Donna Gaut Arensbak was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated from Central High School. She attended Cumberland College and discovered her love of art. She moved back to the Smokies and acquired an appreciation and love of pottery while working, volunteering and attending classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Donna works in her home studio where she continues to perfect her craft in clay. Using colorful glazes, her finished pieces are intended to be bright, cheerful and happy.
The Sevierville Commons Arts Council is a neighborhood revitalization organization of individuals, artist, studios galleries and businesses dedicated to the promotion and awareness of the arts and culture through education, entertainment, community interaction and trade in Sevierville and Sevier County, TN. For more information, visit www.SeviervilleCommonsArtsCouncil.org. More info: 865-366-1475; firstname.lastname@example.org
AIGA Knoxville: October’s Drink + Draw
Join us October 11th for our October Drink + Draw event where we meet up, hang out, and draw while sipping on a beer or soda! This month's event will be held at the Central Filling Station food truck park so there will be plenty to eat and enjoy. The current scheduled truck lineup for dinner is: Hawg Dawgs, The Crave, Meatball Madness & More, Kazoku Hibachi and Flourish Flower Truck will be there as well! We hope to see you there!
Central Filling Station, 900 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917
Pellissippi State: Ashley Addair and Terra Madre Ceramics Collective
Visual artist Ashley Addair of Knoxville joins 15 local clay artists in a new exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College.
"Ashley Addair and Terra Madre: Women in Clay" will be on display at the College's Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the Hardin Valley Campus Oct. 8-26, with an opening reception with the artists scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The exhibit, the latest installment in The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
"It's going to be a busy show, and it's going to be full," said Pellissippi State Professor Jeffrey Lockett, program coordinator for Art. "The artists will take up different spaces within the Gallery, with the Terra Madre works displayed on pedestals and Ashley's works on the walls." Addair is a visual artist and an active member of the arts community in Knoxville. Her paintings are collected internationally. Terra Madre is a juried group of women clay artists living and working in the Knoxville area. Their work ranges from functional to sculptural and from traditional to whimsical. "Many Terra Madre members are or have been influential educators in the clay field locally, regionally and nationally," said Lisa Kurtz, an adjunct fine arts instructor at Pellissippi State whose work will be included in the upcoming exhibit. "They teach or have taught clay at a variety of locations including elementary and secondary schools, colleges, craft centers, workshops and churches."
Other Terra Madre teachers whose clay work will be featured at Pellissippi State include Amanda Bonar, Judy Brater, Jane Cartwright, Pat Clapsaddle, Valerie Eiler, Lynn Fisher, Annamaria Gundlach, Pat Herzog, Ellie Kotsianas, Wendie Love, Sandra McEntire, Jackie Mirzadeh, Jessica Stewart and Rikki Taylor.
"Both Ashley's and the Terra Madre artists' works showcase immediate reactions to the media they use," Lockett said. "With clay, you squeeze it and shape it while Ashley's paintings are often stream of consciousness. Sometimes these works are well thought out. Sometimes they are more spontaneous."
Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30.
Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts
Laura Goff Stained Glass Demo - Open House
Monday through Friday 10-5:00
Please join us for an open house which will feature how stained glass is made.
Visitors will be taught how to cut glass. Visitors will be able to see and participate in manufacturing of stained glass windows. Visitors will also learn about the process of painted stained glass windows. Artist website: http://www.LauraGoffDesigns.com
Laura Goff Designs, 519 Lovell Rd STE 306, Knoxville TN 37932
Info: 865-310-7311 or http://tennesseecraft.org/tennessee-craft-week/event-detail/?detail=stained-glass-demo-open-house
Tomato Head: Featured Artist Gay Bryant
Gay Bryant’s work is on exhibit at the downtown Knoxville Tomato Head from October 7th thru November 4th and at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from November 5th thru December 3rd.
Aristotle spent a lot of time thinking about the human drive to control circumstances that interfere with a happy, safe, and productive life. As silly as it might sound, the philosopher was describing the same basic urge that impels us to insulate our houses and to buy insurance – we like to have a buffer between us and misfortune. Of course, at some level and in some circumstances, control is impossible. Often the only seeming answer is acceptance which means letting go of control and hoping for the best. Relationships can be like that. Watercolors can be the same.
In fact, if you talk to as many artists as we do, you’ll find that many of them believe that their work guides them (not the other way around) and that the best thing they can do is to just get out of the way. Artist Gay Bryant feels that way, at least some of the time: “Mostly I work in watercolor. And the key is letting go, to let the paint do its thing.”
And while it may appall some ancient Greeks and more than a few control freaks among us, her ability to trust in fate or good luck or providence (or whatever you want to call it) leads Bryant to more than a few beautiful places. Her nature paintings are evocative without being dogmatic; the gentle patterns recall a presence, a sense of being there, but they’re not so specific that you can’t imagine being there yourself. In fact, you may feel compelled to visit Alum Creek or Icewater Spring at dawn to experience Bryant’s subjects with your own eyes.
Read more about the artist and her work: http://thetomatohead.com/gay-bryant/
Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville. http://thetomatohead.com
Rala: October First Friday Artist - Chris McAdoo
Opening: October 5th from 6PM-9PM (the show will be up through the end of November.)
Chris McAdoo is a painter, printmaker, and designer living in East Tennessee. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, collections, and publications around the country and he has been an active studio artist for nearly twenty years.
In addition to having work on display, Chris will be painting live during the opening! All are welcome to come and watch, and Chris is happy to talk with folks as the process unfolds.
“My most recent series focuses on memory (or the lack thereof) and the significance that we attach to objects and places, particularly when we take them out of their original context. My work is an extension of my own experiences growing up in the south and a comment on my connections that give me a visceral reaction to the past rather than simple nostalgia. While the paintings speak to me in a very particular way, I would much rather suggest a narrative to the viewer than to lay it all on the table.”
Ongoing Show: Blanket Fort Studios---Kendra Barth (of Blanket Fort) produces funky ceramic pieces. Working out of her studio here in Knoxville, she uses a unique style to evoke wonder in her pieces. "I created this studio to share my love of naive wonder and storytelling."
Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Phone: (865) 525-7888
Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Artful Wonder Fall Art Show
Enjoy the Opening Reception of the Artful Wonder Fall Art Show from 5-7 PM on Fri October 5.
This special reception is scheduled on the regular monthly “Fun and Wine Friday” reception date. Participants can view the show entries and watch the presentation of ribbons and cash awards to the winning artists. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be available. The reception is free and open to the public.
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
Art Market Gallery: Work by Fran Thie and Larry Gabbard
Recent works by artist Fran Thie and potter Larry Gabbard will be featured throughout October at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Harold Nagge, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 5th, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. The show will highlight Fran Thie's pastel and watermedia works, and Larry Gabbard's fast-fired clay pottery.
The Art Market Gallery is also happy to welcome four new members in painting/drawing—Carole Quin, Kara Lockmiller, Pebbie Mott and Linn Stilwell—whose work will be on display beginning October 1st.
Fran Thie: Fran is an established pastel and watermedia artist whose work reflects her love of creative writing and literature by presenting sensitive, impressionistic and expressive interpretations of nature in both landscape and abstract paintings. Through intuitive use of color and texture, she strives to transform an ordinary scene into a special place where both drama and serenity can co-exist. Fran paints in both pastel and watermedia, but her primary specialty is pastel. By first preparing an underpainting in acrylic or watercolor, she lays a foundation for visual depth and richness, which she then overlays with pastel. While many of her works have been painted on location, she often begins the painting from a photograph or sketch in her studio, then puts the resource material aside and completes the painting by intuitively reacting to the painting surface. Her works, whether representational or abstract, always have their foundation in the world of nature.
Larry Gabbard: Larry began his pottery career after moving to Kingston, TN in 1999, and training initially at the Oak Ridge Art Center (ORAC). Most of his pottery is wheel thrown; he seeks out unique, alternative kilns and firing techniques (e.g., raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing). Larry attends workshops of well-known potters throughout the Southeast, studying and applying their unique techniques. He has attended classes at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC; Hambidge Center for Creative Arts at Rabun Gap, GA; Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, GA; and the ORAC in Oak Ridge, TN. Larry enjoys fast-firing techniques which create a rich variety of textures and colors on bisque clay. He finds the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce.
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, www.artmarketgallery.net
Art Market Gallery: "BeDazzled"
“BeDazzled”—a special show featuring the Art Market Gallery’s five jewelry artisans—will be on display in the Art Market Gallery throughout October. This show is being held in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week (October 5th–14th), celebrating our local craft artists. Please join us for this special event; you will “be dazzled” by the work of Roger Kroll, Jennifer Lindsay, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Lynn Straka, and Kristine Taylor.
Roger Kroll: The intention of Roger’s jewelry and metal art is to create a functional art form. His goal is to continually explore form, shape, color and texture, incorporating the vast pallet of techniques and materials available to the precious metal artist.
Jennifer Lindsay: Jennifer gets her inspiration from everywhere-architecture, gardens and historical customs. She fashions one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using various beading techniques, imported seed beads, focal beads, semi-precious stones, or crystals.
Nancy Rowland-Engle: Nancy is a metalsmith who enjoys the creative process of designing and producing jewelry using silver, copper, and brass. Her work incorporates organic forms and geometric shapes. Most pieces have an industrial feel but come to look the way they do naturally. The shapes, the elements, and the organic forms all come from nature.
Lynn Straka: Lynn wants to bring joy to the wearer with her mixed-media jewelry. She uses sterling silver, copper and bronze with semi-precious stone accents. Her designs are influenced by nature, and may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality.
Kristine Taylor: Kristine is inspired by good design and beautiful color, using polymer clay and traditional jewelry materials, such as metal, fibers, stones and pearls, to create unique and limited edition pieces of jewelry. Her current work blends contemporary and ancient forms with abstract images.
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, www.artmarketgallery.net