Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Dogwood Arts: Art DeTour - Open Artist Studio Tours

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

Artists and makers open their studios to the public for this event, offering insight into their creative processes, unique demonstrations, and original artworks for sale. The one-day self-guided tour provides an intimate look into 18 artist’s working studios throughout Knoxville and the surrounding area. Free to attend!

Visitors will get a peek at all types of artists and makers working in a wide range of mediums from photography and fashion design to hand-blown glass, large scale metal work, and more!

Visitors will get a peek at all types of artists and makers working in a wide range of mediums from photography and fashion design to hand-blown glass, large scale metal work, and more! Participating studios include: A. Jaynes Woodworks, Bird on the Wire Studios, Bobbie Crews Studio & Clay Thurston Studio, Broadway Studios and Gallery, Ironwood Studios, Marcia Goldenstein Studio, Marc Nelson Denim, Melanie Wood Art, Mighty Mud, Pretentious Glass Co, Scrappalachian Metal Work, Slocum House Studio & Gallery, Smart + Becker, S. Moore Studio & Studios North, The Gilded Leaf: Fine Bookbinding & Restoration, The Knoxville Community Darkroom, and Whiteside Fine Art Studio.
Additional information including studio addresses can be found at

As part of the program, Dogwood Arts will also host a First Friday preview party and month long exhibition of artwork created by Art DeTour artists at our Jackson Avenue Gallery, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561.

Artsclamation! Fine Art Sale

  • November 3, 2018
  • 9 AM - 5 PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Fundraisers

Annual Event Features Regional Artists, Benefits Peninsula’s Behavioral Services

Artsclamation!, a fine arts sale showcasing regional artists and benefitting Peninsula, the behavioral health division of Parkwest Medical Center, will be Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lighthouse Knoxville, 6800 Baum Drive. The annual event will present works in a variety of media ranging from paintings to pottery and jewelry.

Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from disorders and dependencies to lead healthy, productive lives. Peninsula provides inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults in Knox and nearby counties, including individual and group therapy, specialized programs and peer support groups. Behavioral care is also provided at Parkwest Medical Center for senior adults with co-existing psychiatric and medical conditions.

Featured artist for this year’s Artsclamation! is Ann Nichols of Chattanooga. Working primarily in oil, Nichols said she is drawn to realism, and enjoys painting objects and setting up tableaus. In her current series, “Split Focus,” Nichols divides the picture plane into two unequal sections, and the small detailed paintings possess a bold presence. Exotic hummingbirds, flamingos and parrots balance delicate eggs, nests, marbles, flowers or fruit in each piece. “I wanted to do a series of miniature paintings that resembled little jewels,” Nichols said. “The brilliant colors of parrots and the iridescent jewel tones of hummingbirds convey my intention.”

In additional to our featured artist this year Hugh Bailey has been honored with the Founder's Award for Artsclamation! 2018 in recognition of his long-time participation and commitment to this event. People say they find Hugh’s work witty and humorous. Hugh says he just does what he feels! Working in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional mediums, he is a graduate of Berea College and has an MFA from Indiana University. He is a member of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, Foothills Craft Guild, Knoxville Watercolor Society, the Art Market Gallery and the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center.

Admission and parking are free at Artsclamation!. For more information about this year’s event and participating artists, go to

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Handcrafter's Festival


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and History & heritage

Join us for a great shopping experience! Diverse vendors will offer high quality, hand-crafted items just in Time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas gift-giving season.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Tennessee Theatre Open House


Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Theatre

Join us for an open house on November 3 from 10am-1pm! Come explore the Tennessee Theatre with a self-guided tour which will include the dressing room suite and stage, and discover the special details and history of the Tennessee! We will have special giveaways and a scavenger hunt, and refreshments and official merchandise will be available for purchase.
This is a free event!

For more information, contact the Tennessee Theatre's Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or Saturday 10am-2pm at 865-684-1200.
Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Historic Ramsey House: Early Families of the Forks with Historian Jan Dickens


Category: Classes & workshops and History & heritage

Fur traders, circuit-riding preachers, longhunters, statesmen, and adventurers: who were your ancestors? The Early Families of the Forks class will meet to share information and resources. Learn interesting details and stories about the Armstrong, Kennedy, Jack Campbell, Kelly, Huffaker, Johnson, Naill, Perry families. We will examine old documents and discuss helpful research processes. Light snacks and beverages will be available. Each participant will go home with a packet of useful references and tools for further discovery, as well as connections with others who share an interest in this significant portion of our area's history. If you have particular family line of interest not listed, please email Class fee $20. Purchase tickets at or call (865) 546-0745

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914.

Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery: Holiday Sale & Reception

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

20% sale from 10 AM - 6 PM
Reception from 4-6 PM

Stop by the gallery to see our new work, enjoy wine and snacks, meet exhibiting artists and enjoy friends and family! You might even find that "perfect gift"!

The Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery, 7719 Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882. Hours: Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Information: 865-448-8018,

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage

  • November 2, 2018 — February 9, 2019

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

Beck presents the exhibition, I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage, opening November 2, 2018. The exhibition, organized by the Tennessee State Museum, gives a snapshot of Tennessee’s rich African American musical heritage and its influence on worldwide musical genres.

The Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world, from the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis, to the R&B scene on Nashville’s Jefferson Street and the jazz in Knoxville’s Gem Theatre. The history of African American music follows the hardship of slavery in America. American slaves adapted their African ancestors’ music to hand clapping, singing, the fiddle and the African–derived banjo.

Expressing their sorrows from bondage, and joy for their ultimate deliverance, these enslaved persons found an original, musical voice sung in their spirituals and folk music. This voice has left a monumental cultural stamp on American music, including blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. In turn, this music has influenced and enriched music around the world.

The exhibit introduces viewers to many famous Tennessee music legends — Bessie Smith, who was nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues;” B.B. King, often referred to as the “King of the Blues;” Grand Ole Opry star DeFord Bailey; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tina Turner. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to hear the voices of the many Tennessee African American men and women who made their mark on American music from ragtime to Motown.

Visitors can view YouTube videos of various performers and musicians featured in the exhibition on their smart phones or tablets through the use of QR-coded links. Educators who are interested in teaching about Tennessee’s African American musical heritage will be provided with curriculum-based educational lesson activities.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-6. Information: 865-524-8461,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Christian Lange, Charles Peters, Jeanne Kidd

  • November 2, 2018 — December 1, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Christian Lange, Charles Peters, Jeanne Kidd
Opening Friday Nov. 2nd 5:00-9:00

Three artists offer a variety of art to enjoy.

First: Christian Lange (Santiago, Chile) is a local veteran of the arts creates fine art black and white photographs of the human figure with impeccable technique. His work is very refined, sophisticated and beautiful.

Second: Charles Peters, (Kingsport, TN) is a 20 year old wunderkind making his second exhibit appearance. His work has recently evolved beyond his age in the discipline of Abstract Expressionist painting. His works are organic and challenging.

The final artist: Jeanne Kidd (Long Island, NY). Jeanne has work in collections as far away as Israel. Her works are marble abstractions where she says she lets the shape flow out of both the marble and her imagination. Her pieces are unique and sublime.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Fri-Sat, 10-6; Sun-Thu by appointment (or when the "open" sign is turned on). Information: 865-851-2824,

The District Gallery: Bill Suttles: Take Five

  • November 2, 2018 — November 30, 2018
  • Opening Reception Nov. 2, 5-8pm

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

The District Gallery's upcoming First Friday exhibit, Bill Suttles: Take Five, opening Friday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m.

A lifelong jazz enthusiast, Bill Suttles has spent the year rediscovering jazz music with the help of a new gadget, his Amazon "Alexa." In the expressive color and form of his abstract and landscape paintings, Suttles recaptures the mood of a nostalgic musical era. Also featured will be ceramic artists Dan and Nisha Ferguson of DaNisha Sculpture, visiting from New Mexico by popular demand. This will be a rare opportunity to view DaNisha's one-of-a-kind sculptural works, notably a range of Knoxville-themed ceramic bowls; the artists will also be taking custom Knoxville bowl orders on opening night! Please join us for a night of fine art inspired by jazz, with a live musical performance by an up-and-coming jazz trio (Zach Ward, Hannah McKay and John McKay).

This event is free and open to the public.

The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 10-5:30, Sa 10-4. Information: 865-200-4452,

UT Downtown Gallery: FACE TO FACE - portraits by Joseph Delaney

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

*The UT Downtown Gallery will be closed on the 22nd and the 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This exhibition showcases many portraits drawn and painted by Joseph Delaney that are in the Ewing Gallery's permanent collection.

The younger brother of Beauford, Joseph Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and was raised in a household governed by his father, a Methodist minister. After high school, Delaney lived the life of a homeless traveler in his late teens and twenties before serving three years in the Eighth Illinois National Guard. In 1930, he decided to become a professional artist like his older brother and moved to New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League with Thomas Hart Benton and anatomist George Bridgeman. Joseph Delaney’s time at the Art Students League had a profound effect on his artistic development, and he resolved to commit himself to a more populist art, depicting the vibrancy of American life. During the Great Depression, he painted numerous portraits on commission, was employed by the WPA (1936-1939), and exhibited yearly in the Washington Square Park Outdoor Art Show. Known for densely narrative paintings focusing on New York City’s people and places, Delaney was drawn to the human figure and the events, struggles, and triumphs of ordinary existence.

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

Our Good Earth - new work by Stacy Jacobs

  • November 2, 2018 — November 11, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening reception Friday, Nov 2nd 7-10 pm

Our Good Earth is a photo-media installation addressing themes of passage, preservation, ephemerality, and beauty in loss through unstoppable change. Stacy Jacobs is a Professor of Art at Roane State Community College.

Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 pm and by appointment
At A1LabArts, 23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917
For more information:

The Outpost: Upcoming Shows

  • November 1, 2018 — March 30, 2019

Category: Music

Coming to Happy Holler this November, it'll be open for just five months, so we're going to put as much awesome stuff in there as we can before it's gone forever! You can read more about how this came about in this article in the Knoxville News Sentinel as well as this article in Inside Of Knoxville.

With the new venue, we are already off and running announcing shows. We already have tickets on sale for our first five shows plus, you can register (for free) to come to our grand opening event!
• firekid on Thursday, November 1st
• Strung Like a Horse on Friday, November 2nd
• Hardcastle on Saturday, November 3rd
• Free Grand Opening Event With Music From Jubal on Friday, November 9th
• William Wild on Friday, November 16th
• Vacation Manor on Thursday, November 29th

And more! Open through March 2019 at 109 W. Anderson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.

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