Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Oak Ridge Art Center: Retrospective: Artists, Collectors & O’Steen

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

In this season full of holidays, family and remembrance, our collection serves as a line (connection point?) between our current Art Center family and those who worked to sustain and preserve our program in the past. Among them are artists, collectors, and family of both. We will have three great shows to represent the individuals who created, those who collected, and those who contributed to our ability to share with our community the amazing variety and diversity of art. This show was inspired by the work of Joan O’Steen, artist and long-time supporter of the Art Center and creative work in our community.

Joan O’Steen has been a creative force for many years. She has been a painter, designer and fiber artist for many years. Her work, like many women, was woven through her life as a business woman; helpmate to husband, Tom Hill, as they sustained his family business, The Oak Ridger; loving Mother as she raised her children, and coach who worked with teams of young women. Her life-long pursuit of the creative and interest in fashion lead her to new and unexpected areas in which she could explore and experiment. The result is a fascinating combination of more traditional visual arts techniques like painting and more contemporary work with wearable art and basketry.

Retrospective: Artists will be a collection of work by artists who have been members of or have been associated with the Art Center during our history. Many of them have been instructors at the Art Center and/or have shown with us in their careers.

Retrospective: Collectors will showcase some of the wonderful pieces contributed to the Art Center for us to share with future generations. This grouping will include pieces that were lovingly collected by both members and individuals from the region who wished to leave a lasting impact on local cultural assets.

Watch our Facebook page for more information about the show and options for extended evening viewing during the exhibition. Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Nativity Pageant of Knoxville

  • December 8, 2018 — December 10, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Nativity Pageant of Knoxville: Dec. 8-10.
The one-hour Nativity Pageant of Knoxville tells the story of Jesus' birth at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. The pageant includes a 120-member cast, a 150-voice choir and live animals. Performances are free and family friendly. Info:

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Mabry-Hazen House: Christmas Open House & Tours

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and History & heritage

Join Mabry-Hazen House for their annual Christmas open house and the premiere of “Holiday Greetings: A Century of Christmas Cards” exhibit

Come and celebrate the holiday season with us during our annual Christmas tours on Saturday, December 8th from 5-8pm and Sunday, December 9th, 2018 from 2-5pm. Mabry-Hazen House will be decorated in the spirit of the holiday, historically-inspired refreshments will be served, and there will be a few surprises as well. Carolers will perform traditional favorites on Saturday evening. The historic house will open for visitors to casually walk through and enjoy a festive mix of modern and historic decorations.

Mabry-Hazen House will also premiere a new temporary exhibit titled "Holiday Greetings: A Century of Christmas Cards.” Nearly 100 years of holiday cards addressed to the Hazen family will be on display for visitors to learn about this sentimental holiday tradition.

Tickets are not required to attend, but donations are deeply appreciated. The event is free for members and children under 13; a suggested $5 donation is encouraged for all others.

A $5 donation enters individuals into drawing for a door prize for a limited-edition porcelain replica of Mabry-Hazen House. A perfect addition to any Christmas village!

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

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Holiday Gift Market

  • December 8, 2018 — December 9, 2018
  • Sat. 10:00am-6:00pm and Sun. 1:00-5:00pm

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

Broadway Studios and Gallery's Holiday Gift Market
Sat Dec 8th 10am-6pm, Sun Dec 9th 1-5pm
1127 N. Broadway

Original art for sale including jewelry, knitwear, herbal soaps and skin care products, corn shuck dolls, sculpture, paintings, Ukrainian eggs, stained glass, photography, and mixed media. Artist demonstrations. Commissions accepted. Festive refreshments will be served.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Fri-Sat, 10-6, by appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-556-8676,

Arrowmont Holiday Classes: Lacy Snowflake Ornaments


Category: Classes & workshops

Snowflakes come in all shapes, sizes, and patterns. This class uses basic bobbin and needle lace techniques to design and stitch your own snowflake that will last for years to come. Walk away with your own unique snowflake to hang in your window or on your tree this holiday season!

This textile class will be taught by Sasha Baskin, currently an Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. It has a limit of 15 students and is for adults and ages 13 up.

Holiday classes are Saturday, December 8, 9:00am-3:00pm. The student fee is $35 and lunch is included. For information and registration please visit

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

The Old City Market

  • December 8, 2018

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

Shop the Old City Market on West Jackson Avenue, second Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dec 8

The Old City Market transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers.

Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: Make the Yuletide Gay

Category: Music

Details TBA

At Bijou Theatre, 803. S Gay Street, Downtown Knoxville. Tickets: or

Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: (865) 255-5623,

Historic Ramsey House: Annual Wreath Making Workshop


Category: Classes & workshops, History & heritage and Science & nature

With Julia Shiflett

Celebrate Christmas in an old-fashioned way at this wonderful annual workshop. Our very special Wreath Maker, Julia, and her wreath helpers provide all the fixings as well as holiday treats. All supplies are included along with the instruction. Enjoy holiday treats, good times and go home with a newly learned skill and a beautiful natural wreath for your front door. All you need is a pair of garden gloves, small garden clippers and friends or family, if you wish. It is a great way to start a holiday tradition. Class fee $35 Reservations required. Purchase tickets at or call (865) 546-0745.

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

Jubilee Community Arts: Dor L'Dor


Category: Music


Knoxville klezmer band Dor L’Dor returns to the Laurel Theater for this year’s Hanukkah concert. Formed in 1999 by Ken and Susan Brown, the band currently includes about a dozen musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds, including classical training and jazz performance. Klezmer originated in Eastern Europe and borrows from various musical traditions of that region as well as from religious liturgy, musical theater, and American jazz.

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tickets (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors) available through, 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, and at the door. For information: 865-522-5851,

North Hills Holiday Home Tour

  • December 8, 2018
  • 3:00-8:00pm

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

The North Hills Garden Club is hosting a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. in historic North Hills neighborhood located just north of downtown Knoxville. The tour will feature eight unique homes and nearby fire station #11. Sweet and savory home-baked refreshments will be served at each home. This festive event has been a neighborhood tradition for over 20 years.

Tickets are $15 at the door. When purchased in advance, tickets are $12 individually. Bundles of 10 tickets for $100 are also available. Tickets should be picked up on the day of the tour between 2:45 and 7:15 p.m. at the ticket tent located at 2441 North Park Blvd. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge.

This home tour offers a rare glimpse inside the history and architecture of the North Hills neighborhood, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and home to an official Dogwood Trail in the spring. There are 130 houses within the historic district of this early automobile-oriented Knoxville subdivision. Built between 1928 and 1950, the houses on the tour represent architectural styles ranging from Craftsman to English Cottage to Tudor to Tuscan Revival. Proceeds from the tour support beautification of the neighborhood’s boulevards and park. For more information on the North Hills Garden Club, including details on the home tour, visit the club’s Facebook page at or website at

Arrowmont Holiday Classes: Ceramic Wreaths


Category: Classes & workshops

Create your very own handmade wreath to add to your holiday decor! Working with handbuilding techniques in clay, we will make decorative holiday wreaths that are sure to bring cheer to any home. Flowers, leaves, and miniature birds will be demonstrated to give your wreath a personal touch. Work will be fired and available for pick up the following week.

This ceramic handbuilding class will be taught by Kari Woolsey who is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. This class is open to adults, children 8 and up and adult with child age 5 and up. Class limit is 15 students.

Holiday classes are Saturday, December 8, 9:00am-3:00pm. The student fee is $35 and lunch is included. For information and registration please visit

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Arrowmont Holiday Classes: Cake Stand


Category: Classes & workshops

With hand building and surface techniques in clay, you will make, build, and decorate your own cake stand that will be ready to use just in time for serving your holiday guests that one of a kind family cake recipe.

This pottery class will be taught by Stephanie Wilhelm who is a 2018-2019 Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. It is for adults, children 10 and up and adult with child age 7 and up. There is a limit of 12 students.

Holiday classes are Saturday, December 8, 9:00am-3:00pm. The student fee is $35 and lunch is included. For information and registration please visit

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

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