Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours & Art Activities


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, Kids & family and Lectures

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2pm, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public with tours available in Spanish as well.

From 1-4pm there are art activities for all ages!

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,

Zoo Knoxville Celebrates Mother's Day


Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Zoo Knoxville celebrates Mother's Day with their annual tradition of free admission for all moms on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Families can enjoy a day of zoo activities that include animal encounters and the Bird Show. Guests can explore the Boyd Family Asian Trek which is home to Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing, voted one of the top animal exhibits in the country by USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice travel awards in 2018. Visitors can also spend some time with the zoo's gorilla mothers Hope, Machi, and Kowali and their precocious youngsters Obi, Ubuntu and Andi in Gorilla Valley.

Free admission for mothers is valid on Sunday, May 12, 2019, and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Random Acts of Flowers: Flowers After Hours

  • May 12, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops

Mums and Mimosas - May 12th
Bring your Mom, your sister, or a friend to celebrate Mother's Day and have fun making beautiful bouquets together!
Ticket price includes container, flowers, and instruction on floral arranging.
Coffee, water, and light appetizers will be provided. BYOB for participants 21 and over.

Tickets at:

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2019 Instructor Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Arrowmont's workshop instructors are nationally recognized artists and university faculty. With over 150 classes being offered in a variety of media, instructors and students come to Arrowmont from across the globe to share skills and ideas, foster new thinking, artistic growth and creative camaraderie.

To honor our instructors and showcase their talent, Arrowmont presents an annual group exhibition. Their work is a true expression of Arrowmont's vision and mission - to enrich lives through art. We are privileged to celebrate our instructors and their work.

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

BreastStrokes Paint Days 2019

  • May 11, 2019 — May 12, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Hosted by Breaststrokes
At Ironwood Studios, 119 Jennings Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

THIS IS A FEMALE-ONLY EVENT. 2019 Paint Days are scheduled! Round up your girl gang and get painted! Details:
: 100% of the proceeds go to help local women who are battling cancer.
: Door will be open from 11-6 on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12. This is a 2 day event and there are 2 event pages to track interest.
: We kindly ask for a $20 minimum donation* to participate as a human canvas for this empowering and fun event.
: No appointments necessary, as painting is first come first served**.
: **See the VIP/Fast Pass post for additional options.
: After you have been painted, we will photograph the artwork on your torso for use in our annual auction!
: You will have the option to pre-order a copy of your photograph. The fee for pre-orders is $25.

*Our goal for the Paint Days fundraiser is to raise funds but we also want everyone who is interested to have a chance to participate in this great event. We are fortunate to have a sponsor this year and a fund to assist those who may need help with entrance fees/dontations. If you know someone in this situation, please send a msg here or an email to let us know how we can ensure everyone has a chance to join us for Paint Days 2019.

This annual painting/photographing event provides images for our annual fundraising auction. Please also plan to join us in the fall for our major fundraiser when we auction off the anonymous photographs of the body art from this weekend (more info to come soon!) Many artists will have their work featured in the Breaststrokes calendar, which will also be for sale as soon as they are published.

Although breasts are in the forefront for Paint Days, our assistance is not limited to women with breast cancer. We support women with ALL kinds of cancer. Your contribution, whether as a human canvas, an artist, a photographer, or a volunteer, makes a direct impact on women in our community.

Can't participate in Paint Days? You can still donate to the cause. Use the Donate link on the page below.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Design by Time

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents this groundbreaking design exhibition which brings together works from the U.S. and abroad that express the notion of the dynamic passage of time in textiles, carpets, ceramics, lighting fixtures, vessels, clocks, and furniture.

The twenty-two studios and designers represented in the exhibition all incorporate markers of time’s passage: seasons and growth cycles, the orbiting sun, chemistry, and physical forces (magnetism, crystallization, and tides). Where the shape and form of most designed objects is intended to communicate their physical presence, the creation of objects that express the dynamic passage of time offers a counterpoint, a visual expression of life itself.

Design by Time is organized by the Department of Exhibitions, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and is curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared.

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,

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Steel Magnolias

Category: Theatre

Fri May 10, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sat May 11, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sun May 12, 2019 | 2:00PM
Thu May 16, 2019 | 8:00PM
Fri May 17, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sat May 18, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sun May 19, 2019 | 2:00PM

There’s always a good time down at Truvy’s beauty shop, where six Southern ladies, each as gentle as a magnolia yet tough as steel, share in the laughter, tragedy, and celebrations of life in their small Louisiana town. Though they may be boldly independent and not always see eye to eye, they still lean on each other through thick and thin. Make an appointment to join these three generations of women as they solidify an enduring bond of friendship and sisterhood.

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Mabry-Hazen House & Seventy Thirty Creatives: Shakespeare on the Hill

Category: Festivals & special events and Theatre

Seventy Thirty Creatives and Mabry-Hazen House are excited to present one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies, Romeo and Juliet. With the historic front porch of Mabry-Hazen House as the stage, Shakespeare on the Hill will recount the tale of two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. For centuries, Romeo and Juliet has been the love story by which all other are measured and the first Shakespeare on the Hill puts a historic spin on this classic tragedy.

Set against the backdrop of Mabry-Hazen House, the well-known tragedy of Romeo & Juliet plays out in a new setting. Built in 1858 and seated atop Mabry's hill, the historic house will act as a unique backdrop to this antebellum-era production. While the Bard’s tragic tale remains unaltered, the players will wear historic garments from the mid-nineteenth century.

Three shows will occur:
Friday, May 10th, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 11th, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 12th, 2:30 PM

Doors open thirty minutes before curtain. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit Mabry-Hazen House. Light concessions will be available for purchase. For tickets and more information visit

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

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Spring Art Show

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

Members of the Art Guild of Tellico Village (AGTV) will exhibit a new art collection at the Christian Life Center at the Tellico Village Community Church, located at 130 Chota Center in Loudon, TN.

All artists, aspiring artists and art enthusiasts are invited to attend. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork will be on display—from painting, drawing and photography to sculpture, jewelry, pottery and fabric art. The Art Guild is excited to welcome Knoxville artist Mike Berry as their juror this year.

The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, May 10, 5-8 p.m. The exhibit continues on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Painting and Woodturning by Nelson Ziegler

  • May 9, 2019 — June 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

May 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 Painting and Woodturning by Nelson Ziegler will be featured in the Westminster Presbyterian Church gallery.

Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston and Northwestern Academy of Watercolor. He was chosen The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage artist in 2016. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, The Oil Painters of America and the American Association of Woodturners.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
6500 Northshore Drive
Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4PM
Friday, 9AM-Noon

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Plant Sale

Category: Free event and Science & nature

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center will hold its annual Plant Sale starting Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and running for about 2 weeks.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: In Her Domain: Helen Geglio & Angela Wells

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


In Her Domain is an exhibition featuring work by Helen Geglio and Angela Caldwell. Both artists seek to honor and represent the work women do. The two artists first met as a result of being paired for this show by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow - and have forged a lasting friendship as a result.

Read Kelsey Dillow's interview and learn more about how this connection has influenced the exhibit and their future work on Arrowmont's blog:

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

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