Calendar of Events

Monday, May 13, 2019

Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum: BioBlitz in the Gardens

  • May 13, 2019 — May 17, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Science & nature

Hosted by Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum and Discover Life in America
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914

Do you love plants? Birds? Bees? Butterflies? Living things in general? We need your help! We are celebrating National Public Gardens Week by partnering with Discover Life in America to host an exciting BioBlitz. You are invited to join us in a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within the grounds of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum as possible using the iNaturalist smartphone application.

BioBlitz Schedule
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, May 13: Discover Life in America is kicking off the first day of the BioBlitz. DLIA will bring nets, jars, magnifying glasses, and help you identify your observations using the iNaturalist app
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 - Friday, May 17: Check in with Garden staff and volunteers in our Visitors Center for tools, resources, and help identifying your observations using the iNaturalist app

You don't need to wait for the BioBlitz in the Gardens to start making observations. Download the iNaturalist app and visit us any time to help us catalogue the diversity of life across the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Questions? Email amanda@knoxgarden.org for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/events/316661755719232/

The WordPlayers: Staged Reading of A Doll’s House

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Theatre

The WordPlayers presents a Staged Reading of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen on Monday, May 13, 2019 in The Square Room, 4 Market Square, at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

A Doll’s House, about a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband, is one of the best-known modern plays, displaying Ibsen’s genius for realistic prose drama. The play is significant for the way it deals with the fate of a married woman, who lacked reasonable opportunities for self-fulfillment in a male-dominated world. A Doll’s House aroused a great sensation and caused a “storm of outraged controversy” that went to the world newspapers and society at large..

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 theatre organization based in Knoxville. The 2018-19 Season is sponsored by Care Around the Block and the Staged Reading Series is sponsored by Brad Croisdale of Realty Executives. For more information, please visit wordplayers.org or call 865-539-2490.

The WordPlayers, 865-539-2490, www.wordplayers.org
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Twitter: @wordplayers
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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, www.arrowmont.org

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
865-584-3957
www.wpcknox.org
Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4PM
Friday, 9AM-Noon

Maple Hall Mondays with Will Carter

  • May 6, 2019 — September 30, 2019

Category: Free event and Music

Maple Hall Mondays featuring Will Carter will be our summer concert series.
The shows will start at 8 PM and are free. The concerts will be held at our upstairs stage, which is 21+; however, we will have one concert downstairs that will be for all ages.

05/06 Andrew Leahey ~
05/13 White Liars ~
05/20 Eleanor Reunion ~
05/27 Daje ~
06/03 songbirds ~
06/10 ryan sheley ~
06/17 evelyn jack ~
06/24 Guy Marshall ~
07/01 Mike bagetta ~
07/08 Grassically Trained *
07/15 Jubal ~
07/29 WestWend ~

* Performance will be located downstairs, all ages.
~ Performance will be located upstairs, 21 and up.

414 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 249-8454
https://www.maplehallknox.com/

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, www.appalachianarts.net

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

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

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE CLOSING RECEPTION: JUNE 28, 5 - 7 PM

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: www.arrowmont.org/in-her-domain-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, www.arrowmont.org

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Lynn Straka and Sandy Hoeft

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

Opening for the new exhibit will be First Friday, May 3, 5-9 PM

Sandy Hoeft is a landscape artist who lived in Alaska for many years. She recently retired to the Cumberland Plateau in beautiful Tennessee. Sandy gets her inspiration for her paintings from hiking and traveling the back roads. She loves the ever changing skies and enjoys painting large clouds. The barns and farmland in Tennessee have been her focus since retiring.

Lynn Straka, DVM, is a mixed media jewelry artist and practicing small animal veterinarian. "I began making natural and glass crystal beaded jewelry in about 2000—helping me through a tumultuous time. Jewelry-making quickly became a second vocation and I began selling my jewelry at craft shows. Ten years later, I expanded my work and began to transition from stringing beads to creating my jewelry by letter and word stamping on sterling silver and copper. I opened an Etsy shop, making and selling personalized pendant necklaces, bridal gifts and other unique pieces. At that time, I was self-taught, researching and learning technique and materials use on my own. I’ve always felt comfortable using small hand tools in these techniques, because the tools are similar to the tools I use in my veterinary surgical practice. In 2008, my husband and I moved to East Tennessee. I discovered Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and began taking yearly classes to develop my skills as an artist and metalworker. Having personal instruction reinforced my base knowledge and encouraged me to ask questions and trouble shoot subjects that have challenged me. The jewelry I make is adornment – created to produce joy to the wearer. Designs influenced by nature, they may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality."

The Art Market Gallery features two artists every month. These exhibits are new works by the artists, and they are often present to talk about their work and inspirations.

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

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Walt Fieldsa - Past and Present

  • May 3, 2019 — June 1, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Walt Fieldsa - Past and Present
Opening May 3rd 5:00-9:00
MAY 3 2019 – JUNE 1 2019

Silent Auction May 3rd-May 31st

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, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com

The Emporium Center: Grace and Grandeur by Sam Stapleton and John Vavruska

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, May 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities.

Two photographers born in 1951, Sam Stapleton and John Vavruska, grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains: Sam, on the western side in the town of Kingsport, TN and John, on the eastern slopes in Waynesville, NC. Both were heavily influenced by the culture and natural beauty of the southern Appalachians, both subsequently obtained professional degrees from the University of Tennessee (Sam in accounting and John in engineering), and both began their serious pursuit of photography in the early 1970’s. When they met in 1976, it was their shared love of photography that provided the foundation for their friendship, and for two years, they shared a house and a darkroom they built themselves. Time separated them: Vavruska was drawn to the American west in the early 1980’s, served in the Peace Corps in Nepal, and then settled in Santa Fe where he now resides with his wife of 30+ years; Stapleton remained close to his roots in Knoxville, where he too resides with his wife of 30+ years.

Yet with all of their similarities, the two have drifted apart in their photographic vision and now occupy virtual opposite ends of the photographic spectrum. Vavruska has remained primarily in the analog (film) world and has grown in the direction of large (4 x 5 inch) format black and white photography, capturing the grandeur of the natural landscape through hand-crafted gelatin silver prints. Conversely, Stapleton remained with small (35mm) format photography but converted whole-heartedly to digital technology where he continues to focus on the intimate color imagery of the East Tennessee landscape. While one’s images convey a high level of detail and tonal gradation, another’s use the spontaneity of the smaller format to explore the abstract and impressionistic capabilities of the medium. Hence the exhibit, Grace and Grandeur, is presented to share their story – the story of two men with a common photographic grounding that has matured into expressions of widely divergent visions. For more information, please visit www.johnvavruska.com and www.samstapletonphotography.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. CLOSED Monday May 27. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Pairs: Work by the New Image Artists

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

A reception will take place on Friday, May 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities.

This fiber and mixed media exhibition, curated by Trudi Van Dyke, features thirteen contemporary fiber artists who are juried members of the New Image Artists group. New Image is a group of artists from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC who come together to share their art and ideas. Members are active studio artists who work primarily with cloth, paper, and alternative materials.

The concept of “pairs” challenged the artists to consider their work as it developed in theme or concept and how one piece could influence the artist to create a companion piece. Unlike a diptych, each new work stands alone, and yet its voice is more fully developed when viewed as a pair that evolved from the subject, materials or some other element of the initial work. When conceiving work for Pairs, the artists experimented with relationships between subject, media and techniques. The artists began in a creative dimension without boundaries and chose a concept or subject without limits. The first work was planned and sometimes completed when the artist found a way to morph the idea, media or subject into a complementary piece. The resulting pair effectively enables viewers a more in-depth appreciation than a solitary work. For more information on New Image Artists, visit www.newimageartists.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. CLOSED Monday May 27. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Knoxville: Special Light by Allen Monsarrat

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, May 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities.

In college, Allen Monsarrat first studied architecture but graduated with a BFA with a concentration in pottery. His first art career was as a studio potter in Friendsville, TN for 25 years, followed by a career in decorative wall finishes, faux painting, cabinetry finishing and the occasional mural project. Never one to sit still, he turned to fine art painting which has developed into a concentration on representational work, including photorealism (paintings intended to look like photographs).

Monsarrat’s source material comes from photographs he has taken, which allows him to carefully design a composition and have plenty of information to include as much detail as he chooses. More importantly, as his reference source, a photograph allows him to study the nuances of color, light and reflection and how they change across a seemingly uniformly colored surface. Monsarrat uses translucent layers of paint to build depth unachievable with ink on paper. He began working in pastels in 2018, and for this exhibition, he will display oil paintings and pastels that depict iconic Knoxville scenes. For more information, please visit www.monsarratart.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. CLOSED Monday May 27. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

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