Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ijams Nature Center: An Evening with Cindy Ross

Category: Lectures, Literature & readings and Science & nature

Ijams Nature Center and Mast General Store will present an Ijams Camp Scholarship Fundraiser featuring author, photographer and speaker Cindy Ross on Tuesday, May 21. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the presentation begins at 6:30.

The program is FREE for current Ijams members. The cost for nonmembers is $5 and will go toward a scholarship for an at-risk or underserved child to attend a week of Ijams Nature Adventure Summer Camp this summer. Donations also will be accepted.

During her multimedia presentation, Ross will share how parents can provide experiential education closer to home for their own children during a multimedia presentation about her most recent book, The World is Our Classroom – How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education.

The book shares Ross’ expertise gleaned from 24 years of mothering as a writer, an outdoor adventurer and a home-school facilitator, through presentations and workshops. By sharing her story, along with honest insights from her children about the importance of their unusual education, Ross aims to empower parents to believe they can be their children’s best and most important educators.

Ross will sign books after the presentation and will have the following books available for purchase: The World is Our Classroom, Scraping Heaven, Journey on the Crest and A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail.

For more than 35 years, Ross has found peace, happiness and contentment while walking and cycling the trails across North America. As a single woman, she crossed the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail, penning and illustrating her first book, A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail.

When she and her husband had children, their travels became a family affair. With two small children in tow, they embarked on a five-summer, 3100-mile trek, using llamas as kid carriers and packers to carry supplies and diapers across the Rocky Mountains. The journey took five summers, 500 miles at a time. The last stretch through New Mexico was desert, so they traded llamas for tandem mountain bikes and trailers loaded with 100 pounds of gear for the last 650 miles to the Mexican border. She captured it all in her sixth book, Scraping Heaven – A Family’s Journey Along the Continental Divide.

The trek opened Ross’ eyes to the value of experiential education. Inspired, she created a new way to supplement her children’s education by developing learning opportunities in 12 countries while they lived simply and traveled on foot and bicycle.

Ijams Visitor Center Multipurpose Room
At Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
This program is FREE for current Ijams members; the cost for nonmembers is $5.

Friends of the Knox County Library: Award-Winning Journalist/Author Rick Bragg

  • May 21, 2019
  • 7:00PM

Category: History & heritage and Literature & readings

Rick Bragg's momma doesn't own a single cookbook, but that hasn't kept her
from knowing what it takes to put a great meal on the table.

"Home Cookin' with Rick Bragg" will feature his momma's biggest fan talking
about his recent book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's
Table, on Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Ronni Lundy, author
of Victuals, will join Bragg on stage.

Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Bragg's loving
tribute to the South, his family, and his extraordinary mother, Margaret.
Skillet by skillet, the stories and recipes come from Bragg's ancestors,
from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a
thousand tales of family lore as rich and as sumptuous as the dishes they

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and author of three best-selling
memoirs and numerous other books, Bragg is the recipient of the Southern
Independent Booksellers Alliance's 2019 Southern Book Prize for Nonfiction
for The Best Cook in the World as well as the organization's 2019 Conroy
Legacy Award.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at<
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Best Cook in the World. The event will be hosted by Friends of the Knox
County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, and Union Ave Books.

For more information about this event, please visit

Joy of Music Fundraiser at Painting with a Twist

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fundraisers

6:00 to 8:00 PM
Painting with a Purpose
Instructor: Barry Jenkins, Scott Brantley
$35.00 per seat
Come paint this beautiful painting and help us raise money for the Joy of Music School!

Awaken Coffee: Portraits by Kara Lockmiller

  • May 20, 2019 — June 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee in Knoxville’s Old City will welcome Kara Lockmiller’s musician portraits.
The opening reception will be Friday, June 7 from 6-9pm.

Kara Lockmiller's musician portraits are formed by breaking down each artist into pieces of colored shadows and highlights. They come together like puzzle pieces on canvas. Her color palettes vary for each artist depending on what she sees as she listens to their music.

Awaken Coffee is a live music venue, espresso bar, craft beer & wine bar and organic restaurant in the heart of downtown.

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

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,

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,

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

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,

Ewing Gallery: 2019 Honors Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 3-5pm

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture

Summer Hours: Open: Tuesday - Friday: 1pm - 5pm

Exhibiting students from the School of Art
Mary Badillo
Parker Jenkins
Kelly Moore
Elisa Razak
Lauren Bergner
Tatiana Tikhonova

Exhibiting students from the College of Architecture and Design
M. Pruett Smith
Kyra Wu
Subu Bhandari
Maggie House
Fernando Turpin
Briana Willis
Halie Kennedy
Cameron Davis

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

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,

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,

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 and

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

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