Calendar of Events

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Emporium Center: Brian Horais: Twisted Woodturning

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

A reception will take place on Friday, September 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The opening reception features music by pianist Curtis Tipton.

Brian Horais, a woodturner since 2010, lives in Knoxville. He creates non-round multi-axis works of art on the lathe. Past President of the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild, he has been a demonstrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Appalachian Center for Craft, and the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) National Symposium. His work has been displayed multiple times at the Master Woodworkers Show in Knoxville and at Arts in the Airport (McGhee Tyson airport in Knoxville). Brian's articles on ‘Twisted Turning’ have appeared in the AAW national magazine ‘American Woodturner’.

In this exhibition, Horais will show, with figures and examples, how twisted turning is done on a lathe. Twisted turning uses multiple offset axes to generate the twist. His turnings use three axes, instead of the traditional single axis (i.e. centerline) for regular turnings. He will also display various examples of his twisted turnings with different finishes and approaches (full twist, half twist, embellished and carved twists, etc). View a sample video at

For more information, please visit

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Victoria Phillips: Select Works from “An Abstract Narrative”

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, September 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The opening reception features music by pianist Curtis Tipton.

Victoria Phillips: Select Works from “An Abstract Narrative” on the North Wall
An Abstract Narrative is a direct response to the exploration of my spirituality. Through the investigation of my processes and materials, I have created a series of paintings that reveal the vulnerability of my spiritual ethos and express my personal narrative through a visceral lens. In my life I have experienced tremendous hardships, yet through those difficulties I have found hope. I was born into poverty. My father was an ex-convict who began his Judeo-Christian experience in prison while my mother was innocence personified. In the thesis series, An Abstract Narrative, I regard my childhood experience of psychological and emotional brutalities, strangely intertwined with my engendered spiritual ethos creating a visual representation of my life. The paintings were born from a self-reflective exploration within my spirituality that brought healing through inner expression that has been materialized into the paintings. – Excerpt from An Abstract Narrative, Thesis, Victoria Phillips, SCAD

Victoria Phillips received a B.A. in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art and a minor in Advertising in 2013 from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She completed her M.F.A. in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019. She has been a guest speaker for the Art Department at Lee University as well as an adjunct professor. She has been involved in numerous exhibits throughout Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee as her private collectors continue to grow in the southeast and abroad. Phillips completed an artist in residency in Skopelos, Greece in 2019, which gave her the opportunity to exhibit internationally. Phillips has worked as an educator in the public school system for the last 5 years, and she now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, please visit or follow her on Instagram at @victoria_rose_phillips.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Tennessee Artists Association Fall Juried Show

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

A reception will take place on Friday, September 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The opening reception features music by pianist Curtis Tipton.

Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) presents its 45th Fall Juried Show, a new exhibition featuring work by both new and longstanding TAA members.

TAA was organized in November of 1972 by five artists who wanted to create a “fine art” impact on the Knoxville area. Art teacher Jerry Hestor proved instrumental in starting the group with help from Beverly Prince, Randy Laws, and Nancy Davis, among others. Initially, they met in homes and community centers, and a few years later, Rechenbach’s Gallery offered them a more permanent space for workshops and meetings to accommodate their rapidly growing membership.

The membership of the TAA has always been comprised of experienced artists, beginners, and all levels in between. Many well-known East Tennessee artists have been part of TAA throughout the years. TAA annually hosts two exhibitions: a Spring Show and a Fall Juried Show. TAA meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Guests and prospective members are welcome to join. For more information, please visit

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: The University of Tennessee: The Art of Science

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, September 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The opening reception features music by pianist Curtis Tipton.

The Art of Science exhibition aims to demonstrate the connection between science and art and consists of images produced during the course of scientific experiments that have unique aesthetic perception. Art pieces for the exhibition were submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, post-docs and staff who work in the scientific labs at the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Australian National University, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Pieces in the exhibition were collected from the light microscope, fluorescent microscope, confocal and scanning electron microscopes. Viewers will see images based on mathematical calculations and computer simulations, schemes made in PowerPoint as they would be presented at a scientific conference. Viewers will also see abstract images from “everyday life” in the lab.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

C for Courtside: 52 Hertz Whale

  • September 6, 2019 — September 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Fri Sep 6, 7-10 PM

Participating artists: Bethany Springer, Brianna Rigg, Christine Rebhuhn, Christy Singleton, Hannah Walsh, Kayla Green, Mika Agari, Skye Gilkerson, SLINKO and Stephanie Loggans.

Organized and curated by Stove Works, which endeavors to serve the Chattanooga community by providing local, national, and international artists a venue for the production of, exhibition of and education through contemporary works of art.

C for Courtside is an artist-run curatorial project space located just north of downtown Knoxville. Founded in the fall of 2017 with the intentions of facilitating multiple creative activities, the Directors (Eleanor Aldrich, Joshua Bienko, Eric Cagley, Lynne Ghenov, John Powers) will work to add to the exciting artistic development and momentum already at foot in the Southeast. In addition to exhibitions, C for Courtside will host artist lectures and guest speakers, live performances, pop-up shows, experimental theatre, justice seeking organizations in need of a place to meet, and other situationist aligned activities. Each endeavor will aim to extend the space of the gallery beyond its physical limitations, while fostering a community based in and on the exigencies of art-making. The launch and operation of the space has been made possible in part by the support of an Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant.

C for Courtside, 513 Cooper Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:,

East Tennessee Historical Society: The Freedom Engine: East Tennessee Remembers 9/11


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, History & heritage and Kids & family

Visitors to the Museum of East Tennessee History will have an opportunity to view special items associated with the “Freedom Engine,” a tribute gift from East Tennesseans to New York City following the events of September 11, 2001. East Tennesseans contributed more than $940,000 to purchase and equip a 95-foot tower ladder truck for Harlem-based Ladder Company 14, helping the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) replenish the largest vehicles in the city's firefighting fleet. The so-called "Freedom Engine," went into service during March 2002 and was dedicated on September 11th of that year.

FDNY typically retires their trucks from regular service after about 10 years. The Freedom Engine went into reserve status in 2013. Upon retirement, several artifacts associated with the truck, including a bucket door, captain's helmet, memorial plaque from the people of East Tennessee, and a presentation plaque containing a piece of World Trade Center metal, were returned to East Tennessee and donated to the East Tennessee Historical Society. These items will be on display through October 13, 2019, at the Museum of East Tennessee History, along with a video about the project. You may view the exhibit and artifacts online at the ETHS website at

Each Sunday is Family Day and is free to the public.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Sandy Brown Solo Exhibition: "Skies and Other Flights of Fancy"

  • September 3, 2019 — September 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A personal visit to invented places as seen by the mind’s eye

Reception: Friday, September 6, 6 PM – 8, drinks, & music

At Michael’s Fine Art and Framing, 1325 Dug Gap Road, Dalton, GA

Friendlytown Comedy Show

  • September 2, 2019 — December 30, 2020

Category: Comedy

Mondays at 7:30 PM
At the Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.

Friendlytown is a weekly experimental comedy show that happens every Monday at 7:30 PM at the Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson Ave, Knoxville). Every week, the Friendlytown City Council gathers to address an issue of burning importance to the wonderful little community. Also, we give local stand-up comedians some time up front to work on their latest hot takes. You can follow Friendlytown on Facebook for the latest updates and show announcements, or to get in touch with the City Council leadership there if you’d like to perform.

Hosted by Sean Simoneau, $8 (cash only)

Clarence Brown Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet

Category: Music and Theatre

by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, CBT Mainstage

There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ going on at the Clarence Brown Theatre when the Tony Award winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” takes the mainstage August 28, 2019 to September 22, 2019!

A Pay What You Can Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, August 28 with proceeds from these tickets benefitting The Joy of Music School. A pre-show reception for Clarence Brown Theatre Society members will take place prior to the Opening Night performance on August 30. A Behind the Scenes Sunday event focusing on what it takes to make the music happen on stage will take place following the September 1 matinee performance. An Actor Talk Back will take place Sunday, September 8 following the matinee performance. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 pm. An additional “Broadway at the Keys” performance featuring Levi Kreis will take place September 23rd at 7:30 pm.

If you loved “Always, Patsy Cline,” “Honky Tonk Angels,” and “Lost Highway,” you don’t want to miss this Tony Award winning musical based on actual events! It’s December 4, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash hold an impromptu jam session at Sam Phillips’ Sun Record Studios. “No doubt you will enjoy the music as you see familiar characters come to life, however you will not see impersonators but a cast of great musicians recreating the time, the music, and one day in American musical history. They are spirited, passionate and filled with youthful optimistic energy as they fight and find individual successes at the beginning of their careers,” said director Kate Buckley.

Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard.
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices

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


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts presents the National Juried Invitational Exhibit, "Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices," featuring artists who seek innovative approaches to traditional craft practices and create historically conscious work, while resonating with newer audiences and current issues. This exhibit recognizes artists under 35 years of age who are making significant strides in their craft in bold and diverse ways.

For more information about the show and participating artists, visit:

Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Gallery hours: M-R 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-4, Saturdays call ahead. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Ewing Gallery: Angle / Edge / Plane

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Ewing Gallery is excited to kick off the fall semester with an exhibition of works by American sculptor, Ronald Bladen.

Angle / Edge / Plane features a collection of models, drawings, and photographs from the Estate of Ronald Bladen and the Loretta Howard Gallery.

Ronald Bladen (1918 – 1988) was a Minimalist best known for his large-scale sculptures. He is often credited with influencing fellow Minimalists Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt. Sculptures by Ronald Bladen have been featured in exhibitions at important public institutions including at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Detroit Institute of Arts, Documenta 4, Kassel, Germany, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Jewish Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Vancouver Art Museum, The Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York among others.

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

Farragut Museum: Timeless Toys

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

A new Farragut Museum exhibit featuring toys belonging to current and past volunteers, as well as items from the Museum's permanent collection, will open to the public on Friday, Aug. 16. "Timeless Toys" will remain open through the end of the year.

Friends of the Museum are invited to a sneak preview of the exhibit from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. New Friends can sign up during the event.

The Farragut Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee Community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S. Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and offers free admission. For more information, visit or contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at

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