Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: AIR Exhibition—2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence

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

Featuring the works of Eric Cannizzaro, Maggie Connolly, Luke Huling, Jolynn Santiago and Alex Younger

-- Reception: Friday, May 15, 2020, from 6-8 pm, free and open to the public

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,

Tennessee Stage Company: New Play Festival Staged Readings

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Theatre

The 2020 New Play Festival includes three table readings, two staged readings and two full productions. The two staged readings will be followed by a discussion session with actors, audience, director and playwrights.

A House For Mandy by Robert Allen - A sleepy afternoon and evening on the front porch of a quiet southern street turns into
a harrowing reliving of family struggles, resentments and violence.
3/14 2:00 pm at Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W. Depot Avenue

A Graveyard In Madrid by Paul Leeper - A twisted tale of love and murder – perhaps a little short on love but with plenty of murder…
3/21 2:00 pm at Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W. Depot Avenue

Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280 or visit

Bijou Theatre: BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Category: Film and Science & nature

MARCH 14 & 15 • 7PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Dogwood Arts: Winter Featured Garden

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

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Savage Garden, 3237 Garden Drive

We are honored that the owners of Savage Garden have opened their property to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee's natural beauty. Tours are self-guided; although Dogwood Arts staff & volunteers will be on-site for questions. This event is free though a $5 donation is suggested.

Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. He then began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. Savage became known as “the father of rock gardening in Knoxville.” The garden is quirky and eclectic, combining multiple themes. Although the main arbors and pagoda reflect a Japanese influence, the latter is topped with a “Dutch Girl” weather vane and there are two “Irish” water towers. After many years of extensive restoration, including rebuilding stone walls and borders, constructing faithful copies of the original arbors and gates, and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Savage Garden is once again the kind of magical place envisioned by Arthur Savage.

Winter reveals the extensive bones, or structures, of Savage Garden and features thousands of snowdrops, daffodils, wood hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. Savage Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Information: 865-637-4561,

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Pierre Bensusan

Category: Music

Tickets: $20 adults/$5 students 12 to 18/Children under 12 free with adult admissions

Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” (2014), “Rose d’Or” of the Montreux Festival for his first album, “Près de Paris” (Switzerland, 1976), “Best World Music Guitar Player ” by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and world musicians today.

Concerts take place at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff, Knoxville. Knoxville Classical Guitar: 865-694-4108,

Tennessee Theatre: America

Category: Music


Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: herokee Bead Work Class

Category: Classes & workshops and History & heritage

On Saturday, March 14th, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum will be hosting a Cherokee Bead Work Class, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring Eastern Band Cherokee Indian enrolled member Betty Maney. The project will be a bracelet.

A white oak and river cane basket weaver, bead worker, and potter, Betty Maney can often be found at her Cherokee, North Carolina home studio cutting and dyeing the oak strips to weave one of her exquisite baskets. That’s when she’s not working out a new design for her latest beaded creation or hand building her traditional Cherokee stamped pottery pieces. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Betty’s one-of-a-kind contemporary, cultural art pieces are heavily influenced by traditional techniques and materials handed down with each generation.

While her passion is “preserving culture, tradition and technique through art and education,” Maney loves demonstrating, teaching and presenting her craftwork. One of her newest projects is designing a line of beaded accessories for men, including bolos and cufflinks.

Call the museum at 423-884-6246 or stop by to register. The cost is $15.00 class fee, plus a kit fee of $45.00. The kit will include a loom, beads, thread, and needle that students will be able to take home after the class. Bring a bag lunch. Class size limited to 8. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is located at 576 Highway 360, Vonore, TN 37885.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Hwy 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 12-5. Information: 423-884-6246,

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Querying Process Workshop: From Start to Signed

Category: Classes & workshops, Lectures and Literature & readings

Much-published writer Victoria Griffin shares how to simplify the querying process and avoid common mistakes. Topics include writing an effective query letter, researching literary agents, and navigating the submission process in a professional way. Attendees will review the anatomy of a query letter and how to emphasize the strongest aspects of a manuscript. The workshop will also cover submitting to agents, responding to partial and full requests, and how to prepare for “the call.” Participants may bring a draft query letter for workshopping during the class.

Griffin is a full-time freelance editor and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. She is also a writer with more than 40 pieces of published short fiction and is represented by Sandy Lu of L. Perkins Agency. She is the author of Craft Your Query: A Workbook and Edit Like a Pro: A Self-Editing Guide.

At Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Register at

East Tennessee Kidney Foundation: Knox Shamrockfest

  • March 13, 2020 — March 14, 2020
  • Fri. 3-10PM, Sat. 10AM-10PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Health & wellness and Kids & family

Knox Shamrock Fest™ spans two days: Friday, March 13th, 2020, 3pm-10pm, and Saturday, March 14th, 2020, 10am-10pm, in Market Square, downtown Knoxville. The Knox Shamrock Fest™ is appropriate for the entire family! We will have festive music, live concerts, inflatable bounce houses, slides and an obstacle course, crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, midway games, a “salon,” vendors and other fun activities for kids of all ages. Food trucks will be on site for food options. For those age 21 years or older, green beer, Guinness, Irish whiskey & wine will be available for purchase within Market Square (must show legal identification).

Tickets will be on sale at the festival for children’s activities, crafts & games; cash and credit cards accepted. Tickets are $1 each or purchase 12 tickets for only $10; midway games, balloon twisting, face painting, and other children’s activities will be available for 1 – 4 tickets, depending on the attraction. If you are participating in the Lucky Kidney Run, you may pre-purchase tickets during online registration and pick them up during one of the Lucky Kidney Run™ early packet pick-up days.

Tennessee Stage Company: Amazing Graces

Category: Theatre

Tennessee Stage Company Presents its 25th Annual NEW PLAY FESTIVAL with a World Premiere Production of Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan

On a weekend trip to the Smokey Mountains, a family comes to realize that the insecurities and petty grievances that have been festering between them for years amount to nothing when confronted with real violence from outside the family.

At Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W. Depot Avenue
Thursday – Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm
Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm

Tickets are on sale now. Call (865) 546-4280 for tickets & reservations. General Admission is $15. We proudly participate in the Penny4Arts Program!

Kara Lockmiller Exhibition

  • March 6, 2020 — March 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

At Culture Hair Studio, 115 South Gay Street


Art Market Gallery: Works by Ed Lewis & Pam Salyer

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

First Friday Reception: March 6, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Pam Salyer, Mixed Media
The infinite variances in color, texture and pattern of the natural world fascinate me, and I attempt to interpret and convey the relationship between these elements through mixed media collage. My latest series of work focuses on what we see when we look into flowing rivers and rocky streams, probing beneath the surface, freezing a moment in time. I build each collage with acrylic paint, paper and acrylic gels, layer by layer, creating new ways to consider the textures and colors of the natural world around us. I enjoy experimenting with different techniques and materials, always striving to push the boundaries of my art practice. Pamela is a Knoxville-based mixed media artist (

Ed Lewis, Segmented Wood Turning
Ed Lewis mainly focuses on laminated and segmented wood turning. He states, “In combining different wood this way, the endless possibilities of design and color are achieved. I seldom use any dyes or stains, relying on the natural wood colors and grain to show through. I enjoy building of the complex blanks, as much as the turning of the final shape. Though my work is designed to be decorative, most of which can be used functionally.” Ed is a woodturner, located in Seymour, TN (

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,

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