Calendar of Events

Friday, May 29, 2020

Marble City Opera: Shadowlight Watch Party

Category: Free event, Music and Theatre

Friday, May 29, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Join us for a watch party of our most recent World Premiere Production of Shadowlight by Larry Delinger and Emily Anderson! https://www.facebook.com/events/863605577440290/

Mighty Mud: Experience The Wheel

  • May 29, 2020
  • 6 PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Fine Crafts

Instructor: Ericka Ryba
Looking for a chance to try wheel-thrown pottery under the guidance of an experienced potter? This 2-hour long instructor-guided studio session allows you to try your hand at forming and shaping wheel-thrown clay vessels.

This is an experiential, fun night of working with clay. In order to keep the cost of this class low, vessels WILL NOT be glazed and fired, attendees WILL NOT receive completed pieces. All clay used will be reclaimed for future use.

$35.00

Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-595-1900, https://mightymud.com/workshops/

Ijams Nature Center: Opening Quarry Swimming Area, Paddling Rentals

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

Ijams Nature Center has opened the swimming area at Mead's Quarry in phase two of the City/County reopening plan, which went into effect May 26.

River Sports Outfitters (RSO) began offering paddle rentals on the lake Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rentals will close due to inclement weather and will be announced on the RSO Facebook page at @RiverSportsOutfitters.

The Ijams Outpost, which offers concessions, beer and other items, will mirror RSO hours. Restrooms at the quarry remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Visitor Center restrooms and limited-contact gift shop/concessions purchases continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All restrooms will close for short periods at set times each day to allow facilities to be cleaned and sanitized. During those times, the front lobby of the Visitor Center also will be closed.

Navitat is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are by appointment only.

You are encouraged to wear masks when entering the Visitor Center and while passing other people on the grounds. Ijams remains committed to the health and safety of visitors and staff, and will be evaluating reopening policies, procedures and hours; changes may be implemented at any time. www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Clay Class: Stamp Making for Texture

  • May 27, 2020 — June 3, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

$12
30-40 minute recorded instruction
Link available Friday June 5th
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: June 3rd

Learn how easy it is to make your own gut-friendly sauerkraut at home! In this brief online tutorial, you will be given clear steps to help you confidently create a quart-sized batch of sauerkraut at home, along with tips and tricks such as sterilizing equipment and what to look for as it ferments! All ingredients, a mason jar, and a written recipe card will all be supplied. Students will need to be able to come and pick-up supplies and have access to a computer. https://registration.knoxvilletn.gov/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C2350

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Stitching Class! Embroidered Words of Wisdom

  • May 27, 2020 — June 3, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

$12
30-40 minute recorded instruction
Link available Friday June 5th
Instructor: Kelly Sullivan
Registration Deadline: June 3rd

Whether you are new to embroidery or just wanting a new project to inspire you this virtual class will teach you some new tricks and keep you practicing some well known stitches. Kelly will go through tutorials on some popular stitches and teach you some new things to create a finished piece with your favorite quote or saying! We all need uplifting words during this trying time and they are much better when they are handmade by you! In this class you will also get to learn the magic of Solvy and Frixion pens. All materials will be provided. Students will need to be able to email quotes ahead of time, pick up supplies and have access to a computer for the class. https://registration.knoxvilletn.gov/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C2351

Knoxville Swing Dance Association: Virtual Disdancing

  • May 20, 2020 — June 24, 2020

Category: Dance

Every Wednesday at 8:00 PM

While we can't meet in person on Wednesday evening, we'll be hosting a weekly zoom room starting around 8 pm on Wednesdays.

Most nights we'll just be hanging out, and sometimes we'll do something like have a theme or activity night or watch a live stream concert.

To avoid the "Zoom bombing" that's been occurring we won't be posting the link publicly. Message Aliceann Talley or one of the other organizers for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2608912812682374

Zoo Knoxville: Now Open

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

Zoo Knoxville is reopening to the public on Monday, May 18, with carefully planned protocols to ensure the safety of their guests, staff and animals. The zoo closed to visitors on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the City of Knoxville and Knox County COVID-19 Reopening Phase 1 plan, Zoo Knoxville is open for passive outdoor use only, which means no indoor areas or interactive experiences like rides and animal encounters can be offered at this time. Playground areas, including the splash pad, will also remain closed in this phase.

To control the number of guests in the zoo daily, advance purchase timed entry tickets are required. Circle of Friends members and annual passholders will continue to receive free admission but will be required to make a reservation online for a timed entry on a specific date.

The zoo has added more than 30 additional hand sanitizing stations throughout zoo grounds and restaurants have modified their ordering and delivery systems to minimize contact.

Zoo Knoxville asks all guests to take the safety of other visitors, zoo staff and the animals seriously by following CDC recommendations:
• Wearing a mask or face covering
• Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo frequently
• Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between groups
• Using ground markings and directional signs to maintain safe distancing in areas where people may gather
• Staying home if you are sick or in a high risk group

To show appreciation for the outpouring of care and support during the closure, Zoo Knoxville will be offering tickets at a reduced price of $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 4-12 and seniors over 65. Ages 3 and under are free. The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning May 18, 2020. Tickets and entry times can be purchased and reserved online.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

Oak Ridge Art Center: Through the Lens: New Directions in Print Photography

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The exhibition will open for public view on Monday, May 18. We hope to be able to offer an artists' reception later in the run of the exhibition, but must wait and see if larger gatherings become possible.

Featuring all types of photography, print media, and a wide range of subject matter presented by local and regional artists.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

The District Gallery: New Fine Art and Small Works

  • May 13, 2020 — December 31, 2020

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

It's so good to be back! We've missed you enormously, and we're thrilled to welcome you back to the gallery! New creations, new makers, and new hours. We have so much to share!

UPDATED HOURS: TUES-SAT 10:00-5:30

New arrivals are on view in the gallery now! Plus, we've designed a Small Works space to make it easier to support your favorite artists. We're celebrating with a fresh look on our walls — be sure to stop in & enjoy it with us! Also, while we continue to embrace new health standards to ensure your health and safety, we remain committed to making custom framing accessible and enjoyable. We will do everything in our power to make your custom framing experience pleasant and fun! Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help you best.

The District Gallery & Framery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 200-4452 or www.TheDistrictGallery.com

Mabry-Hazen House: Live from the Parlor - Virtual Tour

Category: Free event and History & heritage

Tuesdays at 2 PM

Although our doors are still closed for regular visitation, we'll continue to offer our Live from the Parlor series! Once a week, we'll take a deep dive into the history of Mabry-Hazen House, get up close and personal with the original family collection, and share our stories with you.

Virtual tours will broadcasted via Facebook Live every Tuesday at 2pm! Look for the link at 1:55pm on each day of the tour.

Have particular artifact or story you'd like to know more about? Let us know by messaging us and we'll do our best to incorporate your request into our schedule!

https://www.facebook.com/events/244801236578936/

UT Downtown Gallery: Knox County Art Teachers ArtSource 2020 (virtual)

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

This is a digital exhibition of the work of art teachers and art interns in the Knox County School System.

For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

We are excited to present the work of 43 art educators! http://downtown.utk.edu/artsource-2020/

The Maker City: New virtual Etsy Entrepreneurship Program

  • May 12, 2020 — May 29, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

Take your Etsy shop to the next level! Do you or someone you know make custom jewelry, decorative home items, or other handmade products to sell on Etsy? Whether you've been selling on Etsy for a while and seen some success, or you're stumped on one area in particular, this Etsy Entrepreneurship Program is designed to help you take the next step in your Etsy journey!

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is offering this program to help craft makers like you grow your online business to increase sales and reach a wider audience. The classes are designed for sellers who have opened an Etsy shop, and we're also offering an introductory workshop if you haven't opened your shop yet. This workshop is taught by successful online craft sellers who will share best practices on topics that impact sellers most, including getting discovered on Etsy, taking better pictures of your products, and building your brand. This program is specifically designed for creative makers from underserved communities.

We've hosted this program before, but this time we're switching things up and going totally virtual. All classes will be accessed via Zoom. You can choose the classes you want to take at $10 each, or gain access to all classes for $25. (This will also give you access to recordings of the class after the fact.)

Class Schedule
TUESDAY, MAY 12, 5-7pm: Introduction to Etsy: Why Etsy? + Opening Your Shop

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 5-7:30pm: Branding Your Shop + Finding Your Target Customer

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 5-7:30pm: Etsy SEO + Pricing Your Products

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 5-7:30pm: Shipping, Product Photography, and Intro to Social Media for Your Shop

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 5-7:30pm: Advanced Topics: Understanding Your Stats, Running Special Offers, and Paid Social Media

APPLY HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeM3Qs4LWk1kYHQ5iZxBTOXZjAteHw-Oyx5i7PpDYth_iZtBA/viewform

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