Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 23, 2020

UTK Alumni: Home Sweet Home with Crystal Wagner

  • July 23, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Thursday at 4:30 PM – 5 PM

Join Crystal Wagner (Class of 2008) in Los Angeles, CA, as she takes you behind the scenes inside her the studio! Crystal will talk about her work and share some of her process as she continues to make art throughout this momentary pause during COVID.

Wesley House Community Center: Wesley Worldwide

  • July 23, 2020

Category: Dance, Festivals & special events, Free event and Music

Thursday at 5 PM – 8 PM

This year for our Performing Arts and Cultural Education (PACE) Showcase, Wesley House will be taking you around the world to countries like Japan, Pakistan, Brazil, and more! It will be July 23rd, 2020 at the Bijou Theater in downtown Knoxville. We are encouraging everyone to wear a masks, and we will be spacing guests out for social distancing, so seats will fill up fast! To RSVP email or call (865)524-5494.

803 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Mary Campbell

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

A virtual lecture with UT Associate Professor of American Art History Mary Campbell

An exploration of the works related to Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks in the exhibition Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door. Professor Campbell entertains the idea of Parks as a type of self-portrait of Delaney and a way for him to express his inner thoughts.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101

Tennessee Theatre: The Lion King Experience Virtual Summer Camp

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance, Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Music

10-11AM • $20 EACH STUDENT

We’re thrilled to announce The Lion King Experience Virtual Summer Camp - our first ever, week long learning experience for students ages 8-12 taking place June 20-24! The Lion King Experience is an immersive arts education program that introduces students to many aspects of theater-making through the lens of The Lion King. This abbreviated, virtual edition of the camp will include videos from cast members of the show, activities, journaling, and reflection led by Amanda Taylor, Theatre Teacher at Beaumont Magnet Academy. Camp sessions will explore characters, plots, voice and language, music, and more! To learn more or to register, visit

Momentum Dance Lab: Virtual Auditions

Category: Auditions, Dance and Free event

Welcome to this year's MDL Auditions! The link to the YouTube video with choreographic instructions is:

We are looking for dancers age 18+ in Knoxville and the surrounding areas to join our repertoire company.

Momentum Dance Lab is a collaborative of dancers who teach, train, and perform in the East Tennessee community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is passionate about continuing professional quality dance training and providing performance outlets for adults. MDL is run by a Board of Directors and by a democratic ensemble of Core Company Members. Company Members teach classes, create choreography, direct, and produce shows. The Board of Directors and the Company Members together do the work of administration, business development, and planning.

Check out our website for more information about our company:

Read through the instructions on YouTube, learn the movement posted, and record your audition video. Fill out the audition form, and submit your video (uploaded through the form), which can be found here:

Once your submission is sent, you should receive an email response from us. If you do not receive a confirmation email within a few days, please reach out to us again at

The last day to send in submissions is Friday, July 24th. We will respond with our decision by Tuesday, July 30th via email.


Fountain City Art Center: Tuesday Plein Air Painters**

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception: July 10, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Shrek, Jr.


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live production of “Shrek The Musical, Jr.” based on the Dreamworks animation motion picture and the book by William Steig. The production was originally produced on Broadway with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesoro.

The live musical will be performed at the Knoxville Convention Center in the Lecture Hall from July 10 through July 26, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM. This production has been moved from KCT’s auditorium to the Knoxville Convention Center to allow for social distancing. Tickets will be limited and masks will be required for entry. Groups and families will be seated distanced from each other.

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Lord Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way. Shrek is a heartwarming, uplifting story to be enjoyed by all ages. We promise you will leave the theatre with a smile on your face.
The play is performed by 26 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 17. Keegan Spurr plays the title role of Shrek and Natalie Duncan plays Princess Fiona. Lord Farquaad is played by Quintin Rhodes, and Donkey is portrayed by Dale Gross. Alyssa Vogt will portray the Dragon, and Conard Belitz will play Pinocchio. Leeland Robbins and Braelyn Read will portray the younger Princess Fionas and Avert Waller will play Gingy.

The rest of the cast features veterans Sydney Allen, Lydia Baxter, Davis Bowlin, Charlotte Chrimes, Danny Davis, Isabella Francisco, Skylar Justice, Sydney Parman, Celeste Paultre, Pressley Rule, Mary Helen Schow, Graham Sexton, and Eleanor Wood. Ansley Ball, Benny Ramirez, Andrew Sarphie, and Riley Watkins will make their KCT debut with this production.
The show is directed by student intern Jacob Sousley with musical direction by Paul Jones and Deena Seals and choreography by Donya Walker. Elijah Payne is the assistant director and Samantha Owens provides the scenic design with Tanner White as scenic assistant. Alex Montgomery provides the lighting design with Ally Summie and August King as his assistants. KCT veteran Charlotte Stark will design and build the costumes with assistance from Olivia Rhea and Lauren Norton. The properties master for the production is Nico Ellerbusch with assistance by Cooper Delamain. The play’s stage manager is Campbell Ella.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Knoxville History Project: Zoom Chats

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Thursdays 6-7 PM

Join Jack Neely and staff each week for a new topic on Knoxville's rich and fascinating history. For more information and to register for this week's chat please visit

Thursday, Sep 24: Jack Neely will return to discuss the surprising history of Market Square, the subject of his book, Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place in America. It may have a melancholy edge to it—while Nourish Knoxville’s Farmer’s Market has been adapting admirably at Mary Costa Plaza, where social distancing is easier, 2020 may turn out to be the first year since 1853 that no produce has been sold on the historic square.

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559

Virtual Silver Sneakers Classes: Tai Chi and Enerchi

  • July 7, 2020 — December 31, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Health & wellness

Tuesdays and Thursdays
1 PM: Chen Style Tai Chi - the basic movements
2 PM: Enerchi - modified Yang and Sung style movements

Anyone can join the class, but it is designed for seniors.

Virtual Silver Sneakers Classes offered starting on July 7. These Zoom classes are Enerchi and Tai Chi. There is limited space for these free classes. A Zoom account is not necessary, but a camera and mike are required on the device used for internet. For more information about registration, contact the instructor, Don Parsley at

The only people who have to register are those who have Silver Sneakers as part of their health insurance, which is usually Humana.

Tomato Head: Cityscapes and Organics - Photography by Terri Swaggerty

  • July 6, 2020 — September 7, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

On exhibition Downtown from July 6-August 2 and at the West location from August 4-September 7

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: July Workshops & events

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

Sat Jul 4, 10-12: Flag Dedication
Tue Jul 7, 10-12: Smorgasbord of Art: Mixed Media with Susan Smathers, $20
Tue, Thu, Fri Jul 7, 9 & 10, 1-4: Beginning Drawing with John Anderson, $105
Thu Jul 9, 16, & 23, 9-12: Christmas in July Tole Painting with Cindy Howson, $105
Fri Jul 10, 10-12: Basic ARTiE Training (short for ART in Electronics), free
Tue Jul 14, 10-12: Paint Along with Sam Hill (watercolor demo class), $25
Wed Jul 15, 12-2: Project Discussion, a bi-monthly artwork review session, free
Thu Jul 16, 1-4: Fundamentals of Making Chain Mail Jewelry, with George Gallant, $75
Fri Jul 17, 1-4: Watercolor for Beginners with Vera Bogle, $35
Tue Jul 21, 9-12: Acrylic Bloom Pour, with Cindy Howson, $35
Wed Jul 22, 12-2: Life Drawing is Back! with Dena Whitener, $5
Thu Jul 23, 1-4: Let’s Get Started with Alcohol Inks, with Pam Woodhouse, $35
Fri Jul 24, 1-4: Florals in Acrylics with Jo Anne Hickey, $35
Tue Jul 28, 1-3: Creating a Handmade Journal with Barb Pelak, $25
Fri Jul 31, 5-7: Paint and Wine with Barb Pelak, $25

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Art Market Gallery: Inna Nasonova Knox

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

July Featured Artist: INNA NASONOVA KNOX

Her paintings are energy and time captured on a canvas. Inna Knox’s vibrant colors and skillful use of a palette knife capture life and movement on the street. Her impressionistic oils sweep the viewer in, as if he or she were part of the scene.

Inna Nasonova was well known in St. Petersburg for her elaborate watercolor of The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The magnificent painting was one of her top sellers with tourists. She grew up in Russia, attending the prestigious St. Petersburg Art University in interior design and selling paintings to pay her way through school. She later graduated from fashion design school and worked as a designer and seamstress for well-to-do women. But her path didn't end in Russia. When she immigrated to the U.S. in 2000, she experienced some things for the first time, including working with oils.

Now Inna Nasonova Knox is happily ensconced in her studio in the Knoxville area where she also conducts painting classes. Her famous cathedral, in oil, hangs in the hallway, but she has fallen in love with Knoxville's people and street scenes.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-6, Sunday 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265, and

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