Calendar of Events
Saturday, August 1, 2020
East Tennessee Historical Society: Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era
Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era featuring the stories of African American artists Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, and Ruth Cobb Brice, with contributions by guest historian Robert J. Booker. The exhibition, which opened February 20, 2020, right before the Museum closed, has now been extended to provide visitors’ access to this important part of East Tennessee’s past.
The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) desires all to stay healthy and with our re-opening we continue to work to help curb the spread of the highly contagious disease that is COVID-19. ETHS is following the guidelines within the Tennessee Pledge and has modified the Museum of East Tennessee History’s visitor experience. We ask that all museum visitors support our community’s health by observing these guidelines:
· Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times (masks are available on site)
· Make regular use of the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building
· Stay at least six feet away from anyone not in your household
· Follow one-way path markers
· Stay at home if you are sick
The Museum will close one hour early each day for enhanced cleaning. The hours, which are updated on our website are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Certain Museum features have also been modified to increase visitor safety. Examples are interactive exhibitions have been turned off, and seating has been removed to provide additional room for physical distancing.
East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8824, www.easttnhistory.org
Tax-Free Weekend for Clothing & Back-to-School
Mark your calendars: Sales Tax Holiday benefits restaurants
For 2020 only, the Tennessee General Assembly has approved two sales tax holiday weekends to help Tennesseans save money and support the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first tax-free holiday weekend focuses on clothing and other back-to-school items. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday July 31 and ends 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Qualifying items include clothing, school supplies, computers and other qualifying electronic devices. Certain price restrictions apply. Consumers must purchase items for personal use, not business or trade.
The second sales tax holiday weekend focuses on restaurant sales. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 7 and ends 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. During this time the retail sale of food and drink by restaurants and limited service restaurants, as defined in Tenn. Code Ann. § 57-4-102, is exempt from sales tax.
For more information about the sales tax holiday weekends, visit www.tntaxholiday.com.
Urban Bar & Corner Cafe: Works by Jessica Newman
Jessica Newman is based in Maryville. Her work has been displayed at Urban Bar Corner Cafe for the past several months!
109 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902
Art with Kahlulee
Join a fun, online art class for elementary-aged kids! We meet Saturdays either in the morning or the afternoon. To date, we are drawing, coloring and creating geometric designs. Please check out the Facebook Page for examples: https://www.facebook.com/artwithkahlulee.
A $5 to 15 donation is kindly requested. To register, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Knoxville Museum of Art: Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Mary Campbell
A virtual lecture with UT Associate Professor of American Art History Mary Campbell
“I WILL NOT BE MOVED”
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
Historic Ramsey House: Vintage Baseball**
Join the fun while experiencing America’s game as it was played in 1864. This free public event is enjoying its 7th season and Historic Ramsey House is proud to be a part of this historic reenactment. The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms and our local Knoxville teams bear the names of actual teams that existed in Knoxville during that time. The Knoxville Holstons and Emmett’s Machinists play other vintage league teams from around the state. The league has been in existence for 7 years and has grown from two teams to somewhere close to 15!
Saturday, July 11th Virtual!
6:00 pm: Knoxville Holstons vs Emmett Machinists
Sunday, July 26th
12:00: Farriers vs Knoxville Holstons
2:00: Farriers vs Emmett Machinists
Sunday, August 9th
11:00: Maroons vs Knoxville Holstons
1:00: Distillers vs. Knoxville Holstons
3:00: Distillers vs. Emmett Machinists
A local food truck will be on site to provide you with delicious eats! The 15% of the proceeds from the food truck sales help us to continue to bring this great educational event to our community. We encourage you to support these local food vendors throughout the season. Please bring a lawn chair an umbrella for shade and leave the coolers at home. Thank you!
Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745, www.ramseyhouse.org
Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Elizabeth Genovise Fiction Workshops
Join author and teacher Elizabeth Genovise for a special four-part workshop. These sessions will follow the traditional method for a fine arts/fiction workshop, providing budding writers with an opportunity for in-depth feedback. Two writers each will submit a work of fiction (maximum of 15-17 pages, double-spaced Word document) a week before each session. The other attendees will read the two submissions and complete reviews, which they will bring to the workshop along with a printed copy of each piece the following week. Instructions will be provided for how to structure the reviews so that we might have a measured and organized conversation when we convene. Each workshop will last approximately one hour (two workshops per Saturday session). Genovise will lead the workshop, directing conversation, but all attendees will be expected to participate in the discussion, and to turn in their written critiques to each “writer of the week” when the workshop has ended.
Structured round-table discussion, written critiques, and personal feedback will provide each writer with a template for revision and a sense of his or her strengths and weaknesses. We will explore problems of point-of-view, scene, dialogue, setting, pacing, and character development as we consider each submission. We will look for each story’s heart, and if we can’t find it, we’ll discuss why this might be the case. The goal is not to tell a writer what to do or how to fix something; rather, the point is to highlight trouble areas and question why those issues have arisen. Ideally, we assist the writer in elevating the work so that it conveys what he or she most wants it to convey. The process of critiquing others’ work is also enormously helpful when honing one’s own work, so each workshop session will be informative and enriching for all attendees.
Elizabeth Genovise, O. Henry Prize winner, is a graduate of the MFA in fiction program at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is a member of the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame and the author of three short story collections. Her latest book, Posing Nude for the Saints, was published by Texas Review Press in 2019. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition, and lives in Oak Ridge, TN.
Special pricing for this four-session workshop: $125 by June 29, $150 by July 9. Class limit of 8. Each class participant receives critique and discussion of work both from Genovise, one of our most popular workshop leaders, and from the group. Similar workshops from other authors go for $400 and up.
July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 10 AM - 12 PM
Tomato Head: Cityscapes and Organics - Photography by Terri Swaggerty
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. http://thetomatohead.com
Art Market Gallery: Inna Nasonova Knox
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.
Knoxville Museum of Art: Sculptural Objects from the KMA Collection
This special display inaugurates the KMA’s newly renovated Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Education Center, a multi-purpose space named in honor of the KMA’s first director of education. We are taking advantage of current COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings to use this event and classroom space to display a diverse selection of sculptural works, many small in scale, from the KMA collection. Some were acquired years ago and have been displayed many times, while others have rarely been shown or were recently acquired. Figurative works by Tennessee artists Bessie Harvey, Richard Jolley, and Red Grooms explore human life in all its struggles, timeless beauty, and satirical moments. Small objects by Henry Moore and John Himmelfarb reflect contrasting approaches to bronze. John Jordan, Jen McCurdy, and Brad Sells each explore the vessel as a sculptural form from distinct vantage points. Together, this selection reflects a broad cross-section of modern and contemporary art from East Tennessee and beyond as expressed in a variety of materials and techniques.
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101, https://knoxart.org/exhibitions/sculptural-objects-from-the-kma-collection/
Knoxville Museum of Art: Re-Opening with Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door
The Knoxville Museum of Art will reopen beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020, with limited hours and extensive precautions to ensure the health and safety of visitors and museum staff.
Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door has been extended through October 25. The museum’s permanent flagship exhibitions--Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee and Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond—have been reinstalled and refreshed!
Visitors will be welcomed with the following measures necessitated by the public health situation:
• The KMA will be open on a restricted schedule, Wednesday-Sunday 1-5pm. The museum will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. (The KMA will also be closed Saturday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.)
• Attendance will be limited to 25 visitors per hour and reservations will be required by signing up on www.eventbrite.com. Link is also available on www.knoxart.org.
• Visitors will access the museum via the June and Rob Heller Garden gate adjacent to the parking lot, enter the building on the lower level, and exit at street level (one-way route).
• Visitors will be asked to wear face coverings. Disposable masks will be available for visitors who need them.
• Cleaning and sanitizing in public areas will be greatly increased.
• Visitors will be asked to stay 6 feet apart.
For questions about the reopening, visitors can contact the museum at email@example.com.
Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door
This exhibition of 50+ paintings, works on paper, and unpublished archival material examines the 38-year relationship between painter Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) and writer James Baldwin (New York 1924-1987 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France) and the ways their ongoing intellectual exchange shaped one another’s creative output and worldview.
Through the Unusual Door seeks to identify and disentangle the skein of influences that grew over and around a rich, complex lifetime relationship with a selection of Delaney’s works that reflects the powerful presence of Baldwin in Delaney’s life. The exhibition draws from the KMA’s extensive Delaney holdings, public and private collections around the country, and rarely displayed papers held by the Delaney estate. KMA curator Stephen Wicks is organizing the exhibition, which is accompanied by a color-illustrated catalogue published by the University of Tennessee Press.
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 PM. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org
Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy online**
Summer Art Academy 2020 is moving online! Due to restrictions on group activities related to COVID-19, the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Summer Art Academy will take place online only this year. No classes will be held at the museum. A full menu of fun and educational art activities will be available soon on the KMA’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/KnoxvilleMuseumOfArt, or check www.knoxart.org for updates. Online art activities will be available for no charge.
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, https://knoxart.org/kma_events/summer-art-academy-2020/