Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Emporium Center: Héctor Saldivar: Mis Raises (My Roots)

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased a new exhibition at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 7-28, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, August 7, from 4:00-7:00 PM to which the public is invited to attend at 50 people at a time. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Héctor Saldivar was born in Mexico City in 1966. Even though he always considered himself a creative person, it was not until later in life that he embarked on developing his artistic talents. He has participated in events for Casa HoLa (part of HoLa Hora Latina) in Knoxville as well as with the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville. He mainly works with papier-mâché and clay, however he also paints with acrylics and oils. He is an alebrijes artist. Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creature. His art honors his Mexican roots. Follow him on Instagram @hectorleosculpture.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Mark Hipshire and Emma Slaymaker: Shared Spaces

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased a new exhibition at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 7-28, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, August 7, from 4:00-7:00 PM to which the public is invited to attend at 50 people at a time. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

These two Knoxville natives met for the first time across the ocean while living in western France. An intangible sense of familiarity helped them bond quickly in their respective foreign landscapes, and they soon learned about their many shared interests. Both want to promote conservation of the Earth’s ecosystems and find ways of their own to do so. They share a passion for art and use it as an outlet for this message of compassion and conservation. Mark Hipshire, coming from a marine sciences background, compliments Emma Slaymaker’s knowledge of terrestrial farm work and horseback riding, and together they hope to use their art to reconnect themselves and others with a love for nature.

Mark Hipshire’s passion for painting and drawing originates from his work in chemistry and marine biology. As an undergraduate student he worked in a research lab with crystalline scintillators that would glow under ultraviolet radiation. As a graduate student he would go on to study marine sciences, where he became fascinated with the bioluminescent glow of deep-sea creatures. His current portfolio uses scintillating (UV reactive) paints to recreate the bioluminescent effects of marine organisms. He aims to use the wonder of seeing these creatures to inspire others to help preserve our planet’s natural resources for the future. Follow him on Instagram @m_hip_jr.

Emma Slaymaker is a Knoxville artist, born and raised. From a young age she developed a love for animals, especially horses. She has grown up riding and working on farms. This passion, along with her long held passion for art, has brought her down the path of animal portraiture. She wants to share her love for animals as well as spread a message of compassion and conservation through her art. Follow her on Instagram @es.artworks.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Paula Thomas: Evoked in Resin

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased a new exhibition at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 7-28, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, August 7, from 4:00-7:00 PM to which the public is invited to attend at 50 people at a time. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

As we journey through this life, we are affected daily with emotions driven by unlimited influences. Whether it be an event, an encounter, a passing by observance, the weather or nature, our emotions are evoked. How we choose to express those emotions can heal, encourage and provide escape and reflection. As an artist, I am driven to express emotions through color and movement within the fluid medium of resin. Resin is a unique medium in that it is intensely reflective and can be layered with color and texture within. Because of its fluid nature, it flows unpredictably, yet always turns out uniquely beautiful just like life! My hope is that this collection of work will evoke emotions in the viewer that satisfy and stir the soul.

A graduate of Texas Tech University with degrees in Graphic Design and Art Education, Paula Thomas has created and taught art and been involved in interior design for over 25 years. Currently residing in Knoxville, her abstract art canvases are composed of the fluid medium of resin mixed with a myriad of paints, inks and mica powders on unique substrates such as metal and wood to create intensely reflective, colorful, layered pieces that are the perfect marriage of fluid movement, texture and color. Inspired by color and nature, the emanation of her works bring an influence of emotion and mood to the viewer. She currently has collections and works available in local galleries including The District Gallery and Whimsy and a Dream. For more information, visit www.paulathomasdesign.com, follow her on Instagram @paulathomasdesign, or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PaulaThomasDesign.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

Ijams Nature Center: Hummingbird Festival: Celebration of Wings

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Even a pandemic can’t stop the migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds! If the hummingbirds are coming through East Tennessee, Ijams Nature Center is going to celebrate them…and all of the winged creatures that make this region so amazing! However, having just one day of festivities with hundreds of people packed in to hear speakers or shop in the marketplace wasn’t wise, so it’s going to be a little different this year: Ijams is celebrating our flying friends ALL MONTH LONG! Please join Ijams for the 2020 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: Celebration of Wings! You'll learn about all your favorite winged creatures, from ruby-throated hummingbirds and other backyard birds to moths, butterflies, bats and more! Space is limited and preregistration is required for every event. Ijams has put safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe. There's something for all ages, so make plans to join in the fun!

Aug. 6
• 10-11 a.m. Nature Nuggets: All About Wings

Aug. 7
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Marvelous Moths w/Kris Light
• 8-9 p.m. Night Program: Bat and Moth Walk and Talk

Aug. 14
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Powerful Pollinators w/Kris Light

Aug. 20
• 9-11 a.m. Little Creatures With Wings
• 9-11 a.m. Hummingbird Hike
• 10-11 a.m. Nature Nuggets: All About Wings

Aug. 21
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Monarch Migration w/Kris Light
• 8-9 p.m. Night Rambles w/Naturalists: Night Flyers
• 9-10 p.m. Family Campfire: Celebration of Wings

Aug. 22 A Day of All Things Wings!
• 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes Bird Banding and Community Science Experience, Animal Encounters and More!
• 8-9 p.m. Night Rambles w/Naturalists: Night Flyers
• 9-10 p.m. Family Campfire: Celebration of Wings

Aug. 27
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Secrets of Backyard Birds w/Stephen Lyn Bales

NOTE: Programs may change based on COVID requirements issued by the State of Tennessee or City of Knoxville/ Knox County. Learn More and Register: https://www.ijams.org/ijams-hummingbird-festival

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: August Workshops & events

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

Tue Aug 4, 10-12: Smorgasbord of Art: Fiber Art with Sally Neckvatal, $20
Fri Aug 7, 5-7: Opening Reception of the 11th Annual Judged & Juried Fine Arts Show, free
Tue Aug 11, 10-12: Paint Along with Sam Hill (watercolor demo class), $25
Fri Aug 14, 10-12: Basic ARTiE Training (short for ART in Electronics), free
Tue Aug 18, 9:30: Monthly Members Meeting on Zoom
Thu Aug 20, 9-12: Intermediate Alcohol Inks, with Pam Woodhouse, $35
Thu Aug 20, 1-4: Fundamentals of Making Chain Mail Jewelry, with George Gallant, $75
Wed-Fri Aug 26-28, 9-12: Trace Monotype Printmaking with Karen Shaw, $105
Wed Aug 26, 12-2: Life Drawing, with Dena Whitener, $5
Thu Aug 27, 1-4: Advanced Alcohol Ink Using Air, with Cindy Howson, $35
Fri Aug 28, 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, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

East Tennessee Historical Society: Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

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

Urban Bar & Corner Cafe: Works by Jessica Newman

  • July 28, 2020 — August 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Jessica Newman is based in Maryville. Her work has been displayed at Urban Bar Corner Cafe for the past several months!

www.Reptilequeen.threadless.com
https://www.facebook.com/jessicanewmanoriginalart/

109 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902

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

“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

https://knoxart.org/kma_events/virtual-cocktails-conversation-with-professor-mary-campbell/

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 https://knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events/

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 spiritofthedragon01@gmail.com

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. http://thetomatohead.com

Knoxville Museum of Art: Re-Opening with Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and History & heritage

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 info@knoxart.org.

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

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