Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 3, 2020

UT Non-credit course: Moonshine & Archaeology

  • September 3, 2020 — October 1, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Culinary arts and History & heritage

Dates: September 3 - October 1, 2020
Meets: Th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville
Registration fee: $69.00

You have the option of attending this course either in class or virtually, via Zoom. Please specify your choice when you register.

Examine the dark and compelling history of moonshining in the context of archaeological sites across the country. In this course we'll learn how moonshine is made, discuss what archaeology is being done at still sites across the country, and discover local lore from Knoxville's Prohibition-era past. Note: One class session will be held at a local distillery for a tour and tasting. There will be a charge at the door.

Blackberry Farms Gallery: John Allen: Anthropocene Dreams

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

On display at the Blackberry Farms Gallery at Maryville College. No opening or closing reception. His solo features a number of small and large drawings focused on Nature/Ecology.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Fused Glass Workshop

Category: Classes & workshops and Fine Crafts

Thursdays starting 9/3 with Carolyn Fogelman: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In this 4-part workshop students will learn about glass, how to stack glass, how to make advanced shapes and elements along with learning about the process of firing the glass in the kiln. At the completion of the workshop, students will have 6 – 15 pieces ready to wear or give as gifts! Students need to bring safety glasses with side shields or goggles to wear while cutting glass. Member Rate: $125 | Non-Member Rate: $135 | Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $75 Registration deadline: September 1

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton, TN, one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122. For more information, stop by the center, call 865-494-9854, or visit or Facebook.

The Great Conversation: An Uncomfortable but Necessary Series

  • September 3, 2020

Category: History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Thu, September 3, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, free online event

Event One: The History and Current Climate of Racism in Knoxville

United Way of Greater Knoxville's Young Leaders' Society is converting our annual Great Conversation event into a virtual event series! To kick off this transition, YLS will be offering the Uncomfortable but Necessary Series. This series will explore the racial inequity that exists in our city and the ways that we can facilitate change and justice as individuals.

The first event in the series will set the foundation, giving attendees a look at the history and current climate of racism in Knoxville.

We hope you can join us with eager hearts and open minds as we embark on this journey to listen, to learn, and to lead change in our lives and our community!

Union Ave Books: BETTY by Tiffany McDaniel

  • September 3, 2020

Category: Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

Thursday, September 3rd @ 5pm

Union Ave Books welcomes novelist Tiffany McDaniel to present her new book BETTY. Tiffany will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne, author of HOLDING ON TO NOTHING. This free virtual event takes place on September 3rd @ 5pm (Eastern) on Zoom, send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book BETTY in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.

Betty is a stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians about a young girl and the family truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

“The book is rich with the texture of everyday living. It’s these details that sing Betty to life and bring readers fully into the Appalachian landscape and the social milieu of Breathed.”
—Ilana Masad, The Los Angeles Times

Purchase the book here:

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East Tennessee Historical Society: Virtual Tour of Blount Mansion


Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and History & heritage

Over the last several months ETHS staff have pivoted to developing virtual programs. We are holding live visits via Zoom and Facebook Live to tour historic sites around the region on every other Thursday.

The first program in September will be a trip to Blount Mansion on September 3 at 1 p.m.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8824,

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Get Ready for National Novel Writing Month

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Literature & readings

September 3, 7-8 pm

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, occurs every year in November, and it can be a great way to jumpstart a writing project. Start planning now with Devon Koren, who will share NaNoWriMo experience along with some tips and tricks for maximizing your own productivity and accountability during this popular writing event.

Devon Koren is a queer Appalachian, a recreational podcaster, an occasional drag king, and a highway enthusiast. The novel Jack and the Dragon Man’s Daughter was featured at the 2019 National Authors Day in Knoxville, Tennessee.

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 2, to receive the link.

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Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: September Workshops & events

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

Smorgasbord of Art: Alcohol Ink with Pam Woodward, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost is $20 for both members and guests.
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, & THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2, & 3 (three class sessions)
Oil Painting 101 with Debbie Toney, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $90 for members or $105 for guests; pick up materials list at time of registration. Class size: 4 students minimum, 8 students maximum.
“Fun and Wine Friday Art Reception” to celebrate the members’ monthly art exhibit, enjoy the artwork of featured artist, Mary Bell, view September’s special gallery exhibit (theme is Women’s Suffrage), and socialize. Attendees should practice social distancing including wearing face masks. Wine and other beverages will be served outside only, weather permitting. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
“Women’s Suffrage” is the theme for September’s Special Gallery Exhibit: This theme incorporates artwork (in any medium) that is inspired by the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage (right to vote). Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest.
Alcohol Ink on Glass, with Pam Woodhouse, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for guests, with a $10 materials fee payable to the instructor. Number of students: minimum is 4, maximum is 10.
Basic ARTiE Training (short for ART in Electronics): ARTiE is an electronic whiteboard that provides many tools to enhance teaching, learning, and presentations at the Art Guild’s Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC), 10:00 ¬a.m. – 12:00 noon. Open to AG members only. Class is free-of-charge, but those who want to attend must register for the class. Maximum class size is six students.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (at the Plateau Creative Arts Center and on Zoom)
Monthly Members Meeting – 9:30 is a speaker presentation by Jack Retterer (subject is Fine Art Photography) 10:00 is a brief business meeting. Guests are welcome to attend (In-person attendance will be limited due to social distancing.)
Project Discussion, a bi-monthly artwork review session. Assess the artwork of participants and/or selected artwork in the gallery. The facilitator is John Anderson. 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. FREE and open to the public. Bring your artwork or just observe the session.
Fundamentals of Making Chain Mail Jewelry, with George Gallant. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for guests. $25 materials fee payable to the instructor. Number of students: minimum is 3, maximum is 6.
Mixed Media Art Journal, with Barb Pelak, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests. Materials fee is $5 payable to the instructor. Number of students: 3 minimum, and 8 maximum.
Life Drawing, with Dena Whitener, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. A live model will be available for artists to sketch. Bring your sketch pad, media of choice, and camera to capture the pose. The model is Jessica Schatz. Cost is $5 model fee.
Paint and Wine with Barb Pelak, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for guests. Medium is acrylic on canvas. Subject is “Fall Harvest.” All painting materials will be provided. Attendees should bring their own wine, glass, and munchies. Class size: minimum is 3, maximum is 12.
Wire Wrapping of Natural Stones and Shells, with Susan Smathers, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. $30 for members or $35 for guests. Materials fee is $5 payable to the instructor, class size: minimum is 2, maximum is 8.

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

The Central Collective: HERDCORE auction and exhibition

  • August 31, 2020 — September 6, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

HERDCORE, part photo series and part “Party PPE” fashion line, is both a blithe diversion from and somber look towards the lasting cultural effects of a global pandemic. This collaboration between Central Collective co-founders Dale Mackey and Shawn Poynter vacillates between whimsical, unsettling, hopeful, and cynical, echoing the range of emotions collectively experienced in the past six months.

HERDCORE’s line of Party PPE masks are currently available for viewing and purchase now through September 6 at 11:59pm.

Prints and postcards sets available starting on Friday, September 4 in conjunction with launch of the photo exhibition. Check back starting at 9am EST on Friday, September to view the HERDCORE online art exhibition.

923 N. Central St. | Knoxville, TN | | 865 / 236-1590

Fountain City Art Center: Open Show

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

Reception: August 28, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

All media show featuring works in response to the theme "Purple".

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

UT Gardens: Dazzling Dogwoods online Art Auction

  • August 28, 2020 — September 10, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fundraisers and Science & nature

Dazzling Dogwoods: A Garden Art Exhibit has been on display in the UTG since early summer. On-line bidding is scheduled to begin Monday, August 31 and will close September 10. Members of the Gardens will have an opportunity to bid early from August 28-31.

It's time to add to your garden art collection! Local amateur and professional artists donated their time and talent to artistically interpret this year’s theme with a fun and creative design. Each artist was provided with their choice of a 3' or 18" marine grade plywood dogwood flower silhouette to embellish using media of their choice. Works were returned, mounted and installed throughout the Gardens for visitors to enjoy. The weather resistant dogwood sculptures will now be sold during the on-live auction with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens, Knoxville.

All pieces are currently on display in the UT Gardens, Knoxville during daylight hours with exhibit guides available at the entrance kiosk, or they may be viewed on-line at UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

UT Gardens: Fall Plant Sale

  • August 28, 2020 — September 7, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Garden members will receive the link on Friday, August 28 (and will, as always, receive their 10% discount on purchases.) Non-members will receive the link on Monday, August 31. The sale will be active through Monday, September 7.

Be aware that quantities of some items will be limited, so get your order in early for the best selection! Pickup of your plant purchases will be available on Saturday, September 12 at the UT Gardens in Knoxville. Members will have the option for early pickup on Friday, September 11.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

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