Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Tuesdays at Two

Category: History & heritage, Kids & family, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature


Sept 15- Warren Bielenberg, Butterflies of Cades Cove | Tuesdays at Two
Sept 22- Jim Bordwine, The SaltMaker | Tuesdays at Two
Sept 29- Laura Howard, Saving the Planet One County at a Time | Tuesdays at Two
October 6- Dewaine Speaks, Disasters of East Tennessee | Tuesdays at Two
October 13- Harry Moore, Rock Formations of the Smokies | Tuesdays at Two

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

The Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

SEP 15, 6 PM
Learning Series - The Negative

SEP 16, 6 PM
Learning Series - The Print

SEP 19, 11 AM
Cyanotype Workshop

Our mission at the Knoxville Community Darkroom is to educate and provide facilities for our community to experience traditional film processes. The darkroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Tennessee Theatre: Ghostlight Series with Frog and Dixie Quartet

Category: Music

The Tennessee Theatre announces its new Ghostlight Series, spotlighting local artists by streaming concerts from the Tennessee Theatre stage.

“The ghost light is a longstanding tradition designed to keep a theatre lit when it otherwise would be completely dark,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “Though the Tennessee Theatre currently is closed, or at extended intermission as we like to say, we aim to continue to celebrate music, arts and entertainment. We want to bring that light into your homes even when we can’t gather together in the theatre. The Ghostlight Series will shine a light on Knoxville’s own outstanding artists and allow the theatre to continue to bring ‘live’ music to our community.”

The Ghostlight Series will stream on Tuesdays, and the lineup includes:
Kelle Jolly and Will Boyd on Sept. 1;
Count This Penny on Sept. 8;
Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet with Brent Thompson on Sept. 15;
and Guy Marshall on Sept. 22.

All prerecorded concerts will stream via Facebook Live and can be accessed for free starting at 8 p.m. at and on the Facebook app. In a flipped view from regular concerts, the auditorium will serve as the backdrop so viewers can enjoy the overall beauty of the historic theatre while watching the newly recorded concerts. The Ghostlight Series also provides an opportunity for the community and fans to support the arts, as the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on musicians, performers, behind-the-scenes crews and venues. The Tennessee Theatre will accept donations that will be split with the featured performers. Donations can be made online at

Clayton Center for the Arts: Southern Circuit film "Coded Bias"

Category: Film and Free event

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: 2020-21 Season

Free event. Click the registration link on the website to register and watch the film.

Synopsis: Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

Tennessee Artists Association: Meeting with Carl Gombert

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

Carl Gombert will be our speaker for the Sept 15 meeting. He will talk to us about judging art.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm with the presentation at 7 pm.

TAA meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Guests and prospective members are welcome to join. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook at

UT School of Art: Special Events with Steve A. Prince

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

In conjunction with his September exhibition at UT Downtown Gallery, Steve A. Prince will present several activities on Zoom and Instagram Live, including:

Saturday September 12: Watercolor Monotype Demonstration from the UT School of Art Printshop, 2pm. Please see the Facebook event for information about connecting via Zoom.

Sunday September 13: Gallery Talk from the UT Downtown Gallery, 4pm. This event will also be broadcast from the gallery's Instagram Live. Follow the UT Downtown Gallery @utkgalleries.

Thursday September 17: Artist Lecture, 7:30pm. Please see the Facebook event for information about the artist and connecting via Zoom.

During his time on campus, Prince will work with faculty and students in the School of Art Printmaking Program in the creation of a large woodcut and a stone lithograph. His exhibition is co-sponsored by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and his campus visit is supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement and the UT School of Art.

RALA: Lost in Paradise with Harry Underwood

  • September 11, 2020 — September 27, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Come dip your toes into these colorful painted dialogues and view the magic of Harry Underwood! We are so grateful to have Harry as our September Featured Artist. It's not too late see the show. Pop by to view it in person (remember to mask up) or shop online 24/7.

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Tennessee Valley Fair: Virtual Fair 2020

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

Join the Fun! While the traditional fair is not happening this year, the fair fun will continue!

On Friday, Sept 11th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 12th the Junior Dairy show will be held at the barns. In addition, the state cornhole tournament will be going on in Patriot Circle beginning at 10:00 AM. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

The Cotton Candy Classic 5K Virtual Edition will be held how until September 20th. Here is a link to sign up regardless if you are a runner or not: The Cotton Candy Classic directly supports the Fair Foundation, so please sign up and spread the word. When you sign up, you get a really neat t-shirt!

On Friday, Sept 18th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 19th the Junior Beef show will be held at the barns. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Please check on the Fair’s website for other great events. We will also be offering a virtual Fair everyday day on the website with segments from the Marvelous Mutts, how to grow the perfect vegetable, and others.

During fair week, we will be sharing ag facts, fair trivia, virtual competitions, and more! Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates: and

UT School of Music: Virtual Concert and Lecture Series

  • September 11, 2020 — September 17, 2020

Category: Free event and Music

It's time for the second performance in our Virtual Concert and Lecture Series. Today, we have organ lecturer Edie Johnson performing the Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne.

To view the video:

These videos will also be available on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Featuring Mary Bell & Women's Suffrage exhibitions

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

Mary Bell is the Art Guild’s Featured Artist for September. She will be honored at the Fun and Wine reception on Friday, September 4, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC), 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade. Attendees should wear masks and practice social distancing. Wine and soft drinks will be served outside only, weather permitting. Free & open to the public.

Also on display is a special themed exhibit, “Women’s Suffrage Centennial.” This theme incorporates artwork (in any medium) that was inspired by the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Achieving this women’s right-to-vote milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle, for victory took decades of agitation and protest.

Mary Bell, watercolor and pastel artist, notes that “As a realistic painter, I enjoy capturing the beauty of the world around me.” Spending most of her childhood and working life as a “Jersey girl,” Mary attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, majoring in commercial art and then working for many advertising agencies in northern New Jersey. After her children were grown, Mary was able to devote more time to her watercolor and pastel painting, attending many workshops presented by famous artists. Seascapes, landscapes, and animals have always been her favorite subjects. Spending lots of happy times on the Jersey Shore, many of Mary’s paintings reflect her love of the ocean. In 2000, Mary moved to Fairfield Glade, where she immediately joined the Art Guild and has been an active, contributing member ever since!

The changing monthly displays at the PCAC include a wide variety of art mediums: painting, drawings, photography, ceramics, wood creations, glass mosaics, jewelry, fabric creations, card art and much more! The artwork is available for purchase.

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 4 PM. 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: Harriet Howell and Brenda Mills

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

Featured artists are Brenda Mills, painting and Harriet Howell, silk painting.

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 AM - 6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-5265,

The Emporium Center: Robert Felker and Allen Monsarrat: Magic in Everyday Life

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 4-25, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, September 4, from 5:00-7:00 PM to which the public is invited to attend at 75 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.

Robert Felker and Allen Monsarrat paint recognizable subjects, drawn from the world around them, often featuring scenes of Knoxville or other travels. For both artists, the play of light in a chosen scene is a priority and highlights their adeptness within each’s chosen medium. Strong compositions draw viewers in; Felker and Monsarrat’s brush work is markedly different, providing a contrast between the two artists' unique approach to painting.

Robert Felker has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York City where he studied painting and illustration. After seven years as a freelance illustrator, he then worked in graphic design for more than twenty years while continuing to paint for himself and do commissions. He now paints full-time, focusing on personal work for exhibition and commissions. He also pursues public art opportunities, recently completing the Clinch Avenue Firefly Mural for the City of Knoxville and the Bijou Theatre’s 111th Anniversary Commemorative Mural. Visit his website at and follow him on Facebook at and Instagram at

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or

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