Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Rala: October Featured Artist Mike C. Berry

  • October 2, 2020 — November 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Mike C. Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style. His paintings consist of gestural brushstrokes and pure bright color. He credits the work of Wolf Kahn, Edward Hopper, and Knoxville artist, Joseph Delaney for encouraging his use of color, line and the cityscape as subject matter.

"Urbanscape" is the latest exhibition of small works by the artist. This body of work features the city of Knoxville as the main subject, but also illustrates the energy of our American urban landscape and cultural expressions. This exhibition includes paintings and drawings, as well as prints and notecards of previous works.

On display at RALA, October 2 - November 28, this exhibition can be viewed in person or online at

112 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Cumberland County Woodturners exhibition

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

“Cumberland County Woodturners” is the special Themed Gallery Exhibit for October.

Cumberland Woodturners is an organization whose goal is to advance the skills of wood turning on a lathe. Their skill levels range from novice to professional, and the organization has a mentoring program to assist others in improving their skills. Members have access to an extensive library of wood turning resources. On the second Saturday of each month, the woodturners present a hands-on workshop.

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: Donna Conliffe and Jennifer Lindsay

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

Featured artists are Jennifer Lindsay, Bead Weaving and Donna Conliffe, Mixed Media Artist.

Jennifer Lindsay started doing bead weaving over 15 years ago. She is inspired by the colors and shape of natural to mix colors and beads to make the pieces.

Donna Conliffe: Painting is an evolving process for me often inspired by poetry, music, stories, and experiences. Much of my work is considered narrative or abstract. Working on canvas or wood I begin by adding mediums, multiple layers of paint, image transfers, writing, collage, metal etc., at the start. Mixed media painting allows me to enrich my work in many layers as it progresses. My diverse background, in the area of three dimensional art, of clay, fiber, glass, bookmaking and paper, provides me a variety of methods to incorporate in my work. Combining an assortment of materials and a mixture of techniques encourages my creativity. That’s what art is all about to me.

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,,

Awaken Coffee: Exhibition by Lesley Eaton

  • October 2, 2020 — November 1, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Lesley Eaton Friday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 pm. Lesley’s recent work is a collection of experimental pieces focused on the application of materials themselves, mostly acrylic and fluid paint, along with water-soluble crayon.

“There is an overwhelming sense of joy to these pieces, even more so when they’re sitting next to one another, and even though they don’t all match and some are quite loud. It’s not unlike living in the middle of a renovation project with four children; it’s joyful cacophony.” – Lesley Eaton.

Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-951-0427 or

Maple Lane Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch Open

  • October 2, 2020 — October 31, 2020

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

The original Maple Lane Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch opens weekends starting Oct. 2nd through Oct. 31st. Twenty-two years of fall family tradition and fun. DENSO is the 2020 maze sponsor.

Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, mountain views, and wide-open space that this 100-acre farm has to offer – including hayrides, pumpkin picking, inflatables, corn hole, evening campfires, music, and food vendors. New this year – nighttime hayrides!! Get lost in our 10-acre cornfield! The Haunted Maze begins nightly October 23rd through October 31st (Last admittance into the maze is 10pm)

Friday 6pm to 10pm
Saturday 10am to 10pm
Sunday Noon to 6pm

UT Downtown Gallery: Through the Trees by Tom Riesing

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Join us for First Friday reception for Through the Trees - an exhibition by artist Thomas Riesing. The UT Downtown Gallery will be open from 5-8pm on Friday October 2. Ten visitors at a time will be permitted in the UT Downtown Gallery. Please bring a mask to wear. We look forward to seeing you!

Through the Trees, presents my recent paintings and drawings produced since 2007. The images are thematic and site specific generated from extensive observations and time spent exploring East Tennessee, the Delaware Valley, the Oregon Coast, and Lower Silesia in Poland among others. I respond to the elegance of the trees, and to the light and space that exists between and beyond the persistent verticality of the trees.

It is evident in this exhibition that drawing is an essential component of my studio practice. I utilize drawing not only as a means to develop ideas before and during the painting process, but also as independent works of art. Materially they include graphite, silverpoint, and ballpoint pen. Ballpoint pen is my preferred method of sketching. I respond to its fluidity and to its unique ways of developing relative densities and layers of information. The graphite drawings allow for erasing and reduction while the silverpoint drawings require a more deliberate subtle approach to image and surface development..
- Thomas Riesing

Riesing received his BFA and MFA from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He taught painting and drawing at the University of Tennessee School of Art for 37 years and most recently was the Chair of the School of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana before his retirement.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Through the Trees will be on view at the UT Downtown Gallery through October 31. The UT Downtown Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday from 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm.

Honey Bee Coffee: Red, Yellow, Blue by Bethany Bredeson

  • October 2, 2020 — October 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Showing all month in October at Honey Bee Coffee in South Knoxville, 700 Sevier Avenue, 39720.
See the paintings online at

The show is thematic about the creative process. Each painting highlights a particular emotion from the moment I get the energy, through completing a project, and back to having no idea.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: October Workshops & events

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2: “Fun and Wine Friday Art Reception” to celebrate the members’ monthly art exhibit, enjoy the artwork of featured artists, Anette and Al Hansen, and view the artwork of the Cumberland County Woodturners in September’s special gallery exhibit. Reception 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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6: Smorgasbord Class: Produce Brilliant Colors” with Judi Miller. Medium is watercolor. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost is $20 for both members and guests.

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, & FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7, & 9 (three class sessions): Basic Quilting with Jane Tavernier, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $90 for members or $105 for guests. Class size: 3 students minimum, 8 students maximum.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8: Home School Children’s Art Class, subject is “Primitive Painting”, based on the Lascaux Caves in France, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9: 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, OCTOBER 13: Paint Along with Sam Hill, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost is $20 for AG members or $25 for guests. Students should bring their own watercolor supplies.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15: Chain Mail Jewelry and the Helm Weave Bracelet, 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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 (at the Plateau Creative Arts Center and on Zoom): Monthly Members Meeting – 9:30 is a speaker presentation (TBA), 10:00 is a brief business meeting. Guests are welcome to attend (In-person attendance will be limited due to social distancing.)

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, & THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 28, & 29 (three class sessions): Fall Sweatshirt Jacket with Jane Tavernier, 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Cost is $90 for members or $105 for guests. Class size: 3 students minimum, 8 students maximum.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29: Mixed Media, 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 3, maximum is 8.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30: Paint a Floral in Acrylics, with JoAnne Hickey, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 for AG members or $35 for guests. Materials fee is $5, paid to the instructor. Class size: minimum is 3, maximum is 6.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30: Paint and Wine “Paint the Colors of Fall” with Pam Woodhouse & Cindy Howson, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for guests. Medium is acrylic on canvas. All painting materials will be provided. Attendees should bring their own wine, glass, and munchies. Class size: minimum is 3, maximum is 12.

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

Dogwood Arts: Bazillion Blooms

Category: Fundraisers and Science & nature

Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming and make it easy for you to make a difference: one tree at a time. Dogwood trees are native to our area and offer 4 seasons of interest: spring blooms, summer shade, crimson fall color and winter berries for wildlife. Our trees come from a grower in Middle Tennessee, are disease-resistant, spring-blooming, and available in pink or white.

Bare-root dogwood trees are available in pink or white for just $25 each (or five for $100).


How it works:
Option 1: Pick-Up & Plant Yourself
Purchase bare-root trees and plant them yourself! Order trees now through November 18th to pick-up locally on December 5th (pick-up location TBD). Plan ahead for spring blooms! Fall/winter is the best time to plant trees: the combination of warm soil, fall rains, and cool temperatures stimulates root growth to help your tree get established for next spring.

Option 2: Buy in Memory or Celebration
No matter what time of the year, you can celebrate a special event, honor an individual, or memorialize a loved one by donating a tree to the Historic Dogwood Trails. Your gift will Keep Knoxville Blooming and include a commemorative card (with your personal message) that will be mailed to the recipient of your choosing.

Tennessee Stage Company and 70/30 Creatives: Macbeth at Ijams

Category: Free event, Science & nature and Theatre

On October 1, we will open a three week run of Macbeth, which seems a wonderful show for the Halloween season. We will play Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm, October 1 – 18. Reservations can be made at the Ijams web site, Reservation fees are $15 for guests 13 years and older.

We will use a limited cast as we did with Much Ado and will once again collaborate with 70/30 Creative on the production. The audience will be limited in size as well to maintain social distancing. The cast will be Caleb Burnham, Gray Casterline, H. Caitlin Corbitt, Tyler Gregory, Garrett Marshall, Nathan McGhee and Raine Palmer. It will be directed by Ashley Frietag.

Find Out More:

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, 37920. Info: 865-546-4280 or

Athens Area Council for the Arts Exhibition

  • September 29, 2020 — October 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Athens Area Council for the Arts is excited to announce its current exhibit is available to view in person at The Arts Center and online through October 28, 2020.

The exhibit is hosted by AACA’s Visual Arts Committee and includes work from four of its members: Clarice Baggett, Sandy Brown, Stefani Burchfield, and Jan Burleson. The twenty one paintings featured are oil, acrylic, or watercolor and vary in technique, style, and subject matter.

The public is invited to tour the exhibit free of charge at The Arts Center. The Arts Center remains closed to the public; however, exhibit tours are available by appointment. To schedule a tour, please call 423-745-8781 or email AACA’s Gallery Coordinator, Leslie Arnold, at

Thanks to support from Burleson-Brown Photography, this exhibit is also available to view online in AACA’s first virtual exhibition. You may tour digital images of each painting and review a price list anytime online at

For more information on this exhibit and all AACA programs visit or schedule a tour at 320 North White Street, Athens, TN.

Bennett: Brighter Days Ahead Exhibit

  • September 25, 2020 — October 31, 2020

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

We're thrilled to have our gallery graced by the work of 14 innovative American craft artists. Stop by for a chance to make one of these pieces part of your own collection!

lighting, home accents, vessels


art objects, jewelry


lighting design

hand-painted jewelry

wood sculpture

Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5027
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
865-584-6791 or

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