Calendar of Events
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Town of Farragut: Light the Park
Every evening at dusk from Nov. 24 through Jan. 1, thousands of lights come on at Founders Park at Campbell Station for the annual Light the Park event.
During Light the Park, a slate of socially-distant activities will be offered, including grab-and-go items and storybook trails. A calendar detailing events will be available closer to the event. For updates and more info, check out the Visit Farragut Facebook event page for Light the Park.
Park restrooms will be open until 10 p.m. during the light display, except on Dec. 25.
The Town of Farragut and Visit Farragut are hosting the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/366965894349125/
Knoxville's Christmas in the City activities
Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, downtown Knoxville will be decked out in lights and greenery—including Krutch Park’s forest of twinkling trees and the 42-foot Christmas tree in the Krutch Park Extension on Gay Street—in time to serve as the background for fun family photos and selfies.
The Holidays on Ice skating rink will relocate from Market Square to the Civic Coliseum. The larger rink will allow skaters additional space to practice physical distancing while skating on the same ice where Knoxville Ice Bears play hockey. Starting Friday, Dec. 11, Holidays on Ice will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday with extended hours during Knox County Schools’ winter break. The full schedule will be posted at www.HolidaysOnIce.com.
Market Square will shine with new, peppermint-themed lighting displays provided in partnership with the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. Downtown visitors should look out for Window Wonderland decorations and special holiday treats on the menus and shelves of businesses participating in the Peppermint Trail.
Big Ears presents Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival
Running November 6 thru December 11, ‘Sites & Sounds from Big Ears’ hosts the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival, a 15-act series highlighting many of the most compelling artists from that nation’s fertile musical scene.
Big Ears is teaming up with Musikkprofil Booking & Management, Oslo’s Sentralen performing arts center, and Hes & Falck to present the series which launches on Friday, November 6 and spans five weeks of programming. Big Ears is the exclusive North American presenter of the festival — the only place in the US, Canada, and Mexico where you can stream the series.
Norway has been home to a rich jazz landscape for decades, an ecosystem that has been documented notably over the years by ECM Records. The festival offers a multi-faceted portrait of the country’s unique jazz scene, over seven double-bill concerts, featuring artists including pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, saxophonist Tryvge Seim, guitarist Eiven Aarset, and trumpeters Mathias Eick and Nils Petter Molvær, plus an evening with pianist Tord Gustavsen — as well as many other essential Norwegian jazz artists. Each performance has been elegantly filmed on-site at the Sentralen in Oslo, Norway.
Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: People’s Choice Art Show
The public is invited to the opening reception of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s annual People’s Choice Art Show. This event will take place on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the Plateau Creative Art Center, 451 Lakeview Dr. in Fairfield Glade. All in attendance can view over 80 show entries and cast their ballots for their favorite artwork. If unable to attend the reception, the public can come during regular hours between November 6 through the 25 to vote. Atlas Real Estate of Crossville, Tennessee is sponsoring this event. Cash prizes will be awarded to First through Fifth Place winners at the Awards Ceremony on December 4, 2020.
A unique feature of this year’s art show is that all award ribbons were handmade by a small group of the Art Guild’s talented artists. Each ribbon will be a treasured small piece of art for the winning artists.
An assortment of beverages will be served at this free reception event, weather permitting. Stonehaus Winery is providing a selection of fine wines. The Art Show will feature all genres of art. Please visit the PCAC to see all of this fabulous artwork from November 6th through December 4th. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net
Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window
Ongoing beginning First Friday Nov 6th.
"Art Thru The Window" Broadway Studios and Gallery. Featuring our 6 new resident artists!
24/7 viewing safely through the glass! Purchase info will be listed on the window.
1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville TN 37917
Art Market Gallery: Elaine Fronczek & Terri Swaggerty
November Featured Artists
Terri Swaggerty, Painting
For me the process of creating Art is the place where soul meets body. I look for and discover Art every single day; in manmade structures, the natural world and even while looking down while crossing a street or parking lot. I especially like to document the many and varied details of Knoxville, my hometown. What I see and experience constantly sparks a creative response in me. I use my experience as a pro photographer and pro retouch artist to transform the literal image into a work of Art.
I come from a family that has made beautiful and functional objects with their hands. My mother baked, my grandmother sewed and crocheted, my father and aunt were multitalented. At an early age I could usually be found in my grandmother’s sewing room creating my first designs. Fiber fascinated me and drew me in. It was an avocation for over 50 years. In 2008 I attended a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where I learned to wet felt. Here I realized that wool, silk and other natural fibers could be manipulated into both 2 and 3 dimensional creations in the shape and color of my choosing. Thus I began my current pursuit in the world of fiber. I am inspired by the colors of nature and the simplicity and functionality of pieces created by contemporary artists and designers. Using natural renewable materials and repurposed items allows me to create simple pieces that bring beauty and comfort to the eye.
Knoxville Botanical Garden: Dr. Syd Hamilton's Webinars
Learn how to protect your trees while helping ours!
Looking for a way to help the Gardens and learn at the same time? The next round of Dr. Syd Hamilton's webinar series is coming up so if you missed them the past months, you can still take them! Courses are offered throughout November & December. The registration fee for these classes will be used directly to help treat diseased and at risk trees on KBGA's property.
Offered will be the following:
• Integrated Pest Management
• Oak Decline Diseases
• Sycamore Anthracnose- What it is and how to treat it
• Beneficial Bugs- What they are, what they do, and how to keep them safe
• And more!
You can find out more and sign up here!
The Maker City: Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Monday Marketplace
The Maker City: Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Monday Marketplace
With no end in sight to the pandemic, and with talented small business owners continuing to struggle, there’s every reason for shoppers to buy their Holiday gifts locally this year. The Maker City has made this easy to do with two very safe, very user-friendly online options.
The Holiday Gift Guide puts the best of over 300 local Makers front and center in a captivating online catalog. Convenient links direct to each Maker’s web page provide a smooth, stress-free shopping experience, and with categories such as Jewelry, Home Goods, Nature Lovers, Fashion, Grooming, Kitchen and much more, there really is something for everyone. http://themakercity.org/giftguide
By spending their dollars close to home, Holiday shoppers support the local economy -- not only the Makers’ families, but also the many local suppliers and service providers with whom the Maker works. In addition, they support sustainability; Knoxville’s Makers use ecologically responsible practices, and cherished handmade items tend to get handed down through the generations rather than sent to the landfill. Most of all, nothing says “you mean a lot to me” better than a one-of-a-kind gift made with love, and carefully selected for that special someone.
Those who would like a little more excitement during this festive season can support Knoxville Makers in real time by bidding on auction items on the Holiday Monday Marketplace, live from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday, on Instagram. Bid on favorite pieces, and know that 100% of the purchase price goes to the Maker. Check out Instagram @themakercity #MondayMarketplace.
Looking for more? 100s more Maker City Makers can be found in the Maker Directory.
Rala: Art by Ryan Blair: Local Artist, Teacher, Father
Category: Exhibitions & visual art
Rala is proud to carry works from Tennessee artist Ryan Blair. His works are funky, colorful, and representative of the American South. https://shoprala.com/collections/ryan-blair
Ryan Blair is a triple threat. He teaches kids at Claxton Elementary School in Anderson County, TN, is Dad to three adorable children, and maintains his own professional art practice.
Blair uses salvaged materials and colorful paint to create works that speak to the spirit of the Tennessee hills. Subjects like snake-handlers, country musicians, winged mules, and moonshine-sippers often show up in his funky pieces. These are a few works available now at Rala.
"Art is soothing for me -- It's a place where there's no right or wrong answer," he told Cityview Mag back in 2015. As an art educator at rural elementary schools, he strives to teach this freedom to others.
"I don't necessarily feel like I'm just teaching art. I'm teaching a lot of life skills and people skills and hopefully how to enjoy things," he said. "I've hopefully made several people's lives more interesting or thoughtful or happy that day."
Blair is often up late, working hard in his studio. He posts process photos and updates on his work through his Facebook and Instagram. Follow him to keep in the loop about what he's creating and upcoming art shows.
Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com. Instagram: @ShopRala
Art Market Gallery: Featuring New Members
The Art Market Gallery welcomes its newest members for 2020 in a special New Members Show! There will be no opening reception because of Covid but many of the new members will be working various days in November and all of their works and bios can be viewed at the Art Market's web page, www.artmarketgallery.net.
New members are: John Adkins (painting), Julie Boisseau Craig (mixed media), Kim Emert Gale (painting), Curtis Imerman (painting), Carole Stoiber (painting), Kate Watson (painting), and current member in another category, Terri Swaggerty (photography)
Hours: Tue-Sat 11 AM - 6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM. Closed Thanksgiving.
Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net, www.Facebook.com/ArtMarketGallery
Arts & Culture Alliance: Online Holiday Sale
With the holidays approaching, the Arts & Culture Alliance has coordinated the presentation of more than 125 unique works of art by local artists via its online shop so that patrons and the general public may purchase work.
The Holiday Sale, featuring 43 local artists, includes visual arts media (ranging from acrylic to photography), sculptural works, fiber works, glass, jewelry, and more, as well as ornaments, commissions of portraits, and musical performances. Artists will receive 100% of the proceeds after credit card processing fees.
“Our artists are always trying new ways to interpret the world around them, so we are excited to try new ways for them to share that new work,” says Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. “These days, so many art buyers are increasingly going online to discover and add to their collection of local artwork, and we wanted to help them find it. And if they happen to also find a one-of-a-kind holiday gift, so much the better!”
All artworks are available for sale at www.knoxalliance.store and may be purchased 24/7 using a credit card. Work may also be purchased by calling the Alliance, Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, at (865) 523-7543.
The Online Holiday Sale runs Sunday, November 1, 2020 – Friday, January 1, 2021. Additionally, some of the works will be included in Black Friday through Cyber Monday and End-of-Year sales offering 10% discounts. For more information, contact: Suzanne Cada at (865) 523-7543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Omega Gallery: Wild Things: The Masks of Jym Davis
An Alumni exhibition featuring funky 3-D masks by Jym Davis, class of 1999.
Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Please wear a face covering!
Information: 865-471-4985, www.cn.edu