Calendar of Events
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Oak Ridge Art Center: Gallery of Holiday Shops
Gallery of Holiday Shops is our annual fine arts and crafts fair. Due to the pandemic, the question has been, how to host the event and keep our Patrons safe. We believe the answer is to spread the event out over several days from December 5 to 12 and limit the number of individuals in the building at any one time. To do so we are offering appointments for, or in, small groups to shop for special hand made items for gifting or your home. You may also drop by and, if you don't mind waiting a bit if there are too many people in the building at one time, you can join us in the galleries once others complete their transactions. This will enable us to host more people safely. Should social restrictions continue this fall, we will ask participants to wear masks and social distance while in our facility. In addition, we will offer a few items from each vendor through this website during the event, so whether you can join us in the gallery, or prefer to shop on-line, you are sure to find something wonderful for friends, family or yourself!
The 2020 Gallery of Holiday Shops is our 25th annual event and will offer guests an opportunity to access the one-of-a-kind creations of regional artists and artisans in a variety of media. There is no admission fee, and proceeds from the artists’ sales will benefit both the artists and the Art Center. Shopping local is a great way to support the local economy, regional artists, and the Art Center. We realize many of our art and craft artists are in need of sales outlets because they depend on the sale of their creations and many, if not most events were cancelled this fall. We hope Gallery of Holiday Shops will truly be a win/win/win for all - crafters, shoppers and the Art Center.
We are accepting applications to exhibit now and will add a list of exhibitors soon. We are fortunate to have several returning favorites as well as new vendors to titillate your mind and add new flair to your gifting ideas. Watch this space for news and updates on this special event. Please plan to join us!
Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, https://www.oakridgeartcenter.org/exhibitions
Mighty Mud: Making Holiday Ornaments
Instructor: Vanessa Hartman
December 5th 5pm to 7pm
*Open to Children and Adults of All Levels*
Create something fun and creative to decorate your life this holiday season! Using pinch pot handbuilding techniques, Vanessa will walk you through bringing a little bit of clay to life. Each student will come out with two, three-dimensional ornaments complete with moving elements. The ornaments can be of your own design or follow under the guidance of Vanessa’s love of creating creatures. Ornaments will be glazed by Vanessa in the week following class. Completed ornaments will be ready for pick up 2 weeks after class.
*All children must have an adult guardian present throughout the event.
Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Tu-F 11-6, Sat 9-5. Open studio time on Thu 6-9. Information: 865-595-1900, www.mightymudclay.com
Sustainable Future Center: Holiday Makers Market and Garage Sale
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
201 Ogle Ave SW, Knoxville, TN 37920-4131, United States
Enjoy a good time with old friends or make some new ones at the Makers Market and Garage Sale. See the cool things that makers are doing in Knoxville. You also get to experience the gardens, creek, and sustainable demonstrations site.
Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: First Fiber Arts Exhibit
The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade invites the public to venture to the Plateau Creative Art Center and enjoy the first Fiber Arts Exhibit. This exciting new display was featured during the First Friday Fun and Wine Reception on December 4th and will grace the gallery through Thursday, February 4th, 2021. The exhibit presents works by 11 artists, 5 which are members of the Art Guild, 6 are non-members, with 15 pieces of fiber artwork.
We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to both artisans and attendees, with the expectation of generating more interest and acceptance of many varieties of Fiber Arts as Fine Arts. This medium is non-utilitarian work that consists primarily of natural or synthetic fiber or yarn. It focuses on the design, materials, and artistic labor as basic for the works’ significance that prioritizes aesthetic over utilitarian values.
The term Fiber Arts originated shortly after World War II, defining work by craft artists incorporating fabric into their works. The 50’s gave more recognition to Fiber Arts as Fine Arts, and by the 60’s and 70’s, Fiber Arts was embraced worldwide, with a growing number of artists creating 2 and 3-dimensional fiber works in a variety of genres. Fiber Arts continues to thrive and evolve, and the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade is thrilled to share a variety of Fiber Art for public viewing.
PCAC regular hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through December 23. Winter hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning December 24th and running through February 28. The PCAC will be closed on Christmas Day.
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
UT Downtown Gallery: Beauford Delaney: Transcending Race + Time
Opening Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
As always, please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you visit the UT Downtown Gallery. Please do not come if you are feeling sick.
December 4, 2020 - January, 30, 2021
The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present a selection of paintings and drawings on loan from the Estate of Beauford Delaney. This exhibition of 21 works includes 4 oil on canvas paintings, abstract watercolors, pastel portraits, and 3 self portraits. Some of these pieces have never been exhibited publicly. Please join us for a small First Friday opening December 5th from 5-8pm. We hope you will be able to make time during the holiday season to see this beautiful and important exhibition.
Events and exhibitions at the UT Downtown Gallery are free and open to the public. As always, please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you visit the UT Downtown Gallery. Please do not come if you are feeling sick.
The UT Downtown Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. The UT Downtown Gallery will be closed December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1.
UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802, http://web.utk.edu/~downtown
JTV: Home for the Holidays Festive Lights Display & Charitable Giving Event
Dec 3-Jan 4, 4:00pm – 10:30pm
Where: 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922
JTV (Jewelry Television), the national jewelry retailer and broadcast network, today unveiled its “Home for the Holidays” display that will support three Knoxville nonprofit agencies as part of the season of giving. Known for adding sparkle to life with beautiful jewelry and gemstones, JTV invites the public to enjoy its incredible “Home for the Holidays” display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and numerous holiday displays in the park of JTV’s West Knoxville headquarters. “This holiday season is unlike any other,” said Tim Matthews, President and CEO of JTV. “In a time when many traditional holiday events are canceled, we wanted to create an enjoyable event at JTV that brings us together in spirit and celebrates the joy of the holidays, albeit a bit differently than we have celebrated in the past.” While there is no cost for visitors to enjoy the festivities, donations to the three area nonprofits are welcome. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Emerald Youth Foundation, which helps serve thousands of local urban youth; the Restoration House, which assists women who face challenging situations; and Elder Care, which will provide gift boxes to area nursing home residents. Visitors can easily donate by scanning QR codes as they walk through the holiday displays or via the links above.
“Now more than ever, the holidays remind us that we are in a season of giving,” Matthews continued. “JTV’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ event will celebrate our hometown of Knoxville and give back to three charitable organizations that are focused on helping youth, women, and the elderly.”
JTV’s “Home for the Holidays” light display is part of Knoxville’s Neighborhood Holiday Trails. Guests can walk the track and enjoy the festive atmosphere in a socially distanced way, which features three signature trees, a stunning life-sized Nativity display, two “tunnels of lights” and climb into Santa’s sleigh for terrific photo opportunities.
The event is located at JTV’s headquarters at 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37922 and is open every day from 4:00pm-10:30pm from now through January 4, 2021. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department is lending a hand to oversee JTV’s park attendance every evening. For more information on JTV, visit JTV.com and follow @JTV on Instagram, @jewelrytelevision on Facebook, @jewelrytv on Pinterest and @jewelry on Twitter
Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window #2
Art Thru The Window #2
Featuring the works of the BSG resident artists
Broadway Studios and Gallery
1127 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917
To purchase works please call 865-556-8676
Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation will present a live production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” based on the classic novel by Barbara Robinson. The play will be performed December 4th through December 20th, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM and 6 PM. Tickets will be limited to 65 attendees for each performance and groups/families will be distanced from each other. Masks will be required for entry.
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids-probably the most inventively awful kids in history! You won’t believe the mayhem and the fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best selling book and has become a holiday staple for theatre audiences everywhere featuring lots of laughs for audiences of all ages.
The play is performed by 22 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 16.
The show is directed by KCT student intern Quintin Rhodes, a senior at L & N STEM Academy.
KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.
Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677, www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com
Clarence Brown Theatre: Capote's A Christmas Memory
The University of Tennessee Department of Theatre presents Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” read by Carol Mayo Jenkins, recorded on location at the Mabry Hazen House, and directed by John Sipes. The free, streaming recording is available NOW through December 25, 2020. In conjunction with the reading, a “Full Belly Fund” virtual food drive has been set up with Second Harvest to provide food for the community. To watch “A Christmas Memory” and to donate to the Full Belly Fund, go to
Truman Garcia Capote was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Several of his short stories, novels, and plays have been praised as literary classics, including the novella “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and the true crime novel, “In Cold Blood.” First published in 1956, “A Christmas Memory” is an autobiographical recollection of Capote's rural Alabama boyhood. Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an enduring friendship between two innocent souls--one young and one old--and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals. Now a holiday classic, "A Christmas Memory" has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions.
The Booth Fairy's Traveling Trunk Show
Category: Festivals, special events
At 133 S Gay St SW, Knoxville, TN 37902
note: we will be following the health guidelines for COVID-19 by limiting guests and requiring masks.
What to expect:
Racks upon racks of pre loved clothing. 100's of awesome pieces that have all been hand picked by Elle Erickson, who you can usually find seated behind her S#%ty Advice Booth giving out free (air) hugs and engaged in some alluring conversation. The scene feels fantastic, and puts a smile on your face, and some fabulous new pieces in your wardrobe.
This is a guilt free shopping zone. One where we empower each other. We lift each other up. You will leave feeling better than you arrived. That is my goal. Plus, it feels awesome to buy secondhand first, to support a more sustainable shopping experience.
Most items are like $8!!! and there are random give-a-ways and dancing discounts! There’s usually a great mix of vintage, bohemian, 80’s, casual, and one-of-kind items in the collection.
There 's even a super spectacular FREE BOX - no purchase required!
Expect to move your booty a bit while shopping, it’s called ‘shancing’ (shopping & dancing simultaneously) and make some new friends. It’s more than just shopping. Local artists join in to offer wonderful experiences like tarot readings and henna art.
Come out & bring your friends
Credit card, Venmo & cash accepted
Discounts given if you arrive in a tutu or if you watch the following documentaries on Netlix : The True Cost, Cowspiracy, 13th , Happy
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also...this is a fundraising trunk show for the nonprofit
The Booth Fairy Project
you will have an opportunity to sponsor a positive sign to go up in a community near you and help uplift humanity!
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also, you get cash off every purchase if you become a patron of the project.
Historic Ramsey House: Candlelight Christmas Tours
FRI. and SAT., DECEMBER 4 & 5, 2020 5 PM – 7 PM
Start a new holiday tradition this year at the annual Candlelight Christmas Tour! Fresh greenery, candles, and reenactors in period dress will greet you on this special experience throughout the Historic Ramsey House. Before and after your tour, enjoy holiday treats and hot cider around a warm bonfire. Tours will leave every 10 minutes and begin in the Visitor Center.
Admission is FREE (donations gratefully accepted). We are only allowing one (1) household/group (up to 10) per tour at this time. We HIGHLY recommend that visitors reserve your tour in advance, either online or by calling ahead of time. One (1) ticket represents a reservation for your entire household/group. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes
In order to keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe, we will be practicing the following policies, and kindly ask that visitors do the same.
1. Per the Knox County Face Covering Mandate, all staff, volunteers, and visitors over the age of 12 are required to wear a mask or face covering when in any of the buildings.
2. The staff and volunteers of Historic Ramsey House will be regularly sanitizing restrooms, door knobs, and other commonly touched surfaces.
These policies will be in place until further notice. We appreciate your support and cooperation during this time, and look forward to welcoming you and your family to Historic Ramsey House!
This event is free but please RSVP! Donations always greatly appreciated.
To reserve your time: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/candlelight-christmas-tours-tickets-129726883601
Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745, www.ramseyhouse.org
Historic Ramsey House: Deck the Halls Wreath Workshop
FRI. December 4, 5 PM – 7:30 PM or SAT., DECEMBER 5, 1 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
Our most popular workshop is back! Create your very own beautiful natural wreath in this hands-on workshop! Instruction, holiday refreshments, fresh greenery, and supplies are included (except garden gloves & small garden clippers).
Reservations required. Class Fee: $40 (plus credit card fees). Members $35 (plus credit card fees). Cash and check payment options available (please call 865-546-0745). All proceeds from this event go directly to the ongoing preservation of Historic Ramsey House, a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Class size will be limited and COVID safety measures will be in place. Masks will be required while indoors. Air sanitizing humidifier by Ionogen with their nontoxic Ionopure sanitizing products will be used during all classes.
For Tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deck-the-halls-wreath-workshop-tickets-128286838387
Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745, www.ramseyhouse.org