Calendar of Events

Monday, January 18, 2021

Oak Ridge Art Center: Souper Bowl 2021 & Soup Drive

  • January 18, 2021 — February 5, 2021

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

It seems Souper Bowl is on many a mind these days. We appreciate all the calls asking if, and how, we intend to continue this beloved event. As may of you have requested, we do plan to continue the event but, as you know, circumstances dictate it must be much changed from previous years. Our main focus is keeping our patrons safe while creating a little bit of normalcy in our lives. We hope you agree our newly envisioned Souper Bowl will spread the wealth of beautiful bowls, help market our food vending partners, and give the community some respite from the “pandemic pandemonium”.

Souper Bowl 2021, as in previous versions, will offer a beautiful selection of bowls for our guests to view and select. Current plans are for bowls to be available over three or more weeks to view and select in our foyer gallery between January 18 and February 5. For safety, viewings will be in limited numbers and require masks. We will give you vinyl gloves to wear while you are perusing the array of colors, patterns and sizes of bowls. Since we cannot host a crowd to come eat together, vendors will be offering coupons for various items or amounts, so guests may join them in their facilities as possible or for carry out. Guests will be able to choose the coupon that appeals to them just as they were able to choose soups. We hope this will prove to be a win for guests as they get out and select a gorgeous bowl and coupon, a win for the vendors as you patronize them, and a win for the Art Center as it will raise desperately needed funds!

And while we will miss our community soup dinner, we realize there are those in our community who may be struggling, especially in the pandemic. So, this year, instead of getting soup, we hope you will help us help our community . We ask our members and friends who can, to bring a can or cans of soup to the Art Center when selecting their bowls. Donations of soup will be given to a local food bank to assist those who may be struggling in the time of Covid. Please, help us help our community!

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

Blue Heron Art Collective: Classes for Kids

  • January 13, 2021 — January 27, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Kids & family

Online, live, interactive classes featuring how-to videos with art teachers Karen Bertollini and Betsy Hobkirk.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JANUARY? Save your cardboard for this GREAT Session! It’s all about recycling, constructing and ART! Hang on to cardboard boxes such as packaging, food boxes, any sort of roll, and cardboard egg cartons to prepare for this class.

One of the most important elements of our Sessions is our How-To videos. Our students can watch these videos at their own pace during the 3-week session. Our videos are intended to guide creative thought, rather than show specific step by step instruction. As educators, it is important to us that students create their OWN art, rather than what we think they should do. Our philosophy is to teach for artistic behavior, referred to as CHOICE.
Safe art tool usage is very important to us as well. When needed, we include age appropriate safety videos. Learn more at www.artblueheron.com or artblueheron@gmail.com

Beardsley Community Farm Benefit: Snow Day(s) 2021 Silent Auction

  • January 11, 2021 — January 31, 2021

Category: Fundraisers

How can we have Snow Day without our silent auction? We're moving things online this year. Visit our website to see dozens of items from your favorite local businesses such as Gypsy Circus Cider, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Dollywood, Meadowsweet Massage, Highland Manor Inn, and gift baskets from your very own Beardsley Farm! The auction will be live from January 11 at 8am-January 31st at 10pm. The auction link will be posted on January 11th at 8am. Start looking at available items now--> https://www.32auctions.com/snowday21

Snow Day(s) 2021 events: https://www.facebook.com/events/234089178238117

HoLa Hora Latina: Three Kings' Toy Giveaway Celebration

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids & family

Monday-Friday 11 AM - 4 PM

To celebrate Three Kings Day, Casa HoLa will be giving each child a FREE toy (while supplies last) and an educational coloring page book beginning with our upcoming First Friday event on Friday, January 8th 5-8PM at the Casa HoLa store! The toy giveaway will continue throughout the month of January during regular weekday hours to reduce the likelihood of crowds. Weekday hours can be found at our website www.holahoralatina.org/contact and on the HoLa Hora Latina Google page. Toys are for CHILDREN ONLY and are limited to one gift per child. Each child will also receive a fun coloring page book to learn about the meaning of Three Kings Day. As always, we will be selling delicious chicken tamales TO-GO. The Casa HoLa is located inside of the Emporium for the Arts building on Gay Street and features artisan crafts, jewelry, home décor, and accessories handmade by local and Latinx artists.

We ask that only one household enter the store at a time, so please enjoy the art included in the Emporium's Art and Culture Alliance Members' show just outside our door while you wait to enter Casa HoLa. Both Casa HoLa and the Emporium for the Arts take great care to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for our guests by requiring all visitors to wear a mask, limiting the number of persons inside the building, prohibiting the consumption of food and beverages inside, providing ample hand sanitizing stations, and increasing cleaning measures. Casa HoLa is located inside the Emporium for the Arts in Suite 112 at 100 S. Gay St, Knoxville TN 37902. For inquiries, please call 865-335-3358 or email us at casahola@holafestival.org.

Para celebrar el Día de los Tres Reyes Magos, ¡Casa HoLa le dará a cada niño un juguete GRATIS (mientras duren los suministros) y un paquete de páginas educativas para colorear a partir de nuestro próximo evento de First Friday, el viernes 8 de enero 5-8PM en Casa HoLa! Los niños también pueden obtener un regalo durante las horas normales en enero. Las horas normales se encuentran en nuestro sitio web, holahoralatina.org/contact, y en la página de HoLa Hora Latina en Google. SOLO NIÑOS pueden obtener un juguete y se limitan a un juguete por cada niño. Cada niño también recibirá un paquete de páginas para colorear y enseñarles sobre el significado del Día de los Tres Reyes Magos. Como siempre, venderemos tamales de pollo PARA LLEVAR. La tienda Casa HoLa se ubica dentro del edifico Emporium for the Arts en Gay Street y presenta artesanías, joyas, decoraciones y accesorios hechos por artistas locales y Latinxs.
Pedimos que los visitantes no entren en la tienda mientras otra familia está a dentro. Mientras esperan para entrar, por favor disfruten de las obras de arte nuevas de la exhibición de los miembros de la Alianza para las Artes y Cultura junto a la tienda. Tanto Casa HoLa como el Emporium for the Arts se esfuerzan mucho para proporcionarles una experiencia segura y a gusto por requerir que todos los visitantes lleven una máscara, limitar el número de visitantes dentro del edificio, prohibir el consumo de alimentos y bebidas, proveer desinfectante de manos de sobra y aumentar las medidas de limpieza. Casa HoLa se ubica dentro del edificio Emporium for the Arts en Suite 112 100 S. Gay St, Knoxville TN 37902. Para consultas sobre este evento, llamen el número teléfono 865-335-3358 o envíen un correo electrónico a casahola@holafestival.org.

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100 S. Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: (865)335-3358 or casahola@holafestival.org

The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Special Member Exhibition at the Emporium

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

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, January 8, from 5:00-8:00 PM.

All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

Twenty-nine artists of The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade in Crossville are proud and excited to present an exhibition of recent works in a variety of media such as glass mosaic, jewelry, fiber works, leather, wood, mixed media, pottery, painting, and photography. This new member exhibition amplifies the Guild’s goals of “Teach, Learn & Inspire” and supporting many forms of visual arts.

The Guild is almost as old as Fairfield Glade itself. In 1978 twelve residents/artists in Fairfield Glade came together to form an art guild. In the 42 years, the Guild has grown to a membership of approximately 180 individuals from across Tennessee. Through the years, the Guild met in several locations until its move to the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC) in April of 2008. It is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, an equal opportunity provider, and offers original art and unique gifts for viewing and for sale. The Guild and PCAC are located at 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade. For more information, visit www.artguildfairfieldglade.net.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Monday, January 18, for the holiday. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Women of the Bible: Portraits of Beauty, Audacity, & Faith by LaShonda Scott Robinson

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, January 8, from 5:00-8:00 PM.

All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

Women of the Bible: Portraits of Beauty, Audacity, & Faith by LaShonda Scott Robinson
A woman has been an enigma since her creation. What is her purpose? Is she man’s equal? Is she the weaker sex? Women of the Bible celebrates the ingenuity, audacity, and faith of our biblical fore-mothers. Sometimes the Bible records a single incident. Some names are unknown. Yet, their stories are inspiring. I created this collection of watercolor and metallic acrylic to celebrate God’s most beautiful, complex, and resilient creation: WOMAN.

Based in Alabama, LaShonda Scott Robinson is a watercolor artist. Art expresses her intimate feelings. A woman of color, she was taught to conceal weakness. Through art, she can openly cry without shedding a tear. Self-taught, her watercolor style is sensuous and dark. Body language expresses the truth. Therefore, the faces are blank. Robinson believes “the face reveals our thoughts whereas the body reveals our hearts.” Her work has exhibited in Alabama, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Monaco, and Switzerland.
For more information:
www.lashondascottrobinson.com
www.facebook.com/lashondascottrobinson3
Instagram @lashondascottrobinson

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Monday, January 18, for the holiday. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

Knoxville Speaks Youth Poetry Program

  • January 7, 2021 — January 31, 2021

Category: Kids & family and Literature & readings

Beginning Thu Jan 7 on Zoom

The Knoxville Speaks Youth Poetry Initiative is for students in Knox County and surrounding counties grades 7-12. The students will participate in writing workshops with Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon as well as many other amazing poets from across the nation. The program will begin as an online program meeting twice a month via Zoom. Youth need to submit an already written poem as a part of their application as well as well thought out answers to the questions. We are not looking for perfection, but we are looking for beautiful stories that can educate and inspire the Greater Knoxville Community. Apply: https://www.rheacarmon.com/knoxville-speaks

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: January Classes & Workshops

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

Tue Jan 5, 10-12: Oil & Acrylic Painting with Debbie Toney, $20.
Thu Jan 7, 9-12 or 1-4: Valentine Cards with Louise Goodman, $35
Tue Jan 19, 9:30: Monthly Members Meeting (in person & Zoom)
Wed Jan 20, 12-2: Project Discussion, a bi-monthly artwork review session with John Anderson, free
Thu Jan 21, 1-4: Chain Maille Jewelry “The Captured Heart Bracelet” with George Gallant, $35 + $30
Wed Jan 27, 12-2: Life Drawing with Dena Whitener, $5

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

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • January 1, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Are you looking for a safe and engaging outdoor activity during the pandemic? Take a historical tour of downtown Knoxville – its past, its present, and most of all its people - with poet and storyteller Laura Still with Knoxville Walking Tours.

Laura opens a window to Knoxville’s varied past and leads you on a journey through hard times and high times of a city growing through more than two centuries of history.

Tours include:
• Knoxville: The Early Years
• Misbehaving Women
• Civil War
• Gunslingers
• Musical History
• Literary Heritage
• Shadow Side Ghost Tours

A portion of all downtown tours support the Knoxville History Project. You can schedule your tour at http://knoxvillewalkingtours.com/.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: First Fiber Arts Exhibit

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

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

Arts & Culture Alliance: 2020 Members Show

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents its 2020 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at www.knoxalliance.com/join-renew.

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, December 4, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

“We always look forward to this eclectic exhibition as a robust demonstration of the past year’s productivity on the part of Greater Knoxville’s artist community,” says Liza Zenni, Executive Director for the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Individual members of the Alliance participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some of the members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some Alliance members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding county’s elementary, middle and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mighty Mud, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as The Emporium Center, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Broadway Studios & Gallery, and Knoxville Community Darkroom.

The 2020 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from December 4, 2020 – January 29, 2021. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Please note, the Emporium will be closed December 24, 2020 – January 1, 2021 for the holidays.

An additional reception will take place on Friday, January 8, from 5:00-8:00 PM.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

East Tennessee Historical Society: Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era featuring the stories of African American artists Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, and Ruth Cobb Brice, with contributions by guest historian Robert J. Booker. The exhibition, which opened February 20, 2020, right before the Museum closed, has now been extended to provide visitors’ access to this important part of East Tennessee’s past.

The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) desires all to stay healthy and with our re-opening we continue to work to help curb the spread of the highly contagious disease that is COVID-19. ETHS is following the guidelines within the Tennessee Pledge and has modified the Museum of East Tennessee History’s visitor experience. We ask that all museum visitors support our community’s health by observing these guidelines:
· Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times (masks are available on site)
· Make regular use of the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building
· Stay at least six feet away from anyone not in your household
· Follow one-way path markers
· Stay at home if you are sick

The Museum will close one hour early each day for enhanced cleaning. The hours, which are updated on our website are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Certain Museum features have also been modified to increase visitor safety. Examples are interactive exhibitions have been turned off, and seating has been removed to provide additional room for physical distancing.

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

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