Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

UT School of Music: Virtual Concert and Lecture Series

  • February 5, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Free event and Music

New performances released every Friday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTU1NFgxd4GbGckde5aY67A

Welcome back to our Virtual Concert and Lecture Series! To kick things off this spring semester, we have the Aulos String Quartet's performance of Joseph Haydn's String Quartet "Sunrise," Op.76, No.4. We also have a special announcement regarding the Aulos String Quartet at the end of today's video!

This video is also available on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. You'll just need to search 'utksom' to find us.

We hope you enjoy today's performance, and stay tuned for more throughout this semester! Thank you for your continued support of the School of Music.

UT School of Music
Main Office: 865-974-3241
Email: music@utk.edu

Rala: New Work by Cynthia Markert

  • February 5, 2021 — March 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Rala is preparing for our February First Friday show, with featured artist Cynthia Markert. The opening reception will be from 6-8 on February 5th. All paintings are one of a kind and make the perfect gifts for Valentine's Day! Cynthia's work will remain on display from February 5th - March 31st.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/753165832032219
Artwork: https://shoprala.com/collections/cynthia-markert

Cynthia Markert's art-deco paintings of women have long been a staple in the Knoxville art scene and have become symbolic of the city's artistic community. A long-time Knoxvillian, Cynthia was a Studio Art major at the University of Tennessee with a minor in Women's Studies. Since then, she's created these gilded, glowing, and brooding works that Tennesseans have come to adore and collect. Cynthia began developing her iconic style by painting plywood panels on empty buildings around downtown in 1994. Back then downtown was, as Cynthia puts it, a "ghost town", so the boarded up buildings provided plenty of the wooden canvas that would become indicative of her work.

"I would go walking past these big gorgeous pieces of plywood nailed to doors and I would start to see a face or a body. On Saturday mornings I would fill a baggie with pencils or pastels and return to draw"

Fun Fact: Markert's work is included in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and Knox County safety guidelines, we will be limiting customer capacity and requiring that masks be worn inside at all times. Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com. Instagram: @ShopRala

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Thomas Whitehurst exhibition

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

Photographer Thomas Whitehurst is the Art Guild’s Featured Artist for February, 2021 and he will be honored at the Fun and Wine Friday Reception on February 5th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC), 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade. Thomas’ photographs will be on display along with the monthly members’ gallery artwork exhibit. Over 50 of Mr. Whitehurst’s photographs will grace the walls of the small gallery and many will be available for purchase at 50% off the original price. The public is invited to come and enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, meet Thomas and other artists, and view a wonderful variety of artwork.

Thomas loves being outside and taking photographs of “Nature’s beauty;” outdoor scapes and floral shots make up the majority of his subject matter. Thomas states, “We have so much beauty here in East Tennessee to enjoy, and through photography we can enjoy it over and over each day.” Thomas uses archival papers, mats, and pigment inks to produce his photographs. He prints his own photos (except the ones on metal) and does his own matting and framing. His printer has nine ink cartridges giving his photographs an excellent color gamut. Thomas prints on various types of media; standard photo paper as well as canvas, watercolor, and fine art papers. He does all of his photography using a full frame digital SLR camera and state of the art lens’ and processing software. With today’s photographic technologies and Thomas’s talents, he’s able to create artistic photographs that can be enjoyed by all for decades. Visit Thomas' web site: https://3-thomas-whitehurst.pixels.com/art

The Art Guild is open to the public Monday through Saturday during winter hours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Browse through eye-catching displays of paintings (watercolor, oil, pastels, colored pencil, acrylic, mixed media), photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, and more! The artwork of Thomas Whitehurst is part of the Art Guild’s February gallery exhibit, which will be on display from February 5 – March 4. All artwork in the gallery is available for purchase. Unique gifts can also be found in the Art Guild’s new retail space, “Endless Possibilities, Fine Arts and Crafts.”

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 AM - 2 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 #3

  • February 5, 2021 — February 28, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

"Art Thru The Window #3" Broadway Studios and Gallery. Featuring our resident artists. View the Art Show and Sale safely through the glass. Purchase info will be listed on the window!

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-556-8676, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com

The Emporium Center: Robert Simon: Meanderings of the MIND

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, February 5, 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.

The Universal Artist Within: Recipe for Visual Jazz
Step 1. Start with simple shape – circle, triangle, square – applied to illustration board
Step 2. Draw outward using free-flow stream of consciousness
Step 3. Redirect, drawing inward by thoughts and mood
Step 4. Turn board repeatedly
Step 5. Randomly add colors as directed by the mind’s eye; return to black
Step 6. Mix in a dash of mind-freeing pattern repetition
Step 7. Fill in all empty space
Step 8. Add generous amounts of feelings and uncertainty
Step 9. Carefully blend in chaos and order
Step 10. Do not set the timer. You will know when it is done
No two creations will be the same because one’s mind is never in the same place twice. There are no mistakes. One cannot color outside the lines if there are no lines.

Robert Simon was born in 1949 in East St. Louis, Illinois. He spent most of his early life in small railroad towns in southern Illinois and West Tennessee. He began teaching in 1972 and spent 40 years teaching US History, Government, and Sociology, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he still resides in retirement. Simon began drawing about age twelve, penciling and shading boxes, triangles, and circles in the margins of his school books and notebook paper. He has never taken an art class and, until his early fifties when he sold his first piece, he never considered himself an artist. He hid his work from outside eyes and it remained “his secret” for years, stacking up in closets and under beds, becoming his own private gallery. Overtime, his drawings became significantly more complex, the shading gave way to brilliant, vivid colors, the shapes and figures became ever more diverse and multifaceted. Today, with each drawing, a new expression of his changing inner consciousness emerges. For more information, visit www.mindmuses.com or www.facebook.com/mindmuses.

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. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: Steve Rehn: A Day in the Life

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, February 5, 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.

Life inspires art, and art captures life. While this collection of images is eclectic (watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, cut-paper), it follows the theme of representing important people, places and events in my life that have inspired artistic interpretation. Perhaps by viewing these pieces, you can share in my journey of developing artistic skill by creating meaningful and lasting visual memories.

Having lived in the state of Washington during the entirety of his first six decades of life, the majority of Steve Rehn’s artwork has revolved around depicting the beauties of the Pacific Northwest, in particular its coastal regions. Now a resident of East Tennessee, he is discovering the joys of mountain views and beginning a collection of art that reflects these new surroundings. He has worked in watercolor for about 20 years, formerly as a hobby in conjunction with the busy demands of a teaching career and raising a family. Watercolor is his medium of choice, and he works to attain new levels of personal achievement, confidence, and even mastery in this realm. He also experiments with drawing, graphite, charcoal, colored and watercolor pencils.

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. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: Conny Zhao: A Place to Land

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, February 5, 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.

A Place to Land focuses on the relationships between indigenous peoples of China, Palestine, and Mongolia and their historic and cultural ties to land. I explore how marginalized groups, such as Southern or Inner Mongols, Kam (Dong), Buryats, Tibetans, and Palestinians can navigate and negotiate their identities through the passing down of cultural artifacts to younger generations, mundane daily rituals, and active acts of resistance. My series of photographs from 2018-2019 specifically concentrates on each group’s historical connection to land and the types of landscapes they inhabit, looking at how these various landscapes can impact and shape ethnic identity. I also examine what oppressive government policies, urbanization, or environmental damage might mean for the future of these groups.

Conny Zhao is a multimedia artist, musician, and ethnomusicologist from Knoxville. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Music and Culture, she spent a year at Inner Mongolia Arts University in Hohhot, China as a Fulbright scholar learning, researching, and documenting Mongolian long-song (urtyn duu). Although Zhao started her work as a musician and researcher, she began to delve into multimedia during her senior year of college as she realized the importance of increasing visibility and representation for traditional Asian music in the United States. Her work as a multimedia artist focuses on underrepresented peoples, how they interact with and exist within their surroundings, and how they perform their identities through various mediums. She especially enjoys exploring musical communities throughout the world, and hopes to combine photography, videography, and audio to create accessible platforms for folk musicians to demonstrate their own traditions. For more information, visit www.connyzhao.com or Instagram @connyzphoto.

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. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: Dana Moody: Havana: Behind the Façade

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, February 5, 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.

Dana Moody’s obsession for architectural studies began at a young age and has formed both her career as a professor of interior architecture and her creative endeavors as a photographer. She explored different mediums and styles to translate how her eyes see historic architecture and interiors, including acrylic paintings and marker and pencil renderings on hand-drafted drawings. Eventually, she discovered that photography captures the integrity of architectural details that are often glossed over in paintings and drawings. Moody’s architectural photographs are windows into the past: a glimpse of hopes and dreams – some fulfilled – some not. They, too, tell a story about people, society, and culture. Through her photographs, she hopes to awaken the viewer’s soul and invite them to be transported to other cultures and times.

In 2017-18, Dr. Moody received residency with Unpack Studio in Havana, Cuba where she conducted a photographic documentary project entitled Havana: Behind the Façade resulting in four solo exhibitions, participation in twelve group exhibitions, two peer-reviewed journal articles, and two conference presentations. The documentary was recognized with two awards. She is a Full Professor in Interior Architecture & Design at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She received a BS in Interior Design from the University of Southern Mississippi, a MS in Interior Design with a minor in Art (Museology) and a PhD in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For more information, visit www.dana-moody.com.

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. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: National Juried Exhibition of 2021

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

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, February 5, 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.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present its 15th annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 45 artists throughout the region. The National Juried Exhibition was developed in 2006 to provide a forum for artists to compete on a regional scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as photography, acrylic, pencil, fibers, oil, paper, and more. Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at an awards ceremony at 6:00 PM on February 5.

Exhibiting artists include:
+ Dave Edens of Madison, AL
+ Erica Doggett of Lawrenceville, GA
+ Virginia Taylor Derryberry of Asheville, NC
+ Ann Harwell of Wendell, NC
+ Sheila Chesanow of Athens, TN
+ Clay Hardwick and Carrie Pendergrass of Chattanooga, TN
+ Samantha Steadman of Johnson City, TN
+ Linda Blair, Larry Cole, Aleex Conner, Jurgen Dopatka, Vincent Drake, Laurie Drake, Robert Felker, Brian Horais, Shannon Deana Johnson, Merry Koschan, Kenneth Moffett, Allen Monsarrat, Tom Owens, Mera Ragsdale, Alex Rifwald, Annie Rochelle, Esther Sitver, Benjamin Smith, Richard Stulorow, William Timm, Marilyn Avery Turner, and Brandon Woods of Knoxville, TN
+ Barb McLean, Jack Retterer, and Marcia M. Shelly of Lenoir City, TN
+ Lil Clinard of Loudon, TN
+ Amber Patty of Madisonville, TN
+ Carl Gombert of Maryville, TN
+ Bill Long and Mike E. Sandlock of Morristown, TN
+ Elaine Marcel Culbert, Yvonne Dalschen, and Sylvia Milanez of Oak Ridge, TN
+ Jane Newman of Ooltewah, TN
+ Charlotte Rollman of Sevierville, TN
+ Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel, TN
+ Amanda Long of Signal Mountain, TN

About the juror: American-born, Chickasaw & Choctaw Artist, Addison Karl has garnered experiences over a journey that has lasted more than a decade and still goes on to this day. Addison’s works are closely attributed to prepress printing and color theory and have evolved from blank slates to paper, canvas, installations and integration into public spaces. With a signature style that employs hatch drawing, Addison’s work uses fine lines and details that create diminutive creations that unfold into large-scale expressive murals. Each stroke of color breathes life and vibrancy to his work. With his work, his aim is to expand the viewer’s understanding of the context, structures and surfaces they occupy, thus adding life. For more information, please visit his website at www.addisonkarl.com.

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. For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

HoLa Hora Latina: Valentine's Celebration featuring Héctor Saldivar

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

Join us in safely celebrating Valentine’s Day during the upcoming First Friday event on Friday, February 5th, 5PM-8PM, featuring clay sculptures by local artist Héctor Saldivar. The Casa HoLa Store will be open for shopping, we will be selling tamales TO-GO and offering a free, take-home children’s art activity.

The exhibit will be made available on our website, www.HoLaHoraLatina.org, Monday, February 8th, and will remain in our gallery until Wednesday, February 24th.

Guests are required to wear masks and are asked to practice ample social distancing between households.

https://holahoralatina.org/events/
https://www.facebook.com/HoLaHoraLatina
https://www.instagram.com/holahoralatina/
https://twitter.com/CasaHoLa

HoLa Hora Latina is located inside of the Emporium for the Arts at 100 S. Gay St. Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: (865)335-3358 or casahola@holafestival.org

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: February Classes & Workshops

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 - Smorgasbord Class: Heart Earrings,” with Susan Smathers. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 - Fun Friday Art Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Art Guild’s PCAC Gallery.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 - Home School Children’s Art Class, Subject is “Potter’s Ram Painting” inspired by the artwork of historic artist, Paulus Potter. 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., with Rosemary Wawro. Mediums are watercolor and tempera.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (at the Plateau Creative Arts Center and on Zoom) - Monthly Members Meeting – 9:30 a.m. Business meeting including special recognition of the Plateau Creative Arts Center’s 13th anniversary. In-person attendance will be limited due to social distancing.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 - Chain Maille Jewelry class, “Celtic Shamrock Bracelet,” with George Gallant. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Sonia J. Summers

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Ijams Visitor Center’s Hallway Gallery features Sonia J. Summers, a Knoxville-based artist who creates incredibly detailed, beautiful paintings of landscapes and portraits. She frequently can be seen in the community as she works en plein air (outdoor painting). See her work through February in the Ijams Hallway Gallery!

http://soniajacksonsummers.weebly.com/

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. www.ijams.org

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