Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Handbuilding & Activating Surface Texture

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

Handbuilding & Activating Surface Texture w/ Maggie Connolly
Tuesdays starting March 16 concluding April 20 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | 6 Sessions

Join Potter Maggie Connolly for an in depth look at alternative form-making methods to the wheel. In addition to coiling and slab-making, we will cover additive and subtractive decorative techniques such as sgraffito, inlay, majolica, underglaze transfers, intaglio, carving, wax resist and much more as ways to create surface ornamentation. Maggie Connolly is an artist/potter originally from Dubuque, Iowa, but is now based in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was the 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at Arrowmont for functional ceramics. She is the first American to earn a MFA in Ceramic Design from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; and the second American to earn a Ph. D in studio ceramics from Tokyo University of the Fine Arts in Tokyo, Japan. She has published extensively about her travels for Ceramics Monthly. Her observations of Asian Ceramic Culture provide the foundation of her ceramic practice and she is interested to how to create a more intentional and purposeful American ceramic culture. Member Rate: $200 | Non-Member Rate: $210 | Materials Fee: $30 (includes $25lbs of clay, glazes and firings). Registration deadline: March 9 | Space is limited to ensure proper social distancing. Face coverings are required.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Tennessee Theatre's Ghostlight Series: The Kenneth Brown Quintet

Category: Free event and Music

We are overjoyed to announce Season Two of The Ghostlight Series, a free streaming concert series featuring Knoxville’s own amazing musical talent! Throughout the series, Tennessee Theatre will be collecting donations that will be split with the featured performers to support local musicians. Mark your calendars for four Tuesdays in March at 8pm for some fantastic music from the Tennessee stage and join us on Facebook live or Vimeo! A special thanks to our partner, Big Slate Media, for making this series possible.

Kenneth Brown is a drummer, instructor, educator and composer from Knoxville, TN. The son of former Art Blakey band member, Stax recording artist, and three-time Grammy-nominated producer, Donald Brown, Kenneth grew up in a musical family and gained early exposure to every type of music. He has made his career playing jazz, R&B, blues, funk, and rock. Along with some of Knoxville’s other great jazz musicians, The Kenneth Brown Quintet performs some familiar tunes along with original compositions.

Kenneth Brown Quintet
featuring Taber Gable, Joe Jordan, Will Boyd and Rob Linton

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Ijams Nature Center: Bringing Sustainability Home

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Take Action!: Bringing Sustainability Home: A Discussion with David Bolt

Join David Bolt, Executive Director for Sustainable Future Center, as he discusses how sustainable practices can be woven into everyday life.

Mar 16, 6:30 PM
Online Event

What does living sustainably mean? How can we accomplish that in our own lives? There are so many things, big and small, that each person can incorporate into their every day lives that helps not only the environment, but their own health and well-being.

Ijams Nature Center is partnering with Sustainable Future Center for the first of the Take Action discussions of the year. David Bolt, the Executive Director at SFC will be taking us through what sustainability is and what personal choices he made to be more sustainable using permaculture principles. Some of the topics covered will include net-zero energy houses, electric cars, and growing food. The discussion will also cover SFC programs that connect you with others exploring personal and community resilience and things you can do in your own life that will have a big impact.

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

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibition 1

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture is pleased to present the first group of three MFA Thesis Exhibitions. In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work. These exhibitions take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the Ewing Gallery.

March 15 – 22, 2020
Exhibiting Students are:

Jake Miller
Back Home

Alissa Walls
The Space Race
time-based art

Lilly Saywitz
Back Into My Lovers Arms

Mary Climes
A Very Special Episode

The Ewing Gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Walk the Knox St. Patrick's Parade route

  • March 13, 2021 — March 20, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Although there will not be a traditional Knox St. Patrick's Parade in 2021, during the week of March 13 - 20, the traditional parade route (Church to Gay and Gay to Jackson viaduct) will be lined with green bows on lampposts. The community will be encouraged to come Downtown and walk the parade route anytime during the week!

Town of Farragut: Farragut History Walk

  • March 12, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Free event, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy Farragut’s unique history while strolling through the heart of town. Pick up a Farragut History Walk map from the brochure holder on the Heritage Trail sign located at the turnaround at Founders Park at Campbell Station and learn more about the town’s interesting past. A PDF version of the map is available at

The walk includes four educational sites: the Heritage Trail with interpretive signage at Founders Park, the Campbell Station Inn and Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza, the Farragut Museum/Admiral Farragut Plaza and Pleasant Forest Cemetery. (Keep in mind that the Farragut Museum is currently open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.)

Parking along the trail is available at Founders Park, the Farragut Community Center or Farragut Town Hall.

Incorporated in 1980, the Town of Farragut has top schools, safe neighborhoods and high development standards, making it one of the best places to live in the Southeast.

865.966.7057 or

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Jack A. Gress

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

Jack Gress is a familiar face to Ijams visitors thanks to his former work with the Natural Resource Management team, but did you know he also is a Knoxville-based artist specializing in event coverage, street, nature and mountain bike photography? See his wonderful work in March!

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

Tri-Star Arts: Solo Exhibition by Althea Murphy-Price

  • March 9, 2021 — May 8, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition in their new gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A solo show featuring works by artist Althea Murphy-Price (Knoxville, TN) will open on Tuesday, March 9, and run through Saturday, May 8, 2021. A closing reception will be held on the evening of Friday, May 7 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Althea Murphy-Price uses deception, desire, and ornamentation to form questions on the topics of truth, fascination, and attraction — often using manufactured hair (both synthetic and human) to exercise its role as embellishment and as a signifier of racial identity. In this work, hair functions as both subject and material and represents both assimilation and individuality. This body of her work consists of a variety of approaches to printmaking and sculpture to create works that are inspired by surface and texture. Her lithographic work is made to capture the realistic appearance of hair while screen-printed elements suggest object-like forms. Most recently, Murphy-Price has created 3D printed forms suggestive of wearable hair accessories.

This exhibition will be open to the public, alongside iconic spaces within the Candoro Marble Building, regularly from Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm going forward. Masks and social distancing (6 feet apart) is required. The gallery occupancy is limited to a maximum of 10 persons at a time.

In addition to the exhibition, five Knoxville-based artists have moved into the Tri-Star Arts studios at Candoro and begun their work. The studio artists are Jing Qin, Risa Hricovsky, Casey Fletcher, Jillian Hirsch, and Rachel Sevier Dallery.

Built in 1923, the Candoro Marble Building originally served as the offices and showroom for the Candoro Marble Company. The Aslan Foundation has just completed a restoration of the building. In partnership with the Aslan Foundation, Tri-Star Arts oversees programming at the site.

Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tue-Sat 11-5. Information:

Art Market Gallery: Sheltering in Place

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

Art created while quarantined

First Friday reception on Mar 5, with artists' talk 5-7 PM

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,,

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Debbie Toney exhibition

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

Oil painter Debbie Toney is the Art Guild’s Featured Artist for March, 2021 and she will be honored at the Fun and Wine Friday Reception on March 5th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC), 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade. Debbie’s paintings will be on display along with the monthly members’ gallery artwork exhibit. The public is invited to come and enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, meet Debbie and other artists, and view a wonderful variety of artwork.

A southerner by heart and a yankee by birth, Debbie Toney brings 30 years of creative experience to her impressionistic/realistic style art. Life on a farm with four children in rural Tennessee and growing up in coastal Connecticut developed a love of the outdoors and the simple beauty of the landscape she paints. Her medium is oils. Her still life paintings reflect a simple time and place of elegance and serenity. She has traveled and studied with many well-known accomplished artists and participated in painting events throughout the country. Debbie is a member of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade and has shared her love of painting by teaching several classes in the PCAC studio. She is a also a member of Knoxville’s plein aire group, “Tuesday Painters” and has discovered the excitement and challenge of Plein Aire painting, which translates to painting outdoors. She is a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Knoxville; her works have hung in the Emporium. She has participated in Artsclamation, Artist On Location, and Plein Aire South in Apalachicola, Florida. For the past ten years, Debbie has traveled in the east Tennessee area participating in juried shows receiving awards and recognition. A passion for gardening, travel and photography makes for many painting opportunities. Debbie now paints on a daily basis with enthusiasm for and respect of this gift called art.

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,

214 Magnolia: Exhibition by Michelle Barillaro

  • March 5, 2021 — March 27, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

We have a new show starting this week at 214 magnolia, Michelle Barillaro. This show will run through the whole month of March. Opens First Friday, March 5.

Friday 5-8, Saturday 12-5. By appointment, via IG button, during the week

214 Magnolia, 214 W. Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. 865-337-7106 or

The Emporium Center: Ephemerality: Works by Charlotte Brindley

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from March 5-26, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, March 5, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are required 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

Beauty can be both resplendent and macabre. I see the goodness of the world, but I also see the darkness. Tragedy and beauty are complimentary enigmas. I hearken back to the Gothic and Italian Renaissance eras of art history for my creations. In some of my paintings, I create works inspired by the tiny pages of illuminated manuscripts on a large scale. Other pieces are more straightforward and symbolic. By breathing life into the illuminated pages of the ancient past, I find inspiration to explore the realms of my imagination. Times long gone by are as familiar as the present.

My work explores themes of injustice, impermanence, and depravity, but also passion, joy, and what is beautiful beyond words. In the end, my works are an extension of myself and how I see the world around me.

Charlotte Brindley was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and recently moved to the Knoxville area. She received her B.A. in Art History and M.A. in Folk Studies/Historic Preservation from Western Kentucky University. A love for art, history, architecture, and cultural heritage prompted Charlotte to pursue her multiple degrees. She has worked at museums such as the Kentucky Museum in Bowling Green, the Hermitage in Nashville, and now Rose Center Council for the Arts in Morristown. A person with various interests, on a day off you’ll find Brindley exploring abandoned old houses, reading about ancient cultures, making historical costumes, watching old movies and historical dramas, hiking in the Smoky Mountains, or trying teas from around the world. For more information:

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 or call (865) 523-7543.

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