Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Dogwood Arts: Chalk (Your) Walk

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

Instead of our usual large event downtown, Chalk (Your) Walk will take place on neighborhood sidewalks, driveways, and community spaces all across Knoxville from April 3rd - 12th! The competition is open to individual artists and families throughout Knoxville and the surrounding counties (100 mile radius of Downtown Knoxville).

The first 500 artists/families who register for the event will receive a free 48-count box of Koss Chalk Pastels to create their artwork! Everyone can participate in the event by chalking at home and sharing your work on social media, but you must register online by Friday, April 2nd in order to be eligible for awards. A panel of judges including civic leaders, professional artists, and art educators will review the submissions and award cash prizes and free art supplies to select artists in each age division.


Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Creative Spark Studio: Outdoor Art Show and Sale

  • April 3, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events and Free event

We want to invite you to a special art show and sale event on April 3rd, 2021 in Maryville, TN. A beautiful newly transformed business, Creative Spark Studio is hosting our outdoor Art Show and Sale. This will be a fun engaging atmosphere to browse my new spring collection of Oil Landscapes, many I will be showcasing here for the first time. I will also be demonstrating many of my painting techniques during the event. I have been working hard on many new landscape paintings expressing the incredible beauty of the East Tennessee countryside. From rolling farmland, to the expansive mountains, you will find a unique oil painting that speaks to you.
• New Original Paintings
• Designed Florals by Sarah Howe
• Fresh Coffee Bar by Jordan Coffee Roasters
• Food Truck by A Spoonful of Sugar

Several local businesses will be joining this wonderful Saturday event. We are excited to have Jordan Coffee Roasters with us who will be hosting a mobile coffee bar, complete with lattes and specialty coffee drinks all made from their freshly roasted coffee blends. Bryan Brown from Jordan Coffee Roasters prepares and roasts all their coffee on the mountains of the Foothills Parkway. We have recently gotten know Bryan and his wife and we just love their fresh coffee as well as their vision for business, and we want you all to meet them!

We are also excited to have, A Spoonful of Sugar also joining us with their food truck. They will be here with their delicious lunch items and pastry sweets from 10-2pm.

Sarah Howe (my lovely wife) will also be joining us with a unique collection of floral arrangements and vintage vases to add a some spring cheer to your home. Each design is full of whimsy, organic in structure, colorful life springing from uniquely collected vases. We believe that flowers are the perfect companion to beautiful art.

April 3rd 10:30am - 4:30pm - Free Open to the Public
Creative Spark Studio, 2009 East Broadway, Maryville, TN 37804

Historic Ramsey House: Guided Nature Walk

Category: Health, wellness and Science, nature

POSTPONED from Mar 27 to Sat April 3, 1-3 PM

Discover the great outdoors around Historic Ramsey House and learn some of the natural history of the plants, trees, and wildlife found on the property. Come learn what birds are found in the area and how to identify them by sight and sound. This is a great opportunity to learn what surrounds us, all of the time, from Stephanie Mueller, a park ranger at Seven Islands State Birding Park.

Class fee is $5.00 per person (plus credit card service fees). Cash and check payment options available. All proceeds go directly to the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the Historic Ramsey House and grounds. We thank you for your support! To Reserve your spot go to:

Please wear clothes and shoes that are sturdy enough to walk through brush, and can get wet or muddy.

Stephanie Mueller is a park ranger at Seven Islands State Birding Park where she has helped visitors of all ages enjoy and learn about the outdoors since 2018. Stephanie is an avid birder and naturalist with a wealth of knowledge about birds, wildlife, plants, and trees. She received a MS degree in Natural Resources-Wildlife Concentration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a BS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from North Carolina State University. Environmental education has been a passion for Stephanie over the last 20 years and enjoys instilling in people a love and fascination of nature.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Easter Egg Coloring Extravaganza

  • April 3, 2021
  • 10:00AM

Category: Classes, workshops and Kids, family

Easter Egg Coloring Extravaganza!
Terri and I are planning a special zoom event for Easter. On Saturday, April 3rd at 10:00 we will demo how to Tie Dye Easter Eggs, along with some other fun stuff. This is a great project for seniors and for kids, which many of us (me) still are! We hope you can join us, and invite anyone, especially kids to join in the fun!

To register and for more information:
Donald Parsley <>April 3, 2021
10:00 a.m.

Mabry-Hazen House: Park Day

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Science, nature


On Saturday, April 3, 2021, history buffs, community leaders and preservationists will team up with the American Battlefield Trust at more than 155 sites in 32 states to answer the call to service on Park Day. Celebrating its twenty-fourth year, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities at historic sites nationwide.

Mabry-Hazen House will participate in Park Day from 9am to 3pm. Activities will include mulching, removal of invasive plants, washing the historic house, planting flowers, preparing the garden beds, and general spring-cleaning. Some tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, pitchforks, tarps, and similar yard tools. With 7.5 acres atop Mabry’s Hill, there is plenty of space to safely distance between groups. Local historian, Patrick Hollis, will be also be on site to describe the site’s historical significance.

Water and refreshments will be provided. We also will have a limited number of free Park Day t-shirts and water bottles for volunteers!

For more information about Park Day at Mabry-Hazen House, please contact Patrick Hollis by phone at 865.522.8661 or by e-mail at

Knox County Health Department and CDC guidelines will be followed to ensure the health and safety of volunteers. Masks are required within buildings and when within 6 feet of other individuals/groups. Tools will sanitized between use and hand washing station will be available.

WHAT: Park Day volunteer event at Mabry-Hazen House

WHEN: April 4, 2020, from 9am-3pm (RAIN DATE: Saturday, April 24, 2021)

WHERE: Meet at 1711 Dandridge Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915, please park in rear parking lot

The American Battlefield Trust is the largest and most effective nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved close to 43,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states. For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit

The Mabry-Hazen House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located atop Mabry’s Hill in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built in 1858, three generations of the same family resided in the Italianate-style home overlooking downtown Knoxville, Tennessee River, and Great Smoky Mountains. The museum showcases one of the largest original family collection in America with over 2,000 original artifacts on display. Furnished and decorated in the style of several decades, Mabry-Hazen gives a rare view into 130 years of Knoxville history.

Sustainable Future Center: Special April Makers Market

  • April 3, 2021

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

Saturday, April 3 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

In addition to our great makers this month, we will have a kid's corner and music.

You will get a preview of Ayca's music before the Jazz, Cake & Coffee event ( You will also get to hear several other local musical artists.

Postmark LaFollette: Homemade ArtShine Arts & Crafts Co-Op

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

Our Postmark LaFollette, Homemade ArtShine Arts & Crafts Co-Op is in our Center at 119 S. Tennessee Avenue, LaFollette, TN.

We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 2 p.m. All local handmade handcrafted goods from local artisans. When the CDC Guidelines become such that we can have more than a few people at anyone time we will be starting some First Friday Events, etc.

Postmark LaFollette is a collaborative creative place making project to establish and maintain and Arts, Culture and History Center within an historic structure in order to strengthen social and economic opportunities for the public through the arts:

Rala: New Work by Pippin Long

  • April 2, 2021 — May 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

We are excited to announce Pippin Long as our featured artist for the month of April! All paintings are one of a kind originals, and prints of the works will be available as well. Please join us for the show opening and to meet Pippin from 6 to 8pm.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be limiting our capacity to 6 customers at a time and requiring masks covering the nose and mouth be worn inside at all times. Thank you for helping us stay safe!

Facebook Event:

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Members’ Judged Art Show

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

The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade will host a Fun and Wine Opening Reception for the Members’ Judged Art Show on Friday, April 2 from 5 - 7 p.m. Eye Centers of Tennessee is sponsoring this show and providing the awards.

Bryan Wilkerson, Professor of Art at Roane State Community College, will judge the entries. Winners will be announced to the public at 6 p.m. during the April 2 reception. This event is free and open to the public. Browse through eye-catching displays of paintings (watercolor, oil, pastels, colored pencil, acrylic, mixed media), photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, and more! 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 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,

Art Market Gallery: Pamela Salyer & Lynn Straka

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

April Featured Artists

Lynn Straka, Jewelry
The pieces that I make are adornments created to produce joy to the wearer. Designs influenced by nature, they may invoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s playful personality.
The common denominators of my pieces are texture and exercise in technique. Whether it is from hand stamping designs or words, forging, creating 3 dimensional forms through the jewelry hydraulic press, or impressing texture onto metal with a rolling mill, each piece has it’s own one of a kind personality. The materials that I use the most are sterling silver, copper, and bronze, with accents of semiprecious stones or glass enamel. Some of these materials are recycled or repurposed metal items that I have altered to incorporate into my pieces. Typically, they are finished with an antiqued or aged patina to highlight their texture.

Pamela Salyer, Mixed Media
The variety of colors, textures and patterns produced in the natural world are endlessly fascinating. I use mixed media collage to interpret those colors, patterns and textures and the relationships between them. This series of work looks under the surface: what do we see—or think we see—when peering into bodies of water, probing beneath the surface and admiring the beauty, complexity, and mystery that we find there.

Each work starts with a base collage, containing elements that mean something to me: geological maps, chemical symbols, poetry, botanical drawings, sheet music, etc. Each one is unique. I build up the collage with acrylic paint, paper and acrylic gels, layer by layer, creating new ways to consider the textures and colors of the natural world. I enjoy experimenting with different techniques and materials, always looking to push my art in new directions.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

UT Downtown Gallery: Community of Eight

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

Join us for a First Friday opening reception on Friday, April 2 from 5-8pm. All events are free and open to the public.

This exhibition recognizes the contributions of our full-time faculty at area community colleges - Roane State, Walters State, and Pellissippi State. Join us in celebrating the work of Jennifer Brickey, Caroline Covington, Amy Evans, Stacy Jacobs, Jeff Lockett, Herb Rieth, Jessie Van der Laan, and Bryan Wilkerson.

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.

Open Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

City of Knoxville: Poetry in Motion

  • April 2, 2021 — April 30, 2021

Category: Free event and Literature, reading, writing

Friday, April 2 - Friday, April 30
Poetry in Motion - National Poetry Month campaign

Poet pop-up performances on Mondays and Fridays at KAT Transit stops. Poets and locations will be announced and listed here soon. #PoetryInMotion

Throughout the month of April, the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) will mark National Poetry Month with Poetry in Motion, a project bringing poetry to the people led by City of Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon.

At Thursday’s event, Mayor Indya Kincannon will speak and introduce Carmon, who will read the first Poetry in Motion piece to begin the month-long celebration of the written and spoken word.

On Mondays and Fridays in April, a variety of local poets will hold pop-up performances at transit stops.

Also, area residents should keep an eye out for Poetry in Motion billboards, featuring poems by Carmon and previous Poet Laureates R.B. Morris and Marilyn Kallet.

Photos and videos of performances will be shared on social media using the #PoetryInMotion hashtag.

Visit for a list of poets and locations as well as more information about Rhea Carmon and the City’s Poet Laureate program.

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