Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Church Street UMC: Kevin Burdette & Eileen Downey

  • January 25, 2022
  • 7:30 PM

Category: Free event and Music

Each year, Church Street offers a series of presentations by a diverse collection of musical storytellers.

With Metropolitan Opera Bass Kevin Burdette & pianist Eileen Downey

900 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902
https://www.churchstreetumc.org/music/

UT Arboretum Society: Conservation Fisheries program

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

“CONSERVATION FISHERIES – WHO THEY ARE AND HOW THEY ARE INPLACING OUR FISH POPULATIONS IN EAST TENNESSEE” VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Join the UT Arboretum Society on Tuesday, January 25th, 7:00 EDT, for a Zoom presentation on Conservation Fisheries, Inc., a non-profit preserving the Southeast's aquatic biodiversity. Presenter Pat Rakes is co-director of Conservation Fisheries. He will explain the role and mission of CFI as well as its history, pictures of the hatchery, field work and fish as well as cooperators in this important effort. This is a free Zoom presentation co-sponsored by the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society.

Rakes has been studying rare fishes since he began his master’s degree project at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1982, focusing on the distribution and life history of the Barrens Topminnow. This work laid the foundation for efforts that continue today. Rakes and J.R. Shute founded CFI just after finishing graduate school projects. Both are in awe of how it has grown since then.

Years of maintaining aquaria have led to an appreciation of the art and science (the “wet thumb”) involved in keeping fish alive, healthy and able to reproduce. The rewards of co-directing CFI have not been monetary, but rich in constant learning, studying the life history, ecology, reproductive biology, distribution, and taxonomy of rare fish in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. The snorkeling that was a novel technique for monitoring rare fish 30 years ago never gets old.

This program is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. The program is free but please register to receive your Zoom link at www.utarboretumsociety.org. This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please contact Michelle Campanis at mcampani@utk.edu with any questions or registration issues.

Ewing Gallery: A Serious Look at the Funnies: 100 Years of Comics

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and History, heritage

Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture, UT Campus

The Ewing Gallery at the Art and Architecture Building is hosting, A Serious Look at the Funnies: 100 Years of Comics beginning January 24 through February 28, 2022. The exhibit examines 100 years of comics and comic history in America. Showcasing political cartoons, underground comics, graphic novels, and daily strips, this exhibition borrows from the collection of Denis Kitchen, cartoonist, publisher, and founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and from the University of Tennessee Special Collections.

These examples span 100+ years of comic history with the earliest work dating from 1906 and the most recent work dating from 2019. Noted artists from Denis Kitchen’s collection are Robert Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Peter Poplaski, Trina Robbins, Al Capp, Will Eisner, Richard “Grass” Green, and Ernie Bushmiller. Additional artists include Stacey Robinson, John Jennings, Brad Kahlhamer, Paolo Rivera, and Joseph Delaney as well as artists whose work is being shown at the other two galleries.

The Ewing Gallery is located at 1715 Volunteer Boulevard on the UT Campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, and 1-4pm on Sundays There is no admission charge. Visit the gallery’s web site (https://ewing-gallery.utk.edu/) or on Facebook for more information. The gallery can be reached directly at 865-974-3200.

East Tennessee Community Design: MLK Jr. Ave Community Collaborative Charrette

Category: Festivals, special events and Health, wellness

RE-IMAGINING MLK JR. AVENUE - COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE CHARRETTE IS LOOKING FOR TEAMS TO JOIN IN

Our Community Collaborative Charrette is back and this time focusing on a piece of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in East Knoxville.

It will begin on January 24th and run through February 24th, but you must contact us if interested by Friday, January 21st. Local architecture firms are encouraged to participate, though you don't have to be an architect to form a team.

https://communitydc.org/2022-community-collaborative-charrette-starts-january-24th/

East Tennessee Community Design Center, 1300 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-525-9945, www.communitydc.org

Michelle Carr: What’s The Pointe Photography Exhibit

  • January 21, 2022 — February 19, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Please join me Fridays-Sundays Jan 14-Feb 19 to celebrate dance in Knoxville. All local dancers are invited regardless of their photographs being exhibited to join an interactive piece by bringing a pair of your pointe or ballet shoes (any age) - and sign them becoming a part of the exhibit and story of dance.
FIRST FRIDAY: Feb 4 from 5-9,
CLOSING DATE : Feb 18 from 5-9.

Open Fridays 5-9, Saturdays 1-5 and Sundays by appointment
Robin Easter Design in Old City - 132 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
https://www.facebook.com/events/1132937377511194

Pellissippi State: Denise Burge: Recent Work

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

"Denise Burge: Recent Work” will be on display in the College’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, through Feb. 4. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Burge received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991 and has been a professor at University of Cincinnati in Ohio since 1992. She works in a variety of media including painting, film, installation and quilt making.

"Her work is beautiful and unsettling, using images of lush beach landscapes that are completely devoid of people," said Pellissippi State Professor Herb Rieth. "I described the work in our faculty meeting on Monday as 'a Destin spring break party where a neutron bomb went off.'"

"I am interested in the romance that we attach to natural space, an illusion onto which we project our desires and fears," Burge writes on her website. "Imagery of the tropical is usually glamorous, a sort of air-brushed cultural fantasy of profusion and sensuality. I like to expose its more corporeal reality, depicting vernacular tropical living spaces that one finds a few blocks back from the beachfront."

Burge has received multiple Ohio Arts Council Awards for Individual Artists and has carried out residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts; the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. In 2004 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Visual Art.

Burge’s exhibit is the first offering in The Arts at Pellissippi State for spring 2022. The Arts at Pellissippi State includes visual arts exhibits as well as theatre and music performances, all of which are open to the public. For a complete list of this semester’s events, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

McClung Museum: Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)

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

Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)
January 14 - May 7, 2022

During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957–2010) was acclaimed as one of Western Australia’s most significant contemporary Aboriginal artists.

Featuring 29 works from the most radical and significant phase of his career, Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land that I Have Traveled) is the first major exhibition of Pickett’s work in the US. Pickett’s paintings capture the transformations of the country near Perth in the south-west of Australia in ever-changing and innovative ways. Over the course of his three-decade career, Pickett developed a new visual language to represent the cornerstones of the culture of his Nyoongar people: the pathways of ancestors, traditional healing practices and places, and especially the six seasons used by the Nyoongar to divide the year.

Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land that I Have Traveled) shows the developments in the last decade of Pickett’s career, as his work transformed from figurative landscape painting into a ground breaking and expressive form of gestural abstraction. It was during this period that Pickett achieved his greatest acclaim, with his works being exhibited across Australia and acquired by major institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. The 29 works in the exhibition present a snapshot of these experiments, as Pickett explores the complex connections between the earth, creation, and spirituality that are united in the Aboriginal concept of “Dreaming.”

Pickett described his paintings as ‘windows into the Dreaming’, and the strength of his culture is delivered through his work with breathtaking lyrical intensity. His paintings show the persistence and adaptability of Aboriginal ways of seeing the country in the face of colonisation. Shane Pickett’s Nyoongar name, Meeyakba, or ‘soft light of the moon,’ captures the spirit of an artist who set a beacon for those who follow him. One of the great innovators of Australian landscape painting, he is remembered as one of the pre-eminent Aboriginal Australian artists of his time.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

Oak Ridge Art Center: Souper Bowl 2022 Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Fundraisers

Available through Facebook, via a link from our website under “Events”, or by calling the Art Center with your bids.

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

Anchors Aweigh Challenge

  • January 11, 2022 — April 30, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Literature, reading, writing

Ahoy, readers! Mayor Glenn Jacobs is inviting you to set sail on our 2022 reading challenge, Oceans of Possibilities, with a goal to read ONE MILLION HOURS! This year, we've broken our million-hour goal into three nautical challenges. You can participate in any one of the challenges, or all three.

Anchors aweigh! Set sail with us. By reading and logging your hours, you'll be part of Read City's quest to be the best-read community in America. It's more than a feel-good slogan. In an effort to support our schools, we are encouraging our children and their families to make reading a top priority. Currently, only 40% of Knox County students are reading on grade level at the end of third grade. Our community can help.

Got a Beanstack tracker app account? It's simple to join the next challenge--just click on Anchors Aweigh.

Don't have a Beanstack account yet? Also simple. With your library card, you can register for a free account and get started logging.

You can also drop by any library and pick up a navigation map with activities or try out our sailor hat craft.

It's 2022 and time for another reading adventure. I'm excited to set sail on our Anchors Aweigh challenge, and I hope you'll join us. When we read together, we're sending a strong message to our community that we value reading. If you can read with a child, that's even better, but all reading counts. It's easy to be a part of Read City. Just download the Beanstack tracker app or drop by any Knox County Public Library location to pick up a tracker map. Earn great prizes. Read and log 45 hours (that's about 20 minutes a day) to earn sea-worthy prizes! https://www.knoxlib.org/calendar-programs/read-city-oceans-possibilities

Dogwood Arts: Close to Home with Michelle Barillaro and Vickie Bradshaw

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

Exhibition on Display: January 10th - February 25th

"Close to Home" featuring work by Michelle Barillaro & Vickie Bradshaw. Stop by M-F from 10AM-5PM to see the show! 123 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. The First Friday reception will be Friday, February 4th from 5-8PM.

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM

About the Artists:
Vickie J Bradshaw is a Southern Appalachian based artist who has been making art for the last thirty years across a variety of mediums. As a teacher at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, she is currently teaching metals classes as well as working with torched fired enamels. She is especially interested in mixed-media art and the functionality of found objects. She received her BFA from Memphis College of Arts.

Michelle Barillaro is an abstract painter based in Knoxville, TN. She works with a wide variety of mediums and enjoys discovering new ways to bring her work to life.

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

UT Student Union Gallery: Encore! Comics Beyond UT

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The artists represented in this exhibit are:
o Paige Braddock (BFA ’85)
o Peter Cotroneo (MFA ’16)
o Brandon McBath (BFA ’16)
o Alex Cline (BFA ’13)
o Mary Climes (MFA ‘21)
o Joel Trussell (BFA ’98)
o Emmy Lingscheit (MFA ’12)
o Guen Montgomery (MFA ’12)
o Marshall Ramsey (HCB ’91)
o Ed Gamble 1971-72
o James Greene (MFA ‘06)
o Danny Wilson (BFA '84)

The Student Union Gallery is located on the first floor of UT's Student Union. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no admission charge.

Clayton Center for the Arts: Minh Hoang Exhibit

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Blackberry Farm Gallery 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN

Art by MC alumnus Minh Hoang ’16. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm. A reception will be held in the gallery on Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590, www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com

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