Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Fireworks Open Mic

Category: Free event, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 7:00 PM
VIA ZOOM

Pull out your gunpowder musings. Take those exploding words, smooth over the rough edges and get them down to three fiery minutes. Then send them skyward at the Fireworks Open Mic. Read anything your cherry bomb muse demands, even if it’s not written by you. You are welcome to share a spirited beverage virtually and help us all get into the ether.
There are a few rules:
• Must be a member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild (If not, join here)
• Send an email to Bob to register and he will place you in an exciting order of presentation. Please include whether your reading is fiction (poetry or prose) or non-fiction so he can mix up the order of readings.
• Did we mention, three minutes?

Information: www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org

UT Arboretum Society: 1st Thurs Nature Supper Club - Gray Treefrogs

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

In East Tennessee, we are surrounded by trees and that means we live in the middle of gray treefrog land. Join local naturalist, Stephen Lyn Bales, as we learn about a clutch of gelatinous frogspawn watching them change from egg to hop-away adult gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) at the UT Arboretum Society’s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m. EDT.

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as Stephen Lyn will entertain and teach us via Zoom as we learn together about the lifecycle of the gray treefrog carefully photographed at each stage by Stephen Lyn. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link. Register at www.utarboretumsociety.org. This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please note this program is scheduled on Eastern time. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at mcampani@utk.edu with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at hellostephenlyn@gmail.com

Ijams Hallway Gallery: ECOTONE: Art from the Museum of Infinite Outcomes

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

Visit the Ijams Hallway Gallery in July to view the ECOTONE collection of art from collaborators of the Museum of Infinite Outcomes. These artists practice historic craft methods in conversation with contemporary ecology to create their artwork that will make you think about the relationships between humans and the natural world.
http://museumofinfiniteoutcomes.com/

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Dynamic Nature: Paintings and Drawings by Kathy Holland

  • July 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

In the Schilling Gallery of Westminster Presbyterian Church from July 1- August 31, 2022.

A native of Virginia, Kathy Holland attended the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking. The following summer she studied with master wood-engraver Blair Hughes-Stanton at the Central School of Art and Design in London, England. Holland has maintained her professional studio practice since graduation, exhibiting drawings, etchings, relief prints, and paintings in juried regional, national, and international competitions and solo shows. Since moving to East Tennessee in 1997, Holland has been an active member of the Art Market Gallery, a longstanding artist-run cooperative gallery of original art and fine craft in Knoxville, TN. Her work is included in public and private collections in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Uruguay. Her home and studio are in Oak Ridge. For additional info, please visit her website: http://www.kathyhollandstudio.com/

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4, Fri 9-12. Information: (865) 584-3957 or www.wpcknox.org

Fountain City Art Center: Art Educator Show

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

On July 1st we will be having a Show Opening Reception for our Regional Emeritus Art Teachers. It's been several years since we've had this group of talented folks exhibit their work. We'd love you to stop in for light snacks and cool water to enjoy the opening from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Thanks to Christine Harness and Judy Jorden for spearheading this project!

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu 9:30-3:30, W-R 9:30-4:30 or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787, www.fountaincityartcenter.com

Art Market Gallery: Fiber Artist Showcase

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

First Friday Reception: July 1, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Featured artists: Elle Colquitt, Fiber Art; Elaine Fronczek, Felted Art; Harriet Howell. Fiber Art; Carol Pritcher, Weaving

Elle Colquitt, Fiber Art
Elle Colquitt has been working as a professional fiber artist since the early 1970's. For over a decade, Elle designed art quilts and self-published patterns/books through her company, The Picket Fence, exhibiting at International Quilt Festivals and trade shows across the country. Teaching workshops included PBS, HGTV and many hands-on workshops. Currently, she is enjoying the challenge of designing fiber vessels. The wide variety of texture and pattern of her fabrics create designs that impersonate other materials; her work falls somewhere between quilting, basketry, pottery, and sculpture. Each unique vessel features distinctive trims and embellishments.

Elaine Fronczek, Felted Art
The fiber arts were an avocation for me for over 50 years. In 2008 I learned to wet felt wool fibers at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. I have since expanded into incorporating other fibers such as silk in both wet and needle felting. My creations are both functional and whimsical.

zHarriet Howell, Fiber Art
Harriet Howell has been a working artist for over 40 years and works in a variety of media. The prevailing theme throughout her work is her use of color to express the energy, emotion and atmosphere of the subject. Her purpose is to engage the viewer and entice them into a world beyond what they see. Harriet enjoys painting both in the studio for her abstract work, and on location for her more realistic work. The abstract work focuses on color, shape and texture to express emotional and spiritual themes. In her landscape work, she uses these same elements to express the unique qualities of a particular subject on a particular day. In her wearable art pieces, Harriet hopes her work will make the wearer feel the joy and pleasure of wearing something beautiful.

Carol Pritcher, Weaving
Carol is a fiber artist who has been weaving for over 40 years and is also a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Appalachian Arts Craft Center. She weaves mostly one of a kind pieces of clothing, but also rugs, placemats and wall hangings.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net, www.Facebook.com/ArtMarketGallery

Mighty Mud Studios: Woven, Felted, Sculpted and Crowned

  • July 1, 2022 — July 31, 2022

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

Don't miss this show which will include woven works, felted works, handmade fabrics and large sculptural installations at this lovely bright gallery near the heart of downtown Knoxville.

Four Artists including Rose Downs (Weaver, Spinner, Ceramic), Christal Yost (Fiber, Mixed Media), Siobian Jones (Hair Sculpture), and Vasanto (Hatmaker, Felter, Fiber) will contribute.

Opening Reception: July 1, 2022

Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Tu-F 11-6, Sat 9-5. Open studio time on Thu 6-9. Information: 865-595-1900, www.mightymudclay.com

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen

  • July 1, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen, on July 1, 6-8 pm.

Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen (Lewa Studio) is an artist based out of Knoxville Tn, primarily creating with acrylic paint. Lily’s works in portraiture and environment recreation reflect the often unseen yet inherent beauty within her subjects and scenes. They draw out specific emotions representative of those people and places by manipulation of color and abstraction techniques.

Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Open daily. Information: 865-951-0427, www.instagram.com/awaken_coffee or www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/

Where's Waldo? Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Knoxville

  • July 1, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Waldo Scavenger Hunt
Waldo is back!
And it's bigger than ever before! Put on your striped shirt and black-rimmed specs (optional, of course) and come for a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt in Downtown Knoxville.

Where?
In more than 3 dozen downtown locations.

How?
Visit any of the participating locations during the month of July to pick up your Waldo Passport. Then, start hunting high and low! Collect a store stamp at each Waldo sighting...and keep up the search.

Diligent seekers collecting twenty or more stamps can enter to win Waldo books at Union Ave Books, the Waldo Host Location. The first 250 spotters can also claim a Found Waldo Knox sticker.

New this year!
Look for the Found Waldo Knox photo op in Market Square. Share your photos—at photo op or from any part of your scavenger hunt journey—for weekly chances to win gift cards to the participating business of your choice (social accounts must be public to win).

https://www.downtownknoxville.org/waldo/

Denso Art Gallery at Maryville College: Three Voices Tapestry Exhibition

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

Details TBA
https://weavespindye.org/exhibits-and-awards/

Featuring artists Tommye Scanlin, Pat Williams, and Jennifer Sargent

Opening Reception: July 16, 2022 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Exhibition Hours: Mondays – Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590, www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com

Emporium Center: Seven Guilds Strong

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present new fiber exhibitions throughout the Emporium Center from July 1-29, 2022 in celebration of Convergence®. This international fiber art experience occurs July 15-21 in downtown Knoxville and is hosted by the Handweavers Guild of America, based in Atlanta. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, July 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features music inside the Emporium by Nicholas Horner, Zach Miles, and Jessica Watson.

Read more: https://www.knoxalliance.com/seven-fiber-guilds-of-tennessee/

Handweavers Guild of Nashville (TN)
http://handweaverstn.org/

Memphis Guild of Handloom Weavers (TN)
http://mghw.org/

Overmountain Weavers Guild (Kingsport, TN)
https://www.omwg.net

Scenic Valley Handweavers: In All Shapes and Sizes (Birchwood, TN)
https://scenicvalleyhandweavers.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ScenicValleyHandweavers

Tennessee Valley Handspinners (Knoxville, TN)
https://tnvalleyhandspinners.org
https://www.facebook.com/tnvalleyhandspinners

Tuesday Weavers (Norris, TN)
https://tuesdayweavers.blogspot.com/

Wilderness Weavers’ Guild (Knoxville, TN)
https://www.facebook.com/weave.tennessee/

Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Hours: M-F 9-5. Info: 865-523-7543, www.knoxalliance.com

Emporium Center: Appalachian Center for Craft: Weaving on the Hill

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present new fiber exhibitions throughout the Emporium Center from July 1-29, 2022 in celebration of Convergence®. This international fiber art experience occurs July 15-21 in downtown Knoxville and is hosted by the Handweavers Guild of America, based in Atlanta. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, July 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features music inside the Emporium by Nicholas Horner, Zack Miles, and Jessica Watson.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is a campus of the nationally accredited School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. "Weaving on the Hill" is an exhibition of work by current Artist in Residence (AIR) Rebecca Smith, past AIR Jessica Hager, recent Alumni Margaret Jane Joffrion and Monya Nikahd, and current students Hannah Dammann and Erin Simmons. Their work displays examples of experimentation, learning, and art-making on the loom. Each artist has spent many hours working in the studio at the Appalachian Center for Craft and has discovered or deepened their passion for weaving in this immersive environment.

This exhibition is curated by Rena Wood, Assistant Professor of Fiber Art at ACC. ACC is dedicated to promoting excellence in American craft by teaching both tradition and innovation in professional studio craft, and fostering access to the highest quality craft education, craft artists, craft works and events in a community arts context.

Instagram @tntechfibers
Instagram @rebeccadarylart
Instagram @monernism
Instagram @margaretjanejoffrion
Instagram @jrosetextilearts
https://renawood.com/

Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Hours: M-F 9-5. Info: 865-523-7543, www.knoxalliance.com

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