Calendar of Events

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Knoxville History Project: Emancipation Day with William Isom

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay Street

Veteran public-television filmmaker William Isom, recently director of the relatively new podcast-producing nonprofit Black in Appalachia, will share some of his recent research into the history of August 8, long celebrated as East Tennessee's own Emancipation Day. He'll tell us how it started, and how it has grown beyond our region. Isom will be giving a similar talk the day before at ETHS's noon Brown Bag series at the History Center, but if you miss that, or want to hear it again with supper and a drink, please join us. Free program. Bar food and drinks for purchase.

Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559,

KnoxCrafts: Crafts and Drafts: Broom Making Workshop

  • August 9, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Culinary arts, food

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2022 AT 6:30 PM
Tickets · $40

Join us at Elst brewing on Central for a night of Crafts and Drafts! We'll be making small brooms with guest instructor, @Aviary Broom Co! Amelia will be teaching us how to make our own traditional door broom and telling the fun lore behind this broom style! No expeience is necessary, this is 100% beginner friendly! Your tickets provide you with all the materials needed to make your own broom and, step by step facilitated instructions. Sign up early, seats and supplies are limited. Check out for more upcoming workshops, or to inquire about teaching one yourself!
*Must be 21+ for alcoholic drinks (Consider a Frog Kumbucha as an alternative!)

Rose Center: Cosmic Portals by Cosima

  • August 7, 2022 — September 2, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

An ART EXHIBITION of oil & watercolor works:

Reception on Sun Aug 7, 2-4 PM
Join us in the Edith Davis Gallery for a fun afternoon of art, mingling and light refreshments

The Rose Center, 442 West Second North St, Morristown, TN, 37814. Hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 423-581-4330,

Nourish Knoxville: National Farmers Market Week

  • August 7, 2022 — August 13, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Health, wellness and Science, nature

August 7 - 13, 2022 is National Farmers Market Week! In celebration, Nourish Knoxville is hosting multiple events throughout the week to celebrate the impact of our local farmers’ markets. Join us!

• Vote for us to win America's Favorite Farmers' Market in the American Farmland Trust’s national competition! Be sure to cast your vote for the Market Square Farmers’ Market or New Harvest Farmers’ Market as your favorite market in the country and help us win $5,000 to help further our mission!
• Grab your friends and head to Printshop Beer Co. every Tuesday during the month of August! Printshop Beer Co. will be donating $1 of every tasty craft beer sold on Tuesdays back to Nourish Knoxville. No better way to celebrate it not being Monday.

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM | 2920 SUTHERLAND AVE, KNOXVILLE, TN 37919
The Boocherie, created by the successful kombucha entrepreneurs at Frog Juice, is Knoxville’s first sober bar. Adults can enjoy an eclectic and cozy bar atmosphere minus the triggers of alcohol with a menu including mocktails, honey sodas, and kombucha. The Boocherie will be donating $1 of every pint to Nourish Knoxville and will be partnering with private chef Stephanie Shershaw to provide a locally-inspired brunch for guests from 12 – 2 pm, $12 a person. Join the Facebook event here!

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | 1532 ISLAND HOME AVE, KNOXVILLE, TN 37920
Are you a Nourish Knoxville super fan? Do you want to create a one-of-a-kind Nourish Knoxville t-shirt? Come out and dye your own Nourish Knoxville t-shirt with us at Printshop Beer Co. - register here! Each registration includes a 100% organic cotton tee with Nourish Knoxville logo, plastic gloves, and the option to tie-dye or vat-dye in a variety of colors with expert Melissa Everett Textiles!

Don’t want to tie-dye but want to hang out? Come on out, no registration necessary! The brewery will be open as usual, and $1 from each beer purchased throughout the evening will be donated to Nourish Knoxville. PLUS - Stolen Streetlights will also be joining us, selling their locally made craft sausage using pasture raised pork!

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | MARKET SQUARE
Don’t forget to visit our midweek Market Square Farmers' Market (Yes! The Market Square Farmers' Market happens on Wednesdays, too!) to pick up all sorts of local goodies from 30+ vendors! Shopping local is a great way to celebrate National Farmers' Market Week by helping support our local growers and producers who make our farmers' markets possible!

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | 2924 SUTHERLAND AVE, KNOXVILLE, TN 37919
Have you ever wondered just what the Nourish Knoxville staff and board are up to? Drop in to Albright Grove to have a beer and chat! Our friendly board and staff love talking to folks and sharing why Nourish Knoxville is important to us. Plus, $1 of every beer will be donated to Nourish Knoxville. Come try their delicious craft beer inspired by the beautiful wilderness of East Tennessee.

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | 4775 NEW HARVEST LN, KNOXVILLE, TN 37918
Be sure to visit our small but mighty New Harvest Farmers' Market just off Washington Pike near the East Town Target! Not only can you shop with 10+ local vendors BUT you can also participate in our Nourish Moves program and receive $3 in Produce Bucks to spend at the market! PLUS take part in fun activities for the whole family lead by our special guests from KORE!

Head out to either Crafty Bastard location where $1 of every beer will be donated to Nourish Knoxville. This artisanal, small-batch brewery has deep roots in our community with beers that run from very traditional to highly experimental. Drinking local craft beer has never been better for the community (or tasted so good)!

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | MARKET SQUARE
Finish off the week by visiting our flagship Saturday market. With over 100 food and craft vendors, you’re sure to find a little something for everyone! Bring the whole family and participate in Nourish Kids where kids can try a sample of fresh, local produce, engage in a free activity, and get $5 in Produce Bucks to spend at the market!


Lilienthal Gallery: "Rooms" by Illana Lilienthal

  • August 5, 2022 — October 23, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

First Friday August 5th

“Rooms,” will be a solo show presenting a breadth of work by Ilana Lilienthal. A “room” is a space we create in order to be in, that we design to evoke certain feelings and emotions. When we create space, the goal is to influence both ourselves and others around us. In a conversation with a “room” we live or work in, there is a dance between forms, colors, and objects – creating a distinct energy field. This show encompasses three rooms, each inspired by a different palette. Red, Black & White, and Amber, each representing a color field working as a unique spiritual, psychological, and emotional experience.

23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917

A1LabArts: Small & Mighty Art Gallery

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Friday, August 5
4pm - 7pm
Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 p.m.

Come see the new "Small & Mighty" art gallery A1LabArts created inside Scruffy's Cafe. A1's show will be displayed through September 27. Scruffy's Cafe will receive a 20% commission on all art sold. Artists may also use this gallery for future shows, beginning in October.

At 5:30 pm, Talisa Cantrell, a Scruffy's Cafe co-owner, will cut the ribbon on the new gallery.

All First Friday guests will receive free access into the cat room after signing a waiver. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale.

1015 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

Dogwood Arts: Carl Gombert - Two Sides

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The #FirstFriday reception will take place Friday, August 5th from 5-8PM at 123 W. Jackson Avenue in the Historic Old City.

Exhibition on Display: August 5th - September 16th
Regular Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM

Carl Gombert was born in Brimfield, Ohio in 1959. He started taking painting lessons at the age of 14 with money he earned delivering newspapers. He earned a BFA in Drawing from the University of Akron and an MFA in Painting from Kent State University. He worked as a stagehand before pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at Texas Tech University. He has exhibited widely and his work is in numerous public and corporate collections. Since 1993 has taught painting, drawing and art history at Maryville College in Tennessee.

"There are two sides to my work. I am committed to the techniques of large scale, unflinching realism. But I also am strongly compelled by the mathematical complexities and opportunity for play in decorative, patterned works. For years I was torn between the two sides, vacillating between them in a fool’s game of trying to guess what work was best suited for which venue, and trying to decide which was my “true” practice. I am old enough now to know that both are authentic parts of my voice. I love pattern, I love decoration, and I love sparkle. I also love to draw. For years I have wrestled with the false expectation that artists must be unfailingly committed to a single consistent path.

I think of the realistic images as plausible fictions. They use the techniques of realism to create impossibly large or artificially colored portraits “as if” those sitters actually exist.

The hand-stamped works, on the other hand, rely on radial structure and repetition to explore complexity arising from the application of simple rules. Taking the forms of mandalas and quilts, they attempt to balance opposites, relying equally on dark and light and on positive and negative shapes. Although they appear highly planned, the work results from a largely improvisational approach. Combinations of images are not generally selected beforehand; rather the images begin in the center and evolve intuitively as they grow larger. The interaction of smaller pop culture icons and images allows for endless free association and for exploring multiple chains of connection between the parts, while at the same time coalescing into larger complex patterns. In this little world there is symmetry and balance and order, but neither rhyme nor reason." -Carl Gombert

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

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: 13th Annual Judged & Juried Fine Arts Show

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

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the prestigious Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show on Friday, August 5 from 5 - 7 p.m. at which time the winners will be announced.

Juror-Judge, Nick DeFord is an artist, educator, and arts administrator who resides in Knoxville, TN. He received his MFA from Arizona State University, and an MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee. Nick regularly exhibits his fiber and mixed media work, with past exhibitions at the Bascom Center for Visual Arts, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Knoxville Museum of Art and East Tennessee State University. His artwork and writing have been published in Surface Design Journal, Elephant Magazine, Hayden Ferry Review, and Willow Springs. Currently, DeFord is the Chief Programs Officer at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, as well as a board member for the National Basketry Organization. He also regularly teaches fiber workshops, with past workshops at the University of Louisville, East Carolina University, Arrowmont, and Penland School of Craft. In the fall of 2018 he was a resident at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Additionally, he was the juror/reviewer for the Ohio Arts Council and the juror for the American Tapestry Biennial 13.

This event is free and open to the public Monday - Saturday from 9 - 4 p.m. Browse through eye-catching displays of paintings (watercolor, oil, pastels, colored pencil, acrylic, mixed media), photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, and more! Artwork in the gallery is available for purchase. Unique gifts can also be found in the Art ’s Center’s retail space, “Endless Possibilities, Fine Arts and Crafts.”

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Hours: M-Sa 9-4. Information: 931-707-7249,

Art Market Gallery: John Adkins & Vicki Bradshaw

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

First Friday Reception: August 5th, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

John Adkins, Painting
John has a love for plein air paintings and still life paintings. His artistic journey began as a high school student in Guin, Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from Auburn University in 1976. John has discovered over time that practicing pharmacy and painting can both be healing and therapeutic activities. His art education has continued over 45 years in various workshops and with numerous teachers! In October 1999 he laid the groundwork for the “Plein Air Artists of Alabama” (PAAA), the first plein air organization in the state of Alabama. He served as PAAA president until 2010 when the group became inactive. John has several prints available for purchase along with his original works. Contact the artist or visit his website for details. John believes in the continuing power of art to change the world and open doors. Art knocks down barriers and is a language understood by all. The combination of good friends, fellowship, and painting over the years are true blessings for John. He feels very fortunate to be an artist and believes art is a gift that God provides us in order for us to share in the beauty and wonder of His creation. “Art opens doors and enriches lives.”

Vicki Bradshaw, Mixed Media
Vickie Bradshaw is a Southern Appalachian based artist who has been making art for the last thirty years across a variety of media. She has taught metals and torch-fired enamel classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. She is especially interested in mixed-media art and the functionality of found objects. She received her BFA from Memphis College of Arts. Currently she is showing and selling her work at art festivals across the south.

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

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Susan B. Miller

  • August 5, 2022 — August 28, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artists Susan B Miller Friday, August 5, from 6-8 pm.

Susan grew up in Knoxville and with her husband raised their children here. She earned a BFA in drawing from UTK. Her art is primarily watercolor or pencil. She has won top awards in local and state competitions. Currently, she is concentrating on common things in nature that she sees on her frequent walks.

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, or

Emporium Center: Jack Retterer: Languages of Art

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 August 5-27, 2022. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, August 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM. 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

Art, in its purest form, often communicates deep and strong feelings, private thoughts or shared events in the human experience. The Languages of Art is an exploration of these human experiences through both photographic and verbal artistic skills. As with any artistic endeavor, this work continues to evolve. Jack Retterer first created photography to be followed up with a poetic interpretation of each image. However, he soon began to write the poems first and then seek an ideal image to reinforce the feelings, thoughts and shared events of the poem. With one exception, both the photos and related poetry in this new exhibition are wholly his creations. The one exception features one of Retterer's poems paired (with permission) with an image created by fellow photographer, Steve Olson.

Jack Retterer is a fine art photographer, teacher and poet who is active in the arts community in East Tennessee. His American Impressionist style photography and large canvas prints have been on display and offered for purchase through the Art Market Gallery, Arts & Culture Alliance, Tennessee Artists Association, Plateau Arts Center in Crossville, Art Guild of Tellico Village, Arts at the Airport at McGhee Tyson Airport, Mayors' Offices exhibitions, Clayton Center for the Arts, Rarity Bay Community Center, Fountain City Arts Center, Loudon County Visitors' Center, Oak Ridge Art Gallery and the Venue Conference Center in Lenoir City. Prior to his move to East Tennessee, Retterer taught photography at Benedictine University in Naperville, Illinois. Currently, he teaches Fine Art Photography at the University of Tennessee. He is also active in presenting photography classes and presentations through regional art guilds, photography clubs and art organization across Tennessee.

Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Hours: M-F 9-5 and Sat Aug 27, 10-1. Info: 865-523-7543,

Emporium Center: Foothills Craft Guild Fine Crafts

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 5-27, 2022. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, August 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM. 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

Foothills Craft Guild is dedicated to encouraging the development and appreciation of arts and handicrafts of all types; promoting high standards of workmanship in handicrafts; conducting educational programs on handicrafts with all ages; sponsoring handicraft shows and demonstrations; and engaging in activities which contribute to the advancement, development, and appreciation of arts and handicrafts of all kinds.

This new exhibition features work by more than fifteen guild members as a highlight to the upcoming fall showcase, Tennessee Showcase of Fine Artisans, November 4-6 at the Expo Center.

Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Hours: M-F 9-5 and Sat Aug 27, 10-1. Info: 865-523-7543,

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