Calendar of Events
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Marble City Opera at Central Cinema: I Can't Breathe
Marble City Opera Movie Magic
Make plans to join us at this summer where we're re-showing three of our most popular productions on the big screen.
"I Can't Breathe"
Marble City Opera: 865-226-9756, www.marblecityopera.com
Knox Writes Presents: Valuing Yourself as a Writer
By Knox Writes
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
At Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, 17 Market Square, #101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Join us for the first Knox Writes community meetup, free and open to all.
Join a growing community of writers to improve your skills, become more successful, and make connections with people who understand the challenges of writing. No matter where you are on your writer’s journey, you can benefit from the synergy of a supportive group and overcome the isolation that often overwhelms writers working alone.
This month's program is focused on you. Who are you as a writer? Why do you write? What do you hope to achieve? How can you overcome whatever is holding you back?
Let us guide you through a process of self-discovery that allows you to create a personal pitch, short- and long-term achievable goals, and a path to success. In addition, you can start to build relationships to make the hard work of writing more enjoyable and fulfilling. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knox-writes-presents-valuing-yourself-as-a-writer-tickets-390188031907
KnoxCrafts: Crafts and Drafts - DIY Cyanotype Pillowcase workshop
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2022 AT 7 PM
At Pretentious Beer
Event by The Maker City, The Big Camera and Knox Crafts TN
Tickets · $35
Join us for a night of Botanical Blueprints with The Big Camera at Pretentious Beer! You'll make a keepsake Cyanotype pillowcase and few other special extras to keep or give as a gift! This photo printing process dates back to the 1800s, and was made famous by a woman named Anna Atkins. Many credit this botanist with being the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images. You'll pick your own plant matter, use our negatives, and create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Anna Lawrence and Donna Moore, The Big Camera Co-Founders will be excited to teach you a process you can easily continue at home! We can't wait to make art with you!
TVUUC: Works by Terri Swaggerty and Ken Moffett
Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, August 19, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.
Gallery hours: 10-3, Monday and 10-4, Tuesday through Thursday
Terri Swaggerty began a career in Art at Expo 82 as a sidewalk portrait artist. She then became a self-employed photo retouch artist, specializing in photo restoration and photo enhancement utilizing airbrush, pencil and dye work, and oils for hand coloring. As a member of the Tennessee Professional Photographers association, she received many First-Place awards in photo retouching and received the Artisan Degree in 1997. She also received First Place awards in national PPA competition. Beginning in 1998 she transitioned to a photography career. In 1999, competing as a photographer, she received TPPA First Place honors in Portrait and received First Place in Wedding the following year. Her wedding photography business, Terri Swaggerty Portraiture, flourished in Knoxville for 15 years. Terri now works part time for Little Log Wedding Chapel in Gatlinburg. Terri began taking oil painting workshops in 2014. and is now a member of the Art Market Gallery in both photography and painting. She has previously shown at TVUUC, Tomato Head, Artemis Gallery in Apalachicola Florida, Post Modern Spirits, and Crafty Bastard Brewery.
For me the process of creating Art, whether through a lens or with a paint brush, is where soul meets body. I am always looking for and discovering Art in the changing environments of daily life. Finding it is so exciting! ~ Terri Swaggerty
Kenneth M. Moffett is retired from a career in architecture, having been design director at the Knoxville/Nashville firm Bullock Smith Architecture and Planning since joining in the formation of the firm in 1984. The firm has received numerous design awards with projects nationwide and abroad. Moffett has also worked as an artist throughout his life. His works in watercolor and acrylics on canvas have been widely exhibited, including at TVUUC. In recent years he has become involved in writing about architecture and urbanism, having a book on foundational issues published in 2017 with two further books published earlier this year by ORO Editions, publishers of architecture, art, and design. As an amateur musician he is a long-standing member of the Tennessee Wind Symphony and a member of the Knoxville Music Study Club. Moffett is presently co-chair of the TVUUC Art Gallery Committee.
These works are selected from the many I produced during a year of travel and study abroad in 1969-’70, under the auspices of the Lloyd Warren Fellowship (“Paris Prize”). Works on paper in pencil, ink, or watercolor, they represent varied approaches to capturing qualities of the architectural, urbanistic, or cultural subject matter, ranging from realistic rendition to mannered sketch techniques. These and others were produced “en plein air” in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Norway, and England, and they initiated a long tradition of sketching on trips abroad. Unearthed from the flat files, this is their first gallery showing. Some of the works in Venice are featured in my new book Urban Lessons of the Venetian Squares.
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-4176, www.tvuuc.org
Knoxville Museum of Art: Radcliffe Bailey: Passages
OPENING RECEPTION Fri Aug 12, 5:30-7:30pm
Working primarily between the mediums of sculpture and painting, noted contemporary artist Radcliffe Bailey (born 1968) incorporates found objects and photographs into richly layered and textured compositions that address history, ancestry, migration, and collective memory. The artist incorporates a multitude of mediums in a variety of works inspired by his interest in diasporic histories and notions of identity and displacement. Several works reference turbulent voyages at sea, recalling the lives lost in Middle Passage, while others celebrate the unifying power of music and the legendary jazz musicians who pushed the limitations of western tradition through their radical compositions.
The exhibition is organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art in conjunction with Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org. Admission and parking are free.
Rose Center: Cosmic Portals by Cosima
An ART EXHIBITION of oil & watercolor works: www.cosimaaryee.net
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, www.rosecenter.org
Lilienthal Gallery: "Rooms" by Illana Lilienthal
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.
A1LabArts: Small & Mighty Art Gallery
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
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, www.dogwoodarts.com
Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: 13th Annual Judged & Juried Fine Arts Show
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, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net
Art Market Gallery: John Adkins & Vicki Bradshaw
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 www.johnadkinsartrx1.com 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.
Awaken Coffee: Featuring Susan B. Miller
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!