Calendar of Events

Monday, August 8, 2022

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 www.knoxalliance.store.

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.

www.foothillscraftguild.net

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

Emporium Center: Works by Sergio, Estefano and Valeria Martínez & Hector Saldivar

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 www.knoxalliance.store.

This new exhibition showcases artwork by Sergio Martinez and his children, Estefano and Valeria, of Honduras, and their friend Héctor Saldivar of Mexico.

Sergio Martínez Ávila and his children live and work in Cantarranas, Honduras. He has 34 years of professional experience with primitivism (1989-1998), genre painting (1999-2005) and figurative art. He has exhibited in various cities in Europe, Asia, Canada, the United States and Latin America. In Honduras, he has participated in auctions, biennials, symposia, salons and anthologies.

Instagram @Sergiomartinez6857
www.facebook.com/Martinezavilasergio

Estefano Martínez is an emerging artist who started his career at the age of 13; he is a naturalist landscaper. Valeria Martínez is an emerging artist who began her career at the age of 12; her style is figurative representation. Both artists have exhibited work in Honduras, where they are recognized for participating in muralistic activities since 2019. Both are currently in their last year of high school.

www.facebook.com/eddieestefano.martinez
www.facebook.com/isauramartinez.valeriamartinez

Héctor Saldivar was born in Mexico City in 1966. Even though he always considered himself a creative person, it was not until later on in life that he embarked on developing his artistic talents. He has participated in events for Casa HoLa (part of HoLa Hora Latina) in Knoxville as well as with the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville. He mainly works with papier-mâché and clay, however he also paints with acrylics and oils. He is an alebrijes artist. Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creature. His art honors his Mexican roots.

Instagram @hectorleosculpture

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

Emporium Center: New Work by Terra Madre: Women in Clay

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 www.knoxalliance.store.

Terra Madre is a juried group of women clay artists founded in the year 2000 by female ceramic artists in East Tennessee. Their mission is to support each other in their clay work, advance the appreciation of ceramics in East Tennessee and encourage each other in the pursuit of their dreams as artists and as women. Terra Madre members are affiliated with many juried and professional arts organizations. Collectively, the group exhibits in several shows annually; individually, their work has been exhibited all over the country and can be found in galleries, shops, juried fine craft shows and fairs and in many private art collections.

www.facebook.com/TerraMadreKnoxvilleTN
www.Terramadrewomeninclay.com

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

Tennessee Artists Association: 50 Years of Artistic Excellence: From the Past into the Future

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 www.knoxalliance.store.

This new exhibition celebrates Tennessee Artist's Association 50th anniversary as the area's oldest member-supported arts organization.

TAA began in 1972 with five members who met for coffee: Jerry Hester, an artist and art teacher, was instrumental in getting the group started with Nancy Hendrix, Randy Laws, Shannon Bays, Nancy Davis and Beverly Prince. Highlights of the first year included an art workshop at Coker Creek and a Spring Show at Concord Park. By 1974, TAA had increased its membership to 35 members. Show chair Virginia Woods helped secure a yearly fall show at West Town Mall which continued until the late 90's. Throughout the 1970's, TAA added shows at Dogwood Arts festivals, Christmas shows at West Town Mall, juried shows at Rechenbach's Art Store, the Knoxville Mayor's Office and the Dulin Gallery. By 1978, the Tennessee Artists Association had over 230 members from 34 cities in Tennessee and remained the only one of its kind in Knoxville. Social issues and concerns were highlighted by shows at the University of Tennessee's School of Law and the Knoxville Women's Center. In the 1980's, shows expanded to include Silver Dollar City in Pigeon Forge, Eastgate Mall in Chattanooga, Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport, Children's Hospital Fantasy of Trees, and 100 Oaks Mall in Nashville. The 1990's saw TAA's continued interest in social causes with shows supporting Children's Hospital, the Scholastic Arts program for students in grades 7-12 in fourteen counties in East Tennessee, and the sponsorship of a Boy Scout Explorer Post in the Arts.

TAA meets monthly at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. These meetings are free and open to anyone and include practical art demonstrations, discussions, and opportunities for individual artists to get involved in learning, community and shows. TAA welcomes guests to their rotating gallery and artist studio at the Emporium in Suite 106.

www.tnartists.org
Instagram at @tn_artists
www.facebook.com/TNArtistsAssociation

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

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 8th Annual 8th of August Jubilee

  • August 5, 2022 — August 8, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Film, Free event, History, heritage and Kids, family

Stay Tuned for More Information ... Tickets available beginning Friday, July 15 for the Red-Carpet Movie Screening

FRIDAY AUGUST 5, BECK LAWN
Evelyn Jack & The Summer Soul Whitty Band Concert

SATURDAY AUGUST 6, Lonsdale
Lonsdale Homecoming Parade with Beck Emancipation Tribute

SUNDAY AUGUST 7, Freedmen's Mission Historic Cemetery, Knoxville College
Libation Ceremony

MONDAY AUGUST 8, Historic Tennessee Theatre
“After Selma,” by Emmy-winning filmmaker Loki Mulholland.
The march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday galvanized a nation and forced the country to create the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Now, everyone could vote. What has happened since and what tactics are being used today to suppress voting rights? The fight for the right to vote continues.

Featuring Special Guest Jo Ann Bland
Featuring Special Guest Loki Mulholland

Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Tu-F 10-2. Information: 865-524-8461, www.beckcenter.net

Ijams Nature Center: Bird Nerd Speaker Series

Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family and Science, nature

Aug. 2 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

​Aug. 6 - "The Mystery of Monarchs" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, as he gives you an inside look at one of this region's longest migratory fliers - the monarch butterfly!

​Aug. 9 - "Identifying Local Birds of Prey" (6-8 pm)
Join naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for an evening dedicated to learning the skills to easily identify Knoxville's local birds of prey.

Aug. 11 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

Register in advance https://www.ijams.org/ijams-hummingbird-festival

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

Tax-free weekend: Food & Food Ingredients

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

This year, Tennessee has not one, but three tax free holidays! They range from clothing and school supplies to groceries and even gun safety equipment. Dates:

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Gun Safes & Safety Equipment
August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022: Food & Food Ingredients

Qualifying gun safes for the sales tax holiday have locking containers equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock or other device to store guns securely. This sales tax holiday runs until June 2023, so there is plenty of time to make your purchases.

The new grocery sales tax holiday is welcome especially with the rising cost of food. Best of all, this sales tax holiday will last the entire month of August. A good rule of thumb for this sales tax holiday is if you can find it in a grocery store, it’s included. However, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements and prepared food will not be tax free. Keep in mind that food purchased at a “micro market or vending machine” is subject to sales tax. The state estimates this sales tax holiday will save Tennesseans more than $80 million.

Art Exhibition by Alan M. Jones (Theophilus) and Xavier Maurice Jones

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring works by father and son!

AUGUST 1-31, 2022
BURLINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY
4614 ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY, KNOXVILLE, TN 37914
EXHIBIT IS VIEWABLE DURING LIBRARY HOURS
MON, 10:30AM - 8PM; TUE-THU, 10:30AM-5PM; FRI-SAT, 1-5PM

RECEPTION WILL BE HELD THURSDAY ~ AUGUST 25 FROM 5PM TO 7PM

Ijams Nature Center: Relax with Monday Yoga

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Ijams is partnering with Hope Irwin to bring you a weekly yoga class on Mondays from 6-7 pm at the Visitor Center. This class may be outdoors on the back patio or indoors during inclement weather, and will happen rain or shine!

Classes will target flexibility, strength, and balance by using variations of Vinyasa, Hatha, and Power flows. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Classes are $10 at the door. Please bring a yoga mat with you.
https://www.ijams.org/event-details/yoga-at-ijams-2022-08-01-19-00

Ijams Hallway Gallery: COMMA - Natural Elements & Flights of Fancy

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

In the Ijams Visitor Center

COMMA Art Group presents two exhibitions:
Natural Elements: Artworks inspired by and related to Nature
Flights of Fancy: Artworks celebrating Hummingbirds
Reception: 1-3pm, Saturday, August 13, 2022, following the Hummingbird Festival

COMMA Art Group was founded in 2004 by award-winning former and current art teachers who meet weekly to create plein air artwork. Participating artists are: Phyllis Ball, Nancy Campbell, Gay Nell Gray, Judy Jorden, Cheri Jorgenson, Shelley Mangold, Martha Robbins, Caitlin Seidler, Valerie Sigmon, Carol Vinson, Suzanne Wedekind, Owen Weston, and Jackie Spaulding-Wright.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo After-Hours

Category: Culinary arts, food, Kids, family and Science, nature

Come enjoy our extended After-Hours from 5 PM – 8 PM every Thursday! These evenings are free for members or with a general admission ticket. The Splash Pad is open all day and evening! The carousel and train will also be open and providing free rides! NEW, every After-Hours Thursday we will now have a DJ in the Plaza! Come out and dance to the beats! Each month will feature a special menu and local draft beer.

Thursdays 5-8 PM
Member Admission - Free
General Admission - Free with Zoo Ticket
https://zooknoxville.org/event/zoo-after-hours-2/

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

Oak Ridge Art Center: The Fabric of Memory

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

Memories are the fabric of our lives. Our experiences are woven together on the warp of time to create a tapestry of meaning: sometimes coming together to form a clear picture in one’s mind; sometimes waiting to be resolved, or unraveling. For some, fabric can hold memories – your grandmother’s quilt, the dress you wore to prom, the baby booties you knit for your first child, even the wine stain on your best tablecloth. Each represents a memory spun into the fabric of one’s life.

Dates: July 9, 2022 – August 19, 2022
Opening Reception: July 9, 2022

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

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