Header photo courtesy of Inside of Knoxville
If you don’t see a listing, don’t assume the venue doesn’t have an artist. They might not be participating at all, or they just didn’t get around to sending me the information on who’s on display. But if you need to know for sure, you’ll find their phone number and links to their web site in the listings below, so you can check to see if they’ve got more recent info on their own site.
The Womack Band is in town!
They’re playing the Blue Plate Special on Friday at WDVX in the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. If you can’t make it in person, you can tune in live online.
Saturday they’re playing at Boyd’s Jig and Reel.
Sunday night, they’re playing at Barley’s Tap Room.
If you’ve not seen them live before, you’re in for a treat. They’re musician’s musicians, they write and perform their own music, in the vein of Americana, Folk, Singer Songwriter music, etc. It’s been two years since they were last in town, but they’re making Knoxville one of the earlier stops on this year’s tour. If you love live music, where harmonies and nuanced performances are appreciated, you won’t be disappointed, they’re an awesome group.
On with this month’s openings!
2 Many Pixels
130 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 201 Knoxville Website
501 Arthur St., Knoxville (865) 951- 2523 Website
A1 Lab Arts
Center for Creative Minds, at 23 Emory Place Knoxville Website
Art Market Gallery
422 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 525-5265 Website
Belleze Salon and Spa
6209 Kingston Pike Knoxville (865) 558-8424 Website
800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville Website
24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868 Website
29 Market Square Knoxville (865) 673-6711 Website
Bliss Home is pleased to present Knoxville artist, Rick Whitehead, for March’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, March 7th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Rick’s art will be featured for the month of March.
Richard Whitehead was classically trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in painting and drawing. Rick’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and In Antwerp, Belgium, and Murcia and Barcelona, Spain.
Rick’s March exhibit will tell a story of exploration, which is told through compressed charcoals, solarized photos of clouds and paintings inspired from aboriginal art.
100 S. Gay Street, Suite 109, Knoxville (865) 335-3358 Website
Cocoa Moon Fusion Grill/Koi
19 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521 3888
Coffee and Chocolate
327 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 688-9244 Website
Community Television of Knoxville
808 State Street Knoxville (865) 215-4350 Website
13 Emory Place, Knoxville Website
418 S. Gay Street , Knoxville (865) 524-4747
East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville (865) 216-8824 Website
East Tennessee Community Design Center & UT Downtown Design Studio
500 S. Gay Street Knoxville Mobile (865) 603-3988 Office (865) 525-9945 Website
Emporium Center for Arts & Culture / Arts and Culture Alliance / The Balcony Gallery
100 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 523-7543 Website
1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200 Website
121 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN (865)-329-4626 Website
119 Jennings Avenue Knoxville (865) 405-0777 Website
John Black Photography
501 Union Ave. Knoxville (865) 522-1715 Website
Kate Moore Creative / Jennie Andrews Photography
Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center
1127B Broadway Ave. Knoxville (865) 523-1401
Knoxville Museum of Art
1060 World’s Fair Park Knoxville (865) 525-6101 Website
Knoxville Visitor Center
301 Gay Street Knoxville (800) 727-8045 Website
103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website
800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville (865) 803-6215 Website
411 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 766-5192 Website
Old City Java
109 S. Central Avenue Knoxville (865) 523-9817 Website
18 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521-0600 Website
131 South Central Street Knoxville (865) 521-0690 Website
Patricia Nash Designs
109 S. Gay St. 524-2626 Website
28 Market Square Knoxville (865) 524-2224 Website
6pm-10pm: Downtown Artwalk: Gallery 131 Show in Speakeasy
8pm in the Speakeasy: Scratch River Telegraph Company (Wise VA folk)
10pm Scruffy City Hall: Nick Lutsko (Chatt folk-ternative)
12:15: AJ and the Jiggawatts (tentative) (Nash funk)
10pm Pres Pub: The Dead Ringers (70s rawk)
323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888 Website
Regal Downtown West 8
1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville (865) 693-6327
125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website
Rita’s Italian Ice
26 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville
2 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 971-1006 Website
11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000
Style of Civilization
133 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 544-4196 Website
130 W. Jackson Ave. Suite 101 Knoxville Website
Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and sound @ East Tennessee History Center
601 South Gay Street Knoxville Contact: Bradley Reeves, Louisa Trott (865-215-8856) Website
Tennessee Valley Bikes
214 W. Magnolia, Knoxville Website
The Tree and Vine
439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville (865) 985.0524 Website
12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website
“Unexpected Allies” art exhibit at The Tomato Head with new work by Julie Armbruster
Focusing on paintings from the Hoard Reflex series, Unexpected Allies, illustrates portraits of new and familiar characters from Julie Armbruster’s imagination. Within the panels narrative stories emerge and flow into one another as characters change and develop on the painted surface.
The newest work reveals some interesting relationships and includes some works on paper. Historically sealed with thick, shiny resin surface, instead all of the new work has been sealed with a less intrusive satin UV coat that protects the surface without changing the painterly nature of the original work. The show will be on display at The Tomato Head in downtown Knoxville from March 1st until April 4th. Then, it moves to the West Knoxville Tomato Head from April 6th- May 3rd. This will be Armbruster’s fourth show at The Tomato Head.
Julie Armbruster’s work has evolved to include much more intricate compositions and details and narrative threads. Her work is often realized through automatic drawing and then refined through layered rendering and delicate outlining. The landscapes seem oddly familiar and often reflect some aspects of her current residence, Asheville, NC. The viewer is pulled into the illustrated world by the complexity of emotions conveyed by the characters that are often faced with some sort of weighty decision or traumatic drama. The narratives are realized through anthropomorphic characters that seem bewildered and internal and each have a very involved back story that is often revealed through supplementary written works designed and published by the artist. Her stories are both funny and dark and typically lack a straightforward resolution.
Julie Armbruster’s work can be seen on her website www.JulieArmbruster.net and in her hometown of Asheville, NC at the Woolworth Walk and her River Arts District Studio. Some small gift items and prints are also for sale year round at RALA on Union Avenue off of Market Square in Knoxville.
Julie Armbruster has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the East Coast and Abroad, including the School of Architecture in Venice Italy, 80 Washington Square Gallery in New York, and Rebus Works in Raleigh, North Carolina. Often seeking shows in alternative spaces, her work has been exhibited in skate shops, bars, music venues, restaurants, and record shops. Julie Armbruster was born in Voorhees, NJ in 1979 and has lived in New York most of her life. She received a Masters in Painting from New York University in 2003 and has studied abroad in Italy and Germany. Following Graduate school, she moved to Asheville, NC and maintains an art studio in The Wedge Studios.
115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381 Website
2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477) Website