Header photo courtesy of Inside of Knoxville
If you don’t see a listing for an artist below, don’t assume the venue doesn’t have an artist on display, they might not have gotten around to sending me the information on who’s on display at their venue. Also, the listing below are venues that have participated in the past, and may not have an artist being hosted that month. If you need to know for sure, you’ll find their contact information below, so you can check to see if they’ve got more recent info on their own site. Sadly, only a small handful of people regularly send me information for the artists they have on display each month, and I just don’t have the time to hit dozens of websites searching each month.
On with this month’s openings!
As you probably noticed, there wasn’t an update of listings for October. I wasn’t able to get them done due to a medical emergency that came up. Hopefully that’ll never happen again, sorry for the inconvenience.
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
Ongoing display of local artist’s work.
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
When: Friday, November 6th, 2015 through the end of the month.
Bliss Home is pleased to present Local Nostalgia, by Knoxville artist Christi Shields, for November’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, November 6th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided and Christi’s art will be featured for the month of November.
“People really connected with Christi’s art. This exhibit is a celebration of our Scruffy City and captures the artist’s love for Knoxville. We wanted to extend her exhibit so more Knoxvillians can experience her art,” notes Bliss Home manager, Sarah Naseman.
Growing up in the Knoxville area, Christi takes great pride in how far our “scruffy little city” has come. Knoxville is growing by leaps and bounds through the interest and support of local businesses, farmers, products, music and art. Observing the movement to support “local” gives Christi personal justification for her inspiration to create work through a sentimental lens. Sometimes there is just no need to look further than your own “back yard.”
Local Nostalgia is a collection of work that highlights a few nostalgic moments reflecting Christi’s own experiences. It is intended to evoke a sense of nostalgia or feeling in the viewer through the use of local themes, bold complimentary colors and expressive brush strokes. Christi uses a very action oriented process with mixed media on wood support to create interest, depth, texture, movement and vintage flair.
122 S Gay Street, Knoxville 865-309-5818 Website
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
The following exhibitions will also be on display at the Emporium, beginning November 6: Master Woodworkers Show (November 6, 4:00-9:00 PM; November 7, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; November 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM); Traditional Woodenware from Slovenia (November 6-25); “Impressions” by Luna Lewis; “Recessive” by Abby Malone; and “Natural Woman” by Jackie Holloway. See www.theemporiumcenter.com/ galleries.html for details.
(10/26/2015/Knoxville) – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of traditional woodenware from Slovenia presented by the Ribnica Handicraft Centre with support from the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, DC and the Slovene Consulate in Knoxville. The exhibition of bowls, buckets, spoons, sieves, and other objects will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville fromNovember 6-25, 2015. The opening reception on Friday, November 6, is free and open to the public from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
The Ribnica Valley lies in the southeast of the middle-European country of Slovenia. Wooden utensils and pottery have been the major products of Ribnica for perhaps 1,000 years thanks to the area’s abundant forest and clay resources. Until recently, nearly all people in the valley were engaged in agriculture, but many earned a major part of their living by means of their skills in making and trading useful household items of wood and clay.
Sieves are products that can’t be finished at home and then carried to the market; they simply take too much space. A much simpler solution was found by Ribnica crafts-people perhaps as early as five centuries ago: they packed side rims and bottoms separately and carried everything on their backs. When they sold a sieve, they finished it on the spot. Peddlers travelled from one fair, farm, or village to another, looking for buyers. Realizing that other wooden products would sell well too, they started exchanging goods with other local craftsmen. Soon they were able to complete their packs with all kinds of objects, trading those as well. The name ‘kroönjar’ came from the packs they carried (‘kroönje’ in the Slovenian language means “tree-top”). The peddlers carried these packs, as tall as two men, on their shoulders; the packs functioned as a portable display of everything that was for sale. Visible from a distance, the packs advertised the peddlers’ purpose without a need for words.
Sieve-making, in combination with the privilege to move freely across wide territories trading in woodenware and clay vessels, had an enormous economic and spiritual impact on average inhabitants of the Ribnica Valley. The traders brought back innovative ideas to the villages. Ribnica also gained notoriety as a center of humor, because to gain and retain customers, the peddlers were accomplished jokesters and raconteurs. To this day, Ribnica villagers are thought to be natural comedians.
The exhibition of traditional woodenware from Slovenia will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street for the month of November. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and special hours November 6-8. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit www.theemporiumcenter.com.
About the Ribnica Handicraft Centre
The tradition of woodenware in the Ribnica Valley is maintained today by the Ribnica Handicraft Centre and by the annual autumn Ribnica Wood Fair, one of the largest in this region of Europe. The Handicraft Centre holds classes on the various craft skills and aims to educate local citizens and the public about the traditional and contemporary cottage industry heritage of the valley. Continuing research on the roots of this heritage is important to the education mission. The target groups are young children, middle and high school students, artists, tourists and people simply interested in learning. Additional information can be found at http://www.rokodelskicenter-ribnica. si.
Envision Art Gallery
4050 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville (865) 438-4154
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
123 S Gay Suite B Knoxville (865) 951-8416 Kate Moore Website Jennie Andrews Website
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
Matthew Cummings Studios
133 S. Central St, Knoxville 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
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
Local Motors Knoxville
11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 249-8280 Website
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 Basement Community Art Studio
105 W. Jackson Ave. (Under LOX Salon) (865)333-5262 Website
The District Gallery & Framery
5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville (865)200-4452 Website
The Tree and Vine
439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville (865) 985.0524 Website
12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website
115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381 Website
2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477) Website