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.
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
On First Friday, October 3, 2014, A1 LabArts presents “The Ugly Art Show.” The exhibition will be open from 6-10 PM at The Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, in Knoxville. A closing show with an awards ceremony will be held on October 18 at the same location from 7-9 pm.
This eclectic exhibition includes the works of many A1LabArts members, each of whom will present their interpretation of the “ugly.” In light of the fact that recent art movements have challenged canonical aesthetic categories, including the concept of “the beautiful,” viewers to this exhibition may discover in depictions of the “ugly” a new form of artistic beauty.
Dates: Friday, October 3 from 6-10 pm at 23
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
On display is artwork by Jill Sanders Artist’s Website
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3rd, 2014 6pm to 9pm
Bliss Home is pleased to present the latest works by Knoxville artist, Jill Sanders, for October’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, October 3rd from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Jill’s art will be featured for the month of October.
Jill works with acrylic, layering patterns and other found objects into her paintings, often repeating silhouettes or objects throughout a body of work, so that they cross pollinate each other. Jill’s work reflects her affinity for natural materials and richly colored patterns which comes from her background in woodcut printmaking and graphic design.
Jill’s October exhibit is inspired by black-and-white photographs of circus performers and Ziegfeld showgirls from the early twentieth century. Jill has translated these photographs into a modernized color palette and altered their environments. Combining past and present, their life stories are preserved and disseminated through Jill’s October exhibit.
122 S Gay Street, Knoxville 865-309-5818 Website
Mark Large Photography
Mark Andrew Large is a photojournalist, visual artist and rock climber based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mark has been drawing and painting since childhood; he began taking pictures in 2005. Mark is currently staff photographer for The Daily Times of Maryville, Tennessee. He also does a variety of freelance work. Whenever Mark is climbing, he’s also shooting. His work has been featured in “Stone Fort Bouldering” published by Greener Grass Publishing. Mark is slated as lead photographer for an upcoming Greener Grass book. Artist website
Faith Road Designs
Faith Road Designs is a handcrafted jewelry design that was inspired by some of the artist’s favorite places out West. The rustic and earthy colors of sandy stones, turquoise and greens combined with metals, copper wire and leather is a style that is unique and soulful. Artist website
Knock on Wood Knoxville
Hand made rustic refined home decor, framing and carved portraits. As many products as possible are made out of reclaimed treasures, like old pallets, pieces of disassembled cabinets, bed frames and so much more. Artist website
100 S. Gay Street, Emporium Building, Suite 109, Knoxville (865) 335-3358 Website
Artwork exhibited: ceramics by Valerie Bannister Eiler and paintings by Irene Torrealba
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3rd, 2014 5:30pm to 9pm
HoLa Hora Latina is pleased to exhibit artwork from featured Chilean artists Valerie Bannister Eiler and Irene Torrealba during October’s First Friday. The opening reception for this month-long exhibit will take place at Casa HoLa in the Emporium Building at 100 S. Gay St. on Friday, October 3rd, from 5:30pm to 9pm. Light snacks and beverages will be served to guests.
Valerie Bannister Eiler was born in Chile but has lived in the U.S. for the past 34 years. An avid gardener, she draws inspiration for her trademark pottery by pressing leaves on clay to create bowls, platters and dinner sets. Valerie is a member of Foothills Craft Guild and Terra Madre Women in Clay.
Irene Torrealba, born and raised in Santiago, Chile, displays special interests in realism in water color and oil. She especially enjoys painting country landscapes that connect her to memories of her childhood, her family and her travels.
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
Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 2014 Traveling Exhibition October 3-30, 2014 in the Balcony
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring 30 original watermedia works by artists residing across the state of Tennessee. Nationally-recognized artist Pat Dews, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society, served as juror for this 34th biennial show. Dews selected 50 works of art to display during the opening at O’More College of Design in Franklin, TN before conducting a week-long workshop in May 2014. Out of the 50 works for the opening, 30 were chosen, with permission of the artists, for the traveling show.
The juror’s exhibition statement read: “I look for strong design, color and content. I look for technical skill. I look to see if a painting captures the essence of the subject. I look for work I would like to have painted… I try hard to have a balanced show… I award the paintings that stand out and draw me in for a closer look.” For more information, visit www.tnws.org.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
ADDITIONAL GALLERY HOURS on select Sundays from 3:30-6:30 PM (October 5 and 19) and Tuesdays from 7:00-10:00 PM (October 14, 21 and 28)
Tennessee Artists Association – The Fall Juried Show: 40th Anniversary October 3 – November 1, 2014 in the gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring original art by nearly 30 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. “This is TAA’s fifth show at the Emporium Center, and we are very excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of Tennessee artists’ works represented by our members,” said Barbara Finch, exhibition chair.
Founded in 1974, the Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) is a civic organization of fine artists with 66 current members. TAA encourages each individual artist to grow and develop through fellowship with other artists, educational programs, opportunities to exhibit and sell art, and to serve the community through classes. TAA hosts an exhibition of new artwork every three months at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce on Market Square. Membership in TAA is open to anyone eighteen years and older who is a resident of the state of Tennessee. Dues are currently $50 for single membership, $60 for family and $15 for students.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive, which include a business meeting, a program, and a time of fellowship and refreshments. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.tnartists.org.
In the Emporium Gallery on Friday, October 3 5:30-6:30 PM – Music by Tapestry
Tapestry is a women’s singing group comprised of local singers and musicians who have been performing together since 2003. They perform a capella and madrigals with piano, flute or guitar. Tapestry shares their talents at weddings, parties, festivals, and other venues throughout the Knoxville area. They perform eclectic styles of music and recently released a CD featuring their Christmas music. Tapestry includes Elizabeth Campbell, Courtney Zirkle, Jenny Adams, Pat Rutenberg, Laurel Osborn, and Susan Bolt.
Jean Hess: Where Water Used to Be
October 3 – November 1, 2014 in the display case
Water is a precious resource that is threatened in so many ways. Pollution, diversion, waste — the water of the earth needs protection. We all know that large communities like the Anasazi of the Southwest left their homes because water sources disappeared. The “Remote Sensing” series of collage paintings references the trope of aerial imaging — used in archeology to identify traces of ancient habitations — to create patterns suggesting ancient settlements abandoned because of lost water resources.
I like the idea of a remote vantage point — removed, impartial — from which to view very emotional issues. That and the overall haze of filtered light suggest my own personal preference for viewing from a distance. This is a very oblique way of making a political statement, and that suits me because I would prefer to make attractive, compelling images rather than depict negative things.
This show, “Where Water Used to Be,” continues the “Remote Sensing” work and expands upon it with small sculptures, assemblages and collections of detritus from the imagined settlements that were abandoned when water ran out. These are whimsical, hard to explain fully, as though they are the sorts of things archeologists refer to as “problematic forms.” I like to imagine that some of them are sympathetic magic implements for conjuring water, or holding on to water resources that may be dwindling. For more information on Jean Hess, visit website.
In the Black Box at the Emporium on Friday, October 3
6:00-6:30 PM: Music and Dance by Pasión Flamenca
Featuring a Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts student showcase and live music by flamenco guitarist Victor Garza and cajon player Hernando Guevarra.
7:00-9:00 PM: Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends
Terra Madre (Women in Clay) Exhibition
October 3 – November 1, 2014 on the North Wall
Terra Madre was formed in 2000 by a group of female ceramic artists from the East Tennessee area who were drawn together by a shared passion for art and a love of clay. Each woman comes to the group with her own artistic experience and unique expressive style. We provide spiritual, emotional and practical support to our fellow clay artists while, hopefully, advancing an appreciation of the ceramic arts in East Tennessee. Although not all of us make a living from our art, we are all serious and dedicated when it comes to clay. In a few years, Terra Madre has grown from a small core of friends into a group of about 30 women clay artists who meet several times a year to share ideas and great food.
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
Artist Michelle Slentz Belcher will have her Fine Art and Illustrations on display.
Michelle received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art with a specialization in Drawing at Ball State University in 2013. Using her passion for anatomical study and her keen eye for detail, she greatly enjoys creating with purpose, through illustrative means. Currently she is enjoying working as a freelance artist, illustrating books and commissioned works, of both digital and traditional media. For a commissioned piece, feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check out more of her work at her Website
800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville (865) 803-6215 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
1st fl Pres 10pm:
AMIGO (Charlotte Alt- Country)
SKUNK RUCKUS (Asheville Country Punk) tentative
8pm Scruffy City Hall:
THE VIBRASLAPS (Knoxville’s MILF-magnets are back with semi-obscure covers!)
THE FRITZ (Asheville Super Fro-tastic Retro Funk!)
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 District Gallery & Framery
5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville (865)200-4452 Website
Opening First Friday, October 3, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. – Transformation: New Works by Gallery Artists, Old & New
The District Gallery is pleased to present Transformation: New Works by Gallery Artists, Old & New. Fall is an exciting time, a time of inspiring transformation, and in that spirit we are showcasing our newest collection of fine art created by veteran gallery artists as well as newcomers to The District Gallery.
Transformation includes new works by veteran artists Ashley Addair, Chad Airhart, Donna Conliffe, and Brad Robertson. New gallery artists represented in the show include Henry Callahan, Leslie Dyas, and Catherine Gibbs.
An opening reception will be held Friday, October 3 from 5-8 p.m. Come enjoy the paintings and meet the artists. The show is on display through October 31. Free on-site parking is available.
The Tree and Vine
439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville (865) 985.0524 Website
12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website
Lesley Easton will be on view at the Downtown Knoxville Tomato Head Restaurant from October 6th to November 1st.
115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381 Website
2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477) Website