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Well, it’s time. I’m officially putting feelers out there. I’m looking for a buyer for the site I’ve been running KnoxvilleFirstFriday.com

I started it June 2008, so for 8 years, it’s the place people go to for info on what’s going on every First Friday. I started the site because no one had any info online, aside from a generic mention that galleries are open late every First Friday. It’s grown to be a huge event, and it’s been a pleasure to see the arts growing like it has over the years. I’m grinding to a halt, physically and mentally. I don’t want it to die on the vine, I need to put it into the hands of someone that can keep the momentum up, someone that can kick venues in the backside and get them to submit the info on the artist appearing every month, someone to kick artists in the backside and get them to get the info on their opening every month.

I hit the wall, there’s too much apathy out there. I only get a small handful of people that keep me posted, only because they already have a mail list, and I was asked to be put on it. I made the rounds, in person, handing out business cards to the venues, begging them to just mail me the info. It’s free advertising for them and the artists. It’s never cost a dime to venues or artists. I’ve been running this on my own time and my own dime, and I’m tired, I can’t give it what it needs to keep going. It took a lot of work, but I believe (last time I checked anyway) that this is the number one website for anything related to First Friday in Knoxville. Google, Yahoo, Bing, it was at the top.

It gets traffic only a week or so a month, as it’s a pretty specialized website. The only time there are visitors is because people want to find out what’s going on one night a month. For 2014, there were 21,717 views, 9,539 unique visitors. Traffic has been growing year by year, and I want it to keep going upward.

Inquiries can be made by using the contact form here.

Please spread the word to those you think may have an interest in purchasing this site and keeping it going. Thanks.

The listings for the current openings are directly below.

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!


2 Many Pixels

130 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 201 Knoxville  Website

501 Arthur

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

Birdhouse Laboratories

800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville  Website

Bliss

24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868  Website

Bliss Home

29 Market Square Knoxville (865) 673-6711  Website

Artist’s Website:  http://bmurrayphoto.shutterfly.com

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to Brian Murray’s June First Friday, Bliss Home is pleased to extend Brian’s June exhibit to July for First Friday!

“We’re thrilled by the enthusiastic reaction that Brian’s show received at its unveiling and throughout the month. We wanted to extend his exhibit so more Knoxvillians can experience his art,” notes Bliss Home manager, Sarah Naseman.

Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, July 3rd from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary snacks from Old City Java’s Bakery, Wild Love, will be provided and Brian’s art will be featured for the month of July.

Brian Murray is a local photographer who has been taking pictures for the past twenty years. His concentration is on local landmarks and historical buildings. He has had prints in several exhibits including the Arts in the Airport, Dogwood Arts Festival, National Art Exhibit at the Emporium, Knox Heritage Architecture Tour, and Art Alliance Exhibit at the Mayors’ offices. He is a resident artist at Bliss Home and sells his prints there and at the Market Square Farmers’ Market.

Brian’s June exhibit will reflect his fascination with all of the different architectural styles that Knoxville has to offer, particularity the historic buildings that remain.This exhibit is focus point is on the most diverse and historic buildings, which mainly includes churches.

Bootleg Betty

122 S Gay Street, Knoxville  865-309-5818  Website

Casa Hola

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

Creativity Center

13 Emory Place, Knoxville  Website

Downtown Grind

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

Envision Art Gallery

4050 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville (865) 438-4154

Ewing Gallery

1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200  Website

Gallery Nuance

121 S. Gay Street,  Knoxville TN  (865)-329-4626 Website

Ironwood Studios

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

Lox Salon

103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website

Maplehurst Inn

800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville  (865) 803-6215 Website

Old City Java

109 S. Central Avenue Knoxville (865) 523-9817   Website

Oodles Uncorked

18 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521-0600  Website

Organized Play

131 South Central Street Knoxville  (865) 521-0690  Website

Patricia Nash Designs

109 S. Gay St. 524-2626 Website

Preservation Pub

28 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 524-2224  Website

Rala

323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888  Website

Regal Downtown West 8

1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville  (865) 693-6327

Remedy Coffee

125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website

Rita’s Italian Ice

26 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville

Rococo Boutique

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

Technology Cooperative

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

The Tree and Vine

439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville  (865) 985.0524  Website

Tomato Head

12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website

New paintings by Jessica Payne http://www.JessicaPayneArt.com, will be on view at the Tomato Head Restaurant from July 5th through August 2nd on Market Square. Jessica will then exhibit at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from August 3 through September 7th, 2015.

URBhana

115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381  Website

Wing Zone

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website

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!


2 Many Pixels

130 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 201 Knoxville  Website

501 Arthur

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

Birdhouse Laboratories

800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville  Website

Bliss

24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868  Website

Bliss Home

29 Market Square Knoxville (865) 673-6711  Website

Bootleg Betty

122 S Gay Street, Knoxville  865-309-5818  Website

Casa Hola

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

Creativity Center

13 Emory Place, Knoxville  Website

Downtown Grind

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

Envision Art Gallery

4050 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville (865) 438-4154

Ewing Gallery

1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200  Website

Fluorescent Gallery

627 N Central St Knoxville

Artwork by Tony Henson Artist Website

Gallery Nuance

121 S. Gay Street,  Knoxville TN  (865)-329-4626 Website

Ironwood Studios

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

Lox Salon

103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website

Maplehurst Inn

800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville  (865) 803-6215 Website

Old City Java

109 S. Central Avenue Knoxville (865) 523-9817   Website

Oodles Uncorked

18 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521-0600  Website

Organized Play

131 South Central Street Knoxville  (865) 521-0690  Website

Patricia Nash Designs

109 S. Gay St. 524-2626 Website

Preservation Pub

28 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 524-2224  Website

Rala

323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888  Website

Regal Downtown West 8

1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville  (865) 693-6327

Remedy Coffee

125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website

Rita’s Italian Ice

26 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville

Rococo Boutique

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

Technology Cooperative

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

The Tree and Vine

439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville  (865) 985.0524  Website

Tomato Head

12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website

URBhana

115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381  Website

Wing Zone

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website

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!


2 Many Pixels

130 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 201 Knoxville  Website

501 Arthur

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

Birdhouse Laboratories

800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville  Website

Bliss

24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868  Website

Bliss Home

29 Market Square Knoxville (865) 673-6711  Website

Artist’s Website:  http://bmurrayphoto.shutterfly.com

Bliss Home is pleased to present the latest works by Knoxville artist, Brian Murray, for June’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, June 5th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary snacks from Old City Java’s Bakery, Wild Love, will be provided and Brian’s art will be featured for the month of June.

Brian Murray is a local photographer who has been taking pictures for the past twenty years. His concentration is on local landmarks and historical buildings. He has had prints in several exhibits including the Arts in the Airport, Dogwood Arts Festival, National Art Exhibit at the Emporium, Knox Heritage Architecture Tour, and Art Alliance Exhibit at the Mayors’ offices. He is a resident artist at Bliss Home and sells his prints there and at the Market Square Farmers’ Market.

Brian’s June exhibit will reflect his fascination with all of the different architectural styles that Knoxville has to offer. Brian’s focal point for this show will highlight historic churches, which capture the diversity in architectural features.

Bootleg Betty

122 S Gay Street, Knoxville  865-309-5818  Website

Casa Hola

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

Creativity Center

13 Emory Place, Knoxville  Website

Downtown Grind

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 Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present the third annual Knoxville Photo 2015, a juried exhibition featuring selected works from 32 artists throughout the region. Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for photographers to compete on a national scale and display their work. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more, and will be displayed in the Emporium Center from June 5-27, 2015. Most of the works are for sale. A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, June 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM with a brief ceremony at 6:00 PM in which over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson & Friends from 7:00-8:45 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

 

David Simchock served as juror for the exhibition and viewed images from more than 85 artists to select the exhibition. “What a treat to be invited to jury the Knoxville Photo 2015 exhibition,” he said. “The diversity in subject matter was matched by the impressive technical and compositional quality of the images, making it a challenging task to narrow down the field. Though I was particularly drawn to many of the ‘Human Experience’ submissions, the other three categories were represented with creativity and impact. Kudos to all of the photographers who entered work.”

 

A native of New Jersey, David J. Simchock has lived and traveled overseas for many years and, since returning to the States in 2002, quickly established himself as a reputable freelance photographer and artist. His images have been published in major publications around the world, and he has exhibited his work in numerous galleries and venues from New York City to Asheville and beyond. Simchock has received many prestigious awards, while his life story and career have been covered in several publications and TV features. Simchock is also an educator, speaker and writer (and aspiring rock star). He enjoys being a stranger in a strange land and taking on new artistic challenges, whether abroad or nearer his own back yard. He strives to bring a fresh approach to his craft, successfully capturing the mood of the moment, as well as, perhaps, an entire journey. He resides in Western North Carolina. For more information about David J. Simchock, please visit www.DijonCreative.com.

 

The following artists’ works will be shown:

 

+ Jill Vandagriff of Miramar Beach, FL

+ John Mark Lawler of Hattiesburg, MS

+ Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon of Starkville, MS

+ Stephen Blackwell, Sarah Busby, Baron Bustin, Bobbie Crews, John Fairstein, Kelly Grzakso, Phillip Hoffman, Gretchen Kaplan, David Luttrell, Abby Malone, John Edwin May, Victoria May, Sharon Monett, Dick Penner, Norm Plate, Sierra Plese, Sean Sparbanie, Lee Steenbergen, Clay Thurston, Anika Toro, Ryan Winschief, and Steve Zigler of Knoxville

+ Ryan Hoover of Loudon

+ Cat Griffith-Benson and Brandon Shinn of Maryville

+ Bobbie J. Hinton of Morristown

+ Mary Dodge of Norris

+ Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill

+ Cheryl Tarrant of Powell

 

View a temporary gallery of selected images at https://plus.google.com/ photos/116432219839177047995/ albums/6146128999098794961.

 

Knoxville Photo 2015 is on display June 5-27, 2015 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit our Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Envision Art Gallery

4050 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville (865) 438-4154

Ewing Gallery

1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200  Website

Gallery Nuance

121 S. Gay Street,  Knoxville TN  (865)-329-4626 Website

Ironwood Studios

119 Jennings Avenue Knoxville (865) 405-0777  Website

James Freeman Interior & Gifts

108 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 522-3230  http://www.jamesfreemaninteriorsandgifts.com
Friday June 5th Store Hours 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Artisit Website : http://www.heatherwhiteside.com/
During the month of June, Heather Whiteside’s collection of “Tennessee Art” is on display at James Freeman Interior & Gifts. Come in on Friday June 5th, to enjoy her collection of some of Knoxville’s most beloved places.

Heather is a California native, with a passion for urban landscapes. She began her studies at The Art Students League of New York at the age of 15, she now resides in Hudson Valley, NY, but is a frequent visitor of Tennessee. Her latest collection displays some of her favorite places around town, including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, Downtown Arts, and the Knoxville Riverscape.

Please join us at James Freeman Interior & Gifts for a night full of fun, music, art, and other First Friday Festivities.

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

Lox Salon

103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website

Maplehurst Inn

800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville  (865) 803-6215 Website

Old City Java

109 S. Central Avenue Knoxville (865) 523-9817   Website

Oodles Uncorked

18 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521-0600  Website

Organized Play

131 South Central Street Knoxville  (865) 521-0690  Website

Patricia Nash Designs

109 S. Gay St. 524-2626 Website

Preservation Pub

28 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 524-2224  Website

Rala

323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888  Website

Regal Downtown West 8

1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville  (865) 693-6327

Remedy Coffee

125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website

Rita’s Italian Ice

26 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville

Rococo Boutique

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

Technology Cooperative

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

The Tree and Vine

439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville  (865) 985.0524  Website

Tomato Head

12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website

“Wings of Fancy”, a exhibit by Sharon Popek, will be on view at the Market Square Market Square Tomato Head from May 31st through June 4th

Sharon Popek received a BA in Art Studio at the University of Kentucky. After graduation, she moved to Knoxville, where she lives with her husband, five cats, and one very patient dog. Her day job consists of product photography as well as some pet photography. Sharon enjoys experimenting with photography and photo finishing. The series “Wings of Fancy” uses both to bring beauty to a simple fruit, the Ground Cherry.

For more information, please contact the artist via her website, http://www.sharonpopek.com.

URBhana

115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381  Website

Wing Zone

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website