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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

501 Arthur St., Knoxville (865) 951- 2523  Website

A1 Lab Arts

Center for Creative Minds, at 23 Emory Place Knoxville  Website

Armada Bar

116 South Central street Knoxville  (865) 240-4962 http://armadabar.com

Artist: Kate Ryan and Larry

Art type: paintings and beer box hats

We open at 5pm jolly hour is from 5-8

Art Market Gallery

422 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 525-5265  Website

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

Friday, April 4th, 2014 through the end of the month.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 4th, 2014 6pm to 9pm

Bliss Home is pleased to present Knoxville artist, Jane Nickels, for April’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, April 4th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Jane’s art will be featured for the month of April.

Jane grew up in Europe, the USA and Asia attending high school at the United World College Of South East Asia, Singapore. Jane earned her BFA from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, IN.

Jane’s April exhibit will feature her Knot Perfect series which consists of paintings that explore a biomorphic interpretation of Celtic knots and overlapping pattern, color and line demanding an emotional response.

Artist’s website

CBI

128 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 321-4900 Website

Woods Hippensteal Artist’s 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

Please join us for a First Friday celebration Friday, April 4, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. as we showcase new exhibitions and regional artists at the Emporium Center

Dogwood Arts Festival Regional Fine Art Exhibition

April 4-26, 2014 throughout the Emporium

The finest progressive artists of our region will showcase their work in the Regional Fine Art Exhibition! Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists has been selected by renowned juror, Julie Levin Caro, for exhibition. Julie Levin Caro is an art historian and curator specializing in African American art and material culture as well as American and European modernism and garden history. She has served at numerous museums since 1992 including the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX, the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, and the Colby Museum of Art in Waterville, ME. One of her most recent curatorial projects was displayed at the Colby College Museum of Art in the spring of 2010 and was entitled “Freedom of Expression: Politics and Aesthetics in African American Art.” She boasts an extensive list of publications and scholarly presentations, and has been awarded numerous awards and fellowships. Ms. Levin Caro received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Levin Caro is also a professor and has lectured at a number of academic conferences as well as museums. She recently lectured at an international symposium in Berlin, Germany, and is presently a professor at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Moreover, she actively publishes on numerous African American artists and designed landscapes. She is currently working on a book project: “The Imaginary Studio: The Self-fashioning of Artistic and Social Identity in the Studios of Thomas Cole, Allan Rohan Crite and Winold Reiss.

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.dogwoodarts.com.

In the Black Box at the Emporium on Friday, April 4

7:00-9:00 PM: Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends

African American Appalachian Arts: First Friday Open House & Radio Listening Party

African American Appalachian Arts at the Downtown African American Gallery will be hosting a First Friday Open House and Radio Listening Party. In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month during April, the Downtown African American Gallery will be presenting a Visual Exhibition of local visual and performing artists, Kelle Jolly and Emily Mathis. AAAA will also host a listening party to celebrate the debut of WUOT’s newest radio show, Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly. Guests will be able to listen to the show while viewing the artwork in the studio. Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly celebrates great, classic and contemporary voices of jazz. The Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly is an hour long show that includes recordings, live performances and interviews of local, national, and international artists on the jazz scene. On April 30, 2013, Mayor Madeline Rogero recognized April as Jazz Appreciation Month and April 30 as Jazz Day in Knoxville to celebrate the important cultural, social and even economic contribution that jazz makes to the Knoxville community. Suite 106 in the Emporium Center. Info: 865-217-6786, downtownafricanamericanart@gmail.com

HoLa Hora Latina Presents Bittersweet Harvest exhibition

HoLa Hora Latina, the Hispanic organization that promotes unity and communication between Latinos and the larger community, will host the “Bittersweet Harvest” exhibit during the month of April. This very special exhibit, created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Services and made possible by Humanities Tennessee, examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families and provides rich insight into Mexican American history. The exhibit will be displayed at Casa Hola in the Emporium Building on North Gay Street in Knoxville and will consist of six panels of freestanding, illustrated banners and photographs on loan from the Smithsonian, a poster by local Lourdes Gaza, figurines and other art materials by Angel Luna, a Telamon mural designed by children of migrant workers, and audio and visual excerpts of a documentary on Cesar Chavez who organized the United Farm Workers union. Chavez’s great-great granddaughter, Julz Chavez, will attend the reception. The opening reception for this very special exhibit will be April 4th from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM in suite 109 of the Emporium Building, 100 South Gay Street. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. The “Bittersweet Harvest” exhibit will be the central event for a number of other Hola-sponsored events focusing on this theme and will include a round table discussion and Knox county school appearances by Julz Chavez. For details of these events, contact casahola@holafestival.org or 865 335-3358.

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

Morelock Music

411 S. Gay Street Knoxville  (865) 766-5192  Website

New South Collective

123 A. South Gay Street Knoxville Website

Elizabeth Kidder – illustrations, including graphic novels, paintings and more. Artist’s Website

Elizabeth Kidder is a local illustrator, whose many varied formats and mediums all try to tell a story. Neither landscapes or portraits, her work instead features colorful characters and a narrative all their own. She will be selling originals as well as prints, and a variety of postcards, buttons, tote bags, pillowcases and more! You can join her event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1442292519341297 for more info, and a chance to win a Swag Bag full of goodies from the show! The opening reception will be Friday, April 4th 2014 from 6-9 PM.

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

First Friday/ Rhythm and Blooms Weekend

8pm In the Speakeasy:

The Oak Creek Band (Nash indie)

10pm in the Smokeasy: The Burnin Hermans (Maryville cover commandos)

10pm in Scruffy City Hall: Dixieghost (Knox bluegrass)

Copper Into Steel (TN jamgrass)

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

Salon Visage

11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000

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

Terra Madre: Women in Clay

Please join us for an opening reception Friday, March 28 from 5:30-9 p.m. The show continues through April 18.

The District Gallery is pleased to present Terra Madre: Women in Clay, a group show featuring the work of more than twenty female artists with diverse approaches to clay.

Terra Madre was formed in 2000 by a small group of artists from East Tennessee. The group’s members are as distinct as their creative work. Each woman comes to the group with her own artistic experience and unique expressive style. “Our mission is to support one another in our clay work, to advance the appreciation of ceramics in East Tennessee, and to encourage each other in the pursuit of our dreams as artists and as women,” said Jackie Mirzadeh, a functional potter and teacher at the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center. President Patricia Herzog says, “We all need encouragement at times, and I find that talking to women with similar interests and experiences helps me to continue my artistic endeavors with renewed energy.”

The exhibit will include both functional and sculptural ceramics as well as jewelry. Participants are: Elaine Barnes, Gray Bearden, Judy Brater, Jane Cartwright, June Crowe, Tina Curry, Valerie Eiler, Annamaria Gundlach, Candy Finley-Brooks, Amy Hand, Janet Harper, Patricia Herzog, Liz Howell, Lisa Kurtz, Karyn Kyte, Stephanie Levy, LeAnn Lewis, Patty Lewis, Jane Longendorfer, Wendie Love, Sandra McEntire, Jackie Mirzadeh, Marion Schlauch, Shauna Stevens, Linda Sullivan and Belinda Woodiel-Bril.

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

Ruth Allen will be on view at the Tomato Head Restaurant on Market Square from April 5th through May 2nd. Ruth allen draws and paints dogs, cats, birds, kids, flowers, insects, houses and feelings (real and imagined) on paper, canvas and reclaimed wood. She is a self taught artist currently living with a muse of a dog and a cat in athens, ga.

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,  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!

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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

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

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

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.

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

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

Morelock Music

411 S. Gay Street Knoxville  (865) 766-5192  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

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)

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

Salon Visage

11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000

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 Tree and Vine

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

Tomato Head

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.

URBhana

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

Wing Zone

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website

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