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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

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 and the ETSU Slocumb Galleries are pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “Further East” by the faculty and staff of the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. “Further East” features contemporary work in various media by Johnson City-area artists David Dixon, M. Wayne Dyer, Mira Gerard, Travis Graves, Mindy Herrin, Amanda Hood, Vanessa Mayoraz, Patricia Mink, Catherine Murray, Peter Pawlowicz, Kelly Celeste Porter, Kevin Reaves, Andrew Scott Ross, Katie Sheffield, Ralph Slatton, Mike Smith, and Dawn Marie Tipton and will be displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 7-28, 2015. An opening reception will take place on Friday, August 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from7:00-8:45 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.

 

For the third year in a row, the Arts & Culture Alliance is proud to partner with a community-based art gallery in the Southeast for the purpose of promoting local artists within each community. In June, the Tipton Gallery displayed a selection of work by 35 Knoxville-area artists in their gallery space at 126 Spring Street in downtown Johnson City. In exchange, the Alliance now presents this exhibition of works by ETSU faculty and staff at the Emporium. “Similar to the Alliance, the Tipton Gallery promotes and supports regional artists through rotating exhibitions and educational opportunities for the community,” says Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. “While many of our artist members are well known here in the Knoxville area, we wanted Johnson City to be exposed to their work, and we look forward to Johnson City artists receiving extra exposure here in Knoxville.”

 

The works chosen to travel to Knoxville include the evocative figurative paintings by Department of Art & Design chair Mira Gerard, whose work recently showed in the New American Paintings #118, as well as mixed media paintings by Amanda Hood, Dawn Marie Tipton, and new graphic design faculty Kelly Celeste Porter. Digital work by fellow graphic design faculty David Dixon and M. Wayne Dyer, as well as work in typography by art historian Peter Pawlowicz and photographs of civil war re-enactors by Katie Sheffield, are juxtaposed with hand drawn work by extended media artist Vanessa Mayoraz, paper-cut installations by Andrew Scott Ross, and prints by Ralph Slatton. Also featured in the exhibition are encaustic works by Catherine Murray, former chair and key organizer for the installation of public sculptures in downtown Johnson City. 3-D works in the exhibition include work by Dogwood Festival awardee Mindy Herrin, metalsmith Kevin Reaves, and environmental bronze sculptures by Travis Graves. A layered quilt by nationally renowned fiber artist Patricia Mink and the Appalachian rural landscape captured by prominent photographer, USA Fellow and Tennessee Arts Commission awardee Mike Smith, complete the exhibition that represents the diversity of art practice in the Johnson City area in Northeast TN region, just further east of Knoxville.

 

The Art Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences promote the understanding and appreciation of visual arts in support of the academic experience and the cultural development surrounding communities. Their mission is to provide venues for and access to contemporary art by organizing innovative exhibitions that promote artistic excellence, diversity, collaborations and creative thinking. For more information, please visit http://www.etsu.edu/cas/art/slocumb or contact Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay, Director of Slocumb Galleries, at (423) 483-3179 or contrera@etsu.edu.

 

“Further East” will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and select Sundays 3:30-6:30 PM. Additional special hours are posted atwww.theemporiumcenter.com/visit.html

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 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

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

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