Listing info:

There’s a lot of artists and venues thinking I’m catching their listing info on their blog, on their facebook postings, etc. Don’t count on me seeing them. To get your listing onto this website, you MUST use either the contact form, or send an email to the address set up specifically for the listings. You can find further info on how to get this done at this  LINK It is the ONLY way you’ll get a listing put up on the site. Since I’m doing this without charging anyone for doing it, please make this easier for me by submitting your listings via email or the contact form. All the info gets sent into a special folder so that I don’t miss it in the ton of daily email I get.

Don’t see a listing?

If you don’t see a listing, I couldn’t find it when I updated this for this month. Check here sometime on First Friday, a lot of places don’t send me updates until the last minute, so pop in here before you head out for the latest updates. You’ll find their phone number and  links to their web site in the listing below, so you can check to see if they’ve got more recent info on their own site.

On with this month’s openings!

501 Arthur

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

8 Shooters Studio

1201 Central Street, Knoxville  (865) 545-4408  Website

A1 Lab Arts

201 Randolph Street (Old City) Knoxville  Website

Ansley Design Fab

900 Stone Street Knoxville Website

We plan to have an open house this Friday. Will have furniture designs on display among other odd’s and ends.

Art Market Gallery

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

Art Market Gallery of Knoxville is pleased to present an exhibit of recent works by Lil Clinard of Loudon and Elaine Fronczek of Knoxville.

Award-winning watercolor and acrylic painter Lil Clinard strives to express her response to the natural world through brush stroke, texture, color, light and composition rather than the control of photographic detail. A member of several watercolor societies and art guilds, her work is in corporate and private collections throughout the southeast.

Fiber artist Elaine Fronczek fashions clothing and home décor items from unique fabrics that she creates through a process called wet felting, a method that dates back over 8000 years that she often combines with the more modern technique of needle felting. Her creations are inspired by the works of mid-century and contemporary artists and fabric designers.

A First Friday Reception for the exhibit is planned for November 4 from 5:30-9 pm with complimentary refreshments and live music.

Belleze Salon and Spa

6209 Kingston Pike Knoxville (865) 558-8424  Website

Birdhouse Laboratories

800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville  Website

Black Market Clothing

23 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 258-8448


24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868  Website

Bliss Home

29 Market Square Knoxville (865) 673-6711  Website

Bliss Home is excited to feature Briena Harmening for November First Friday. Please join us for a reception at Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, from 6-9p.m., Friday November 4.

Harmening will show her beautiful artwork collection, inspired by confinement, made of beautiful fabric pieces, combining screen-printing, painting and sewing. Harmening resides and works in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a 2010 MFA graduate from the University of Tennessee, a member of 17th Street Studios and Work Horse Artist Collective. By utilizing mediums such as painting, sculpture, and video performance her work addresses identity and autobiography. She currently teaches Introductory, Advanced, and IB Art at West High School.

Blount Mansion

200 W Hill Ave Knoxville (865) 525-2375  Website

Cafe Pita

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website

Casa Hora @ The Emporium

100 S. Gay Street, Suite 109, Knoxville (865) 335-3358  Website

Chop Shop Hair Studio

1206 N. Central St. Knoxville  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

Downtown Grind

418 S. Gay Street , Knoxville (865) 524-4747

East Tennessee Historical Society

601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville (865) 216-8824  Website

“Bleeding Kansas” A Brown Bag Lecture by Ed Bearrs – Wednesday, November 9 at noon

National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearrs will discuss the strong pro- and anti-slavery divisions that formed around Kansas’s admission into the Union as a free or slave state. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 led to a rush of new residents for Kansas, as citizens from pro-slavery Missouri and abolitionists from New England and other free states flooded Kansas to influence the decision, among them the fiery abolitionist John Brown and his five sons. Bearrs will emphasize the Kansas experience in the context of events leading to the Civil War and tell the dramatic stories of the individuals on both sides caught up in the melee.

The Brown Bag Lecture series is a program of the East Tennessee Historical Society and is sponsored by 21st Mortgage. The lecture is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring a lunch. Drinks will be available.

East Tennessee Community Design Center & Knoxville 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 East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild and the Arts & Culture Alliance present the 16th Master Woodworkers Show, November 4-6, at the Emporium Center. This biennial juried show highlights the handcrafted works of 35 craftspeople and artists of East Tennessee and the surrounding region and features many types of woodwork, from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. The Emporium gallery provides an ideal environment in which to view the work and meet the artists.

The Show hours are: Friday, November 4, 5:00-9:00 PM; Saturday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, November 6, 12:00-5:00 PM. Admission is free. A public reception takes place on Friday, November 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities in downtown Knoxville.

Among the participants in this year’s show are the following notable artisans:Craig Nutt, Brian Boggs, and Curtis Buchanan. The 16th Master Woodworkers Show will be displayed at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street (corner of Gay/Jackson) in downtown Knoxville.

Ewing Gallery

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

Fluorescent Gallery

627 N. Central Knoxville (865) 522-1752  Website

Gallery 1010

113 South Gay Street Knoxville  Website

Hanson Gallery

5607 Kingston Pike Knoxville p (865) 584-6097  Website


327 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-8788  Website

Ironwood Studios

119 Jennings Avenue Knoxville (865) 405-0777  Website

John Black Photography

501 Union Ave. Knoxville (865) 522-1715  Website

Julie Apple Handbags

121 Gay Street Knoxville  (865) 235-1252  Website

JulieApple welcomes Bran Rogers. Please join us for an artist’s reception from 6 o’clock to 9 o’clock. Bran Rogers is a Knoxville artist who works with everything from illustration to puppets.

He can usually be found walking around downtown thinking about what used to stand in all those parking lots.

He is inspired by Halloween, the smell of old books and people who are more talented than their cellphones.

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

Knox ivi

17 Market Square, Knoxville  Website

Knoxville Visitor Center

301 Gay Street Knoxville (800) 727-8045  Website

First Friday Artist – Sarah Brobst will be at the Knoxville Visitor Center on Friday, November 4th from 4 to 8 pm, showcasing her beautiful works of “upcycled” jewelry pieces. When she is not working with children at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville, she is hard at work creating recycled jewelry for her 3-year-old business, Designs by Sarah Brobst. Stop by and see her this Friday!

La Costa

31 Market Square, Knoxville

Local photographer Brian Murray will have architectural scenes of historic Knoxville on display from  November and runs through December, with new work being displayed in December. Artist’s Website

Lox Salon

103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website

Mixed Media by Carly Baskette

Maplehurst Inn

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

Midtown Arts Center

513 Cooper Street between downtown Knoxville and downtown north. (865) 406-7885

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

221 Cumberland Avenue Knoxville (865) 521-0690 Website

Preservation Pub

28 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 524-2224  Website


323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888  Website

This First Friday, come to Rala to see work by long time member and supporter of the Knoxville arts community, Brian Pittman. Brian’s cathedral drawings have inspired conversation and wonder all around town, earning him respect as a local artist and architect. This November, we are lucky enough to be showing a collection of those very cathedrals.

We are also pleased to be having a pre sale of brand new, hand-printed cathedral prints! Hop on down to to Rala, meet the artist, and grab up your own hand-drawn or hand-printed cathedral!

Remedy Coffee

125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website

Rita’s Italian Ice

Market Square, Knoxville

Studio Visage

11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000

Featuring Jill Sanders, UT art director this First Friday at Studio Visage!


32 Market Square, Knoxville

Event: “These Funky Masks”

Date: November 4, 2011

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Music: DJ Wigs

Lifted Lab, a creative collective with ties across the nation, has teamed with Bearden Middle School art students to present an art show reflecting cultural diversity. Students were given the assignment to create a mask by cutting and layering colored paper, using inspiration of different lifestyles.

“These funky masks reflect various cultures all over the world. This is because we learned in class that many different cultures all over the world have masks of some sort. Bearden Middle School has one of the most diverse student populations in East Tennessee, so perhaps the variety of influences in the masks reflects this.”

For November’s First Friday, Lifted Lab will host an art show at Swagger in Market Square with a selection of the students’ masks. This art opening will be accompanied by a live DJ and refreshments. This event will give students the experience of exhibiting their work just as established artists do, interacting with their local community, and celebrating their creativity. The art will remain on display until December 1, 2011.

Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound

East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville (865) 215-8856

Attention classic movie fans, literary buffs, and history buffs!

The Knox County Library, McClung Historical Collection, and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound are partnering up to celebrate the library’s 125th anniversary! The First Friday, November 4rth event will feature a tour of “underground Knoxville”, a short documentary about the history of the Knoxville library, rare film footage from Knoxville’s past, and a film screening of the 1963 Paramount feature ALL THE WAY HOME, based on James Agee’s novel “A Death in the Family”. All the Way Home was filmed on-location in and around Knoxville, and premiered at the Tennessee Theatre in 1963.

First Friday screenings, November 4, 2011

Location: 110 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tn 37902

Times: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

No admission charge

6:30 pm: “Underground Knoxville” Tours

The screening venue will be held within a building situated in what has been described as “underground Knoxville”. Visitors are welcome to take a tour along the original underground sidewalk, and perhaps view portions of buildings long ago hidden from view when the 100 block of Gay Street was raised during the early part of the 20th century.

 Screening times:

7 pm: Vintage footage of the 100 block of Gay Street, 1930s-1950s (Harold’s Deli, WNOX performers, etc)

7:30 pm: Short documentary video on the history of the Knox County Library

7:45 pm: Rare archival newsfilm and home movie footage depicting behind the scenes Knoxville location shooting for ALL THE WAY HOME in Fort Sanders, and the 1963 premier of the film at the Tennessee Theater.

8:00 pm: 16mm screening of the 1963 Paramount Feature ALL THE WAY HOME, based on James Agee’s Pulitzer prize winning novel “A Death in the Family”.

The Fortunate Traveler

119 S. Central Street Bldg. 2, (In the Old City beside the Crown and Goose) Knoxville (865) 474-1098  Website

Tomato Head

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

Unarmed Merchants

129 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 549-5769  Website


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

University of Tennessee University Center Concourse Gallery sponsored by the Visual Arts Committee

1502 West Cumberland Ave. Knoxville Call Meghan Terry at 865-974-5455 for more information or visit for a full list of VAC events.

Chris Scarborough- mixed media

UT Downtown Gallery

106 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 673-0802  WebSite

Yee- Haw Industries

413 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 522-1812  Website