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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Listing info:

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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.

Special Event- Earth Fest

Come find out why the 2012 Earth Fest thinks that being green makes sense during this month’s First Friday event! Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting a promotional event for this year’s Earth Fest which will feature local artists’ works, free food, and appearances from Dr. Destruction and Mother Earth! The KKB offices are located on the beautiful 100 Block of Gay St. in the basement of the Emporium. For more information on Earth Fest, please go to the website for Knox Earth Fest.

On with this month’s openings!

11 Café

122 S. Gay St. Knoxville (VOL) 851-8150  Website

First Friday Concert Event - 11 Café welcomes you to its third First Friday concert event of the year. Jen Parker & Red-Handed will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. inside 11 Café. Tickets are on sale for $15 and include all you can drink beer on tap.

Artist  on display-  Kit Hoefer, showing  painted canvases ranging in size from 8 x10 inches to 36 x 24 inch

Artist Bio – 11 Café would like to thank Kit Hoefer for displaying her fun and talented works of art.  Hoefer’s colors are used to express feelings about a subject, rather than to simply describe it.  She paints with her emotions and intellect, tapping into a more expressive and powerful use of colors. The rich colors, outlines, and dramatic brush strokes recall both Expressionist and Fauvist traditions.  Colors are intensified full of spirit, to interpret nature and submit it to the spirit of the picture.

Hoefer is from East Tennessee. She has exhibited locally for over ten years in the Knoxville metropolitan area. All art is for sale. Visit her very own website for samples of what might be hanging up in 11 Café.

Artist Website

Artist - Catherine Cummings displays professionally framed portraits and landscapes made from oils, water colors, and pastels.

11 Café thanks Catherine Cummings for displaying her lovely and talented works of art. Catherine grew up in Charleston, SC and graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree as a studio art major. One of the contributing factors to her early love of art was her father’s great passion for original oil paintings, which he collected and displayed at home. Cummings paints portraits and landscapes with oils, water colors, or pastels. She currently lives by the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee which is where she gets most of her visual inspiration. It is Catherine’s desire to reflect in her work the beauty of what God has created whether it is found in nature or the exquisite tones found in the faces of people.


2 Many Pixels

130 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 201 Knoxville

501 Arthur

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

8 Shooters Studio

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

A1 Lab Arts

Center for Creative Minds, at 23 Emory Place Knoxville  Website

Art Gallery of Knoxville / Copy Shop

317 Gay Street Knoxville (865) 595- 4401  Website

Art Market Gallery

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

Art Market Galley of Knoxville is pleased to present an exhibit of recent works by Marilyn Avery Turner and Morgan Fitch, both of Knoxville.


Marilyn Avery Turner, who holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, will be exhibiting a collection of her recent monoprint/Chine-colle works. Created with oil-based inks on rice paper, these hand-pulled prints are one-of-a-kind artworks, each of which required multiple passes through a press to achieve the finished print.


Sculptor Morgan Fitch welds various metal found objects together to create whimsical animal and humanoid forms. He’s delighted when observers of his sculpture find humor in it and appreciates their efforts to identify the multitude of old tools and utensils incorporated into his works.


A First Friday Reception for the exhibit is planned for April 6 from 5:30-9 pm with complimentary refreshments and live music.


Annual Members Auction April 6-15th. A Dogwood Arts Festival Featured Event, this silent auction gives gallery visitors the opportunity to bid on original artworks by gallery artists for a chance to buy them at a fraction of their value. Approximately 40-50 items will be available for bidding.


The public is invited to a First Friday Reception on April 6 from 5:30-9 pm with complimentary refreshments and live music. This will be the first day of bidding on auction items and the reception offers the opportunity for the public to meet many of the gallery’s member-artists as well.

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

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

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

The East Tennessee History Museum will open up at 5:30 on First Friday and no admission will be charged.

The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection of the Knox County Public Library are partnering up to present a free, monthly First Friday film series entitled, “From the Vaults: Iconic Moving Images of East Tennessee.


“‘I Open My Mouth and Let ‘er Fly’: The Pappy ‘Gube’ Beaver Story” is the second installment in the First Friday series and will include a live musical by Marvin Russell, Wade Hill and the Hillians, with a special appearance by the Hogman!

The April 6, 2012, screening marks the world premier “‘I Open My Mouth and Let ‘er Fly’: The Pappy ‘Gube’ Beaver Story,” produced by indie filmmakers Dwight Swanson and Robert Salyer and featuring the story behind the life and times of long-time Knoxville preacher Parlan “Pappy Gube” Beaver. Beaver, now 92 years old, formerly worked with grocer and country music impresario Cas Walker and has been on local radio airwaves for over 70 years. Chet Atkins’ first commercial recordings were made with Beaver for Capitol Records during the late 1940s.


Join Americana music roots musicians Marvin Russell, Wade Hill, and the legendary Hogman for a program of live ole-time music and vintage film clips celebrating the life and career of East Tennessee’s own Pappy “Gube” Beaver! Also featured will be an art exhibit by Amy Campbell.

 Art Exhibit: “Music & Culture Folks of East, Tennessee”, Amy Campbell, Maryville artist


Maryville-based artist Amy Campbell’s exhibit “Music & Culture, East, Tennessee folk portraits” portrays in a simple and direct style her love and respect of present and historic folks of our region. Portraits include Chet Adkins, Pappy “Gube’ Beaver, The Reverend and Mrs. J. Bazzel Mull, Wade Hill, Cas Walker and many more. For more information about her art, please visit:


East Tennessee Community Design Center & Knoxville Downtown Design Studio

500 S. Gay Street Knoxville Mobile (865) 603-3988 Office (865) 525-9945Website

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

Fluorescent Gallery

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

Gallery 1010

113 South Gay Street Knoxville  Website

Gallery 133

133 South Gay St. Knoxville

Drop by from 6-9pm for beverages, snacks, and music by Gregory Tarrants.

Featured Artists:

Dawn Denton Hawkins (paintings)

Tina Brunetti (paintings)

David Watson (jewelry)

Sorista Tary (paintings)

Curtis Wilson (paintings and mixed media)

Dianna Kilgore (paintings)

Andrew Tituskin (photography)

Rucker Wells (paintings, sculpture, jewelry)

Cinda Costner (photography)

Lisa Smith Glenn (jewelry)

Cody Swaggerty (graphic arts)

Carrie Bostwick (paintings)

BJ Hilton Hitchcock (paintings)

Jess Wathen (mixed media)

Chris Cornett (paintings)

*Prints available for purchase on most artworks shown.


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

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 Center1127B 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

Lox Salon

103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website

Maplehurst Inn

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

Lunchbox Restaurant in the Bank East Building

Market Street, Knoxville

On display are 33 pieces, tracing a variety of themes and treatments by artist Medha Karandikar. The show is already up, please drop by on First Friday, April 6th, during the opening reception, 5-8 pm.

Midtown Arts Center

513 Cooper Street  (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


Regal Downtown West 8

1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville (865) 712-9224 Website

We’ll  have the artwork of  Karen Krogh on display this first Friday, a selection of Captured Images.


 Remedy Coffee

125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website

Rita’s Italian Ice

Market Square, Knoxville

Salon Visage

11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000

Tennessee Valley Bikes

214 W. Magnolia, Knoxville Website

The District Framery and Gallery

5113 Kingston Pike, Suite A, Knoxville (865) 200-4452 Website

Featuring cityscape and landscape oil paintings by Knoxville artist Joe Parrott and ceramic “souls” by Asheville artist Cassie Ryalls

The Fortunate Traveler

119 S. Central Street Bldg. 2 Knoxville (865) 474-1098  Website

Tomato Head

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

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.

Post Secret: UT student post secrets.

UT Downtown Gallery

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

Yee- Haw Industries

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