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This site gets zero funding from anywhere, it's run by me, Steve Lareau. I'm a local artist, and I've run this site for the past 6 years on my own time and my own dime, so if this place makes it easier for you to find what's going on, buy me a cup of coffee, or a beer.

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Header photo courtesy of Inside of Knoxville

Happy Anniversary!

I started this site June, 2008, and last month marked 6 years keeping you all updated on the venues that showcase local artist’s work every month.  It’s amazing how huge First Friday has become, the variety of venues is matched by the variety of artists showcasing their work every month. If you’ve found it helpful to use this site over the years, please consider throwing a little something my way for the effort. This site gets zero funding from anywhere, it’s run by me, Steve Lareau in Clinton. I’m a local artist, and I’ve run this site for the past 6 years on my own time and my own dime to help promote the local arts, so if this website makes it easier for you to find what’s going on, consider buying me a cup of coffee. Or a beer. Or better yet, a slice of pie. There’s a link to Paypal over on the left sidebar. Thanks!

June 2008

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If you don’t see a listing here,  don’t assume the venue doesn’t have an artist’s work on display. 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

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

Opening Reception: Friday, July 4th, 2014 6pm to 9pm Artist Website
Bliss Home is pleased to present print maker, Callie Farmer, for July’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, July 4th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Callie’s art will be featured for the month of June.

Callie’s July exhibit will feature nature-inspired art that incorporates the techniques of both printmaking and gouache. Callie creates enhanced depth and movement with each piece by observing the colors, textures and patterns found in nature. While etching her plates, Callie has learned how to vary the size and scale to create another level of depth in her work. The awareness of Callie’s objective and added knowledge challenges her to achieve different levels of transparency and layering.

Bootleg Betty

122 S Gay St, Knoxville Website
(865) 309-5818

Open until 9:00 pm for First Friday.

Artists:
Faith Road Designs creates handcrafted jewelry from mixed media. The
rustic and earthy colors of sandy stones, turquoise and greens
combined with metals, copper wire and leather is a style that is
unique and soulful.

Knock on Wood Knoxville
Rustic wood home decor handmade from reclaimed wood. Designs include
hand painted signs, picture frames, Tennessee wall art, and more!

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 a new exhibition entitled “Then & Now”, a celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Emporium Center which reopened in July 2004 following renovations. “Then & Now” will host 24 regional artists with a unique display of artwork in a side-by-side format: a piece from “then” (at least ten years old) and a piece from “now” (created within the last two years). The exhibition includes acrylic, charcoal, clay, photography, woven works, sculptures, oil, pen & ink, watercolor, and more and will be displayed in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 4-26, 2014. A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, July 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Stephen Brayfield, Jason S. Brown, Victor Costantino, Bobbie Crews, Judi Gaston, Carl Gombert, Jessica Gregory, Annamaria Gundlach, Steve Hankal, Chriss Hardy, Hannah C. Holder, Kris Rehring Jones, Terri Jordan, Mary Lingen, Hali Maltsberger, Fritz Massaquoi, Roy McCullough, Kate McCullough, Clay Pardue, JoAnn Parsley, Elizabeth Porter, Ralph Shick, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, and Anika Toro.

The Emporium is free and open to the public. The exhibition hours are: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM; and (NEW!) Sundays, July 6 and July 20, 3:30-6:30 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Saturday, July 5. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Also on display in the Emporium during the same time frame:

“Do I Know You?” by R.L. Gibson

Works by Jim Parris & Gwendolyn Kerney

Knox Heritage – 2014 Art & Architecture Tour Photographs

 

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

8pm in Speakeasy:
The Hippy Nuts  (NY folk rock)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hippy-Nuts/309080091137?sk=app_2405167945

10pm Pres:
State Street Rhythm Section (Knox funktastic)
https://www.facebook.com/StateStreetRhythmSection/app_2405167945
The Jojax Annual Independence Day Show!

10pm Scruffy:
Left Foot Dave and the Magic Hats (Knox blues party legends)

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

Eric Branch will be on view at the Market Square Tomato Head Restaurant from July 7th thru August 4th. He will move his exhibit to the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from August 4th thru September 6th.

For more information, please call the artist at 865-935-9151.

SeeAmerica (http://seeamericaproject.com/) will be on view at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from July 8th thru August 4th.

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.

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

Artist’s Website: bmurrayphoto.shutterfly.com

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

Brian Murray is a local photographer who has been honing his photography skills for the past twenty years. Brian’s 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. Brian is a resident artist at Bliss Home and sells his prints there and at the Market Square Farmers’ Market.

Brian is primarily known for his imagery of local landmarks, but for Brian’s June exhibit, viewers will witness imagery from outside of Knoxville, focusing on what our surrounding countryside looks like.

Casa Hola

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

CBI

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

June: Eli Johnson

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

East Tennessee Foundation

625 Market Street, Suite 1400 Knoxville
Phone: (865) 524-1223  Website

East Tennessee Foundation invites you to join us for a First Friday Opening Reception of our newest exhibit featuring the work of Gordon Fowler (turned wood) & Pat Postma (photographs) on Friday, June 6, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Gordon Fowler – Turned Wood

“I have been turning wood in my “spare time” since 2002, using a woodturning lathe. The wood I use is native to East Tennessee. I concentrate on creating pleasing shapes with an eye on proportions, and working with wood reminds me that I am connected to this wonderful world God has made.”

Pat Postma – Photographs

“My eye sees lines and composition; it searches for graphic design. I find this by focusing on detail whether it is nature, architecture, or unexpected objects. But on a larger scale, I love Melton Hill Lake for atmospheric landscapes. I travel to far away places and discover images there.”

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 a new exhibition of mixed media works by 25 members of the Depot Artists Association in Abingdon, Virginia. The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 6-28, 2014, and an opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on June 6 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by The Melting Pot and music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day.

For the second 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 March, the Arts Depot displayed a selection of work by 38 Knoxville-area artists in their gallery space at 314 Depot Square in Abingdon, Virginia. In exchange, the Alliance now presents this exhibition of works by Arts Depot members at the Emporium.

“Similar to the Alliance, the Arts Depot promotes and supports regional artists through rotating gallery exhibitions, educational opportunities for the community, and working artist studios,” 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 want Abingdon to be exposed to their work, and we look forward to Abingdon artists receiving extra exposure here in Knoxville.”

The works chosen to travel to Knoxville represent a portion of the Arts Depot’s Members as juried by Ed Chitwood during the Depot’s 25th annual Holiday Members Exhibition this past December. Chitwood has lectured and offered workshops on monotype, the history of printing, letter press for more than twelve years. For the past ten years he has presented public Art Talks during Abingdon’s Virginia Highlands Festival and served as the Festival’s Fine Arts Exhibit juror in 2013. Ed currently is an adjunct professor at Virginia Highlands Community College teaching the fundamentals of two and three-dimensional design. Members selected to represent the Arts Depot are: David Alexander, Jean Gay-Asher, Janice Borel, Jackie Dolpp, Karen Foote, Nancy Garretson, Leslie James, Mary Harrington, Margaret Helvey, Kathleen Jacobs, Elizabeth Johns, Nancy Johnson, Ned Johnson, Pat Lehmkuhl, Lisa May, Bunny Medeiros, James “Wes” Miller, Helen Morgan, Adelaide Moss, Rita Nabors, Sara Reese, Joyce Samuel, Ken Simmelink, and Barbara “Kitty” Williams. The Depot Artist Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to promoting the arts in the community and supporting the region’s artists. The Association operates the Arts Depot in the historic Depot Square area of downtown Abingdon. The Association is supported in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corp. For more information about the Arts Depot, call (276) 628-9091 or visit www.abingdonartsdepot.org.

The exhibition will be on display in the Balcony at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from June 6-28, 2014. Gallery 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 www.knoxalliance.com.

Also on display in the Emporium during the same time frame:

Townsend Artisan Guild – Destination Townsend

Mixed media collage, watercolor, and oil works by Elaine Culbert

Abstract figurative works by Bill Womac

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The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition by the Townsend Artisan Guild (TAG) entitled “Destination Townsend”, featuring original paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculptures, and more by nearly fifteen local artists. The exhibition will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 6-28, 2014. A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, June 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Qdoba and music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day from 6:00-8:00 PM. The First Friday reception also features a flamenco dance performance by Pasión Flamenco from 6:00-6:45 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM, both in the Black Box Theatre.

 

The Townsend Artisan Guild, founded in 2007, brings together working fine artists and fine crafts persons from East Tennessee to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts. Through its 60 members, the group strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, and workshops. In April, the Guild presented the fifth annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival in Townsend. The Guild also provides opportunities for learning through a network of committed artisans, self-promotion through art exhibits and community activities, and meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Membership is open to actively working professionals, aspiring artists, and those sponsoring the Arts who are interested in working with other artisans to build a strong and supportive fine arts and fine crafts community. More information is available by visiting www.townsendartisanguild.org.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Deborah Adams (Fiber Art); Lois Alexander (Pastels); Evelyn Bryant (Sculpture); Susan Cooper (Photography); Rex Gullufsen (Photography); Annamaria Gundlach (Clay Sculpture); Ken LaValley (Photography); Kathleen Marquardt (Fiber Art Clothing); Gary Millar (Photography); M.J. Montgomery (Watercolors); Peter Mueller (Mixed Media); Betty Polk (wood carving); Suzanna Terrill (Encaustics); Vicky Walker (Crocheted Fiber Arts); and Sharon Webb (Photography).

“Destination Townsend” will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. Gallery 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 the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

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

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

URBhana

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

Wing Zone

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website