Header photo courtesy of Inside of Knoxville
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!
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 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
800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville Website
24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868 Website
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.
122 S Gay St, Knoxville Website
Open until 9:00 pm for First Friday.
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!
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
13 Emory Place, Knoxville Website
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
1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200 Website
121 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN (865)-329-4626 Website
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
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
103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website
800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville (865) 803-6215 Website
411 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 766-5192 Website
Old City Java
109 S. Central Avenue Knoxville (865) 523-9817 Website
18 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521-0600 Website
131 South Central Street Knoxville (865) 521-0690 Website
Patricia Nash Designs
109 S. Gay St. 524-2626 Website
28 Market Square Knoxville (865) 524-2224 Website
8pm in Speakeasy:
The Hippy Nuts (NY folk rock)
State Street Rhythm Section (Knox funktastic)
The Jojax Annual Independence Day Show!
Left Foot Dave and the Magic Hats (Knox blues party legends)
323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888 Website
Regal Downtown West 8
1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville (865) 693-6327
125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website
Rita’s Italian Ice
26 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville
2 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 971-1006 Website
11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000
Style of Civilization
133 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 544-4196 Website
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
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.
115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381 Website
2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477) Website