The first Friday of every month, year round, galleries and venues in Knoxville host opening night events for local artists. 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.
Header photo courtesy of Inside of Knoxville
On with this month’s openings!
New Venue, Scruffy City Hall!
The long awaited Scruffy City Hall is officially open for business! It’s right on Market Square, part of the Preservation Pub and Oodles Uncorked family.
FIRST FRI FEB 7:
On Pres Pub and Scruffy hi-def screens, Winter Olympics Begin!
In Scruffy City Hall 5pm-8pm: Sundress Academy for the Arts (Poetry, Art and Music)
In Scruffy City Hall 10pm: Strung Like A Horse (Chatt quirkicana) w/ Rolling Nowhere (GA Psych Junk)
10pm in Pres Pub:
The Vibraslaps (Knox unique covers) in the non-smoking Speakeasy
8pm-10pm: Chris Padgett (of The Stereofidelics) (Asheville one-man band)
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
Bliss Home is pleased to present Knoxville artist, Christi Shields, for February’s First Friday. Artist’s Website
Bliss Home will host an opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Christi’s art will be featured for the month of February.
Christi’s February exhibit is a collection of paintings which express emotions from the past through continued experimentation in innovative, edgy and modern acrylic techniques. Christi uses a very action oriented process along with layer techniques and color to create depth. By using bold colors, texture and movement, Christi aims to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
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
Arts & Culture Alliance Presents Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives
(01/21/2014/Knoxville) – The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents “Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives”, a new exhibition of 20 photographs by Slovenian artist Manca Juvan that portrays civil society in Afghanistan. Juvan made several trips to the country between 2003 and 2009, documenting the lives of Afghans who, after the fall of the Taliban, had been promised much by the international community. Their lives, unfortunately, were little changed for the better. The images have been published in a book of the same title that aims to encourage continued discussion of Afghanistan, particularly of the daily lives of ordinary citizens who are usually omitted from the political/war discussions in the media. The photographs will be displayed in the Balcony of the Emporium Center from February 7 – March 1, 2014. A public reception will take place on Friday, February 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres available and chocolate fondue provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.
“Despite the international community’s efforts to crush the Taliban regime in Afghanistan after 9/11, and its promises of bringing democracy and rebuilding to this war-torn nation, the ongoing war and instability continues to diminish the hopes of the Afghan people,” says Manca Juvan. “Stories on the lives of ordinary Afghans caught in this endless conflict of interest and the ongoing struggle for money, power, and overall control remind us what the real images of war and poverty, of lives far from ordinary, look like.” Prior to exhibition in Knoxville, the collection of images has shown at Gallery MC in New York; Ljubljana Castle, Koroska Gallery of Fine Arts, STOLP Gallery, and Museum of Modern Art in Slovenia; Photomed festival in France; the Federal Parliament of Belgium; and the Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg. For more information on the Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives project, visit www.mancajuvan.com/unordinarylives.
Born 1981 in Slovenia, Manca Juvan has worked as a freelance photographer since 2000 after completing her studies at the Slovene School for Photography. She has been selected as Photographer of the Year in Slovenia for her reportage work in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and has been twice commended for her work on Afghanistan by the Slovenian Association of Journalists. Her book Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives was published by Sanje publishers in 2010 with an English edition following 2012. In 2011 she was chosen as one of three recipients of a scholarship for NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program. Juvan has published photographs and stories on Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Thailand, India, the United States, Serbia and the EU countries, among others in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic (Slovenia), Time.com, Marie Claire, and The European Voice. She is a member of the International Association of Photojournalists called SPUTNIK. She has worked as a mentor on photo documentary workshops and more recently university photography programs, and she prepared several solo exhibitions and participated in many group displays home and abroad.
Her visit has been coordinated by the Embassy of Slovenia in Washington and Lydia Pulsipher, Professor of Geography, Emeritus at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Honorary Consul for the Republic of Slovenia to Tennessee. For more information on Manca Juvan, visit www.mancajuvan.com.
“Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives” is on display February 7 – March 1, 2014 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Exhibition 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 our Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.
National Juried Exhibition
February 7-28, 2014 in the gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present this new exhibition featuring selected works from 36 artists in the Southeast region. The National Juried Exhibition was developed in 2006 to provide a forum for local artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as drawing, photography, digital media, watercolor, oil painting, encaustic, ceramics, and woodworking. Paul Collins served as juror for the exhibition. He is a multidisciplinary artist and curator from Nashville and works as Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at 6:00 PM.
In the Black Box at the Emporium on Friday, February 7
6:30-7:00 PM: Vignettes by Tennessee Stage Company
Performances of three selections from the New Play Festival. For more than 10 years, the Tennessee Stage Company has presented a New Play Festival including World Premiere performances as well as readings and staged readings of new, un-produced scripts. The playwrights attend the readings and afterwards a discussion is held with the playwright, cast and audience on the script. They are collaborating with the Knox County Public Libraries to hold the readings in various branches, hosting twelve readings in six different libraries from February 1-23, 2014. Visit the website for more information.
7:00-9:00 PM: Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends
Recent Works by Olga Rader February 7-28, 2014 on the North wall
Olga Rader is a versatile artist with a multi-faceted background. Born in Kazakhstan and raised in Uzbekistan, Olga was exposed to Arabic, Asian, and Eastern European influences, which continue to find their way into her work. She graduated from Moscow University with degrees in Art and Animation Direction, and followed that with a career at Souzmultfilm, the largest animation studio in Russia. Upon moving to the US in 1997, she began concentrating on all forms of her artistic expression; acrylic and oil painting, sculpture, exotic doll making, and children’s art; illustration for books and murals. She has exhibited at numerous locations in and around Los Angeles and more recently Knoxville, TN, and has been interviewed for television in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.olgarader.com.
Recent Works by Kathy Bradley February 7 – March 1, 2014 in the display case
Kathy Bradley has been creating art for more than 35 years in many different media. She began studying metalsmithing in 2008 with precious metal clay, bronze clay, and copper clay and took traditional metal smithing classes at Arrowmont School, John C. Campbell Folk School, Spruill Center in Atlanta, Appalachian Center for Crafts, and Oak Ridge Art Center. She has taught copper working for UT non-credit programs for 18 months.
After working with many mediums and forms of arts and crafts, I feel mostly “at home” working with copper. I am drawn to the warmth and earthiness of the copper. Copper is malleable and can be formed into infinite shapes. With patinas it can be made to look like it has been around for years and years. I feel content at the end of a day spent with copper and fire and hammers.
1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200 Website
121 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN (865)-329-4626 Website
Brad Austin playing Gallery Nuance First Friday Opening
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
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 Square Room
The Square Room at Cafe 4, on Market Square, will be featuring a play called Fiction by Steven Dietz and will be put on by Yellow Rose Productions. We are a new production company here in Knoxville and will be putting on plays and improvisational theater pieces around the city this year.
The show will start at 7:30PM, with doors opening at 6:30 so people can bring in food and drinks from Cafe4. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the door and $5 of that is a food voucher that can be used on a $15 meal at Cafe4.
Synopsis: Linda and Michael Waterman are both successful writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when they decide to share their diaries with one another, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down. No life, as it turns out, is an open book. Presented by Yellow Rose Productions
Linda Waterman……………..Kerri Koczen
Michael Waterman………….Erik Schiller
Abby Drake……………………Lizzie Wouters
Directed by Danielle Roos
The Tree and Vine
439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville (865) 985.0524 Website
12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website
Mixed media, by Jill Sanders, will be on view at the downtown Knoxville Tomato Head from February 7th through February 28th, 2014
She will then hang at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head, March 2nd through April 5th, 2014.
115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381 Website
2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477) Website