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Dec 1, 2017





Art. Music. Food. Fun. Community.

On the first Friday of each month, the streets of Downtown Knoxville come alive for a casual evening of experiencing art in all forms.

Start your evening at any participating business and then look for ArtWalk flags to help guide your way. Explore galleries, studios, and artist collectives; roam through shops hosting open houses and local artist exhibits; enjoy performance art and live music in the streets and a variety of venues; drop in restaurants along the way and treat yourself to drinks and great food.

Every month – year round – brings fresh new exhibits, performances, dining opportunities, and special events. Schedules vary from place to place and are updated the last week of each month. Look for the trolley marked ArtWalk! It's FREE and will take you beween Market Square, Gay Street and the Old City. 

The thriving arts community is one of the things we love most about Downtown Knoxville. So come take a walk...ride a free trolley...and experience the arts, warmth and community of the neighborhood.

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Happening on November 3

Emporium Center

The Emporium Center is the hub of activity for every First Friday ArtWalk. Start or end your evening here…just don’t skip it! Each month, you’ll find three floors of new exhibits, live music, working artist studios, and more. Opening reception to meet the artist and view the artwork from 4-9pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free.

On Nov 3, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Live and Local: Recent Works of the Pellissippi Art Faculty in the Balcony gallery. Live and Local features a mix of ceramics, sculpture, installation, printmaking, drawing, painting, and mixed media.

Kimberly Pack: lovenestmonsters in the display case. Her drawings of mopey-faced, scraggly-haired guys allow her to bring to life with pen and paper the sadness and uncertainty of life.

The Cape Ann Collection - Watercolors by Carl Whitten on the North Wall. Whitten is inspired by the natural seaside light, colors and flavor of Cape Ann, which sits jutting out into the sea 25 miles north of Boston.

The Knoxville Community Darkroom in the Atrium. This show represents work from the board members of The Knoxville Community Darkroom and includes a combination of traditional analog, digital and alternative photographic processes.

The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild presents the 19th Master Woodworkers Show, a biennial juried show highlighting the works of 33 craftspeople and artists of East Tennessee and the surrounding region. The Show features many types of woodworking from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. 

It’s a First Friday full of events at the Emporium Center. Don’t miss it!

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details
Art Market Gallery

Nov 3 at the Art Market Gallery will feature artists Marie Burchette Merritt and Nelson Ziegler. Marie Burchette Merritt shares her experience hiking all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains through her art using traditional techniques of multiple layers of oil paints and glazes. Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston and Northwestern Academy of Watercolor and has won regional and national awards for both his painting and woodturning.  

You'll also find original art and fine crafts from more than 60 East TN artists. Opening reception for the featured artists begins at 5:30pm with complimentary refreshments and live music in the foyer. 5:30-9pm.

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
Pioneer House

Pioneer House, home of the original Knoxville Girl t-shirt and letterpress printmaking studio and gallery, will throw open the doors on Nov 3 to welcome five local artists – Amanda Humphreys, Peg Hambright, Cara Pfennigwerth, Laura Baisden, and Julie Belcher. The Knoxville Girls show and sale brings together five fine women with ties to Knoxville and a flair for fiber, ceramics, letterpress printmaking, encaustic painting and mixed media. You'll love them better than biscuits. 5-9pm.

413 S Gay St (865) 200-8084 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On Nov 3 you'll find live jazz with the Mike Baghetta Trio at the Bistro at the Bijou. Drop by for dinner, drinks and a great show from 9-11pm. 

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details
Dogwood Arts

Artists Sarah Moore, Lauren Karnitz, and David Pease will bring a vision of spring and East Tennessee to the gallery at Dogwood Arts on Nov 3, as they promote Bazillion Blooms dogwood tree sales. Order your dogwood trees onsite for $25. Reception from 5:30-8:30pm. 

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
White Dog Gallery - NEW GALLERY

Don't miss this new addition to Downtown Knoxville! ICYMI, White Dog Gallery opened in October at 514 W Jackson Ave. Drop by on Nov 3 to find a collection of work by local artists, artisans and craftspeople! 6-9pm.

514 W Jackson Ave (865) 936-0123 More Details

On Nov 3 Rala will feature two local artists, Cynthia Markert and Brian Scott Pittman. Join them from 6-9pm for the exibit opening and to meet these two local favorites.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
Basement Community Art Studio

Singer-songwriter and poet Daje Morris will be performing throughout the evening on Nov 3 at Basement Community Art Studio. Refreshments and coloring stations for both adults and kiddos! 6:30-8pm.

105 W Jackson Ave (865) 333-5262 More Details
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present Morehshin Allahyari, an artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She is the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Reception on Nov 3 from 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details
Old City Contemporary

You'll find an exhibit of Mark Carson English paintings titled "People, Places, Music & More" at Old City Contemporary: Fine Art and Framing on Nov 3. 7-10pm.

132 W Jackson Ave (865) 524-0146 More Details
Knoxville Museum of Art

It's Alive After Five on Nov 3 with the Rhythm & Blues and Carolina beach music of Boys' Night Out. A unique live music series in the casually elegant setting of the Knoxville Museum of Art. Live band, cash bars, food from area restaurants, free parking, browsing the museum’s art galleries, and more. 6-8:30pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr (865) 525-6101 More Details
Crown & Goose

On Friday Nov 3…and every Friday…step into The Underground at the Crown & Goose and find Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet. Show starts at 8pm. Free. It's a mix of dixieland, latin and early jazz that would be right at home in New Orleans. With both a baritone and bass saxophone, even the instruments are art. 

123 S Central St (865) 524-2100 More Details
Pretentious Beer Co

Drop by Pretentious Beer on Nov 3 for a special pop up restaurant from Olibea, special cask by Alliance Brewing Co and artwork by Pretentious’ own Natalie Petrovsky! As always, the beer garden will be open and glass blowers will be showing off their unique skills on the glass side of Pretentious as well.

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 More Details
Museum of East Tennessee History

Celebrate as "East Tennessee's Own" WDVX turns 20! On Nov 3 you’ll find an exhibit of WDVX history at the East Tennessee History Center and the debut of a new book about the history of WDVX with a discussion by book editors, station founder, and WDVX hosts. Books will be available for sale and signing. Reception at 6pm. Program at 7pm. Free and open to the public. 

601 S Gay St (865) 215-8830 More Details
PostModern Spirits

Nov 3 is New Product Launch Day at PostModern Spirits. Drop by for an evening of art, food, and the introduction of new liqueurs and gin. You'll find cocktails, tasting specials, and an exhibit of fine art and portraiture by Caleb Fletcher. Caleb will be on hand to discuss his artwork. And Tootsie Truck will be serving their delicious farm-to-table creations. 

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details
Tori Mason Shoes

Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to present Erica Beck on Nov 3 from 6-9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided.

29 Market Square (865) 673-6711 More Details

On Nov 3 Sapphire presents local artist Jose Diaz Jr and Dulce Vida Tequila! Stop by between 5-8pm and check it out! Cocktails will also be available from the talented bar team at Sapphire.

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details
Lox Salon

Drop by Lox Salon on Nov 3 from 6-8pm. They'll be hosting Bethany Stahl with acrylics and watercolors and Bailey Earith with fabric and fiber art.

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details

Citifid-O is the exclusive downtown gallery for Mike Taylor, local Knoxville artist, who loves dogs and paints exquisite humorous “dog art”. You'll find originals on display and for sale, as well as prints, cards and magnets. Complimentary dog snacks are available First Fridays. Human dog companions are also invited.

429 Union Ave (865) 219-5127 More Details
Bijou Theatre

On Nov 3 North Mississippi Allstars with Danielle Nicole perform at the historic Bijou Theatre. Check venue for details and ticket information. 

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details
Pilot Light

Friendlytown presents First Friday Comedy at the Pilot Light on Nov 3 with Krish Mohan and Derik Zoo! with Saint Thomas Ledoux and Alyssa Miller. 7pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details
Juice Bar Market Square

On Nov 3 the Juice Bar Market Square will be hosting Michael Arpino. Michael channels a fever dream on hallucinatory intepretiation of the third creepy, one third cute, and one third trippy. Sounds like something you shouldn't miss. Plus enter to win prizes.

2 Market Square (865) 415-0596 More Details
Culture Hair Studio

Drop by Culture Hair Studio on Nov 3. They'll be featuring artist Shannon Johnson for the evening. 

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will be hosting artist Dick Wills on Nov 3. Stop in and explore the multimedia exhibit of Wills including oil, acrylic, dye, watercolor, and more. It's a homecoming for Wills who previously ran a business in the Awaken Coffee space. Plus...Apple Cider specials to celebrate the season. 5-9pm.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
WDVX First Friday Live

WDVX presents First Friday Live! On Nov 3 Thomas Cassell and Ethan Sherman will be performing on the WDVX stage for the WDVX First Friday Live series. It's free. 7-8pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 544-1029 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Early or late, you'll have two chances to release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Nov 3 at Painting with a Twist. A 5-7pm class of 'You Are My Sunshine' and a 8:30-10:30pm class titled 'Tennessee Home'. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details
The Gratitude Bar

The Gratitude Bar in the Old City will feature Carol Mullen on Nov 3 with Treasures Old and New. You'll find an edgy style of repurposed and eclectic jewelry with each piece being one of a kind.

111 N Central St (865) 455-1750 More Details
Pour Taproom

Pour Taproom will be hosting New Roots for some raggae music on Nov 3. Plus specials, swag, and giveaways. Starts at 9pm.

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details
City People Luminary Walk

Join the City People Luminary Walk starting at 7pm on Nov 3 leaving from the Emporium Center. They'll be showing off their hand-made lanterns made during their workshop with the Cattywampus Puppet Council. 

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details
Scruffy City Hall

Crumbsnatchers and Yung Life will be at Scruffy City Hall on Nov 3. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Nov 3 you'll find Kukuly & The Gypsy Fuego at Boyd's Jig & Reel. Starts at 10pm. Admission is free. You'll find music, food, an extensive Scotch selection that's one of the best in the world, and over 800 whiskies and counting. Drop by for some live music and liquid art!

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
Pretentious Glass Co

On First Fridays, Pretentious Glass will showcase the latest series of glassware in the front gallery of the working studio. From 6-9pm you'll also find free demonstrations where you can catch the artists creating anything from a specialty beer glass to a decorative vase. It's art in action! 

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details
Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Grammy award-winning artist Travis Tritt will be performing at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Nov 3. Check venue for details and ticket information. 

500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave (865) 215-8900 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on Nov 3 and pouring aromatized wines. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate!

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics for First Friday's ArtWalk on Nov 3. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 More Details
Preservation Pub

Charge the Atlantic will be at Preservation Pub on Nov 3. Starts at 9pm. But it doesn't stop there. Captain Midnight show starts at 11pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Regal Riveria 8 - Movie Theater

Do you like to watch your art while sitting in the dark? We have that too! Check out the current blockbusters at the Regal Riviera on Gay Street.

510 S Gay St (865) 522-5160 More Details