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May 4, 2018





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.

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.

Start your evening at any participating business. Then look for ArtWalk flags to help guide your way to events that are free and open to the public. 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. 

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 April 6

ArtWalk Trolley

Look for the trolley marked ArtWalk! It's FREE and will take you beween Market Square, Gay Street and the Old City. Catch it at any Green Line stop every 10 minutes.

301 E Church Ave (865) 637-3000 More Details
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 5-9pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free.

On Apr 6, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Joe Longobardi: Mind heart and the City. Longobardi is a photographer, writer, musician, and illustrator who has worked professionally as a documentary and street photographer since 2008. Mind heart and the City documents downtown Asheville, North Carolina's most recent iteration of gentrification as it strives to maintain the diversity of its bohemian mountain culture. 

Expressions by Derrick Freeman. Freeman is a self-taught artist diagnosed with Autism, and each piece of Freeman’s art tells the story of his journey. Freeman continues to break down the barriers of Autism through sharing his unique artistic talents with the community as well as advocating for more social inclusion for individuals with Autism.

Mike C. Berry: New Works. This small exhibition will highlight the recent work of Mike C. Berry. Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style.

A Total Eclipse of the Heart by Eric Thompson. A Total Eclipse combines Thompson’s experience of photographing the recent eclipse from an area of totality with his experience as a wedding photographer. It’s all about the storytelling: from capturing the eclipse phases to beads to the diamond ring to totality. 

Creativity and Parkinsons - Their Stories and Their Art. Recent research has demonstrated that Parkinson’s Disease, along with dopamine-based medication is actually causing some people to be more creative. This exhibition features the work of several individuals who have experienced this phenomenon and includes painting, photography, poetry, furniture making and more. The project is designed by Architect David Denton and sponsored by Dr. Michele Brewer, MD.

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
Rhythm N' Blooms Music Festival

With the Historic Old City as the stage, Rhythm N’ Blooms creates a unique theater-like experience set in the city that is sure to deliver a music festival experience that cannot be found anywhere else. It’s April 6-8. Find details and tickets at

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
The Art of Recycling’ Sculpture Exhibition

April 5-22, 2018
Knoxville Convention Center (Clinch Concourse); 701 Henley St.; Knoxville, TN 37902
Free and open to the public during convention center hours

This free sculpture exhibition features original artworks by University of Tennessee Sculpture Program students inspired by and incorporating scrap metal provided by steel recycler Gerdau. The exhibition celebrates April’s National Recycling Month and is a partnership among Gerdau, Dogwood Arts and the UT Sculpture Program.

701 Henley St (865) 522-5669 More Details
Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions have been busy producing Rhythm 'N Blooms on April 6-8! Find details and tickets at

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
Art Market Gallery

Apr 6 at the Art Market Gallery will feature fiber works by Carol Pritcher and acrylic paintings by Lynda Best. 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. 

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
Tailgate - New ArtWalk Venue

On Apr 6 find local photographer Matt Israel at Tailgate with a new exhibit of campus prints and cards that will make any UT fan proud. 

23 Market Square (865) 540-9995 More Details
Pretentious Glass Co

Pretentious Glass will be hosting the 1st Annual Vessel/Floral Collaboration Exhibition on Apr 6.

The Collaboration begins with six Vessel-makers each creating 5-7 pieces to hold a floral arrangement of some fashion. These vessels can be a traditional vase or non-traditional form in all different mediums – glass, wood, concrete, clay. Floral Artists will then select a piece and make arrangements that complement the form. 5-11pm.

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

Drop by Rala on Apr 6 for a First Friday opening with painter Maggie Russell. Maggie lives and works in Memphis and loves to create portraits that "validate the quirks and flaws that we all share as if to say “Me too.” Come view the work and meet the artist from 6-9pm. 

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
Coolato Gelato - New ArtWalk Venue

Drop by Coolato Gelato on Apr 6 to see the fashion illustrations of Morgane Bezou for Elisabeth Yarrow. You'll see images of stylish women dreaming, planning and doing cool things in cool places. The first 30 folks to stop by will get a free fashion illustrated image to take home.

524 S Gay St (865) 971-5449 More Details
Downtown Grill & Brewery

On Apr 6 Downtown Grill & Brewery will be featuring the photography of Stu Boyd II, a visual artist whose images are jaw-dropping. From portraits to landscapes, all of Boyd's images are vibrant and full of life. His work will be on display from 6-10pm in the Woodruff's Gallery.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
PostModern Spirits

Drop by PostModern Spirits on Apr 2. On such a great music festival weekend, they will be hosting photographer Bill Foster featuring his work with musicians and concert photography. And, as always, artistic cocktails.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present Clarence Morgan: On the Fringe of Conformity. Utilizing random shapes and biomorphic forms within an intricate network of drawing, collage elements and subtle color, Morgan’s work ranges from highly patterned organic painting compositions to meticulously articulated and somewhat minimal collage-drawings. Reception on Apr 6 from 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will be hosting Dogwood Arts’ fifth annual Guitar Design Contest, an exciting opportunity for students to customize an Epiphone Guitar with original artwork! Designed Guitars can be viewed at Awaken Coffee on Apr 6 during Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

Boyd's Jig & Reel is a Rhythm 'N Blooms venue on April 6! Find details and tickets at

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
First Friday Art Salon

Knoxville by Design, in partnership with IIDA, will host a pop-up gallery on Apr 6 celebrating the vast range of original works of art created by architects and related professionals in East Tennessee. Don’t miss out on this one-night only event. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. 5:30-8:30pm.

304 W Jackson Ave More Details
Knoxville Chocolate Co

Knoxville Chocolate Co will be hosting east Tennessee craftsmen and artisans Milk Moon House on Apr 6. Drop by for the exhibit of timeless and handcrafted art. Plus tastings!

29 Market Square (865) 522-2049 More Details
Knoxville Visitors Center

Becky Chaffee, a local artist of whimsical prints and postcards will be at the Downtown Visitors Center on Apr 6. Stop in and visit with the artist and check out her latest work including whimsical/elegant purses, gig bags, and other musical gifts. 5-7pm. 

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details
Flower Pot

Learn the art of flower arranging. On Apr 2 drop by The Flower Pot and let their friendly staff help you create your own arrangement at the DIY Bouquet Bar. You'll also find them at Pretentious Glass Forms + Flora. 5-8pm.

700 S Gay St (865) 522-4825 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On Apr 6 you'll find live jazz with the Chuck Mullican Jazz Bonanza 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

ICONS by Mark Cason English features contemporary abstract expressionist oil paintings of some of the most Iconic figures: Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Albert Einstein, John F Kennedy, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and more. Plus jazz by Haley Michele Labelle. 6:30-9:30pm.

130 W Jackson Ave More Details
Pour Taproom

Pour Taproom will be featuring the art of Marianne Zeigler (Ziggy) on Apr 6. 6-8pm. Then stick around for the raggae sound of Natti Love Joys from 9pm-midnight. It's free. Plus experience the art of tasting, with more than 68 different taps of beer, ciders, mead, and wine...all available by the ounce.  

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details
WDVX First Friday Live

Join WDVX at First Friday Live! on Apr 6 as they host Paul Lee Kupfer. It's free. 6-7pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 544-1029 More Details
Juice Bar Market Square

I Love Juice Bar is pleased to present a local Knoxville artist, Bethany Stahl, and her Mehndi-inspired artwork on Apr 6. This collection highlights the natural beauty and chaos in our life and is meant to make people really slow down and relax. Juice Bar will also be presenting a portion of Stahl's Tennessee Wildlife collection. Plus a contest for prizes! 6-7pm.

2 Market Square (865) 415-0596 More Details
Lox Salon

Lox will be hosting a Keep Knoxville Beautiful fundraiser on Apr 6. Local artists Jake Woods and Ellen Baker will have their oil paintings and water colors on display and for sale. And you won't want to miss Knoxville's favorite band members collaborating for a surprise show from 6-7pm! 

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on Apr 6 with crisp white wines from the Loire, Alto Adige and Wagram from 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate!

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Maple Hall Bowling Lanes

On Apr 6 you'll find works by artist Tod Sheley at Maple Hall. Drop by!

414 S Gay St (865) 249-8454 More Details
Tennessee Theatre

It's opening night of Motown the Musical at the Tennessee Theatre on Apr 6! The true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey experienced inside the beautiful architectural structure of the Tennessee Theatre. Check venue for details and ticket information. 

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Apr 6 at Painting with a Twist with "Somebunny Loves Me" from 7-9pm. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics for First Friday's ArtWalk on Apr 6. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 More Details
Pilot Light

The Pilot Light is a Rhythm 'N Blooms venue on April 6! Find details and tickets at

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details
Crown & Goose

On Friday Apr 6…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
Downtown 211

Drop by Downtown 211 for an open house on Apr 6. 

18 Market Square #211 (865) 438-5799 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
Knox Whiskey Works

Appreciate the art of local whiskey making. Drop by Knox Whiskey Works for a First Friday ArtWalk specialty cocktail.

516 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-2372 More Details
Knoxville Museum of Art

Alive After Five is happening at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Apr 6 with Soul Connection. Enjoy live music, dancing, food, cocktails, and exploring the museum's art galleries. 6-8:30pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. (FYI - the museum is open six days a week and admission is free!)

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr (865) 525-6101 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