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Jan 4, 2019





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 December 7

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. 

On Dec 7, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to presents its 2018 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions.

Opening reception to meet the artists and view the artwork from 5-9pm with complimentary cookies and sweets. The First Friday reception features dances presented by Circle Modern Dance, BreedArts School of Art and Dance, and Sandsation Dance & Yoga. Admission is free.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details
WIVK Christmas Parade

How about some art in motion? First Friday, Dec 7 also includes everyone's favorite parade, the WIVK Christmas Parade. Bands, dancers, lighted floats, characters and Santa Claus parade down Gay Street and brings fun holiday spirit to all! Starts at 7pm.

301 E Church Ave (865) 637-3000 More Details
Art Market Gallery

Dec 7 the Art Market Gallery will feature recent works by Lil Clinard and Elaine Fronczek. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music by Brad Hitch and Friends will begin at 5:30pm. The show will highlight watercolor scenes of the Great Smoky Mountains by Clinard, and 3-D functional fiber pieces by Fronczek. You’ll also find original art and fine crafts from more than 60 East TN artists. 

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present Face to Face - portraits by Joseph Delaney. This exhibition showcases many portraits drawn and painted by Joseph Delaney that are in the Ewing Gallery's permanent collection. The Dec 7 event is free and open to the public. 5-9pm.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details
Nief-Norf Unsilent Night starts at Casual Pint

From New York to Frankfurt, Germany to Knoxville. It happens in over 3 dozen cities around the world...and it's happening in Downtown Knoxville on Dec 7. A roving sound installation where boomboxes (or iPhones and other media devices) replace voices. Bring your boombox, cassette tape player, iPod/iPhone/iPad with speakers, or any other media playing device you wish, and Nief-Norf will supply CD, cassette tape, or digital download. Meet at Casual Pint from 6:30-8:30pm. Gather at the base of the Knoxville Sunsphere at 9pm where the walk begins across the bridge and into Downtown Knoxville!

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details
Dogwood Arts

The Carl Gombert Exhibition will open at Dogwood Arts on Dec 7. Gombert uses stamps – the kind sold in craft stores – to create black-and-white or color-filled mandalas, symbolic graphics usually in the form of a circle. He stamps the circles with rows of images from gnomes to skeletons to babies to crowns to bees to pop culture characters. 5:30-8:30pm. His playful large-scale paintings will be on display for the entire month.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
Photos at the Mural in Market Square

Drop by Market Square and snap a photo in front of this year's beautiful holiday mural by artist Lauren Lazarus. The mural is up for the season through Jan 6.

60 Market Sq. More Details

Drop by Rala on Dec 7 for an evening with featured artist Brian Pittman. A display of Brian's new cityscape original work and print designs will be available for purchase. 6-9pm. Local artist ACF Jewelry will also be on display until the end of December.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
Double S Wine Bar - NEW ArtWalk Venue

On Dec 7 Double S Wine Bar will be showcasing artist Kat Lewis. It will be a perfect pairing of art and wine.

129 S Gay St (865) 244-5117 More Details
Lox Salon

On Dec 7 Lox Salon will be featuring art by students of Mead Montessori School...and it's also a great place to view the WIVK Christmas Parade! To add to the holiday fun, they will have a hot chocolate bar where you can get delicious home-made hot chocolate and your choice of fun, festive toppings! 

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details
Marshmallow Roasting in the Old City

Join the Old City for a neighborhood marshmallow roast during the parade and throughout the evening. It's not art...but it's MARSHMALLOWS!!

132 W Jackson Ave (865) 524-0146 More Details
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Downtown Grill & Brewery will be featuring the Second Annual Winter Showcase for December's First Friday ArtWalk with works from more than a dozen artists. As always, happy hour drink and appetizer specials will last from 4-10pm. 

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
BarberMcMurry Architects - NEW ArtWalk Venue

BarberMcMurry Architects will host talented Knoxville artist Jennifer Brickey on Dec 7, 5-8pm. BarberMcMurry’s office is located above Urban Outfitters on Market Square. Jennifer Brickey is a painter and art professor whose exhibit, “Build,” explores her interest in the process of building, looking and traveling through environments. Her work explores beauty and the manipulation of beauty. Founded in 1915, BarberMcMurry Architects is one of the most experienced design firms in Tennessee, specializing in innovating planning, beautiful architecture and interior design.

505 Market St (865) 934-1915 More Details
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

On Dec 7 drop in and visit Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes. They'll be featuring artist Brigid Oesterling of Brigid KO Designs. Brigid creates flower art including flower collages with handmade wood frames, flower ornaments, unique belt buckles, and more! 6-9pm.

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details
Blount Mansion Open House

Celebrate a historic holiday with the Blount Mansion family! From 5-8pm on Dec 7 the circa-1796 historic house is open to the community free of charge. Enjoy authentic decorations created by the Knoxville Garden Club, traditional holiday treats, and musical selections by members of the Knoxville Choral Society. You’ll even find wassail and roasted candied nuts over the fire in the open-hearth kitchen!

200 W Hill Ave (865) 525-2375 More Details
Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts - NEW ArtWalk Venue

Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts will host an evening of Art & Live Music on Dec 7 with featured artist Judy Sinclair and musician Carson Young performing live Christmas music on the beautiful baby grand piano. Swing on by before the parade and get in the holiday spirit. 5-8pm.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details

Find local artists Logan and Katherine Higgins of Jacks Avenue at Tailgate on Market Square for First Friday ArtWalk on Dec 7. They'll have Knoxville and UT pieces perfect for holiday shopping.

23 Market Square (865) 540-9995 More Details
Pour Taproom

The amazing Nattilovejoys will be bringin a little Reggae Ska music experience to Pour Taproom on Dec 7. 9pm to midnight. No cover. Plus experience the art of tasting, with more than 68 different taps of beer plus ciders, mead, wine, and kegged cocktail...all available by the ounce.

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details
I Love Juice Bar - Market Square

Juice Bar Market Square will be featuring the original impressionistic, contemporary paintings of Nature by artist Lynda Best on Dec 7. 

2 Market Square More Details
Merchants of Beer

International Blues Challenge local winner The Filibilly duo (Jen Wolery and Rey Pineda) will be performing your favorite American, blues and jazz tunes at Merchants of Beer on Dec 7. Plus Christinea Beane pub-lessons on jewelry making with coins. Don't miss it.

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 More Details
Good Golly Tamale

You'll find embroidery by Claire Jamieson at Good Golly Tamale on Dec 7. 6-10pm.

112 S Central St (865) 337-5771 More Details
HoLa Hora Latina

HoLa Hora Latina will be hosting an Exhibition by Camila Manvaz on Dec 7. Manvaz’s childhood, adolescence and youth were spent in Bogota Colombia, a country in which women have little or nothing to say and are strongly criticized by a violent and macho society. In 2016, she moved to the United States, to the city of Knoxville, to find new ways of expression with which to give vent to the artistic maelstrom that nests in her mind and spirit. Manvaz studied industrial design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, and is currently one of the most famous contemporary Colombian artists, for her social activism and women's rights. 5-9pm.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details
Cafe Vicolo - NEW ArtWalk Venue

Café Vicolo will be hosting "Appropriations" on Dec 7, a collection of oil and acrylic paintings by Appalachian artist, Jenny Snead. Her vibrant works are both compelling and whimsical. Meet the artist and take home a lovely piece of fine art...for yourself or as a gift. You’ll also find a special First Friday menu, friendly baristas whipping up festive winter drinks, and a cooler stocked with a wide assortment of cold craft beer. Drop by before or after the parade for a delightful evening of art, good food, and brews. Open until 9pm.

625 S Gay St (865) 249-6314 More Details

Explore STORIES, a colorful stairwell mural at the intersection of South Gay Street and West Jackson Ave. Find hidden images of Knoxville's people, places, events and ideas. Snap a few photos and share your experience at #knoxstories.

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Bijou Theatre Art Gallery

The Bijou Theatre Art Gallery will feature an exhibition by artist Steven Pogue. 5:30-7:30pm. Free and open to the public.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Dec 7 you'll find Devon Heath Band at Boyd's Jig & Reel. Starts at 10pm. 21+. Admission is free. You'll also find food, an extensive Scotch selection that's one of the best in the world, and over 850 whiskies and counting. Drop by for some live music and liquid art!

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
Preservation Pub

Wild Things will be at Preservation Pub on Dec 7. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

The Bistro at the Bijou hosts an evening of jazz on Dec 7. Drop by for culinary creations and live music with Mike Baggetta. No cover. Music from 9-11pm.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details
Pilot Light

At the Pilot Light on Dec 7 you'll find Pattenbau with Day and Age. 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details
Union Ave Books

Union Ave Books is making a return to First Friday events on Dec 7 with Sound – Nature – Resonance. This program of contemporary music explores the link between nature and music, and the nature of music. Knoxville based musicians Ashlee Booth and Adam Lion will examine these ideas through the music of John Luther Adams, Pauline Oliveros, Kaija Saariaho, James Tenney and others.  7:30-9pm. 

517 Union Ave (865) 951-2180 More Details
Coffee & Chocolate

On Dec 7 Coffee and Chocolate will be featuring artist Annie Rochelle. Plus a case full of chocolate art...and coffee!

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on Dec 7 and pouring South American red blends. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate!

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Scruffy City Hall

You'll find Way Sneaky Eddie at Scruffy City Hall at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Art in Public Places

Explore Dogwood Arts Art in Public Places! The year-round exhibition of large-scale sculptures are in downtown public spaces, McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge. You’ll find beautiful installations in and around Krutch Park and at the corner of Gay St and Summit Hill Dr. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Enjoy! 

523 S Gay St More Details
Tennessee Theatre

It's opening night at the beautiful Tennessee Theatre for one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, The King and I on Dec 7. This "breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical is based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. Check venue for details and ticket information.

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics for First Friday's ArtWalk on Dec 7. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 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
Painting With a Twist

You'll have more than one chance to release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Dec 7 at Painting with a Twist. Classes from 6-8pm and 8:30-10:30pm include Peekaboo Santa, Alaskan Night, and Fancy Monogram Ornament. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 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