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Oct 5, 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 September 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
Art Slam

Some of Knoxville's most talented artists will be creating one-of-a-kind paintings on large-scale canvases under the lights in Strong Alley. Auction proceeds benefit the ongoing Strong Alley Mural Program. 5:30-8:30pm on Sept 7. 

Artists participating include Beth Meadows, Carl Gombert, Cody Swaggerty, Curtis Glover, Denise Cumming, Jennifer Brickey, Kimberly Bylo, Lauren Lazarus, Mary Bogert, Ryan Blair, Shane Sandberg, and more!

Where? Strong Alley is between Gay Street and Market Square (the highest-traffic and most photographed alley in town with incredible murals and bistro lights). You can enter from either Wall Ave or Union Ave.

60 Market Sq. 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 artists and view the artwork from 5-9pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free.

On Sept 7, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Yumee Eun: An Exploration of An Enlightened Spirit
Yumee Eun’s inspired art grew from long hours of deep meditation and prayer. Her small sketches and poetry grew with her visions in the form of large canvas paintings with acrylics, oils, plasters, mud, and charcoals.

Ericka Ryba: Devour
Ericka Ryba is a local, Knoxville-based potter. This body of work explores the double-edge sword that food represents in our culture.

Knox County Stormwater: Storm Drain Style-Off
The 2018 Storm Drain Style-Off contest reimagines traditional approaches to public outreach and connects to communities through art. During August, select artists painted colorful scenes and interpretations of stream life as a means of educating the public about throwing away trash, pet waste, oil, and grass clippings properly instead of into a storm drain. The exhibition shows photos of the paintings and the public may vote for their favorite design starting Friday, September 7.

SOUTHERN GOTHIC: a collection of paintings by Stephen Brayfield with poems by Tonya Wade.
SOUTHERN GOTHIC includes a series of Brayfield’s watercolor paintings exploring southern gothic themes with an emphasis on the portrait and figure. Tonya lends poetic titles and suggests content for many of Stephen’s paintings, and he will also create a painting inspired by one of her poems.

Judy Jorden & Peggy Leland: Variations
Inspiration for Jorden’s current paintings emerges from close-up surface texture studies found in metal objects, plant forms, and a variety of views from onsite studies. Leland’s recent work is concerned with presenting a variety of viewpoints, both far away and close-up. Aerial views are especially captivating because they can create abstract, geometric and organic patterns.

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

Sept 7 the Art Market Gallery will feature recent works by painter George Rothery and woodturner Gordon Fowler. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music by The Accidentals, will begin at 5:30pm. The show will feature George’s marine-themed acrylic paintings and Gordon’s wooden bowls, platters and hollow forms. 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
Pretentious Glass Co

It's a typically interesting First Friday at Pretentious Glass. Gwyn Jones and Matthew Debardelaben have co-curated an exhibition featuring Knoxville's Creative Manufacturers titled "The Makers' Living Room." The living room vignette will feature architectural components by Matthew Cummings of Pretentious Glass, Jacob Burkhalter of Chaser & Burk, Marissa Mitchell of Mars Fabrication, Forrest Hunt Kirkpatrick of Fork Design and more.

This show celebrates our “Locally Sourced Architectural Elements”, demonstrates how you can incorporate them into your project, and visually represents design resources for architects and interior designers. All pieces will be for sale. Opening on Sept 7 from 6-9pm and on display throughout Sept.

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

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Ben Seamons. Ben received his MFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He passed away in 2016, and this exhibition is in celebration of his life. Reception on Sept 7 from 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Explore the newest addition to Downtown Knoxville public art. STORIES is 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. And snap a few photos. #knoxstories

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Drop by Rala on Sept 7 for a First Friday opening featuring local artist Kendra Barth. Meet the artist and shop her funky ceramic pieces from 6-9pm. The work from previously-featured artist Jon Pemberton will also be up until the end of September.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will be hosting artist Franklin Beebe – a 20 year old, Knoxville-raised artist who loves the outdoors and Ultimate Frisbee. Check out this self taught artist and his great downtown watercolor prints.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 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 the newest installation 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
Pour Taproom

On Sept 7 Pour Taproom will be featuring local solo acoustic singer/songwriter Jonah V Tran. 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
Sugar Mama's Knox

Drop by Sugar Mama's on Sept 7 to check out featured artist Dani Flyckt along with Nashville signer-songwriter Salina Soloman. Music from 7-9pm.

135 S Gay St (865) 333-5773 More Details
Pretentious Beer Co

On Sept 7 Carolina Story is headed back to the Pretentious Beer Co. patio on their album release tour! They charmed and captivated a full crowd on the patio last fall. They are sure to deliver another amazing performance. Check venue for details and pricing.

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 More Details
Knoxville Chocolate Co

Drop by Knoxville Chocolate Co on Sept 7 where they'll be hosting local card and print makers Jacks Avenue. And there's chocolate!

29 Market Square (865) 394-6349 More Details
Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts will be co-hosting Art Slam: a live art competition in Strong Alley on Sept 7. Some of Knoxville's most talented artists will be creating one-of-a-kind paintings on large-scale canvases. 5:30-8:30pm. Enter the alley from Union Ave or Wall Ave. Details here

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain

The featured artist at the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain is the very talented Patti Long. Her whimsical watercolor dogs are an excellent change of pace as we head into fall. So, when you’re dogs are barking from all that walking, stop by for some ice cream for yourself or a treat for your four-legged friends. And, don’t forget the pharmacy also carries a full-line of pet meds.

418 S Gay St (865) 692-1603 More Details
Flower Pot

Learn the art of flower arranging. On Sept 7 drop by The Flower Pot and let their friendly staff help you create your own arrangement at the DIY Bouquet Bar. 5-8pm.

700 S Gay St (865) 522-4825 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on Sept 7 and pouring small production California wines from the Inizi Winery. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate!

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Mark Carson English Gallery

You'll find an exhibit by artist Mark Carson English titled 'Dancing in the Streets' on Sept 7. 6-9:30pm. Also open on Saturday from noon to 7:30pm.

130 W Jackson Ave More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

The Bistro at the Bijou hosts an evening of jazz on Sept 7. Drop by for culinary creations and live music with independent recording artist T. Michael Branner, joined by Clint Mullican, Carson Young and Evan Burnett. No cover. Music from 9-11pm.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details
Arcade Building

It’s a busy night at the Arcade Building on Sept 7. Temple Photography will be displaying wedding photography as well as taking complimentary headshots. Rick Terry Jewelry Designs will be showing off their beautiful fine and silver jewelry, talking about their custom jewelry design and repair services and offering complimentary ring cleaning. And the very talented Amy of Nightingale Harp will fill the halls of the Arcade with the beautiful sounds of her harp.

618 S Gay St More Details
Coolato Gelato

Coolato Gelato will be hosting the Hair Museum Gelato Social on Sept 7. High Five Hannie will be there with their art exhibition of quirky and inconic hairstyles.

524 S Gay St (865) 971-5449 More Details
Preservation Pub

Audiodacity will be at Preservation Pub on Sept 7. Starts at 9pm. But wait...there's more. The Aquaducks are on at 11:30pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Knoxville Visitors Center

The Knoxville Visitors Center will be hosting artist Christinea Beane on Sept 7. You'll find a collection of bracelets, necklaces and other items crafted from repurposed guitar strings, pennies, and other items. Proceeds will be donated to promote mental health awareness. 5-7pm.


301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details
Love Shack at Lonesome Dove

Dinner, drinks, dancing and free music at Love Shack with Will Hancock at Love Shack. 7pm-11pm.

100 N Central St More Details
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

On Sept 7 drop in and visit Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes. They'll be hosting artist Leann Cooper who will have a new collection of watercolors and drawings focusing on Knoxville and her favorite season...Fall. Plus treats! 6-9pm.

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Downtown Grill and Brewery will be hosting Knoxville urban photographers Tod Sheley and Jose Diaz Jr. From 6-10pm on Sept 7 in the Woodruff's Gallery. Plus extended happy hour specials from 4-10pm.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
I Love Juice Bar - Market Square

Yoga anyone? Juice Bar will be hosting a fun-fllled First Friday Yoga Class on Sept 7. Amberly will be teaching an all levels class guaranteed to ease you from work to weekend mode. 5-6pm. Check venue for pricing. And artist Hope Blankenship will also be featured.

2 Market Square More Details
Crown & Goose

On Friday Sept 7…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
Painting With a Twist

You'll have more than one chance to release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Sept 7 at Painting with a Twist. Class at 6pm and another at 8:30pm. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details
Mast General Store

It’s the art of the sale! Mast General Store is hosting a sale so big they’ve moved it to an event venue. Drop by The Standard at 416 W Jackson Ave during your First Friday ArtWalk to get ready for cooler temperatures of fall and prepare for winter snows! The sale venue is open on Friday night until 9pm.

402 S Gay St (865) 546-1336 More Details
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

On First Friday...and every'll find Beats and Brews on the outdoor patio at the Firefly. Featured artist on Sept 7 will be acoustic guitarist Matt Wahl7-10pm.

501 W Church St (865) 523-2300 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
Good Golly Tamale

You'll find paintings by Burd Reez at Good Golly Tamale on Sept 7. 6-10pm.

112 S Central St (865) 337-5771 More Details
Coffee & Chocolate

On Sept 7 Coffee and Chocolate will be featuring local photographer Lindsay Noll. Plus a case full of chocolate art...and coffee!

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Sept 7 you'll find The Lonetones 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
Lox Salon

Lox and Basement Community Art will be hosting a list of events on Sept 7. Bridig KO Designs will have art, preserved flower paintings, and jewelry made from semi-precious stones on display. Proceeds from cuts, hair chalk and nail paintings will go to Great Schools Partnerships. Fresh flowers and bouquets will available from Now and Forever Wedding and Floral Designs. And they’ll also be accepting clothing donations for the Knox County Schools Clothing Center PTA.

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details
WDVX First Friday Live

Join WDVX at First Friday Live! on Sept 7 as they host Count This Penny. It's free. 6-7pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 544-1029 More Details
Bijou Theatre

It's going to a First Friday full of laughs! Aziz Ansari performs "Working Out New Material" at the Bijou Theatre on Sept 7. Check venue for details and prices.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details
Scruffy City Hall

Electric Darling and White Liars will be at Scruffy City Hall on Sept 7. 8pm. And after that, Lark, Josh Howard and Aaron Mastin are on at 11:59pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Basement Community Art Studio

Lox and Basement Community Art will be hosting a list of events on Sept 7. Bridig KO Designs will have art, preserved flower paintings, and jewelry made from semi-precious stones on display. Proceeds from cuts, hair chalk and nail paintings will go to Great Schools Partnerships. Fresh flowers and bouquets will available from Now and Forever Wedding and Floral Designs. And they’ll also be accepting clothing donations for the Knox County Schools Clothing Center PTA.

105 W Jackson Ave (865) 333-5262 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