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Downtown Knox ArtWalk

Friday, May 3

Explore the list below of what's happening this month, map events, and check back as events are added before each First Friday.

A Very Special First Friday Block Party!


The City of Knoxville and the Arts and Culture Alliance are hosting a Block Party on the 100 block of Gay Street on Friday, May 3, from 5 PM until dark (weather permitting). Enjoy live music and over 30 local artists and vendors! Gay Street (between Jackson and Vine) will be closed to traffic from 4 PM—10 PM.

All Painting + Mixed Media Sculpture + Ceramics Photography Music + Performance Fiber + Leather Wood + Glass
Painting + Mixed Media

Awaken Coffee

Opening reception for mixed media artist Amber Purdy, blending vintage imagery, nature themes, and up-cycled materials into arresting new compositions.
6 PM—8 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media, Sculpture + Ceramics

Emporium Center

The Arts and Culture Alliance presents:

Virginia Derryberry: Private Domain and Lisa Kurtz: Earth and Fire
Large scale figure narrative paintings by Derryberry and exhibition of works by clay artist Kurtz.

Tennessee Watercolor Society: Biennial Juried Exhibition
Showcase of 50 original watercolor paintings selected by distinguished juror, Don Andrews.

Rulla Habiby: Happiness
Abstract and figurative paintings by multi-media artist Habiby.

CT Kellar: Paper Work

M. Kobe & Dongyi Wu: Alternating Remnants

Music by Nicholas Horner, DJ Morrison and Maggie Tharp.

5 PM—9 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media

Casa HoLa

Opening reception for Cuban-American printmaker Gino Castellanos. 5 PM—9 PM.

Sculpture + Ceramics


Opening of  “Pottery From Somewhere Else Entirely” by Micheal Arpino.
6 PM—8 PM.

Music + Performance

WDVX @ Visitors Center

Friday Night Live hosts local favorite and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Cruz Contreras of the Black Lillies. 6 PM—7 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media, Sculpture + Ceramics

Art Market Gallery

Opening reception for painter Vincent Drake and glass/porcelain sculptor Julie Boisseau-Craig. Complimentary refreshments and music. Explore the marketplace of more than 60 juried-in East TN artists.
5:30 PM—9 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media

Dogwood Arts

Opening reception of the 2024 Epiphone Student Guitar Design Exhibition & Auction. The exhibition includes 22 guitars designed and painted by youth artists from across East Tennessee.
5 PM—8 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media

Jacks of Knoxville

Lauren Vaught will be showcasing black and white art prints, plus live music throughout the night.
6 PM—8 PM.

Music + Performance

Pilot Light

For over 22 years, the Pilot Light has been the go-to for independent and experimental music. On Friday, Rich Ruth with Mat Bat and Forest Floor. Tickets at door.
8 PM.

The Holistic Connection

Hosting artist Breanne Anderson. 7 PM.

Music + Performance

Pretentious Beer Co

Knox Music Coalition Artist Showcase featuring Scott Apple, Haley Nance, and Lazarus Lake. Check for ticket availability on Eventbrite. 8 PM—10 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media

Bethie Lou's

A pre-Rhinestone Festival event featuring local artist Diane Smith with a large collection of bright and beautiful personalized versions of her original "Dolly" artwork.
5 PM—9 PM.

Able Trade

Printmaker @log_the_human will be the spotlight artist—drawings, prints, books, comics, more. While you're there, take a peek at the studios and meet some of the makers! 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media, Sculpture + Ceramics, Wood + Glass, Fiber + Leather

Curio at Maker Exchange

Browse work by 150+ local artists, enjoy live music, and grab a cocktail or bite in the Tavern at Maker Exchange! Don't miss new work by Amber Purdy, Alex Broussard, Fado Made, and many more on display now. 5—7 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media

RED Gallery

"Whisk(ey), Broom, Feathers", a duo exhibition of paintings and collages by Lisa Mullikin and Deb Shmerler.
5 PM—9 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media, Sculpture + Ceramics

UT Downtown Gallery

Art Source 2024. An exhibition dedicated to showcasing the artistic talents of Knox County art educators.
5 PM—9 PM.

Music + Performance

Bernadette's Crystal Gardens

Get ready to dance! It’s Andres Tapia DJ Night. Tickets at door. 10 PM.

Painting + Mixed Media

Culture Hair Studio

Exhibition featuring nearly 40 pieces by by Patsy Ferrell White.
5 PM—8 PM.

Gallery 1010

'This Page Intentionally Left Blank,' a graduate book show. At the UT student run gallery in Downtown Knoxville.
5 PM—9 PM.

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Featuring charm necklaces and customizable pieces from artist Riley Walker from MAC Jewels. A portion of all proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 6 PM—8 PM.

Pretentious Glass Co

Hot shop Glassblowing Demonstrations at nationally known Pretentious. Don’t miss this.
5 PM—9 PM.

Music + Performance

Bijou Theatre

It's opening night as Knoxville Opera presents Cindrillon, an enchanting take on the Cinderella story. Check for tickets on venue website. 7:30 PM.

Arrowmont Gallery

Works by Craft & Culture Fellow Talcon Quinn in the permanent off-campus exhibition space.
5 PM—9 PM.

Music + Performance

Old City Performing Arts Center

World Premier of The Burn Vote, a new musical to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, and Tennessee representative Harry T. Burn’s contribution to its ratification. Check for tickets on venue website. 7:30 PM.

Music + Performance

Mirage Knoxville

Underground @ Mirage 5.0 with Atlanta's Matt Silliman and Asheville's dance floor destroyers Jose Vera and Chris Felinski.
6 PM—1:30 AM.

Painting + Mixed Media

Pour Taproom

Hosting artist Loren Saddler, best known for her popular TikTok channel "Minutepoet," displaying a large selection of ink drop watercolors. Along with music by local musician Chris Morel. 6—9 PM.

Music + Performance

Scruffy City Hall

Conor & the Wild Hunt. Tickets at door. Doors open at 9 PM. 

Painting + Mixed Media, Photography

Christopher Robin Arts

Original oils by Robin Rohwer and photography by Christopher Rohwer. Husband and wife artists in studio until 9 PM.

Music + Performance

Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz with versatile bass player and composer Kevin Krapf Trio. Great spot for dinner and cocktails. 8 PM—10:30 PM.

Music + Performance

Theatre Knoxville

Final weekend of Art, the translation of a French-language play set in Paris. Check for tickets on venue website. 7:30 PM.

Music + Performance

Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ with a live orchestra. Check for tickets on venue website. 7:30 PM.

Music + Performance

Boyd's Jig & Reel

High energy sound of Marble City Band. 21+. 9 PM.

Knoxville Visitors Center

Featuring Logan Wise, owner of CarveBright laser etching.
5 PM—7 PM.

Music + Performance

Preservation Pub

Heavy blues, roots rock, and classic country with Nashville-based brothers The Deltaz. Tickets at door. 8 PM.