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Foothills Craft Guild

Foothills Craft Guild Member Opportunities

Foothills Craft Guild is the oldest member-based craft guild in Tennessee, with about 250 members. We have two jury sessions annually and host two fine craft shows each year – March 20-21 at the Venue at Lenoir City and November 6-8 at the Knoxville Expo Center. We also sponsor workshops and craft demonstrations of fine hand-crafted pieces. New members also may sell their work through the Foothills website.

The Guild welcomes new members whose creative handiwork demonstrates stimulating visual appeal, good design, and fine craftsmanship. Work must go through a jurying process.

All active Guild members are encouraged to participate in Guild activities by exhibiting or demonstrating at Guild shows, serving on committees or on the Board of Directors, or by participating in other activities sponsored by the Guild.

How to Qualify for Membership
1. Applicants must reside in Tennessee.

2. Applicants must be accepted by the jury process. Applications and instructions may be found on our website at www.foothillscraftguild.org.

3. Applicants must submit five pieces of their craft along with five photos.

4. Items must be of original design and produced by the artist within the past two years.

The next jury session for 2020 will be in July. Applications are due to Foothills by July 1, accompanied by a $35 fee. (Instructions for submitting them are on our website.)

You may also contact our standards chairperson for more information at StandardsChair@foothillscraftguild.org. Work must be submitted on July 6 for consideration by the judges on July 8.

When completing your application, be thoughtful and descriptive with the explanations of your work and the process you use to create it. Make your descriptions interesting. Take time and be expressive about what you’re doing. Sell yourself with information, not fluff. We look forward to meeting more of our fellow artisans and growing our membership.

Come visit us at our spring show, Foothills Artisan Market, at the Venue at Lenoir City March 20-21. Meet some of our Foothills Craft Guild members and let us help you get ready for your next step in being a member of our Guild.

Foothills Craft Guild
www.foothillscraftguild.org

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Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts Announces 2020 Co-Chairs

Dogwood Arts is excited to announce Robin Wilhoit and Mike C. Berry as the 2020 Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs. Since 1961, Dogwood Arts has been represented by two prominent community leaders who are selected annually to act as ambassadors of our organization.

Robin Wilhoit is the weekday anchor on WBIR Channel 10, where she has worked since 1992. She is passionate about issues involving women and children and is a member of several community organizations, including Variety of East Tennessee, A Children’s Charity, the United Way of Greater Knoxville, and the YWCA. Mike C. Berry is a local artist well-known for his urban compositions that bend and twist cityscapes. Mike manages the UT Downtown Gallery and is represented by The District Gallery in Knoxville and The River Gallery in Chattanooga.

“We feel honored to have Robin Wilhoit and Mike C. Berry as Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs for the 2020 season,” said Sherry Jenkins, Dogwood Arts Executive Director. “Each year we rely on our co-chairs to be a source of energy, enthusiasm, and new perspectives. With Mike’s involvement in the art community as an artist and gallery manager and Robin’s undeniable popularity as one of our area’s most-loved television personalities and community supporters, we are certain that our 2020 Co-Chairs will inspire us with energy and enthusiasm.”

As Co-Chairs, Robin and Mike will champion the organization as official community ambassadors for 18 programs and events that Dogwood Arts produces throughout the year.

“For decades, the Dogwood Arts Festival has been shining a light on the beauty and creativity of Knoxville,” said Robin. “I’m incredibly honored to be a part of the celebration of this place we call home and welcome all to come and discover what makes Knoxville so special.”

“I am truly grateful and looking forward to serving with this wonderful organization, Dogwood Arts, that enriches our lives and brings people together through the arts making Knoxville a great place to call home,” said Mike.

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. For more information, visit www.dogwoodarts.com.

Dogwood Arts
123 W. Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
865.637.4561
www.dogwoodarts.com

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Foothills Craft Guild

Who We Are

The Foothills Craft Guild, Inc. (FCG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in 1968 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to promote fine crafts by (1) setting high standards of creativity and excellence of execution for a variety of handcrafts, (2) providing demonstrations, scholarships, and education about fine craft for people of all ages, and (3) promoting the sale of fine crafts. FCG is the oldest member craft guild in the state of Tennessee and has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the best in the Southeast region.

What We Do

The Foothills Craft Guild was created to:

» Encourage the development and appreciation of arts and handcrafts of all types.

» Promote high standards of workmanship in handcrafts.

» Conduct educational programs on handcrafts with all ages.

» Sponsor handcraft shows and demonstrations.

» Engage in activities which contribute to the advancement, development, and appreciate of arts and handcrafts of all kinds.

Our Vision

FCG is excited about the future of fine craft and will continue to set standards that encourage artisans to take advantage of new technologies and techniques to design and create works of beauty. We are dedicated to expanding our educational activities about fine crafts and creating strategic partnerships to encourage the continuation of fine craft. We will continue to provide a variety of opportunities for the demonstration and sale of fine crafts. Instrumental in continuing our growth, we have hired our first ever Co-Executive Directors, Karen Massey and Elizabeth Thomas, of Kreative Events, LLC.

Upcoming Show

Tennessee Showcase of Fine Artisans will be held November 1-3, with more than 140 artisans and local authors. Tickets are $7 cash and $8 credit card for adults. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

Foothills Craft Guild

865-320-9636

www.foothillscraftguild.org

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Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit is Back at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Last winter the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center unveiled their newest holiday tradition with the Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit, and since that time, the members of the Maryville Model Railroad Club have been painstakingly busy in their workshops adding intricate details and design elements to the displays.

“We have added so many great new things to discover and cannot wait for folks to see all that we have created!” said Allan Gartner, Club President. Everyone, including our spouses, has been getting into the work.”

“Getting to see the reactions on the children’s and parents’ faces last year made the all the work and planning well worth it,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Heritage Center. “It truly felt like the holidays! The members of the MMRC put so many hours into the preparation and presentation of the exhibit, we couldn’t be happier with our partnership!”

The unique history of the region served as the inspiration behind this seasonal event, and the lumber industry was a key reason for the several communities in Blount County. In the early 19th century, The Little River Lumber Company started hauling lumber out of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This lumber and the various products related to logging were vital to the community and surrounding areas and were shipped across the country to places like Chicago and many other major cities. After the founding of the National Park, it was the Citizen Conservation Corps (CCC) who was able to utilize these now unused railroad beds and turn them into the hiking trails we know and love throughout the Smokies.

After a successful first year, there have been several new additions to the exhibit for this holiday season. One of the new models to see is a replica of the Little River Sawmill that was once located along the Little River in Townsend. More than 90 hours, all volunteered by the MMRC, have been put into this one piece, and it will be completed right before the exhibit opens to the public on Friday, November 8th. The history of the locomotives and lumber in East Tennessee is in H/O scale, which is 1:87, which makes an H/O scale hotel the size of a loaf of bread. With some of the buildings having more than 1,600 parts, the tedious attention to detail is shown in the final product.

Another new addition for 2019 is the Smoky Junction Train Discovery Zone for kids. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is offering the chance to be creative and enjoy family time with your kids in our brand new, hands-on Train Discovery Zone. Bring out your junior engineers and conductors, as well as your own inner child, to create, design, and build your very own train landscape. The Heritage Center will supply the track, trains, and toys, and you supply the imagination. Complete with multiple building tables, lots of track, trains, and wooden building logs to create your very own miniature village, everyone in your family will be sure to bring out the curiosity and creativity in all generations. The Smoky Junction Train Discovery Zone is sponsored by Blount Partnership.

The Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit and the kids’ Train Discovery Zone will be chugging along on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 9th through January 5th. Admission to the exhibit is included in museum admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors and children ages 6-18). It can also be purchased separately for only $4 for ages 6 and up. The experience is free to the members of the Heritage Center. Each day that the trains are running a knowledgeable member of the MMRC will be on-site to answer questions and to show how they operate the trains.

Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Blount Partnership, East Tennessee Foundation, Richardson Construction, and Herb Handley.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, which opened in 2006, preserves, interprets, and shares the history and culture of the diverse peoples and Native Americans who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers exhibitions and programs for educational and cultural enrichment. It is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Located on the “Quiet side of the Smokies” in Townsend, Blount County, the Heritage Center offers gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations, and festivals that guide you on an historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove.

For more information, call the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org.

 

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Art Market Gallery

Knoxville is home to some of the most creative minds in the nation. Area artists have proudly earned the city its Maker City title, as well as a spot on Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Creative Cities.”

At the heart of Knoxville’s bustling art district, nestled next to Downtown Grill and Brewery on Gay Street, is the crowning jewel, the Art Market Gallery. The gallery boasts more than 60 juried local artists in its collective. Creatives specializing in everything from painting, jewelry making, woodworking, sculpture, clay, fiber, photography, and more can be found there. The gallery also houses the largest collection of original, local artwork in the area.

Art Market Gallery made its debut during the 1982 Worlds Fair in a small sales gallery. It moved to 422 S. Gay Street in 2005. The move placed the gallery at the center of First Friday, Knoxville’s monthly celebration of the arts.

Art Market Gallery hosts a First Friday reception each month. The reception provides a welcoming environment for returning art lovers, and those new to the gallery, to enjoy the newest artworks. Many Art Market Gallery artists attend First Friday receptions and can often be found chatting with gallery guests. Among the new artworks presented during First Friday are exhibits that spotlight two featured member artists. These artists rotate monthly.

Whether you’re an established art collector or new to the art community, Art Market Gallery’s month-long Art Auction in April will provide a unique opportunity to own works from some of the gallery’s artists for a fraction of the original prices.

For more information about the gallery, its history, hours of operation or the roster of artists, visit www.ArtMarketGallery.net. The gallery always welcomes new sponsors, too. It’s a valuable way to support local artists. Come see why so many Knoxville creatives call the Art Market Gallery home.

Art Market Gallery
422 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
865.525.5265
www.artmarketgallery.net

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GO! Contemporary Dance

Jehanne… The Story of Joan of Arc

“One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it.” – Joan of Arc

On February 23rd & 24th, GO! Contemporary Dance Works will present Jehanne… the Story of Joan of Arc, a full length contemporary ballet, at the Bijou Theatre. A large creative effort with more than 60 dancers, five choreographers, and an expansive creative team, this one-of-a-kind ballet will capture the intensity, conflict, and resolve of this medieval teenager who was both a maiden and a warrior during a time of spiritual and political upheaval.

Jehanne, which is the 15th century spelling of Joan, was scripted by Artistic Director, Lisa Hall McKee, to chronicle Joan’s life in a visual labyrinth of the medieval time period. McKee has contrasted haunting moments such as her visions, trial, and death with elaborate, ornate, and lively scenes such as the banquet hall where she meets Charles VII.

“I designed the performance so all age groups could attend,” said McKee. “The portrayal of her death will be abstract, and the final scene will be directed to joy and hope in celebration of her life. It is an elaborate display of the medieval time period contrasted by stark, emotional, and empowering moments. Professional Harper Addison dances the role of Joan with incredible artistry and sensitivity. Strong, yet vulnerable. She is mesmerizing as Joan.”

Show times for this inspiring and inspiriting ballet are Saturday, February 23, at 2 and 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 24, at 3 pm. Ticket prices range from $17 to $27. Pre-show Medieval Banquets will be held prior to the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances and include a sweet and savory feast with live medieval entertainment and an opportunity to meet Joan and the cast.

GO! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-539-2475 or online at www.gocontemporarydance.com.

GO! Contemporary Dance Works
865.539.2475
www.gocontemporarydance.com

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Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

This holiday season the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is proud to announce the opening of their newest experience, Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit. Running through the season, the exhibit is sure to be a delightful experience, because nothing says holiday enchantment quite like seeing little faces look on in wonderment as model trains zip by. With three different displays and a bit of history from the Townsend/Walland area, this exhibit will showcase different styles and scales of model trains and is sure to be a joy to the whole family, as well as train enthusiasts.

Opening November 9th, this exhibit, which will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the Heritage Center, will bring back the fond memories of the holiday trains of our childhoods.

“The Maryville Model Railroad Club has been instrumental in helping us design and creating these displays,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Heritage Center. “We hope that this experience becomes an annual holiday tradition for the families in our community and for folks of all ages. We hope that we can create memories that will last a lifetime for families and promote this unique hobby, all while sharing the great history of this region. This is the perfect way for the Heritage Center to promote the history of our region in a fun and engaging way while giving our guests an experience like none other!”

The three differently scaled displays have all been created by the members of the Maryville Model Railroad Club. From the winter wonderland/holiday layout to a large “G” scaled display, the members of this club have created intricate details, and their passion for their hobby comes through in their work.

“I was wiring trains before I could do multiplications!” said Allan Gartner, a member of the club.

There seems to be a special joy in taking things apart to figure out how they work and then putting them back together. The operation of these trains is not as easy as it may appear. Many hours go into programming each one of the locomotives, and each one is different.

In one of the detailed displays, the unique history of the region plays the starring role. A replica of the communities of Townsend and Walland have been modeled and even include the famous covered bridge and the tannery in Walland. Without the railroad’s influence, these communities would be completely different. The city of Townsend got its start from The Little River Lumber Company, which started hauling lumber out of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early 1900s. This lumber and the various products related to logging were vital to the community and surrounding area and were shipped across the country to places like Chicago and many other major cities. After the founding of the National Park, it was the Citizen Conservation Corps (CCC) who was able to utilize these now unused railroad beds and turn them into the hiking trails we know and love throughout the Smokies.

Dennis Cherry, one of the members of the MMRC, has been working and playing with model trains for 65 years. The display he has been working on will be the largest by far, with the trains measuring in feet rather than inches.

“We all have the scales that we like to work on,” said Dennis. “Garden scale, the big ones, are my specialty and all the wiring that goes with it.”

A different scale known as “O” will capture the holiday spirit with its snowcapped hills and scenery. A special holiday train will disappear through tunnels and race across trestles in a North Pole themed display. Having an eye for detail, Don Clark, another member of the MMRC, has diligently worked to create this display and hopes to share his love of model trains with all ages.

A special “Boarding Pass” will be included in the admission price to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center ($8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 9th through January 6th. It can also be purchased separately for only $4 for ages 6 and up. This experience is free to the members of the Heritage Center. The exhibit will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from noon to 5 pm. Each day the trains are running a knowledgeable member of the MMRC will be on-site to answer any questions and to show how they run the trains.

Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit has been made possible by funding from Blount Partnership, East Tennessee Foundation, and donations from Richardson Construction. For more information, call the Heritage Center at 865-776-4388 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
865.776.4388
www.gsmheritagecenter.org

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Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day®

Did you know that an estimated 25 million Americans play bridge? They play because it’s fun and it’s exciting. They play because of the mental and social stimulation. But, most importantly, they play because of friendships they have formed throughout the years.

Come see why bridge is so appealing. Come to Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar on July 21. You will be introduced to the basics of playing contract bridge. This seminar is for you if you have never played or have played in the past and are looking for a refresher course.

Pre-registration is not required but is highly recommended. Register online at www.knoxbridge.org/LBIAD or call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat. The cost is $30. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1 pm.

Kevin Wilson, a Knoxvillian and nationally recognized bridge teacher and professional, will conduct this Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Our previous seminars have been huge successes! Many past participants continue to play bridge and develop their bridge skills and have formed many new friendships.

Current players will be on hand to help with the seminar and to answer your questions. Bring a friend or come by yourself. Your new best friend just might be waiting to meet you!

Seminar participants will be also able to attend a Beginning Bridge class on each of the next two Tuesdays at no additional charge. Beginning with the third class, there will be a $5 charge per person. The follow-up bridge lessons will be held every Tuesday evening at 6 pm at the Knoxville Bridge Center beginning July 24.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive. For a map or additional information about the club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/knoxvillebridge/about or on the web at www.knoxbridge.org.

Bridge Lessons for Newer Players on July 24th

What is this game called Bridge? It is a fascinating card game that NEVER gets boring!

Bridge consists of three components – bidding, playing the hand, and scoring. You will learn the basic tools and strategies for playing bridge plus the importance of a successful partnership in winning bridge. It is also a social game where players meet new people and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. In addition, health researchers believe that bridge stimulates mental function and may help to delay the effects of aging on the brain.

To learn more about this exciting game, come to our next Beginning Bridge class on Tuesday evening, July 24, at 6 pm. Bring a friend or come by yourself. Your new friends are waiting to meet you!

Our Beginning Bridge lessons have been a huge success throughout the years. After completing the lessons, you will most likely want to continue to play in bridge games offered at the Bridge Center.

The first two weeks of classes are free. Beginning the third week, the fee is $5 for each lesson that you attend. What a deal! It is hard to imagine anything as worthwhile and inexpensive as bridge.

This is your opportunity to learn something new in 2018! Registration is not required but is suggested. To register, call 865-539-4150 or visit www.knoxbridge.org/classes.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive. For a map or additional information about the club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/knoxvillebridge/about or on the web at www.knoxbridge.org.

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The WannaBeatles Live in Concert at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Come experience a different kind of Beatles Tribute – a one-of-a-kind show that blends the great classic songs of the British Invasion with hilarious on-stage antics. On Saturday, June 30, at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the nationally known group, The WannaBeatles, will be performing all of your favorite songs from the iconic group, along with selections from other quintessential bands of the ’60s and ’70s.

“We are thrilled to announce that The WannaBeatles will be performing in our amphitheater, and we are expecting quite a show!” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. “This is a unique opportunity to hear this Grammy Award-nominated band here in Townsend.”

The Heritage Center, as it is affectionately known, is at its core a Heritage and Cultural Museum and has been hosting concerts in its covered amphitheater for more than 10 years.

“There is no denying that music is an integral part of our history in East Tennessee, and we are lucky to have this facility to host this amazing group,” said Logan. “This Nashville-based band has been the only tribute act to have actually written songs for Paul McCartney, and they have brought smiles to fans for years!”

Dennis Scott, one of the four dynamic members, is a two-time Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer and producer. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Ray Charles, Faith Hill, and even the Muppets! He and his band will be playing oldies and goodies such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” as well as medleys from such bands as The Monkees, The Who, and The Doors.

The ticket sales from this benefit concert will directly support the Heritage Center’s mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the unique history and rich culture of this region. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is located only 45 minutes from West Knoxville at 123 Cromwell Drive in Townsend.

Tickets are on sale now by calling 865-448-0044 between 9 am and 5 pm. Advanced ticket prices will be $15 for members of the GSM Heritage Center and $20 for non-members. Tickets are general admission seating, and quantities are limited. Tickets at the door will be $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Advance tickets are recommended!

The evening will kick off at 5 pm with dinner available for an additional charge from Mooyah’s Burgers, Shakes and Fries. The performance will begin at 7 pm. If you have never been to a concert at the Heritage Center before, it is recommended that you bring a lawn chair, and note that no outside food or beverage is allowed.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 865-448-0044 or visit www.GSMHeritageCenter.org. The concert is sponsored by First Century Bank, The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Mooyah’s Burgers, Shakes, and Fries, Parkway Grocery, and media sponsor Everything Knoxville.

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Kentucky Rifles of the Great Smoky Mountains

By Randal Pierce and Logan Hull

You are invited to view more than 20 examples of southern mountain rifles and pistols at an upcoming temporary exhibit at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee, from May 1 to October 25, presented by the Kentucky Rifle Foundation. These 18th and 19th century tools were essential for the survival of pioneers in the frontiers of Eastern Tennessee and Western Carolina.

These southern mountain rifles fully evolved in the last quarter of the 18th and the first quarter of the 19th centuries, as pioneers and settlers moved into what is now Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. In the original colonies during this time, the Kentucky rifle was becoming an art piece in its “Golden Age,” while on the frontier, the southern mountain rifle had become an unadorned, iron-mounted utilitarian piece.

Baxter Bean, whose work exemplified the typical southern mountain rifle, was a third-generation gunsmith who worked in the Jonesboro, Tennessee, area. One of Baxter’s rifles, which will be on exhibit, was brought into Cades Cove by Wilson “Wilse” Birchfield, who named the rifle “Old Bean.” Wilse chose to live high in the mountains just under Gregory’s Bald. When he moved out of the Cove into the mountains, the old timers told him the bears would eat him alive. Wilse’s response to this was, “Old Wilson may eat some, too.”

These rifles, pistols, and accoutrements will be on display May 1 through October 25. For more details and to learn about special programming, call 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org. This exhibit is included in the cost of daily admission to the Heritage Center or FREE to GSMHC members. Also, a special thanks to our sponsor, Blount Partnership.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
865.448.0044
www.gsmheritagecenter.org

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