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Learn to Play Bridge on July 15th

Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminars have been a huge success. Everyone always has a fun day of bridge. New friendships and partnerships have been developed as a result of those seminars, and those new players continue to enjoy this fascinating game.

On July 15th, Kevin Wilson will present another Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Participants will be introduced to the basics of playing and scoring contract bridge. Numerous coaches will be on hand to guide in actual play and to answer any questions.

This program is designed for those who have never played bridge, but it’s also for someone who might have played bridge years ago and would like to be re-introduced to the basics. Most importantly, it’s for anyone looking for an opportunity to meet new people while playing this fun and fascinating card game.

Participation in the one-day seminar will include follow-up beginning lessons during the next two weeks at no additional charge. Beginning with the third lesson, the Knoxville club will charge $5 per person.

“You can’t get any less expensive,” said Kevin. “We have a whole plan for them after the seminar.”

The follow-up bridge lessons will be held every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 or Tuesday evening at 6:00 at the Knoxville Bridge Center beginning July 16th and 18th.

Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended due to limited seating. Call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat, and you can begin playing the best mind game ever on July 15th. The cost is $30. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1 pm. Your new best friend and partner just might be there waiting to meet you.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive in Knoxville. For a map and additional information, visit

Bridge Lessons for Newer Players on July 16th and 18th

Knoxville’s Bridge Lessons have been a fantastic success during the last few years. Hundreds of new players have come to the lessons and now play bridge in our games that are available every day of the week. Many of these players attended the Learn Bridge in a Day™ prior to starting the bridge lessons.

The Knoxville Bridge Center hosts continuing bridge lessons. A new class starts on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 beginning July 16th and also on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 beginning July 18th. Each week the lessons are given on both days, and participants are encouraged to attend either or both – whichever is convenient with their schedule on any given week.

If you already have a bridge partner, come together. If you don’t have a bridge partner, why don’t you come to the lessons and find your new partner in bridge?

The first two weeks of the classes are free. Beginning the third week, the lessons cost $5 per lesson that you attend. It is hard to imagine anything as worthwhile and inexpensive as bridge.

For more information or to register, call 865-539-4150 or visit

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Tennessee Pottery Festival

Tennessee Pottery Festival

By Logan Hull, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Director of Special Events and Rentals

In its inaugural year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival is set for Saturday, May 6, in Townsend, Tennessee.  Located at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, this festival is to become a yearly tradition with approximately 15 renowned potters sharing their clay art and craft this year, and it will continue to grow each year.  This event will give pottery collectors a chance to meet the artists and purchase pieces to take home.  The selected potters for 2017 have been recommended by their peers, but the organizers plan on creating a jury for applicants for future years.

This festival was created to showcase the many different styles and varieties of handmade clay art and help support the art community by giving them an outlet to sell their goods.  The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine) and is located outside the Heritage Center in the Historic Village. Admission is $5 for adults (GSMHC members and non-members), and children 5 and under are free.

Featured artist, Joe Frank McKee, will hold demonstrations throughout the day.  McKee is the co-owner of the Treehouse Pottery studio in Dillsboro, NC, and the co-founder of the Western North Carolina pottery festival held in November each year.  There will also be hourly pottery giveaways for visitors.

A collection of the nation’s finest potters from New York, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee will display and sell their art for a wide range of prices.  This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. With the unique backdrop of the Heritage Center, the equally unique pieces of art are sure to delight shoppers. 

Many different styles of pottery will be showcased and available for purchase, including wheel thrown, functional stoneware, clay sculpture, horsehair, earthenware, and Raku. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center would also like to welcome visitors to view a new collection of Pottery Artifacts.  Discovered in Blount County, this collection was created between the Woodland and Mississippian time periods.  These Native American pieces were created and used approximately from 1600 BC until 1000 BC.

The Blount County Fire Department will be onsite cooking their “Cast Iron” lunch of mixed greens, pinto beans, cornbread, and cobbler for a donation of $10, which supports their “Coats for the Community” fundraiser.  Live music will also be on hand in the Historic Village by local Maryville College students, Maddie Carpenter and Jordan McCullough.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Richard and Joni Maples, Cades Cove Cellars, and our media sponsor, The Daily Times. For more information, visit or

Tennessee Pottery Festival
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882

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Gallery on Main Presents “Arts and Crafts Around the Park”

Gallery on Main Presents “Arts and Crafts Around the Park”

Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater and the dozens of local and regional artists it features invite you to attend a very special event, “Arts and Crafts Around the Park,” on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, from 9 am to dusk each day. This year’s event will be held at downtown Sweetwater’s Circle Park in front of the train car.

Arts and Crafts Around the Park will feature both the arts and crafts from artists and crafters from throughout East Tennessee. You will discover a wide assortment of paintings, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, fabric art, and so much more on display and for purchase. In addition, Gallery on Main will be open for you to explore the arts and crafts of all of our resident artists and crafters.

While you’re visiting historic downtown Sweetwater, be sure to visit our in-gallery Tsali Notch wine tasting area featuring the wines and products produced from the Muscadine, “America’s wild grape,” right here at Monroe County’s very own Tsali Notch Vineyard. You are also encouraged to visit downtown Sweetwater’s many other shops and restaurants and to make a day of it while enjoying spring in Tennessee.

Art and craft lover or novice, everyone is invited to attend this family friendly event. Rain dates for the event are Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. See you at Circle Park!

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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GO! Contemporary Dance Works

A Swashbuckling Ballet: The Barbarosa

The Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny

Join GO! Contemporary Dance Works and set sail to the high seas in a spectacular ballet performance of swinging pirates, mesmerizing mermaids, and clashing swords in The Barbarosa on February 11 and 12 at the Bijou Theatre.

The Barbarosa, both dangerous and grandiose, is an insightful look into the life of the legendary pirate Anne Bonny.

“Historians don’t really know that much about Anne,” said Lisa Hall McKee, director. “She actually only shows up in history for about three years, yet she is one of the most recognized pirates known today. Act one will explore Anne on her father’s North Carolina plantation. I assume she wreaked havoc everywhere she went on that plantation, which gave us a lot of opportunity for light-hearted, playful, even comedic choreography. I also assumed she was haunted by her unconventional past. That premise led to darker, emotional works that are heartbreaking and moving.”

Act two takes a large turn, with Anne as a pirate on The Barbarosa. Dances with swords, knives, and treasure chests will depict the day-to-day pirate life and include expansive aerial work.  

“GO! is known for incorporating aerial into our story lines, and this ballet almost demands it to create a realistic, larger than life feel of a pirate ship,” said McKee. “Amidst all the excitement of treasure checking and sword play will also be tragedy and conflict. While she is an exciting historical figure, she is also a tragic figure.”

The role of Anne will be danced by Harper Addison, a San Francisco dancer who recently located to Knoxville.

“Harper is really absorbing the grit of Anne,” said McKee. “She is lovely and very diverse. She is very dynamic and emotional in this role. Knoxville is going to love her!”

GO! Contemporary Dance Works is known for its edgy choreography that extends way beyond the average dance goer. A 501(c)(3) organization, GO! serves its community through outreach and partnerships with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Opera, and Knox County Schools, as well as other local non-profit organizations.

Tickets are available at or by calling 865-539-2475. Advance tickets are $27 and $22. At-the-door prices are $30 and $25. There’s a $5 discount for seniors, students, and children. This performance is brought in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Scripps Howard, Cathey Co., 91.9 Radio, Red Arrow Industries, Gables & Gates, Sheri Good Realtor, and Studio Arts for Dancers.

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6th Annual National Muscadine Festival

As September arrives, we are busy preparing for historic downtown Sweetwater’s 6th Annual Muscadine Festival.  Free to the public, this year’s three-day event, which is hosted by the Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owners Association, will feature a fine art and craft show, BBQ competition, great food, family fun, live music, and more.  The festival begins on Friday, September 23, at 4 pm and ends on Sunday at 5 pm.

Gallery on Main is excited to announce that several of our artists will be showcasing and demonstrating their art.  Artists will be located just across the parking area from the gallery.

Another Muscadine Festival host, Tsali Notch Vineyard, who has recently partnered with Gallery on Main, will have an expanded role in this year’s event.  They’ll have muscadine juice tastings at their booth near the Memorial Park and gazebo located in the center of downtown Sweetwater.  You can also enjoy wine tasting at the Tsali Notch tasting room, which only recently opened inside the gallery.

Gallery on Main will remain open until dark during the three-day event to give festival goers more time to view the art of a variety of popular local and regional artists.

Discover the fun and magic of this year’s Muscadine Festival.  For more information, stop by Gallery on Main or visit

Gallery on Main

109 Morris Street

Sweetwater, TN 37874


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GO! Contemporary Dance Works

Experience the Difference

GO! Contemporary Dance WorksThe 43 member GO! Contemporary Dance Works is more than your typical group of dancers.  Consisting of pre-professional and professional dancers, GO! combines dance and athletics to provide high energy and highly entertaining performances. GO!, a member of the Knoxville arts community, is known for blending contemporary ballet and modern dance with daring athleticism.

On October 1 and 2 at the Clarence Brown Theatre, GO! will present TRANSCENDANCE, an evening of contemporary and classical works featuring new works by GO! Artistic Director, core choreographers, and guest artist, Daniel Chait, as well as favorites from the GO! repertoire.

Artistic Director, Lisa McKee, will premier “The Fall,” a contemporary work exploring the fall of Adam and Eve, and “I’m Not What You Think,” a funky, fun jazz ballet. Daniel Chait, formerly of the American Ballet Theatre, and Twyla Tharp will present “Don’t Be Afraid,” a work focusing on one barefoot modern dancer amidst precision pointe work. Other new works will include “JOY!” choreographed by Denise Njuguna, “Turbine” by Darby O’Connor, and untitled works by Jill Frere and Julie E. Cox.

GO! will also revisit favorite works, including “Libertango Cafe,” “PulsE,” “Revivivication,” and “Architecture of Stillness” choreographed by Mark Lamb.

GO! is proud to partner with the Tennessee Arts Commission and Cathey & Co.  Sunday’s matinee is in partnership with Penny 4 Arts, enabling children in area counties to attend TRANSCENDANCE for ONE PENNY with the purchase of an adult ticket.

For more information, call 865-539-2475 or visit

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Art Market Gallery’s August Featured Artists Exhibit

Works by watercolor artist Kate McCullough and glass artist Johnny Glass are on display August 1-28 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception is on August 5 at 5:30 pm, with complimentary refreshments and music performed by Patrick Mulligan.

Kate McCullough

Kate first studied art at Villa Maria College and SUNY in Buffalo, NY, before switching to interior design, which was her career until 2008. The fine art bug struck again in 2002 when she decided to pick up a brush again. Kate took courses at the University of Tennessee and workshops with John Salminen, Sue Archer, Linda Kemp, Linda Baker, Paul Jackson, Don Lake, Don Andrews, and Keiko Tanabe.

“I look at life as through a prism of shapes and colors and see the beauty I hadn’t seen before,” said Kate. “The world of painting is a magical place where the looking glass is only limited by my imagination. The goal for my art is to not only reach that deeper place, but to offer something to the viewer that could reach a place in them that has meaning as well.”

This exhibit features scenes from around Knoxville, mostly from the downtown area. Her focus is to present these locations as either a place one may not often notice or familiar scenes presented just a little differently.

Johnny Glass

A Knoxville native, Johnny began his glass career and training in Los Angeles, where he was introduced to glass at Santa Monica College. In 2010, he started Glass by Glass LLC on the west coast, and in 2013, he expanded his market and returned to Knoxville to open Glass by Glass’s east coast mobile hot shop and to finish his education.  He spent three years at Tennessee Technological University’s Appalachian Center for Crafts, studying under world famous glassblower and teacher, Curtis Brock. He recently graduated from TTU with honors and a BFA in Glass.

Glass by Glass brings a new awareness and social practice to the art of glass blowing. Johnny has designed his own studio equipment to be completely mobile, and live glassblowing demonstrations take place at many art museums and craft festivals.

Who, What, Where

Also happening this month is their new contest, “Who, What, Where.”  Stop by and take a guess on “Who, What, Where!”

Art Market Gallery

422 S. Gay Street

Knoxville, TN 37902


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Art Market Gallery

Art Market Gallery’s April Featured Artist Exhibit

Recent works by ceramic artist Lisa Kurtz and photographer Dennis Sabo will be on display now through April 30 at the Art Market Gallery.

Lisa Kurtz has been a functional potter for more than 37 years. An award-winning ceramic artist, she is a clay professor at Cleveland State in Cleveland, TN, where she teaches hand building and wheel throwing. After getting her master’s degree in clay at the University of Louisville, Lisa set up her first studio in the eclectic Highlands neighborhood in Louisville, KY. She has been an exhibiting member of many professional guilds, boards, and galleries. Her work has been featured and shown in galleries and juried fine arts and craft shows across the U.S. and is in many private collections nationally and internationally. Lisa throws and hand builds her clay pieces and often integrates the two methods to create her functional pottery, sculpture, and clay wall art.

Dennis Sabo is an internationally honored photographer specializing in contemporary abstract, landscape, and seascape photography. His award-winning work has appeared in various publications and institutions, including National Geographic, NOVA, PBS, Canon, Hilton Hotels, and the Anthology of Appalachian Photographers. Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful time to be in the park, and Dennis’s photography has transcended that seasonal experience into a magical fairytale of color, light, textures, and patterns. His choice of medium and processing is preserving images by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. These metal prints reveal vibrant colors with breathtaking luminescence while maintaining archival quality.

The Art Market Gallery is a unique gallery in Knoxville, because it is owned and operated by more than 60 of the best professional artists in our regional area. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm Friday, and 1 to 6 pm Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Parking is in the abutting garage and on the street and is free on weekends and after 6 pm weekdays. For more information, call 865-525-5265 or visit or

Art Market Gallery
422 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Gallery on Main

Discover the Art of Children’s Art

Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater is excited to announce the addition of a children’s art teacher to their staff. Beginning on January 19th, Jennie Harriman will begin instructing classes in children’s art here at the Gallery.

Jennie just relocated to the Sweetwater area from the north. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and an MA in Early Childhood Education. Actively teaching for 22 years, Jennie has also developed a how-to woodworking book, “Hammer, Saw, Drill,” with the collaboration of 50 preschool children.

Her classes at the Gallery will begin on January 19th with a five-week series called “Introduction to Woodworking.” In this class, students may make boats, airplanes, animals, and more as they learn basic woodworking skills. Students will also make a toy dogsled as they learn about the 1,000-mile Iditarod dogsled race that occurs annually in March in Alaska. Jennie was privileged to attend a teacher’s conference at the Iditarod in 2012.

Our second series of classes, titled “Little House Woodworking,” will begin on March 8th. This is a three-week series, and projects will be inspired by the “Little House on the Prairie” series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Jennie will read from several of Ms. Wilder’s books to integrate literature into the class. Projects will include a toy bed, a toy sled, and a bootjack that the students’ families can use.

The third series, titled “The Art of Ancient Egypt,” will begin on April 5th and is a four-week series. Students will explore the art and history of this intriguing time and place. Jennie explored Cairo and Giza in 2015. The class painting, sculpting, and drawing projects will be inspired by the pyramids, King Tut, hieroglyphs, animals, and amulets.

These classes are broken into three groups by age ranging from ages 3-8, 6-10, and 9-12. To reserve your spot in these classes or for more information and costs (with all supplies provided), call Gallery on Main at 423-337-7400.

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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The Gentle Barn

Join Us in Celebrating a Gentle Thanksgiving

The Gentle BarnIf you enjoyed learning about The Gentle Barn-Tennessee in the September issue of Everything Knoxville, and if you share our dream of helping to rescue at-risk farm animals and heal at risk children, we would like to invite you to join us at a very special Thanksgiving event we call a Gentle Thanksgiving, which will be held on Thursday, November 26th, from 3 to 8 pm. A fun-filled event offering an alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving celebration, our Gentle Thanksgiving will feature a gourmet vegan dinner prepared especially for our guests by a local chef.

But that’s not all. You and your family will also spend the evening cuddling rescued turkeys and feeding them cranberries. Then participate in a Native American drum circle and silent and live auctions. Also, each guest will receive a swag bag.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at Space is limited.

Why not take a break from your old Thanksgiving events and start an entirely new family tradition that will give you a lifetime of fond memories for you and your loved ones?

The Gentle Barn-Tennessee

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