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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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The Gentle Barn – Tennessee

The Gentle BarnWho could have imagined that a birthday wish from Ellie Laks to her husband, Jay Weiner, asking him to help her “rescue a cow” named Dudley in Tennessee would lead to the founding of The Gentle Barn here in Knoxville?

It all began when an area woman phoned The Gentle Barn in California asking for their assistance in rescuing Dudley, who was taken away from his mother after one month and sent to a beef ranch to be fattened up for slaughter later. As a result of an unfortunate accident, Dudley lost one of his feet and was left to walk on his remaining three legs for eight months. Dudley not only experienced a loss of mobility, but the loss of one of his feet was putting an immense strain on his entire body, and in time, he might lose his ability to walk altogether.

This is when Ellie and Jay, The Gentle Barn in California co-founders, began their search to locate a veterinarian with experience amputating a cow’s foot and fitting the cow with a prosthesis. Their search led them to Dr. Anderson, one of the leading bovine surgeons in the nation, who was located at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Their search also found Ronnie Graves in Florida, who could create a prosthetic foot for Dudley. With everything in place, Ellie and Jay flew to Nashville, Tennessee, to save Dudley.

After five months in the hospital and several surgeries, Dudley was fitted with a prosthesis followed by months of physical therapy. Dudley was ready to go home, but just where would home be? We considered bringing him to The Gentle Barn in California, but the ongoing drought and sandy soil conditions, which could interfere with his prosthesis, were major obstacles. It was decided to keep Dudley on grass and near the University of Tennessee, where he could receive the necessary care he required. Because it was the dream of Jay and Ellie to launch The Gentle Barn nationally with locations in every state, the opportunity presented itself to initiate their dream with The Gentle Barn–Tennessee.

Dudley’s journey, which led to the founding of The Gentle Barn–Tennessee in Knoxville, could not have had a happier ending, except Dudley’s story is really just the beginning. Jay and Ellie have since rescued Destiny, and it was love at first sight for Dudley and Destiny, where he spends his days grooming her and laying by her side under their giant hickory tree. Other residents include Worthy, Indie, and Chris, three horses from Kentucky rescued by The Gentle Barn two years earlier, who were being boarded temporarily in Lexington. They also rescued “Rick Springfield,” the rooster from Nashville, and his two girlfriends, Jesse’s Girl and Rosy. Lastly, Ellie and Jay brought home two pigs, Horton and Henry, who were heading to slaughter. Afraid of people at first, they are now very playful, happy, friendly, and love to roll over for tummy rubs. Also, there will be many more animals who will join these amazing animals at The Gentle Barn in the future.

The Gentle Barn–Tennessee is open Saturdays from 11-1 for visitors to hug and brush the cows, feed the horses carrots, give the pigs tummy rubs, and hold the chickens and as they fall asleep in their laps. Visitors are also invited to sample delicious Tofurky hot dogs and Beanfield chips to discover just how a delicious, healthy, cruelty-free, plant-based diet can be.

During the week, The Gentle Barn–Tennesse hosts inner city, at-risk, and special needs groups of children who share the animals’ stories of abuse and neglect. The Gentle Barn–Tennessee also works with war veterans, domestic violence shelters, senior citizen centers, children’s hospitals, and anyone else who would benefit from the unconditional love, hope, and inspiration of our residents. Through the interaction with the animals and their stories, people learn kindness, compassion, and confidence and cultivate self-awareness and hope for the future, right here in The Gentle Barn–Tennessee.

For more information about The Gentle Barn, visit and purchase your tickets to meet Dudley and his pals today. It can change your life! To learn more about how The Gentle Barn got started, you are encouraged to read the founder’s book, “My Gentle Barn,” available wherever books are sold.

The Gentle Barn–Tennessee

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Gallery on Main

Meet Local Artist Allan D. Sibley

GE DIGITAL CAMERAWhat inspires an English man to leave everything behind and move “across the pond” to end up in Monroe County, Tennessee? The answer to the question is, of course, a woman.

Award winning artist, Allan D. Sibley, grew up in England, drawing since he could hold a pencil in his hand. Early on his father said, “I will raise no street painter.” But nothing could hold Allan back, and he applied, was accepted, and attended the Cambridge School of Art in the United Kingdom. He graduated and received the Licentiate to the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

As an adult, Allan met an American girl, fell in love, and moved to the United States. He spent many years working for graphic design firms and doing work for international accounts around the world while living in Florida. Life’s journey has had him end up in Sweetwater, Tennessee, where he has lived for the past seven years.

His life travels have taken him far, but his art has always remained his calling. He has a colorful, graphic style and likes to interpret what he sees onto his canvas, whether it is a still life, landscape, or portrait. His work is full of imagination and draws the viewer in to visit his world. Presently he paints, shows his work, and does commissions.

You can have the pleasure of meeting Allan, as he will be working on-site at Gallery on Main in downtown Sweetwater during their 2nd Annual Open Studio Artists’ Tour on October 10th during the event. For more information about the hours he will be on-site and about the event, call the gallery at 423-337-7400.

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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Knoxville Bridge Club

Learn to Play Bridge on July 18th

Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminar was a huge success. The Bridge Center was filled to capacity, and all participants experienced a fun day of bridge. New friendships and partnerships developed as a result of that seminar, and those new players continue to enjoy this fascinating game. On July 18th at 1:00, 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.

Bridge is played socially and competitively by millions of people worldwide. The Greater Knoxville area accommodates all bridge skill levels with games in Knoxville, Maryville, Alcoa, Oak Ridge, and Tellico. These areas offer games for experienced players, as well as games specifically designed for those who are very new to the game. Some games include free lessons for beginners. You will be able to choose just how fast you journey through your bridge experience and just how far you want to go!

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 Saturday, July 18. The cost is $20. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1:00 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

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