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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
423.337.7400

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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 www.gentlebarn.org/tennessee. 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
www.gentlebarn.org/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 www.gentlebarn.org/tennessee 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
www.gentlebarn.org/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
423.337.7400

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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 www.unit165.org/kabc.

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ArtXtravaganza 2015 Features Leading Artists, Kicks Off with Patron’s Party

ArtXtravaganza 2015 Features Leading Artists, Kicks Off with Patron’s Party

ArtXtravaganza, now in its 15th year, returns to Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center March 6-8. More than 2,000 original artworks by nearly 70 acclaimed artists, hailing from the Southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jewelry, ArtXtravaganza promises to satisfy every taste and budget.

The show opens Friday with a new Patron’s Party from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive look at the works by this year’s participating artists. As part of Webb’s partnership with Mooreland Heights Elementary School, a portion of the proceeds supports Mooreland Heights. Tickets for the Patron’s Party can be purchased at www.artxtravaganza.org.

ArtXtravaganza continues Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is free.

Jennifer Bowman and Emily Allison are the featured artists. Bowman’s abstract paintings have been shown on HGTV and are part of the collections of Nashville stars such as Taylor York and Holly Williams. Bowman says her paintings are formed through a process of layering, incorporating molding paste, acrylic and oil glazes, coffee, fabric, and found objects.

Award-wining artist Emily Allison specializes in tin collages and papier-mâché figures. Her mixed media collages use recycled materials, including food tins, plywood, magazines, hardware, circuit boards, and wire. Her papier-mâché figures feature found objects such as wood spindles from chairs or tables, wire and carved teak bowls.

ArtXtravaganza, one of the premier art shows in the Southeast, has helped establish Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts. Reflecting Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, ArtXtravaganza helps support Webb’s visual and performing arts program and the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary.

For more information, call 865-291-3846 or visit artxtravaganza.org, and follow ArtXtravaganza on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Learn to Play Bridge on January 17

Learn to Play Bridge on January 17

The Knoxville Association of Bridge Clubs is offering a unique opportunity in Knoxville on Saturday, January 17. Patty Tucker will present the 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, January 17. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Check-in time is 11:30 am, lunch is at 11:45 am, 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 www.bridgeinaday.com.

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RiverView Family Farm

Eggcitement for the Entire Family

RiverView Family FarmLooking for a fun-filled, family-friendly Easter event the entire family can enjoy? Go to RiverView Family Farm for an Easter Egg Hunt on the farm.

RiverView Family Farm is a 213-year-old working cattle farm that has been in the family since 1801. Nestled along the Tennessee River, this picturesque landscape was once part of a 2,000 acre land grant.

On Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, you and your family can create unforgettable memories as you join in RiverView’s Easter Egg Hunt, hayrides, and activities. You’ll enjoy music, refreshments, and the opportunity to interact with RiverView’s farm animals. The egg hunt is a continuous hunt that your children may participate in at any time during your visit. RiverView Family Farm offers a fun-filled opportunity for your entire family while enjoying the teaching and learning opportunities offered by visiting a genuine working cattle farm.

Are you looking for a venue to transform an ordinary event into an extraordinary event? RiverView Family Farm is the perfect venue for just about any type of outdoor event you might imagine, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, corporate, you name it. Consider moving your next event to the wide open, out-of-door space at RiverView Family Farm.

RiverView Family Farm is known for their custom beef. The farm has served the community for more than 50 years. Order pasture raised grass or grain fed beef specialty cut for your family. Your custom order comes from RiverView’s closed herd of Black Angus cattle raised on their farm.

The Easter Egg Hunt is Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is $9. Bring your Easter basket and hunt for the golden egg!

RiverView Family Farm
12130 Prater Lane
Knoxville, TN 37922
Events: 865.603.9347
rachel@riverviewfamilyfarm.com
Beef: 865.966.9063
www.riverviewfamilyfarm.com

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ArtXtravaganza 2014 Showcases Leading Artists, Partners with Local Galleries

Webb-SchoolWhether you’re looking for that unique gift to decorate a new space or to simply view the exquisite variety of fine art on display, check out this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale March 7-9. More than 2,000 original artworks by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from the southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase in Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jewelry, ArtXtravaganza promises to satisfy every taste and budget. The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.

Painter Vicki Sawyer is ArtXtravaganza’s featured artist for 2014. Sawyer’s enchanting canvases, featuring birds, insects, animals, and wildflowers, reflect the things she learned to love as a child. Sawyer writes on her website that the whimsical notion, “If birds could build nests, then they could make hats,” has been the inspiration for many of her bird and animal portraits. She adds, “I want my work to evoke feelings of peace, joy, and often humor. If I can move someone with my art, then I have achieved my ultimate aim: to serve.”

New this year, ArtXtravaganza has partnered with four prominent Knoxville art galleries. Bennett Galleries, Gift Gourmet & Interiors, Plum Gallery, and The District Gallery will all participate in this year’s event and will spotlight some of their featured artists.

ArtXtravaganza is one of the premier art shows in the southeast and has played a major role in establishing Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts. Reflecting Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, proceeds from ArtXtravaganza support Webb’s visual and performing arts program and the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary School.

Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 pm on Friday, March 7. The art sale continues Saturday, March 8, from 10 am to 6:30 pm and Sunday, March 9, from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 865-291-3846 or visit www.artxtravaganza.org.

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Foothills Craft Guild

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event!

Edie Greer "Bond Street Tobacco Girl"Imagine being surrounded by more than 140 booths of fabulous fine crafts at the 47th annual Fine Craft Show presented by the Foothills Craft Guild! The dates are Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, from 10 to 6 and Sunday, November 17, from 11 to 5 at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. All items are made according to very specific standards for quality workmanship and represent the Tennessee region… woodwork, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, metalwork, sculpture, basketry, and more! What a great time to shop for unique gifts and support your local fine craft artisans!

Enjoy a Make It & Take It Booth for all ages, daily demonstrations of artisans making their crafts, and an Authors’ Corner where local favorites Bill Landry, Sam Venable, and Jim Johnson will be signing books. Special guest Dr. Bill Bass will autograph books Sunday only from noon to 5 pm.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, and children 13 and under are free. For more information, visit www.foothillscraftguild.org.

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