Oh, And it was First Friday, too

Aerial Dancing, Art on the Block, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Aerial Dancing, Art on the Block, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

How could First Friday be secondary to anything else? I remember before I moved downtown about five years ago, that First Friday was the one likely event to bring the family and freinds downtown on a consistent basis. I suspect that is still true for many people. It’s, perhaps, an indication of how far things have evolved that another event can overshadow First Friday, but that’s what happened for me last weekend, thanks to the Rhythm and Blooms Festival.

Rick Terry Jeweler's, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Rick Terry Jewelry Design, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Asher at Rick Terry's, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Asher at Rick Terry’s, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Rick Terry's Jeweler's, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Rick Terry’s Jewelry Design, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

I did manage to start early and slip out a bit to catch some of it. I’ve also documented some things here that didn’t specifically connect to First Friday, but Dogwood Arts-related events sort of merged as well. The 100 Block of Gay Street hosted Art on the Block and I got to see precious little of that.

Rick Terry's Jeweler's, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Rick Terry’s Jewelry Design, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Rick Terry's Jeweler's, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Rick Terry’s Jewelry Design, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Blake and Robert Tino, Rick Terry's Jeweler's, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Blake and Robert Tino, Rick Terry’s Jewelry Design, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

I started my night at Rick Terry Jewelry Design on the 600 Block of South Gay Street. Robert Tino was the featured artist, showing his paintings of mountain scenes. Paintings covered the walls making it look as much like a gallery as a jeweler’s store. Of course, Asher greeted me at the door, and wins the friendliest jeweler dog in the city. The spread of food was beautiful and bountiful and Patti Terry always does a great job.

Big-Headed Guy on Gay Street, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Big-Headed Guy on Gay Street, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dancers in Krutch Park, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dancers in Krutch Park, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dancers in Krutch Park, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dancers in Krutch Park, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

I caught a glimpse of a big-headed guy walking down Gay Street, but I didn’t see his face to place him. In Krutch Park I found modern dancers doing some sort of movement exhibition which seemed to center on the sculptures. They remained silent and no music guided their actions, yet they seemed to anticipate the movements of the others. I asked a guy who had watched them long than I did what was going on and he replied, “They are dancing.” Alright, then.

Art at Union Avenue Books, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Art at Union Avenue Books, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Art at Union Avenue Books, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Art at Union Avenue Books, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Union Avenue Books is growing quite a following for its ever expanding artist showcases on First Friday. Some of the area’s best artists are often found there. I talked for a few minutes with Maggie Tankersley of Handmade Mags. She was set up on the sidewalk in front of the store with her handmade items.

Bill Foster Photography at Preservation Pub, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Bill Foster Photography at Preservation Pub, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Bill Foster Photography at Preservation Pub, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Bill Foster Photography at Preservation Pub, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

I stopped in at Preservation Pub where my friend Bill Foster displayed his photographs. He was holding court and talking about his photography, which is always a help for me to listen to. We crossed paths quite a bit during the weekend as we both photographed the Rhythm n’ Blooms Festival. He shot Big Ears one weekend, mounted an exhibition during the week and shot another entire weekend at Rhythm and Blooms. Oh, and he has a job.

Dogwood Arts Guitar Decorating Contest Winners, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dogwood Arts Guitar Decorating Contest Winners, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dogwood Arts Guitar Decorating Contest Winners, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dogwood Arts Guitar Decorating Contest Winners, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dogwood Arts Guitar Decorating Contest Winners, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Dogwood Arts Guitar Decorating Contest Winners, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

The guitar decorating contest may not technically be a First Friday event, but I ran into them in the Village off Jackson. It’s actually a Dogwood Arts guitar decorating contest. The guitars are donated and then the designs, developed at local high schools, are judged. The ones pictured took the top three places, but some of the others were very nice, as well.

Aerial Dancing, Art on the Block, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Aerial Dancing, Art on the Block, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

I did get to look in on Art on the Block just long enough to watch some of the aerial dancing. It’s a thing of beauty requiring great strength and precision. Should I ever be strong enough to do such a thing (I won’t ever be), I’d be scared to death of falling.

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Finally, Sharpie which, if you didn’t know it, is manufactured almost exclusively in Shelbyville, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, sponsored an event called the “Sharpie Art Door Slam.” Participants had two hours to finish their doors and the design and execution had to be completed primarily with Sharpies, though other materials could be incorporated.

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

The artists worked frantically, starting at 6:00 and stopping at 8:00. The products in some cases were amazing. I couldn’t find the winners online to share them here, so you’ll have to decide the winners for yourself.

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

Sharpie Art Door Slam, First Friday, Knoxville, April 2014

 

I wish that event, as well as the other First Friday events could have avoided the conflict with Rhythm and Blooms, though I suspect the audiences, while overlapping to a degree, no doubt, are by-and-large drawing from different demographics. It was like that Saturday, also, with hundreds of people on the World’s Fair Park, thousands on Market Square and hundreds more running around the Old City. I’ll talk about the other events, soon.

Comments

  1. The guitars are generously donated to Dogwood Arts Festival by Epiphone for the Knox County Schools Guitar Design Contest. Every year, Epiphone donates 15 guitars for this amazing competition, and Dogwood Arts thanks them for their generous support of this amazing event!

    http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Electrics/Les-Paul.aspx

  2. The guitars and the Art Door Slam were part of Rhythm n’ Blooms.

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