Knoxville Mourns Two Local Artists, Remembers and Raises Money for Families

The artistic community in Knoxville, it can be argued, defines our uniqueness. Earlier this week I spotlighted a magical night with some of our finest musicians. Whether you explore local music, literary works, culinary arts, sculpture, painting or any other medium, you soon come to understand who we are just a bit more deeply. Name […]

Art Slams, Wine Bars and Bricks? A First Friday Weekend

After not doing so for some time, last month I got out into the thick of First Friday, focusing on outlying participants. I noted that it’s been a while since our gang participated very much in the monthly ritual. Well, maybe this First Friday thing is going to catch on . . . we made […]

What in the World is a Scrappalachian Metal Work?

Gregory Tune’s business is, perhaps, an unlikely one. Located at 141 West Anderson (less than a block west of the heart of Happy Holler), you know something funky must be happening here when you see the bench out front made from the tailgate of a truck and other found metal parts. A mustached, pipe smoking […]

After Multiple Strokes, Local Artist Chris Cornett Returns (and Could Use Your Help)

Just over five years ago I first encountered the art of Chris Cornett. The challenging nature of the works and the striking use of color captivated me at once. I took my first photograph of his work at Preservation Pub and later that year at Union Avenue Books. We first met a year later at […]

Art Market Gallery: Downtown Jewel Hiding in Plain Sight Celebrates 35 Years

The 400 block of Gay Street is probably the most active block in downtown Knoxville that isn’t called Market Square. If you asked downtown visitors to name the businesses they frequent off Market Square, many would name Mast General Store, Downtown Grill and Brewery, Babalu and Sutrees. Maple Hall and the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain […]