Dogwood Arts hosts jewelry show

KNOXVILLE, TN – Dogwood Arts will host Bangles & Bubbles, a jewelry exhibition, on August 4, 2017, during Knoxville’s First Friday celebration. Jewelry lovers are invited to meet local jewelry artists and purchase wearable art at the pop-up shop at the Dogwood Arts Office located in the Old City.

Bangles & Bubbles will be a lively event with affordable jewelry created by incredibly talented artists accompanied by delicious champagne cocktails. Statement jewelry pieces made out of unique metals, stones and leather will be exhibited for the month of August, and the pop-up shop on August 4th will allow the public to buy jewelry onsite from eleven different artists.

Participating Jewelry Artists Include: Jessica Weiss, Wendy Seaward, Katie Dirnbauer, Karen Dwyer, Ryan-Ashley Anderson, Kristine Taylor, Amanda Thompson, Alaina Smith, Cameron Kite, Megan Craig, and Vicki Wyrick.

Fall great time to get a new tat

CELEBRATE KNOXVILLE – While you’re thnking about fall decorations, why not add a little color to yourself? This week Celebrate Knoxville paid a visit to Liquid Ink Tattoo to chat with artist Tony Maskevich about industry trends and to ask if Knoxville has its own tat vibe.


Tony Maskevich (pictured above) says he has worked as a tattoo artist since October of 1991, and since that time he has “heard it all from folks sitting in the chair” and has developed his own strict standards for a clean shop. He has even been a special speaker on industry standards at the University of Tennessee and has expanded his art into creating custom framed artwork (including airbrush) as well as custom design and installation of signage for other businesses. Photo by Laura Long Martin for Celebrate Knoxville.

“Tennessee has some pretty strict standards for this work, but I go even beyond that,” Maskevich says. “You saw my daughter in the lobby, right? I want this shop to be clean enough for me and for my family, as well as for all my clients. Some of the things I do here, (he points with a gloved hand to disposable plastic coverings on the ink lines from his machine and on containers on his desk) aren’t law, but I do them anyway.”


Cleanliness and hygiene are always important for Liquid Ink Tattoos, and they are inspected six times a year, Maskevich said. Fines for health inspection infringements can range from $50 to $500. The company has strict standards that go beyond what the law requires, and the excellent inspections history for the company is a testimony to high standards.

As far as trends go, Maskevich says geometric patterns from Europe are making their way into the Knoxville market, as well as tattoos designed to look like watercolor paintings. In urban cities like Knoxville, Tennessee, he sees a lot of steampunk, mandalas, and a lot of images that morph into other images like M. C. Escher paintings. As often as he can, he goes to conventions such as Tattoo Carnival of Mayhem in Pasadena, Texas, to learn tricks of the trade from other artists and to keep up with trends.

“Tribal will never go away,” he says, referring to designs that look like black and white drawings. “And I can’t tell you where those designs came from in the beginning, but now it is a standard in this business.”

Editor’s Note: Wiki says the word “tattoo” comes from the Polynesian word “tatau”, meaning “to write.”

Traditional tattoos refer to enduring symbols of a variety of nations and cultures, such as tigers, eagles, stars, swords and other weapons, and fire.

“Traditional tattoos are old school, and are respected designs among equipment makers and ink manufacturers,” Maskevich said. “That would be like the tiger with the sword through his head, or the nautical star, which is considered by some to be a reminder to seek balance in life (star points north, to find your way home).” Other symbolic designs may indicate that a person has spent time in prison (cobweb), survived a suicide attempt (semicolon) or witnessed and/or committed a murder (teardrop).

Maskevich says in 26 years in business he has heard many stories from clients, and since tattoos can be deeply personal, there is a measure of confidentiality to his work. He loves clients that bring in art that they want him to duplicate, but sometimes gets annoyed with people who bring in a photo from Pinterest and want that exact tattoo, which is a challenge sometimes, especially if the design is complicated.


Maskevich says he works hard to produce the style of work clients are looking for, if not that specific design. Costs for a simple tattoo start at about $60 and can go up into hundreds, even thousands of dollars for large pieces, such as back pieces, or sleeves that cover part or all of an arm. Clients that also want body piercing can choose from a wide variety of jewelry at the shop. Gift certificates are also available.

The business often gets involved with fundraisers, and in October this year Liquid Ink plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to a friend, Bobbi Foster, who is a survivor of breast cancer.

Does Knoxville have its own tat vibe?

“Every state has tattoos that are popular for that place,” he says. “Here in East Tennessee, you better stock up on orange (ink).”

Liquid Ink is located at 12215-B Chapman Highway in Seymour, Tennessee. Call for an appointment at 865-333-5963.

Holiday Bazaar and Bake event is Oct 7-9

SEYMOUR, TN – Looking for a great place to get some early shopping done? A Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held October 7, 8, and 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Sunday until noon) at Holy Family Catholic Church, 307 Black Oak Ridge Road, in Seymour.

“We have something for everyone on your shopping list at our annual event,” says Marie Kruzel, who is organizing the event along with a women’s group known as The Crafty Ladies. Kruzel is the artist/crafts guild president this year.


Guests to the Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale at Holy Family Catholich Church (October 7-9, 2016) will enjoy shopping for beautiful handmade arts and crafts such as this vintage necklace (above) or hand-turned wood Christmas tree ornaments (below) as well as home baked cookies, breads, cakes, and pies. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.


“We’ll have jewelry and artwork, vintage items such as purses, plus a children’s corner with gifts for kids,” Kruzel said.

Raffle tickets for winning a handmade quilt and vintage Victorian style doll house will be offered during the event. You do not have to be present to win.

Kruzel said that Sunday’s bazaar at the end of the weekend also includes free coffee and chicken salad croissants for attendees.

All proceeds for the event go towards reducing the mortgage debt on parish property.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the raffle, call 865-712-8252.

TN Pirate Fest is Oct 8-9

The first ever Tennessee Pirate Fest will be held in Harriman, just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek, on October 8-9, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, rain or shine.

“We are throwing a pirate party and everyone is invited,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager & Entertainment Director. “International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day is a great warm up to ‘Get Your Pirate On!’”


Patrons are encouraged to dress in costume. Professional entertainment includes the Tortuga Twins, an interactive comedy show; Pirates, Inc., sea shanties; Outlaw Ritual, blues/swamp rock duo; PanEZ, Caribbean steel drum; Three RRR’s, comedy stunt show; Trouble the Waters, Irish musical duo; Captain Anton Neal and the Sirens, sea shanties; and Kombat Kroquet. An entertainment schedule will be available online and at the entrance gate.

The village of Port Royale will consist of interactive street characters–including British red coats, the Governor’s household, and pirates. Merchants will also help create the village, selling custom crafts, festival food, and hot and cold beverages, including beer.

Ticket prices are $13 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5-12, and there will be free admission for children 4 and under. Parking is free, and tickets may be purchased with cash or credit at the ticket house on show days.

The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. Festival rules include the following: No sharp weapons or loaded guns (stage weapons must be sheathed and zip-tied); no pets (service animals only); no outside food or drinks; no visibly intoxicated persons will be admitted; no onsite patron camping.

For more information, call 865-248-8414.

Art Market seeks new members

Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville is currently accepting applications for a Sunday, August 28, 2016 membership jury. Acceptance for membership is determined by a jury of six active gallery members and is based on the quality of the applicant’s work; the applicant’s ability to be involved in a cooperative effort; as well as, the needs of the gallery. Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in 2D & 3D.

Prospective members may deliver four pieces of their work and completed application form with $30 jury fee to the gallery at 422 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Delivery may be made 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday, August 23 through Saturday, August 27th. Instructions and an application form are available at Prospective members are encouraged to read the application form carefully. If you have questions or need additional information contact, Mary Saylor at 678­596­4696 or

The Art Market Gallery, an artists’ cooperative, has provided a venue for a range of traditional to contemporary art and fine crafts for thirty years. Currently the gallery represents over 60 regional artists. Works include paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media; drawings; photographs; woodcuts, intaglio monoprints and other print techniques; collage; weaving, felting, silk painting and other fabric techniques; ceramics; woodworking; jewelry; sculpture; and works in glass. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the gallery to get a sense of the fine quality of the work and the cooperative work environment.

Dogwood Arts fest is April 29-May 1

More than 60 juried artists will feature and sell their work at this weekend’s Dogwood Arts festival in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, April 29 through May 1, 2016. Admission is free.

Times are Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm.


Artisans working in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and wood will be selling their wares at Dogwood Arts. Throughout the festival, attendees can take part in interactive demonstrations including glass blowing, stone sculpting, quilting, photography, and fine art painting at Art in Action, located in Krutch Park Extension. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Throughout the festival, live entertainment will be happening on the Market Square stage and the pop-up stage on Union Avenue. The Children’s Stage, located at the Clinch Ave Krutch Park entrance, will showcase live entertainment geared toward children. The Creation Station will also have entertaining family-style craft activities throughout the festival for children of all ages and their families.

For adults, the Dogwood Arts Festival is offering wine tastings and food demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Tent. Friday night in the Culinary Arts Tent, the inaugural Dogwood Diva Dinner featuring Knoxville’s finest female chefs, Holly Hambright, Karen Crumley, Amber Lloyd, and Lisa Smith. Delight in passed hors d’oeuvres, first course, entrée and side followed by dessert, paired with wine. Space is limited.


Market Square hosts holiday market

KNOXVILLE — Nourish Knoxville continues the holiday tradition of shopping local this year with its festive Market Square Holiday Market, to be held Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19, 2015.

The Market Square Holiday Market is open 12 to 6 p.m. with farm vendors selling until 3 p.m. near the Market Square stage, and craft vendors and food trucks open until 6 p.m. on Union Avenue adjacent to Market Square and along Market Street.

Farm vendors will offer many root crops, hearty greens, greenhouse-grown vegetables/herbs, meat, honey, eggs, winter squash and more. Prepared foods—which also make great gifts—include hot sauce, granola, candy, jams, salsas, baked goods and pasta.

The Holiday Market includes many of the artisan craft vendors who vend during the year, in addition to several who “pop up” just for the holiday season. They offer up handmade pottery, unique jewelry, hand-woven scarves and wraps, creative home décor, as well as locally raised poinsettias, greenery and seasonal wreaths.

Like the Market Square Farmers’ Market, the Holiday Market is a producer-only market, which means everything for sale is either made, grown or raised by vendors within a 150-mile radius of downtown Knoxville.

The Market Square Farmers’ Market continues Wednesdays (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) thru November 18 and Saturday, November 21 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).


Art Market features jewelry

KNOXVILLE – Recent works by painter Nelson Ziegler and jewelers of the Art Market Gallery will be featured during the month of November, 2015. In addition, fine crafts by members juried in this year to the 33-year-old cooperative will be on display in the front part of the gallery, at 422 S. Gay St.

An opening reception for both shows will begin at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 6, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, with complimentary refreshments and country music performed by Robert Heck on guitar accompanied by box drum/canon base.

Featured artist Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, paints in oils and watercolors. His award-winning works have been honored in many notable national juried exhibitions, among them the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, and the Copley Society, and are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

The member jewelry artists featured are Roger Kroll, Jennifer Lindsay and Kathy Bradley, all of Knoxville; Kathy Seely of Oliver Springs; and Sissy Caldwell of Maryville. They use various techniques, working with fine metals, semiprecious stones, beads – many hand-made, and other items to create one-of-a-kind pieces to wear.

The new members for 2015 are Johnny Glass of Rockford and Jon Richey of Knoxville for glass art; Phil Monroe of Loudon for metal sculpture; and Knoxville residents Jeannie Grivetti for gourd art, Julia A. Malia for fiber wear and Nancy Rowland-Engle for jewelry.

These exhibits will run Tuesday Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 29.

Owned and operated by 65 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors away from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday; and during November and December, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 865-525-5265.

KMA hosts jewelry show

The Knoxville Museum of Art Gift Shop hosts a Murano Glass Jewelry Trunk Show Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10am-1pm and 3-5pm, with a reception from 5 to 7pm. Designer Leslie Ann Genninger from Venice will showcase her jewelry. All proceeds benefit the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Murano 2

Located in the heart of Venice, the Genniger Studio reflects more than two decades of design by Leslie Ann Genninger, an “adopted” Venetian whose creations in Murano glass delight her patrons around the world. Genninger works alongside some of the most highly skilled glass masters in the world. She incorporates into her design some of the most difficult Murano glass blowing techniques, along with color secrets that date back over 1000 years.

Event is free and open to the public.

The Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5 pm. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034.

Foothills craft show Nov 14-16

The Foothills Craft Guild Annual Show takes place November 14-16, 2014, at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Foothills Craft Guild is a non-profit organization of over 280 craft artists in Tennessee dedicated to preserving and promoting craft traditions.

Hours for the show are Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Foothills Craft Guild annual show is a favorite for local Christmas shoppers, showcasing the finest in handmade Tennessee crafts including painting, fiber, clay, jewelry, and wood crafts. Demonstrations for glass blowing and glass bead making will take place throughout the weekend. Photo: exotic woodwork by Bob Klassen.

Admission is Adults $8, Seniors $7, and children under 13 Free.

Chilhowee Park is located at 3301 East Magnolia Avenue, next to the Knoxville Zoo.

Download a coupon (limit one coupon per person) for one dollar off admission HERE.

Holiday Market features classes

The Market Square Holiday Market in Market Square is scheduled for December 6, 13, and 20, 2014. Sassy Glass Studio is once again offering Holiday Ornament and Jewelry Fused Glass classes for making one-of-a-kind gifts.

“Sounds kind of crazy when it’s still 65 degrees outside and you’re wearing flip flops here in East Tennessee, but Christmas is only 63 days away,” says Sassy Glass Studio owner, Lisa Gifford Mueller.

Space for taking a fused glass class at the holiday market is limited; classes are available at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels either individually or in small groups of up to 3 students.


Before the holiday market, every Saturday through November 15, 2014 you can find Sassy Glass Studio at the Market Square Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sign up for classes, here


Copper Additions at Art Market

First Edition: Copper Additions by mixed-media artist Lynnda Tenpenny and copper jeweler Kathy Bradley, will be on display at Knoxville’s Art Market Gallery for the month of August 2014. An opening reception for this featured exhibition will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. August 1, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Kathy Bradley

Copper necklace by Knoxville artist Kathy Bradley. Photo courtesy the artist.

“We were already mutual admirers of each other’s work,” says Tenpenny. “When I approached Kathy with my idea, she was immediately receptive to the notion, and said I should come to her studio and ‘show’ her. “When we met in each other’s creative space, a little magic ensued. Ideas were popping, heads were spinning, creative energy was flowing, and we only wished that time would stand still so we could work on all the possibilities.”

“Collaborating with a fellow artist like Lynnda is a great experience, “says Bradley, “and combining these two elements (paper and metal) was really fascinating. I have worked in a wide variety of styles and media during my art career, so this was really interesting and fun.”

Lynnda Tenpenny, an award-winning mixed media artist, presents a new body of work based on her love of layers and patterns, but focusing on the addition of metallics. Bradley, who already is an accomplished craftsperson in several media, is using some of Tenpenny’s papers in jewelry making, and the two swap not only ideas, but texture and pattern-making tools.

Owned and operated by about 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 865-525-5265.