Jenkins is new Dogwood Arts exec

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dogwood Arts, a nonprofit organization which promotes and celebrates the arts, culture and natural beauty of the greater Knoxville region, has announced its new Executive Director is Sherry Jenkins. The Dogwood Arts Search Committee interviewed many applicants from across the country and Sherry emerged as the candidate of choice.

“We believe (Jenkins) is the perfect fit as we move Dogwood Arts into the future,” said Shanna Browning, president of the Dogwood Arts board of directors.

Sherry Jenkins (pictured) has served on the Dogwood Arts board since 2014 and most recently was Vice President, Operations for National Services, LLC. She has vast experience in Executive level management and project management along with extensive fundraising experience and volunteer leadership across a number of local nonprofit organizations. Ms. Jenkins also holds a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dogwood Arts started in 1955 led by members of the Knoxville Garden Club and other concerned citizens with a vision that began as a civic beautification project… the Dogwood Trails. Over the last 62 years Dogwood Arts has become a year-round celebration of the area’s beauty through a variety of cultural events and exhibits such as Art in Public Places, Rhythm N Blooms, Chalk Walk, and the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square.

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.

Art De Tour 2017 this weekend

KNOXVILLE  – Dogwood Arts hosts the annual Art De Tour this weekend, May 6-7, 2017, a two-day event where local artists welcome the public into their actual studio space so the general public can experience the working creative process and watch demonstrations on making a work of art. Visitors are invited to watch as the artists produce some of East Tennessee’s spectacular masterpieces. Admission is free.

When it comes to art, the creative process can be just as interesting as the finished product. Dogwood Art DeTour provides an intimate look into 22 local artists’ working studios from 10 am to 5 pm, May 6-7, 2017. Image: “Cove Mountain,” by Lisa D. Line, courtesy Dogwood Arts.

Participating artists range from a wide variety of artistic genres and all studios will have original works on display for purchase.  Dogwood Arts is excited to showcase artists working in their studio, as well as the many final art pieces presented during Dogwood Art DeTour.

Time for planting dogwood trees

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Once again, Dogwood Arts encourages Knoxville to take part in the community-wide dogwood tree-planting day on Saturday, December 3, 2016 . As part of the Bazillion Blooms program, Dogwood Arts asks Knoxville communities to keep their neighborhoods and communities beautiful for years to come by planting not only dogwood trees, but flowering trees and shrubs, bulbs, and perennials during the Fall gardening season. Fall planting allows plants to develop a strong root system over the winter months, so they are strong for upcoming summer heat.

Since the inception of the Bazillion Blooms program in 2009, Dogwood Arts has been working towards a goal of planting 10,000 new trees in the Knoxville community in 10 years. Dogwood Arts is selling disease-resistant dogwood trees at or by phone at (865) 637-4561 through November 18. These 3’ – 4’ bare-root trees are available for $25 each or five for $100.


Trees ordered from Dogwood Arts must be picked up on Saturday, December 3, from 9 am to 12 pm at the UT Gardens off Neyland Drive. Trees will not be distributed at a later time or date. Photo submitted.

Since the initiation of Bazillion Blooms in 2009, Dogwood Arts, along with community and corporate partners, have planted more than 8,000 April-blooming, disease-resistant dogwood trees.

Bazillion Blooms, a program of Dogwood Arts, is sponsored by the ORNL Federal Credit Union. For more information, visit or call Dogwood Arts at (865) 637-4561.

Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.

Bazillion Blooms day is Dec 5

Bazillion Blooms, Knoxville’s community-wide dogwood tree-planting day takes place on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Dogwood Arts is once again asking Knoxville residents to keep their neighborhoods and communities beautiful for years to come by planting not only dogwood trees, but flowering trees and shrubs, bulbs, and perennials during the Fall gardening season.

Fall planting allows plants to develop a strong root system over the winter months, so they are strong for next year’s summer heat.

Trees are purchased for $25 each (or five for $100) ordered from Dogwood Arts by November 13, 2015. The trees must be picked up on Saturday, December 5, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the UT Gardens parking lot off Neyland Drive. Trees will not be distributed later.

For more information, call Dogwood Arts at (865) 637-4561.

Erin Donovan Bazillion Blooms

Erin Donovan plants a dogwood tree for Bazillion Blooms, an annual community tree planting event in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo courtesy Dogwood Arts.

Knoxville Film Fest is Sept 17-20

This year’s Knoxville Film Festival will include more than 40 hours of film screenings on three screens at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.


In addition to the 2015 screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and various workshops will also highlight this year’s Knoxville Film Festival. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

New this year, it was announced earlier this month that a $20,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the winner of the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. The grand prize is designed to be used by the filmmaker to make a feature-length film based on their 7-Day Shootout film. The feature film will be screened at the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival.

The opening night film, WILDLIKE was directed by New York filmmaker Frank Hall Green and features actors Ella Purnell (Maleficent, Kick Ass 2, Never Let Me Go) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek 2, 13 Days). WILDLIKE has been invited to screen at more than 100 film festivals around the country, receiving 28 best film and audience awards. WILDLIKE will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival and range from $10 individual tickets to $75 festival/opening night pass.

The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers.

Dogwood Arts announce new director

Knoxville Dogwood Arts’ Board of Directors has selected Tom Cervone as new Executive Director. Cervone is currently the managing director of the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Professional MBA program.

Cervone previously served as the first executive director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation. Prior to that, he spent 23 years managing UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Cervone currently serves on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the advisory board for the College of Business at Maryville College, as well as the boards of WordPlayers and River & Rail Theatre Company.


“We are thrilled to have found an accomplished and innovative Executive Director to lead Dogwood Arts in further solidifying its role as the pre-eminent provider of arts and culture programming in the community,” says Eddie Mannis, chair of the executive director search committee.

Cervone replaces Lisa Duncan, Dogwood Arts Executive Director since 2008, who announced her desire to turn over the leadership in May.

Dogwood trees on sale in November

Dogwood Arts is rallying East Tennessee to take part in the annual community-wide dogwood tree-planting day on Saturday, December 6, 2014. As part of the Bazillion Blooms program, Dogwood Arts aims to restore the former vitality and beauty of the dogwood tree population in East Tennessee communities.


Over the years, local dogwood tree populations have dwindled due to age, disease, construction, and neglect. The Bazillion Blooms program will begin selling disease-resistant Appalachian Snow and Cherokee Brave dogwood trees for $25 each beginning November 14. Photo submitted.

Since the initiation of Bazillion Blooms in 2009, Knoxville area residents and supporting volunteers have planted more than 6,550 trees.

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty.