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For Immediate Release
Celebrate First Friday in Downtown Knoxville April 6th
March 27, 2007 - Enjoy First Friday downtown on April 6th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm in the Market Square District & other downtown areas

In conjunction with the popular First Friday downtown gallery and shopping tour, KAT will operate a trolley route to connect downtown visitors with the galleries and shops along Gay Street, Market Square and the Old City. The First Friday trolley will travel down Gay Street and through the Old City every 5-7 minutes from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The First Friday trolley is Fare-Free! To catch it, just watch for the sign on the front of the trolley that says "First Fridays."

Trio Cafe
Trio Cafe is now open at 13 market square. They are serving breakfast lunch and dinner 7am-9pm during the week and 9-9 on saturdays and sundays!
Come by to check out their "First Friday" menu, enjoying a gourmet coffee or glass of wine while sitting on our patio!

The Phoenix
Live mannequins will be on display as they sip Downtown Grind coffee while lounging in the "bliss"fully decorated window.

Village Marketplace
Will feature a new collection of ceramics. These include beautiful bird baths, planters, and tableware. Influenced by Ming China, Vietnam's blue and white ceramics have been sought after throughout the world since the 15th century. Today potters blend artistic skill with time honored techniques in the famous pottery village of Bat Trang, just east of Hanoi, where there are as many kilns as houses. Ceramics skills are passed down through the generations. Artisans pour clay into molds, and carefully remove the pieces when they are set. Paint and glaze is applied by hand, and, when dry, the pottery is fired at very high temperatures, giving it strength and durability.

Mast General Store
Mast will have live folk and old time music from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, performed by Steve Hancock.

Arts & Culture Alliance
Opening reception. The Arts & Culture Alliance presents "Honoring Betsy Worden: A Retrospective", a new exhibition on display April 6-28 at the Arts & Culture Alliance’s Emporium Center. Worden, who died in January 2006, was perhaps best known for her works in watercolor and weaving, and she contributed greatly to Knoxville’s visual arts community throughout her life. Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres on Friday, April 6, 5-9pm.

World Grotto
Free Wine Tasting, Hors devours and Martini Specials. "Plastered: a showcase of Tennessee poster artists" is a showcase of highly talented poster designers from the state of Tennessee. It is being held in the month of April at the World Grotto Gallery and Music Venue in Knoxville, TN. There will be a meet and greet as well as a sale of posters held on the 20th and 21st. This show is going to include: Boss Construction - aka - Andrew Vastagh (Nashville) the new year - aka -Sasha Barr (Memphis) Status Design - aka - Justin Helton (Knoxville) Yee-Haw Industries - aka - Kevin Bradley, Julie Belcher and a crew of others (Knoxville) Zach Hobbs (Chattanooga) Leia Bell (Knoxville)- as well as works from various other TN poster artists. All of the artists will be showing their work as well as a poster sale at the reception weekend. The weekend will include the poster sale and meet and greet as well as live music at night including Dishwater Blonde and the Natti Love Joys.

Art Gallery of Knoxville
Paces: Lou Mallozzi and Gustavo Matamoros create a performance and media installation using hand-held microphones, video cameras, and flashlights.

Art Market Gallery
The Mobile Meals Mother’s/Father’s Day card campaign is “co-opping” with one of the area’s oldest artists’ co-op, The Art Market Gallery. This year's special partnership with the Art Market Gallery is highlitghted by their sponsorship of one of their own artists, B. J. Clark, in providing her work for the card’s artwork.

Three Flights Up Gallery
Three Flights Up Gallery, located in the Emporium, invites you to an evening of art, food and music. The 9 featured artists this month work in a variety of media--photography, painting, sculpture, and digital imaging-- and include Julie Camarata, Steve Cunnigham, Stacey Fletcher, Tovah Greenwood, James Edwin Hall, Nic Hankins, Liz Nixon, Ben Katz, and Jon Ross.

The Basemet Gallery
Life is an Open Book: a collection of cliches by artists Brandon Rogers and Rachel B. Travis.

Gallery 1010
Photographs by Angela Dick. MFA Thesis Show. "My photographs are my mementos and my documents. I use the images I create as a way to preserve my memories and my experiences, and as keepsakes of the alluring elements of the spots I visit.

Tomato Head
A very special First Friday of Spring dinner special along with special prices on select bottles of wine, most reduced to $12.

Downtown Grill & Brewery
The Brewery will extend their happy hour until 10:00. FREE popcorn in the bar.

UT Downtown Gallery
MFA Thesis Exhibition - Lin Lee, Graphic Design.

Downtown Grind
Try their Brainfreeze drinks: sweet frozen blended drinks, offered in several fruity and coffee flavors.

bliss Home
bliss home will host an opening for Ryan Blair. from Ryan's artist statement, "My subject matter varies and is usually developed through a series of sketches and notes. My new work employs the use of poured acrylics. Though I work quite deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, the pouring leaves a feeling of a raw unplanned approach. After my surface is prepared, canvas, wood or paper, I draw directly on that surface using charcoal. The areas that have been drawn are then masked off. Paint is then poured to create patterns and grids. After drying, I begin painting thin layers of paint until I achieve the desired color density over the entire surface. Often during the layering of color, I sand and scrape revealing covered layers." As always Pasta Trio and wine will be plentiful.

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