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For Immediate Release
First Friday Events for August 1, 2008
August 1, 2008 - Enjoy First Friday Downtown this Friday, August 1st.

ART EVENTS

The Art Market Gallery of Knoxville
Reception for Featured Artists Carol La Budde and Morgan Fitch

The Gallery will host a First Friday Reception for the featured artists with music by guitarist Ben Bannister.
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm & Sunday 1-5pm
422 S. Gay St.
www.artmarketgallery.net
865-525-5265

Bliss Home, 5-9pm
Opening Reception for Mary Julian

Recent works by Mary Julian will be on view from August 1st through September 4th, 2008.
The reception for the artist will be held from 5-9pm.
For more information, please contact Mary Julian at marysjulian@hotmail.com.

Unarmed Merchants, 5-9pm
Works by Ocean Starr Cline & Chuck Ellis

Starr Cline is a self taught artist who comes from a do-it-yourself minded family inspiring her to explore many mediums and challenge herself to explore many artistic options. This First Friday she brings us her beautiful tapestry art that she frames herself with a colorful rustic touch. Chuck Ellis's father was a carpenter, but he had little interest in woodworking until a few years ago when he was in an art gallery in southwest Texas and saw a man turn a mesquite bowl. For Christmas he was given a lathe and some pen kits, from there he was hooked. Chuck Brings us his hand turned pens and pepper mills, bowels and more. Also on display: Elaine Carpenter Calvin Chappelle, Wes Rader, Caleb Wilson, Al Marcenkus, and Brandt Womack. This will be a catered event with food and wine starting around 5pm.

Emporium Center for Arts & Culture
Legacy: The Quilts of Georgia Bailey

A new exhibition celebrating 40 creative quilts by Georgia Bailey (1922-2008). Bailey was born in 1922 in Morganton, NC and remembered spending many summers at her grandmother's house in North Carolina to quilt with the family. Bailey completed 116 quilts from 1981-2006. Some of her methods included: strip piecing to create quilts, appliqué and reverse appliqué method, drawing, embroidery, beading, coloring, spray paint, transfer iron-on method, and more. She most enjoyed working with color ideas, and many of her quilts depict butterflies and birds. A reception and silent auction held on Friday, August 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM, is free and open to the public and features complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Bidding ends at 8:00 PM. "Legacy: The Quilts of Georgia Bailey" is on exhibit August 1-29.
100 S. Gay Street
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
www.knoxalliance.com
865-523-7543

Yee-Haw Industries, 2pm-8pm
Fall Super Sidewalk Sale

New plywood cuts by SEAN STAR WARS
BJORN LIE skirts back by popular demand
413 S. Gay Street
www.yeehawindustries.com
865-522-1812
SALE continues Saturday and Sunday after First Friday.

The Basement Gallery, 6-11pm
Opening Receptions for de.pic.tion

Curated by T. Michael Martin
Featured Artists are Judith Baumann, Deborah Adams Doering, D. Dominick Lombardi, T. Michael Martin, Robert Rainey and Virginia Samsel. The exhibition continues Aug. 1st - Sept. 7th with a Closing Reception on Sept. 5th. De.pic.tion includes artists working with self portraiture and portraiture in a contemporary/non-traditional way... some works are more symbolic and hieroglyphic than an actual literal interpretation or image of themselves.
103-B W. Jackson Ave.
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday 6-9pm, Saturday & Sunday3-7pm
www.thebasementgallery.net
865-437-9613

FIRST FRIDAY PERFORMANCES

World Grotto
Poetry Slam, 6-9pm
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash, 10pm

All door proceeds to benefit Thompson Cancer Survival Center & the Buddys Race Against Cancer a tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead featuring local bands Grandpa's Stash, GaNaSiTa, the Prophecy of Bob, and Jescoe There will be door prizes and vendors.

Visitor's Center, Knoxville Tourism and Sports
  • Book Signing - Martha Rose Woodward, author of Knoxville's Sunsphere: Biography of a Landmark

  • Performance by Mike Benjamin - Mike Benjamin is a pianist for 20 years and bassoonist with the Knoxville Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony and The Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN. He has two CD's, The Piano Music of Mike Benjamin & Mike Benjamin, Mostly Romance.

  • World's Fair Exhibition and Sale - Sale of vintage and new World's Fair Merchandise.
    301 South Gay Street
    865-523-7263
    www.knoxville.org

    FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS

    Sapphire
    Happy Hour Drink and Food Specials
    1/2 Priced Appetizers
    1/2 Priced Maki Rolls
    $5 Mojitos
    $5 Margaritas
    $5 Long Island Iced Tea
    $4 Premium Well Cocktails, including Bacardi rum, Beefeater gin, and Boru vodka
    $3 House Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot
    $3 House Sparkling Wine
    $2.50 Import Draft, including Bass, Blue Moon, Guiness, Newcastle, Sierra Nevada, and Stella Artois
    $2 Domestic Bottles
    Award-winning DJ 4matiks spins the house from 10pm until 3am, featuring NO COVER before 11pm, so arrive early and party the night away!
    865-637-8181
    www.sapphire-knoxville.com

    Downtown Wine + Spirits
    10% off All Wine
    15% off Grey Goose Vodka
    15% off Pimms and Campari
    20% off Selected Bourbon and Scotch
    Beer Feature: Poperings Hommel
    New Flavors of Shady Grove Mead
    Santi Pinot Grigio @ $9.99
    www.dtwine.com
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