Courtney Hendricks, Director of Maker Initiatives at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, called our attention to opportunities to see and celebrate the local maker community during this week’s “Big Ears Festival,” the internationally renowned music festival running Thursday through Sunday.
Three of those events are all weekend long including two at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Beth Meadows will showcase the mixed media works on wood that she creates that mix her life in East Tennessee with aspirational and luxurious living, while Ryan Blair will showcase a series of paintings inspired by the people of Appalachia and their relationship to southern identity and culture.
Separately, at the Radius Rooftop Lounge, Jalynn Baker will showcase her portrait photography series, “How Did We Get Here?” The work explores the various journeys of people who have come to live in the U.S.
Other maker opportunities include:
- 4 p.m. Friday – Barron Hall of Mighty Mud Studio will have a wheel-throwing (pottery) demo at the Merchants of Beer patio. He will also have mugs for sale during the event.
- 2 p.m. Saturday – A number of makers will be participating in the “Street Fair” at the Southern Railway Station. They include: (1) Kelly Sullivan of the Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center (Gelli prints); (2) Kendra Barth of Blanket Fort Studio (clay hand building); (3) Greer Miceli of Greer Miceli Art (live painting); and (4) Debbie Meritsky and Marc Rotman of Master Repurposers (stained glass).
- 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Five Thirty Lounge – World premiere of “Make Me New Again” composed by William Wright.
- 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt’s rooftop lounge – Performance of a selection of Wright’s contemporary works, including multiple premieres.
To learn more about the events in general, read this news release (2022-03 DKA – Big Ears Weekend RELEASE).