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VOL. 45 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 2, 2021

Celebrate spring with Dogwood Arts events

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The Dogwood Arts, Knoxville’s annual spring festival, is underway with a mixture of in-person and virtual events.

What began as a neighborhood beautification project in 1955 has blossomed into a year-round celebration of the region’s art, culture and natural beauty.

Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails cover more than 85 miles in 12 neighborhoods throughout the city. Visitors are invited to walk, drive or bike the Trails as they take in the natural scenic beauty.

The Dogwood Trails, open gardens and camera sites opened April 1 and will remain open until the end of the month. Open gardens and camera sites are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Holston Hills is the 2021 Featured Dogwood Trail. Established in 1956, the Holston Hills Dogwood Trail is located in an architecturally diverse neighborhood that offers sweeping views of the Holston River alongside panoramic vistas of the rolling East Tennessee hills.

Beautiful lots in this neighborhood tend to be situated on big, rolling hills with old-growth trees and an abundance of spring-flowering dogwoods.

Everyone is invited to participate in Chalk (Your) Walk, a community-wide event that encourages artists of all ages to create one-of-a-kind chalk artworks on neighborhood sidewalks, driveways and public spaces. This virtual competition runs April 3-12th and is open to individual artists and families throughout Knoxville and the surrounding counties.

Visitors can experience two spectacular private gardens that will be open to the public for one weekend only for our Featured Gardens event April 17-18. The Anderson Estate and GATOP (God’s Answer to our Prayers) will be open this year. This event is free to attend though a $5 on-site donation to the Trails & Gardens Program is encouraged.

From April 23-25th, the well-loved Dogwood Arts Festival will move to the beautifully redesigned Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park. The event will feature the work of 75 art vendors working in mixed media, pottery, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. The move to World’s Fair Park will allow visitors to mask-up and support these talented artists with plenty of room to safely distance.

Another round of world-class sculptures and bold, bright new murals will be popping up all across Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Blount County this summer as a part of our Art in Public Places Program.

Dogwood Arts events

Visit https://www.dogwoodarts.com/ for event details, COVID-19 safety measures and additional information.

Dogwood trails, gardens, sites

Through April 30

Take a drive, a walk, or a bike ride and enjoy the scenic natural beauty of our region. Holston Hills will be the 2021 Featured Dogwood Trails. Established in 1956, the Holston Hills Dogwood Trail is located in an architecturally diverse neighborhood that offers sweeping views of the Holston River alongside panoramic vistas of the rolling East Tennessee hills.

Chalk (your) Walk

April 3-12, 2021

This virtual, community-wide event encourages artists of all ages to create one-of-a-kind chalk artworks on neighborhood sidewalks, driveways and community spaces. The competition is open to individual artists and families throughout Knoxville and the surrounding counties. A panel of judges including civic leaders, professional artists, and art educators will review the submissions and award cash prizes and free art supplies to select artists in each age division.

Featured gardens

Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sunday, April 18, Noon-5 p.m.

*$5 suggested donation per garden

Select properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for one weekend only. This year two gardens will be featured – the Anderson Estate and GATOP in East Knoxville.

Dogwood Arts Festival

April 23-25, World’s Fair Park

Established in 1961, the Dogwood Arts Festival is one of the most celebrated cultural events in Knoxville. This year’s event will be held at World’s Fair Park in Downtown Knoxville and will feature over 70 art vendors working in mixed media, pottery, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. This Dogwood Arts Festival is free to attend, although you will have to reserve a ticket online before the event.

Bikes & Blooms / Hikes & Blooms

April-May

Experience the outdoors the lean, green way – on a bicycle by way of an organized ride or on one of our expert-led group hikes. Pre-registration is required.

Art in public places: Outdoor sculpture exhibition

June 2021-May 2022

This world-class exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures enlivens downtown Knoxville, the McGhee Tyson Airport, Zoo Knoxville, The Muse Children’s Museum, ORNL Federal Credit Union branches, and Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. The 2020-2021 exhibition will be replaced in mid-June with an exciting new selection of public art.

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