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1127B Broadway Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865-523-1401
Fax: 865-523-1615

From East Knoxville: Take I-40 Westbound to exit #389 (Hall of Fame Drive). Turn left onto Hall of Fame Drive. At the first light, turn right onto Gill Ave. At the street's end turn right onto Broadway. The Craft Center will be 1/8 of a mile on the left. From West Knoxville: Take I-40 Eastbound to exit #389 (Hall of Fame Drive). Turn right onto Hall of Fame Drive. At the first light, turn right onto Gill Ave. At the street's end turn right onto Broadway. The Craft Center will be 1/8 of a mile on the left.

Monday 9:00-8:00
Tuesday 9:00-8:00
Wednesday 8:30-4:00
Thursday 9:00-8:00
Friday 9:00-4:00
(Call to confirm Friday hours,
which may vary due to staff meetings
and outreach programming).
Saturday 9:00-1:00


This season the Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center is pleased to host an exhibit of student artwork to the walls of our performing arts studio gallery! On display January through March will be paintings from our own Watercolor, Acrylic and Oil Painting Classes.

April through June of 2015 we welcome the stunning artwork of new instructor Diann Lewis-Bishop to our exhibit space. Diann's work is owned and exhibited both locally and internationally. This exhibit features traditional watercolors, oils and pastels. Diann's layering techniques and use of glazes adds dimension and movement that is a treat to admire!


This newsletter comes with mixed feelings, both excitement and a little anxiety, as I announce my retirement which is drawing near. I began my career with the City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation over thirty- three years ago. It has been a wonderful career that I have thoroughly enjoyed. However, I've decided that the time has come to switch gears and retire later this fall. I've seen many wonderful changes and partnerships develop throughout my career which I'm very proud to have been a part of. It's really amazing, as I look back, just how much we’ve been able to achieve working together as a team. Throughout the years, I've had the unique opportunity to experiment with so many wonderful art forms. It's been a career that has fulfilled me creatively and challenged me personally. Looking back, my career has been an incredible journey and a blessing that I'll always treasure! I now look forward to teaching a few classes, as well as traveling with my husband, Kent. Throughout the summer I’ll be teaching as usual, so I hope you’ll stop by and see me!
I'm also excited to announce that Elise Murphy will be taking the reins as Interim Director of the art center. Elise has served in the positions as Intern I and Intern II throughout her education at the University of Tennessee, where she majored in art education. She is currently the Art Specialist for the city of Knoxville and does an incredible job! Elise is such a talented and wonderful person, I can't wait to see all the positive changes that the future holds for the craft center under her guidance.

Hope to see you!
Cathy Maples, Director

Cathy Maples, Director



Cathy Maples, Director
Elise Murphy, Art Specialist
Cara Valentine, Office Manager
Michael Robison, Pottery
Anna Gundlach, Sculpture
Susie Holt, Watercolor & Drawing
Betty Fortenberry, Acrylics & Oils
Leslie Wagner, French
Susan Arbital, Food Preparation
Nancy Roberson, Fiber & Basketry
J. Austin Jennings, Collage
Melody Allen, Slip Casting
Sandy Larson, Dance & Yoga
Diann Lewis-Bishop, Underpainting & Pastels

Call the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center
at 865-523-1401. Registration may be made
by phone or in person at the craft center. Payments are due at the time of registration or within five working days if registering by phone. Please note that no student's space will be held without full payment of all class fees. Cash or checks are accepted, no credit cards please.

Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center pottery class

We reserve the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. Fees are 100% refundable if the class is canceled by Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center, or if a student drops a course ten days prior to the class beginning. No refunds are given after that time.

Call us to schedule your next unique birthday party. We will provide the decorations, balloons, personalized birthday banner and craft of your choice. You bring the refreshments and we do the rest. Call several weeks in advance to schedule.

Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Cener art parties

Scout leaders call us to schedule your badge workshop. We provide everything your students will need to obtain their next badge. Sit back relax and enjoy watching your troop as we educate in a fun way at the craft center.

Birthday parties, small groups, going away parties, church or office get togethers are always more fun at the craft center. Following breakfast or dinner, stop by for a private class. We feature classes in sculpture with clay, tile making, adult jewelry workshops and more! We plan the class around your schedule, allowing for a unique time with special friends. Call early to book your private party.

Dance and Fitness Parties
For a fun and uniquely different party join us at the craft center. We offer one-hour private parties in ballet, jazz, creative movement, belly dancing, yoga, or our new “body grooves” dance classes. Gentle yoga is also available complete with aromatherapy candles and soothing sounds. Call several weeks in advanced to book your group function or party.

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