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Dogwood Arts celebrates spring with art, culture, and natural beauty

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Spring is here, which means Dogwood Arts, a 60+ year-old East Tennessee tradition, is gearing up for its annual celebration with a number of exciting events and activities throughout the Spring season. New this year – Dogwood Arts events will expand beyond just the month of April!

Dogwood Arts will feature more than 15 events for residents and visitors to experience, including the Synergy Exhibition at the Clayton Center for the Arts which will remain on display until March 24. However, there’s plenty more to come including the large-scale sculpture exhibit Art in Public Places to the blooming beautiful open gardens and dogwood trails to live music and performances of the Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival and so much more.

Since Dogwood Arts moved their offices to the Old City in downtown Knoxville in the summer of July 2016, the public has had the opportunity to experience more Dogwood Arts through monthly Frist Fridays. Now, it’s time to ring in the season with the native blooming dogwood trees during our annual spring celebration that Knoxville has come to love and enjoy.

Synergy: East Tennessee Art Educator & Student Exhibitions
March 6-24, 2017: The Synergy Exhibitions feature the creative work of gifted art students from elementary, middle and high schools alongside their educators representing the public schools and private academies of East Tennessee. Clayton Center for the Arts – 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, 37804

Hikes & Blooms
March 18 & April 12, 2017: Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, you will observe historic relics and beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees on these easy, three-mile hikes. The interactive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in the unique locations.

A Very Special Arts Festival
March 29, 2017: A Very Special Arts Festival is a no limits celebration of visual and performing arts by exceptional Knox County school-aged students. The event is not a competition, but an event that provides an opportunity for students with disabilities to share their talents, works of art, and accomplishments. West High School – 3300 Sutherland Avenue

Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens, and Camera Sites
March 31-April 30, 2017: Explore more than 85 miles of trails, open gardens, and camera sites as you enjoy a walk, bike, or drive through the time-honored tradition of the Dogwood Trails and Open Gardens. Fountain City is the 2017 Featured Trail.

Dogwood Luncheon
March 31, 2017: The Dogwood Luncheon is an invitation-only event kicking off the opening of the Dogwood Trails and Open Gardens. The event will take place Friday, March 31 at Beaver Brook Country Club in Halls.

Art in Public Places
April 1, 2017-March 2018: An exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculpture which enliven downtown Knoxville, the McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge. Knoxville-based sculpture artist John Douglas Powers served as the Juror for the 2017-2018 exhibition. #AIPP

Chalk Walk
April 1, 2017: See the sidewalks throughout Market Square and Krutch Park come alive as they become the canvas for artists of all ages and experience at this fan favorite Knoxville event.
Rain Date: April 2, 2017

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival
April 7-9, 2017: Set exclusively in Knoxville’s historic Old City neighborhood, Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival showcases the hottest chart-toppers alongside up-and-comers ranging from indie rock to iconic Americana acts to soul and hip-hop. *Ticket Required. #RnBKnox

Dogwood Arts Featured Gardens
April 22 & 23, 2017: Select homes with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for one weekend only. *Donation suggested.

Bikes & Blooms
April 29 & 30, 2017: Bikes & Blooms riders will enjoy the colorful displays of our native dogwood trees from your bicycle seat! North and Southbound 8-mile guided rides, led by Jim Richards of the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum, allow riders to enjoy Knoxville’s natural beauty the lean, green way.

Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square
April 28-30, 2017: A Knoxville tradition, the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is a lively street fair showcasing the juried artwork of local and national artisans. Entertainment is around every corner from live performances on entertainment stages, food trucks to children’s art activities, and more. #DAFKnox

Art Slam
April 30, 2017: Experience a live art competition and silent auction showcasing Knoxville’s up and coming artists at the Dogwood Arts Festival.

Dogwood Art DeTour
May 6 & 7, 2017: Dogwood Art DeTour gives the public a glimpse into the creative process as local artists invite you into their working studios.

Regional Art Exhibition
June 2 - 30: A dynamic survey of diverse art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists from a seven stage region selected by juror, Leslie Noell, Director of Programs at Bakersville, North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts. Dogwood Arts – 123 W. Jackson Ave

Walking Trails
Open Daily, Dawn to Dusk: Focusing on the idea of stepping out into our community, the trails are at least one-mile in length, and folks are encouraged to walk, run or bike these trails. Visit to learn how you can earn a limited edition Covenant Health Dogwood Patch on these Walking Trails!

Most of Dogwood Arts’ wide range of arts events, performances, and exhibitions are offered to the public free of charge. For more information, including a complete Calendar of Events and ticket information, visit or call (865) 637-4561.

Published March 22, 2017

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