2022 UPCOMING Art Exhibitions

January: John C. Hodges Library

February: Visit Knoxville

March: PostModern Spirits

April: off – vending season

May: off – vending season

June: The Emporium

July: Corks Wine and Spirits

August: Barrelhouse by Gypsy

September: Ijams Nature Center


November: Crafty Bastard Brewery (West)/ Art Market Gallery

December: Crafty Bastard Brewery (Downtown)

Dogwood Arts announce winners of annual contest

By Ken Lay

of The Knoxville Focus

The COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with the 2020 Dogwood Arts Festival, causing many of its signature events to be canceled or postponed. But the festival still went on virtually and the organizers still kept up the tradition.

On Friday the festival officials announced the winners of the annual art contest, which was held online this year.

Kara Lockmiller finished in first place and won $500. Vicki Love claimed second place and earned $300. Tina Burnetti came in third and won $200.

Voting was held from March 31 through April 30 and Shannon Herron, Dogwood Arts Festival Media Coordinator, said that 1,245 votes were cast and that represents the most ever.

He also noted that over 6,000 people from all 50 states visited the display on the festival’s website, allowing it to keep up a tradition that goes back nearly six decades.

Since 1961, the festival has showcased the work of artists. In recent years, the art was displayed in Market Square during the festival but the coronavirus pandemic forced the annual event to be shut down.

But the Dogwood Arts Festival didn’t give in. Festival officials continued the tradition virtually, displaying the work online and allowing people to vote.

“This is our busiest time of the year,” said Herron. “We were all disappointed but we wanted to keep up this tradition.

“We usually do it at Market Square but this year, we couldn’t but we know that people come from all over to the festival and we know that the art is the livelihood for a lot of these artists, so we wanted to award $1,000. We wanted to help the artists.”

This is not the first event to be continued virtually this year. The annual Chalk Walk was exhibited and judged virtually. This year, the annual event had more than 200 artists participate and 19,500 votes were cast.

Knoxville musician’s wife wins Giveaway and has husband’s portrait painted

Hannah Bingham, known as High Five Hannie in the local art community, won my Giveaway for a 16″x16″ commissioned portrait hosted on Instagram and Facebook. Below is her husband Adeem the Artist’s reaction:

Shadow Hues portraits featured at two downtown locations in June

KNOXVILLE, TN – Kara Lockmiller’s Shadow Hues artwork will be featured at Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay Street, and Awaken Coffee, 125 W. Jackson Ave., during the month of June.

Lockmiller’s artwork has become popular among music and art lovers in Knoxville in recent months. So far in 2019 she has been featured in solo exhibitions at downtown’s Maple Hall and PostModern Spirits. Lockmiller’s Shadow Hues portraits have also appeared in charity auctions such as those held for Saint Joseph School and the 2019 Elite Awards art auction hosted by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley. A portrait of Lady Gaga is slated to be featured in Knox Pride’s Art Out in the City auction June 14.

“The support and encouragement I’ve received from Knoxville’s art and music communities have been a welcome surprise and an amazing source of inspiration. This kind of support is what makes the city such a thriving collective of creative people,” said Lockmiller.

Awaken Coffee to host solo exhibition for Lockmiller May 10-June 30

Maple Hall to welcome musician portraits in April

Lockmiller set for solo exhibition at Knoxville’s Awaken Coffee in June

Portrait of Lady Gaga to be donated to Knox Pride for Art Out in the City

Knox Pride will be hosting its annual Art Out in the City Art Show & Auction June 14th at Jackson Terminal in the heart of Knoxville’s Old City. Kara Lockmiller is set to be one of the auction contributors. She will donate a portrait of Lady Gaga.

Shadow Hues artist featured on Inside of Knoxville

To read the feature article click Inside of Knoxville.

Lockmiller joins other gallery artists on Living East Tennessee

March 15 – Art Market Gallery artists talk about their upcoming show, “On an Artistic Note”. Watch Kara and other AMG artists on WATE-6 Living East Tennessee broadcast here.

Lockmiller’s musician portraits strike all the right chords in March

February 20, 2019

KNOXVILLE – Downtown Knoxville will welcome the 2019 Big Ears Music Festival to it’s streets in March. Venues in the heart of the festival have tapped local artist and musician portrait painter Kara Lockmiller to welcome the estimated 16,000 festival-goers, art lovers and musicians. 

Lockmiller’s art will adorn the walls of PostModern Spirits, 205 W. Jackson Ave., in a solo exhibition from March 1 to 31. PostModern Is just a stones throw from many Big Ears venues. Several more of her musician portraits will be featured at Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay Street, in it’s month-long art show entitled, “On an Artistic Note”. AMG is near The Bijou which is a main venue spot for the festival. 

Lockmiller will be available to discuss her artwork at the gallery March 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. She has already completed three portraits of Big Ears musicians which will be on display at AMG and PostModern Spirits. 

Art enthusiasts don’t have to venture downtown though to see Lockmiller’s art. She, along with two other Art Market Gallery artists, will be featured on “Living East Tennessee” on WATE Channel 6 March 15 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The segment will discuss how Knoxville’s art scene is going all out for The Big Ears Music Festival. 

Lockmiller’s artwork is featured year round at Art Market Gallery. The gallery is the oldest in Knoxville and it’s dedicated exclusively to local and regional art. AMG currently exhibits the work of over 60 area painters, photographers, weavers, printmakers, woodworkers, potters, jewelers, fiber and glass artists. Visit the gallery’s website at

PostModern Distilling is locally owned and operated. The distillery open August 2017 with an original lineup of spirits: Kore Vodka, Giniferous Gin, Empirical Gin, Chamomile Liqueur and Elderberry Gin Liqueur. Since then, they’ve introduced four more spirits in less than a year including two unique Malt Whiskeys that are 100% made in Knoxville, TN.  

Carla Kihlstedt is one of the many musicians scheduled to perform at the 2019 Big Ears Festival. This is a portrait painted by Lockmiller of Kihlstedt.

“All are Welcome”, a portrait of Pope Francis donated to St. Joseph School in Knoxville, TN

February 5, 2019

KNOXVILLE – A portrait of Pope Francis and child by Kara Lockmiller was donated to St. Joseph School for the school’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser.

“All are Welcome” is an acrylic painting on stretched canvas depicting a small child embracing the Pope. Lockmiller created the image of the Holy Father using a wide array of skin tones to communicate his welcoming message to people of all races and nationalities.

The portrait will be included in the Mardi Gras Silent Auction March 2 at 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the school. Please contact the school at (865) 689-3424 if you’d like to bid. All proceeds directly benefit the school.

“All are Welcome” a portrait of Pope Francis and child painted by Kara Lockmiller