FIRST FRIDAY AT ONSIGHT ROCK GYM
First Friday is an art and photography show featuring some of the best artists and photographers in Knoxville, as well as other areas of the country. Shows range from abstract art to landscape photography to climbing art and photography and all in between! Each month, from 6 until 9 PM on the First Friday, enjoy a showcase of fantastic art, meet new friends, and enjoy great conversation in a relaxed environment.
2018 FIRST FRIDAY KNOXVILLE ARTISTS
JANUARY - DINO DAY LIDDICK
Dino Day Liddick is a self taught artist, born and raised in central Pennsylvania. He currently resides in eastern Tennessee primarily practicing painting, metal work, and carpentry. Rather than pulling ideas from the mind to produce "art", Dino practices clearing his mind through the process of a piece resulting in an artistic product than can be shared, but ultimately an undefinable state of being. Each work is a result of deep and meaningful journey into the self, frozen in paint to share with you.
FOOD TRUCK: FORKS ON THE ROAD
FEBRUARY - KRISTI PARSONS
A nature photographer, writer, hiker, explorer., and adventurer. Parsons spends most of her time around the Smoky Mountains area capturing its beauty.
FOOD TRUCK: CUBISH FOOD TRUCK
MARCH - BRUCE MCCAMISH
Bruce's passion for photographing the Smoky Mountains and other area landscapes is evident by listing to the way he talks about his projects. His passions for these mountains are real! During the 2016 devastating fires in Gatlinburg and surrounding area, McCamish captured real moments of the destruction. His work captures scenes in places like Elkmont before, during, and after the fire. But his work is vast. His work features an array of landscape, city life, and business photos in the Knoxville area.
APRIL - Nick Kakanis
Nick Kakanis is a drawing artist based in Knoxville. He sells his work on prints, T-shirts, stickers, patches, ornaments, coasters, and more! Kakanis also creates custom work, including our 2018 Freaks of Nature Bouldering Competition logo and T-shirts!
FOOD TRUCK: GYPSY KITCHEN
MAY - LEAH BINGHAM
Leah Bingham is a free spirited, outdoor loving, 18-year-old photographer from Knoxville.
She loves spending time hiking, climbing, and enjoying the Smoky Mountains where she gains most of the inspiration for her work. Some of her favorite places are Blue Ridge Parkway, Max Patch, Obed Wild and Scenic River, and anywhere with a view.
She is also an avid thrill seeker who loves to climb outside and sometimes in more urban location!
JUNE - THURSDAY'S CHILD FEATURING Jonea Mohn
Jonea Mohn grew up surrounded by art and music. Her mother is an artist and educator in Jonea’s hometown near the Ozarks in Arkansas, and her father, an avid photographer, gave Jonea her first point-and-shoot camera when she was nine-years-old. Because her family had a love for everything outdoors, nature became and has remained a common theme in her artwork and photography.
After changing from violin performance, Jonea completed a BFA in Design at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro with an emphasis on photography and drawing.
After graduation, she traveled to and through China with a group of student photographers, focusing on storytelling, documentary photography, and studying with masters in advertising at the Nanjing Normal School of Photography.
Jonea moved to Knoxville from North Carolina in the summer of 2014. While her professional work has been directed toward portraiture and photography instruction, her personal endeavors are still steeped in her love for the outdoors and the activities she enjoys. In the last few years, she has developed a love for macro and long exposure images.
JULY - ALEX BONNER
Alex Bonner grew up with a fascination for things that crawl, slither and climb, thanks to his biology nerd parents. Fascinated with these things, he began drawing at an early age and has carried on doing so into adulthood. He graduated from NC State University in Graphic Design in 2016 and moved to Knoxville shortly afterwards.
His work features an array of animals, plants and aspects of folklore all blending together.
When not drawing, Alex spends his time climbing, gardening and having staring contests with birds.
AUGUST - REBECCA GILLUM
"The camera is the least important element in photography." -Julius Shulman
Rebecca Gillum is an award winning landscape photographer based in Tennessee. She believes through her journey she can experience and gain further understanding of this world. Also, she hopes her images can inspire others to better appreciate this wonderful world.
SEPTEMBER - AVERY ADZIMA
Avery Adzima is a 20-year-old photographer and visual artist from Knoxville, TN. Born and raised in Knoxville, Avery loves trying to find unique and abstract views of the city he has explored his entire life.
Although Avery loves his digital camera (Sony gang for life) he also enjoys returning to the roots of photography and shooting different types of film. He and his brother have turned their basement into a darkroom because of that passion.
Avery draws inspiration from his creative friends and family members. He enjoys talking to anyone his path crosses and uses it as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person and as a creative.
OCTOBER - Destiny Ditmore
Destiny Ditmore has a passion for creating vibrant watercolor paintings, black and white drawings, and capturing Knoxville through the lens of her camera. She spends a majority of her free time surrounded by the beauty of places such as: Mt. Leconte, Max Patch, and Black Balsam Knob.
NOVEMBER - NATIVE MAPS
Founded in a tiny attic-studio in 2014, Native Maps set out to make attractive prints for the home. Still based in Knoxville, they print in small batches by hand, ensuring that each print passes through their hands several times before it reaches yours.
Neighborhoods are organic. They grow and change with each generation. Native Maps cull information from multiple sources to cross-reference each neighborhood, and work with a team of locals in each city to get the details just right. It may take a little longer, but they believe it's worth the wait. With durable materials and conscious design, they want you to have the most elegant and accurate map possible.
These maps are a jumping off point, a way to reconnect and dig in. It's your city. Time to get lost in it.