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November First Friday

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November First Friday at Dogwood Arts will feature work by Amanda Thompson, Lauren Karnitz, Lacey Sutton, and Colleen Thornbrugh. Their work will be on display in the Dogwood Arts Gallery (123 W Jackson Ave) from Friday, November 1st – 22nd. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 1st from 5-8PM.

More about the Artists:

Amanda Thompson


Box of Pearls came into focus after the birth of my daughter, Pearl. While staying home with her, I took the opportunity to grow my love of making jewelry, and developed an online business. In the years that have passed, my style and ideas have transformed, but one thing has always stayed firm; I love creating meaningful jewelry. It is my way of connecting with others, my mode of giving back to my community, and the platform on which I express myself. Jewelry makes a statement, and means something different
to each of us. I most enjoy the feeling it offers as a gift; to celebrate milestones, to show you care, to remember a loved one, to support, or just to show off your personal style. Medical alert/ID, personalized, and classic designs with a modern touch, are my specialties.


Colleen Thornbrugh


Colleen Thornbrugh is a professional and teaching artist from Knoxville, TN. Colleen has years of experience working in the community teaching K-12 children. Colleen has taught hundreds of students and has worked extensively teaching art with the Great Schools Partnership in Knoxville via the Knoxville Museum of Art, University of Tennessee, Boys & Girls Clubs and more. Colleen enjoys teaching a wide range of students including homeschool students ages K-12 at Thursday Connection Homeschool Cooperative. She has a passion for helping her students experiment with many different media – everything from oil pastels to stop motion animation and puppet building! When not teaching classes, Colleen works as a painter from her home studio. Colleen’s paintings are mainly non-representational, meant to evoke the inner landscape. She loves to work intuitively, experimenting with color and texture.Colleen lives in Knoxville with her husband and loves her city.


Lacey Sutton


Sutton Ceramics is a small Knoxville based Business owned and operated by myself, Lacey Sutton. I make unique wheel thrown pottery and handmade porcelain jewelry. I hope to create pieces that honor the beautiful tradition of pottery, while also offering a fresh and modern interpitation of the craft. I have always loved to create. My childhood home had an attic “craft room” were much of my time was spent. The floors were always covered in crayons and loose glitter that stuck to my naked toes. Today the glitter has been replaced by floors covered in clay drips and porcelain dust, but I love it even more.  I feel incredibly blessed to be able to spend my days creating, hands and feet covered in clay, and at home, kiddos by my side. I am so grateful for all the people who have made my dreams a reality, by supporting my work, and buying and using the things I make.


Lauren Karnitz


Lauren Karnitz earned a B.A. in English Education and Russian Literature from New York University in 1992, taught English in New York City, then accepted a job in Seattle. In 2001 she returned to academia to pursue her first love, painting. In 2004, while completing her Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing at University of Tennessee, Lauren opened Three Flights Up Gallery in downtown Knoxville, where she was founding partner and curator through 2009. Lauren remains active in Knoxville’s art community, while exhibiting her own work and raising two boys. Her work is in galleries and private collections around the country. 

Gallery Hours:
M-F / 9AM-5PM
First Friday at Dogwood Arts is sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union and Ashe’s Wines and Spirits. For more information, please call (865) 637-4561.
Cover artwork: Colleen Thornbrugh


November 1
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Dogwood Arts


Dogwood Arts
123 West Jackson Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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