Arts & Fine Crafts Center

Parks and Recreation Director

Joe Walsh
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St., Room 303
Knoxville, TN 37902

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People say that nothing is certain except change, and keeping with that, here we are at the last of 2015 on the verge of some major transitions! Later this year, Director Cathy Maples will be retiring, and I will step into her position as Interim Director. It is from the bottom of my heart that I can say Cathy has been the most amazing mentor, supervisor, teacher and friend I have known. My art adventures with Cathy actually began when the Craft Center was located in the Candy Factory at the World’s Fair Park. I don’t mean when I began as an intern with the Parks & Recreation Department in the summer of 2005—I mean when I attended art workshops with her as a child! Throughout the years, we have created too many treasured memories to count with boys, girls, parents, grandparents, school groups, churches and families all across the East Tennessee region. Now, as things come full circle, I can thank her for her passion and work, and thank you, Knoxville, for being a part of this artistic adventure. I hope you will continue to stretch your creative muscles with us here as we step into this new period. Some things may change and evolve, but your favorite classes, instructors and events will stay just as you know and love them. Knoxville is a phenomenal city filled with amazing and talented people! It’s an honor to live here and to be a part of a community that supports and values the arts. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Hope to see you,


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


Cathy Maples, Director
Elise Murphy, Art Specialist
Cara Valentine, Office Manager
Jackie Mirzadeh, Pottery
Anna Gundlach, Sculpture
Susie Holt, Watercolor & Drawing
Betty Fortenberry, Acrylics & Oils
L’Jon Papillon, Stained Glass
Susan Arbital, Food Preparation
Nancy Roberson, Fiber & Basketry
Diann Lewis-Bishop, acrylic and Oil Painting
Clay Thurston, Photography
Leslie Wagner, Fitness & French
Leslie Wagoner, Pre-Ballet
Julie Haden, Reading Enrichment
Cathryn Chipley, Belly Dancing
Sandy Larson, Dance/Fitness 


on exhibit nowThis 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! 


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.


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.


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.


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 .