ETSU’s Reece Museum, 363 Stout Drive, ETSU Campus: On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Eric Avery will present his Basler Chair lecture, titled “Art Can Save Lives” at 6 p.m. “Normally, I ask the question, ‘Can art save lives?’ but this time, I am turning it around and illustrating in my talk how art has saved and can save lives,” Avery said.
International Storytelling Center, 100 W. Main St., Jonesborough: Langston Lives! on Feb. 16, from 4-8 p.m. The event will feature Sheila Arnold, an internationally acclaimed master storyteller and historic character interpreter who has performed at the ISC.
Kingsport Art Guild: The Kingsport Art Guild will present a special exhibit during February titled “Form, Space and Vision: The Art Instructors Perspective.” The show will include works of art by Steven Reeves, Renee Pitts, Allison Parker and Donna Bird. The Main Gallery of the Renaissance Center in Kingsport will host the event through Feb. 26. For more information, visit www.kingsportartguild.com or call 423-246-1227.
Portraits class: Painting Portraits from a Photo Reference will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by the Kingsport Art Guild. The workshop will be taught by Donna Bird and will be held at the Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., Room 313, Kingsport. Registration deadline is Feb. 14, the cost is $45 and a supply list will be sent to registered participants. For more information, email [email protected] or register online at www.kingsportartguild.com.
Collage party: Paint or Collage a Pet Party, on Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn color, brushstrokes, paint and collage techniques. Cost is $75 with some materials provided. The instructor is Renee Pitts, artist and art educator. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.kingsportartguild.com. Class will be held at the Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., Room 313, Kingsport.
The Arts Depot, 314 Depot Square, Abingdon, Virginia: Nancy Garretson, the People’s Choice award winner at a recent competition, will have tapestry on display until April 6, The first- and second-runners-up also have work up in the gallery.
Nina Rizzo, Ruthie Edwards, Linda Loffmin and Jody Houston’s award-winning photography, with member gallery artist Sean Read, will be on display through April 6.
Art on 16, 324 S. Commerce St., Marion, Virginia: Ceramic sculpture by Nikki Blair, through Feb. 28.
Dos Gatos Coffee Bar, 238 E. Main St., Johnson City: The artwork of Milligan students will be on display in an exhibit, “Two Cats + a Herd of Buffalo.” Artwork will remain on display through Feb. 25.
Johnson City Framing, 1204 W. Mountain View Road, Johnson City: Featuring work in their gallery, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by Mary Katherine Brown, watercolor artist. She describes herself as an Appalachian artist and her paintings feature the local character of the region. The exhibit will run through March 15.
The Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville: A presentation, “Lure of the Object: Art from the June and Rob Heller Collection” will be on display through April 21. This exhibition celebrates the uncommon aesthetic vision and philanthropic impulse of June and Rob Heller, who are among Knoxville’s most active, adventurous, and generous art collectors.
Reece Museum, 363 Stout Drive, ETSU campus: “Johnson City Collects” museum collection, through Feb. 22; “Tangibility of Faith” multimedia, through Feb. 15; “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” posters, through Feb. 22.