New workshop series

I'm so excited to introduce this latest project, it combines several of my interests and I'm so looking forward to further exploration with others.  See description below:


Syncing cultural conversations with the natural seasons, the Embodied Season Workshop Series seeks to give participants opportunity to think about their ways of being as they intersect with seasonal rhythms and innovative ideas through the process of making. Each workshop session will be a collaborative pairing of a creative mode of expression and a person doing good work in our community (with interests ranging from theater and social policy to photography and education) to prompt participants to live into the rhythms of nature through art making. Each class will be led and facilitated by renowned Knoxville artist Ashley Addair and is open to women and men of all ages.

For the Spring Workshop, we will be exploring the question of how we can engage our bodies as listening tools toward practices. Amelia Peterson of River and Rail Theater Company will be leading us through a few theater exercises that explore space awareness and how objects affect us and workshop facilitator Ashley Addair will facilitate a hands-on portion of the class that leads participants through the creation of a soft sculpture embodying these concepts. Participants are invited to bring a soft item (t-shirt, small blanket, etc.) they are willing to sacrifice to art-making as well as small objects or materials (pebbles, fabric, beads etc) to incorporate into the sculpture.

$5 from each ticket purchase will go towards workshop scholarship positions for under-served creatives in our community.

You have two ways to participate in the class:

  • A one-time class purchase of $50.
  • A year subscription to our four seasonal classes for $170. The remaining dates for this cycle are as follows: Saturday, July 22 (summer), Saturday, October 14 (autumn), and January 13, 2018 (winter). Descriptions for the remaining classes will be announced at a later time.


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Ashley Addair is a visual artist, mama of three, and collector of chairs. She is a modern dancer and holds track and field records in the state of Illinois. She tells a joke every year at Christmas. If she weren't a painter she would be a scientist. Her chief interest is in color and its use as a metaphor for being. Addair is an active member of her arts community in Knoxville, Tennessee and her paintings are collected internationally.

Amelia Peterson of River & Rail Theatre Companyis a Knoxville native and a graduate of Bearden High School. She earned her BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University where she studied directing under Stan Wojewodski, Jr. (former Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre). She has spent much of her career working with budding playwrights on new works. In New York, she co-directed the world premier of MORBID POETRY at the Incubator Arts Project and a folktale adaptation series LONG, LONG AGO with Firebone Theatre Company. She has also directed new works for the CalArts Arts in the One World conference (Valencia, CA), the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival (Washington, DC), and the Inkwell Theatre’s Showcase Reading Series (Washington, DC). She trained in silks, trapeze, three-sectional staff, quarter staff and a variety of other weapons with Professor Bill Lengfelder and is a certified yoga teacher.