First Friday St. Valentine's Day, February 4, 2022 5pm-9pm
Primer viernes Día de San Valentín, 4 de febrero 5pm-9pm
¡Acompáñenos al Primer Viernesl el 4 de febrero, de las 5pm hasta las 9pm, destacando a nuestro estimado artista local; Héctor Sadivar, y con artesanías importadas y hechas por artistas locales, acesorios, joyas, tarjetas y ornamentos navideños, piñatas, alebijres, juguetes gratis para los niños, tamales, y mucho más en Casa HoLa dentro del edificio Emporium for the Arts en 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.
Upcoming Exhibits at the Casa HoLa Gallery
Free toy giveaway for kids at Casa HoLa celebrating Three Kings Day
Juguetes gratis para niños en Casa HoLa celebrando el Día de los Tres Reyes Magos
Frutos Latinos exhibición conjunta celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Frutos Latinos group exhibit and competition celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Enjoy last year’s exhibit here
Exhibición conjunta: Amor y la Amistad
Joint exhibit: Love and Friendship
Rafael Casco (Honduras)
View previous exhibits
Miguel Ángel González (México)
Día de los Muertos
Day of the Dead
Delia Flores (Honduras)
Jorge Alvarado/Iván Soto/Rafael Cáceres (Honduras)
First Friday's in Downtown Knoxville's Historic Arts District
On the First Friday of every month, downtown Knoxville’s art galleries and studios open their doors for the public to enjoy their latest artworks and performances. In fact, the 100 block of South Gay Street is made up almost entirely of artists and creators. Conveniently located just a block away from the Old City and Market Square which host Knoxville’s most well known and revered restaurants and nightlife, the Arts District kicks off these monthly events at 5pm and invites our community to share and celebrate until 9pm. Casa HoLa, HoLa Hora Latina’s art gallery and store, is located inside the Emporium for the Arts at the corner of Jackson and Gay streets where many of Knoxville’s independent artists and art organizations find their home. Learn more about Downtown’s Knoxville’s First Fridays here.
Each First Friday, Casa HoLa displays the works of a new Latin American and/or local artist. Chicken tamales are only sold during First Friday events, but artisan crafts, jewelry, home décor, handbags, and greeting cards are available for purchase during First Fridays and regular gallery hours. With each monthly exhibit’s theme, Casa HoLa offers a free children’s art activity and encourages young people to create and explore new art and cultures. Enjoy previous virtual exhibits here.
The HoLa Festival
The 22nd HoLa Festival is returing to Worlds Fair Park in 2022 during the weekend of October 8th and 9th!
Since 1999, HoLa Hora Latina has celebrated the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America by inviting the community to share in live music, dancing, food and drinks, craft vendors, and educational activities for children. The annual event takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – November 15th).
Local vendors offer handmade, artisan crafts, art, home décor, apparel, jewelry, and other unique items. Draft beer is available while over a dozen food vendors serve up homemade Latin American cuisine. Visitors may enjoy various performances by Latin jazz, rock, salsa, folk and traditional bands and dancers. Children can learn more about Spain and Latin America at the Hispanic heritage booths or enjoy a fun and educational activity at the children’s stage nearby. The community fair and sponsor section provide information important to our Knoxville community. Our Parade of Nations invites the community to join together in showing the traditions and diversity of Hispanic and Latino cultures.
The HoLa Festival depends on sponsors to realize this celebration. Student volunteers, HoLa’s interns, the Board of Directors and our President, Pedro Tomás, work tirelessly to bring this celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month to Knoxville and appreciate your attendance and support.
HoLa Hora Latina kicks off each year with a free toy giveaway for children who visit Casa HoLa in celebration of Three Kings’ Day. This event begins during January’s First Friday event and also serves as a way to inform the community of various Latin American traditions surrounding the holidays.
HoLa Hora Latina’s art gallery inside the Emporium for the Arts is proud to host two contests for artists each year. In May, the Astrid Galindo Student Art Competition invites young artists between the ages of 15 and 21 to display their art at Casa HoLa. Visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite artworks, with three winners receiving a scholarship to pay for art supplies. Learn more about scholarships offered by HoLa Hora Latina here.
During September’s First Friday, local Latino artists are invited to submit one or two artworks to be displayed at Casa HoLa that celebrate their cultures and traditions. This event, called Frutos Latinos, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Similar to the Astrid Galindo Scholarship Competition, visitors to the gallery vote for their favorite pieces before three winners are announced. On September 15th, the Frutos Latinos exhibit is moved to the Knoxville Museum of Art to mark the beginning of Hispanic Hertiage Month where it remains for the duration of the month. During the opening of the exhibit at the Knoxville Museum of Art, HoLa invites members of our organization, city and county officials, corporate sponsors, and recipients of HoLa scholarships to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and the role HoLa has played in promoting Latin American arts and culture within our community. Any HoLa members are welcome to join in this catered event. Explore membership options here and enjoy last year’s Frutos Latinos exhibit here.
The Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, kicks off our November First Friday event with pan de muerto and sugar skulls. Casa HoLa typically invites local Mexican artist Héctor Saldivar to display his incredible skeleton figurines for the duration of the month (the 2020 exhibit is currently on our website now). The gallery also features the winners of the University of Tennessee’s Student Altar Decorating Contest. Enjoy the exhibit here
During December, Casa HoLa does not feature a new artist, but, instead offers a Holiday Bazaar featuring handmade holiday décor imported from Latin American artisans as well as the usual items sold at the Casa HoLa tienda. A Christmas Party for members of our organization takes place just ouside the Casa HoLa door in the main gallery of the Emporium. A DJ, catered dinner, drinks, and lots of fun are included in this event to show our appreciation for our supporting members.