First Friday Art Exhibit / September 1st, 2023 5pm-9pm
Evento del Primer Viernes del Mes / Exhibición de arte / el 1o de Septiembre, 5pm-9pm
¡Acompáñenos al Primer Viernes del Mes para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Hispana con una exposición colaborativa, También pueden encontrar en La Tienda HoLa, 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.
First Friday Art Exhibit / October 6th, 2023 5pm-9pm
Evento del Primer Viernes del Mes / Exhibición de arte / 6 de Octubre, 5pm-9pm
¡Acompáñenos al Primer Viernes del mes de Octubre. Nuestr exposición es “Sublimes” de Dennis Cerrato. También pueden encontrar en La Tienda HoLa, 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
Exhibición artística de la familia Mejía (México)
Frutos Latinos exhibición conjunta celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Frutos Latinos group exhibit and competition celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Collaborative exhibit, featuting Héctor Saldivar
Exhibición artística de el Colectivo Subterraneos
Exhibición artística de Dennis Cerrato, “Sublimes”
Exhibición artística de Moises Ponce y Tecla Martinez, “Dreams”
Day of the Dead
Exhibición artística Alexis Henriquez (Honduras)
Exhibición artística de Jurgen Dopatka y Stefan Dopatka, “Water: Shapes, Motion, Reflections”
First Friday's in Downtown Knoxville's Historic Arts District
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
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’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.
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.