2019 Kick-Off

Art House is thrilled to kick-off 2019 with a party at the KMA, featuring the works of Jered Sprecher. So mark your calendar for January 24th – it will be a fun night!

Sprecher will be in attendance and discuss the large piece he has on display in the Currents exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art.  If you haven’t seen this larger than life piece, it’s a must see.


Sprecher describes his work as having “an eclectic aesthetic.” He continues, “My paintings extract elements from the high and low of visual culture. This culture and crush of images is in constant flux. My paintings hold no single allegiance, but are constantly shifting from one form of representation to another.”  Sprecher is also a professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art.

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We look forward to hosting the Art House Kick-Off on Thursday, January 24th at 7pm. As with all of Art House’s events, there will be fabulous food and drink!  RSVP to Mollie Turner at metucke@gmail.com.

Lastly, as an organization, we have made a new year’s resolution to expand Art House beyond our 125 memberships.  So, please think about your friends and colleagues – if there is a person you want to invite to our 2019 Kick-off, please have them to come to this open event and learn about all of the amazing events we have planned for 2019.

Inside at Case Antiques

Join Art House on Tuesday, December 18 from 6pm – 8pm for an evening in which we will explore the inner workings of the auction world at Case Antiques in its new Papermill Road facility.

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Owner John Case will treat both Art House and the KMA’s Collector’s Circle to a private tour of the new facility, which houses one of the largest and most active auction houses in the region. He and his staff will offer an inside look at key works in their upcoming sale, and offer tips for those interested in learning more about auctions whether from the perspective of a consigner or bidder.

Case Antiques Auctions & Appraisals is located at 4310 Papermill Road NW, Knoxville, TN 37909.  Hors-d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Case Antiques has ample parking on its east side. RSVP to Mollie Turner at metucke@gmail.com.

Abstract Art Class for Kids

Art House mixes up our events and from time to time, we include kids!  Sunday, October 21st is just for them!

With professional art instruction by Heather Hartman, kids of all ages will “fall” for abstract art, with pumpkin treats and hot apple cider!

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The children will visit the gallery at the museum to see some examples of abstract art first hand.  Back in the great hall, each child will receive a smock and create their own masterpiece on canvas.

This fall-themed event will be a huge hit, so reserve your child’s space by emailing Mollie at metucke@gmail.com.  There is a $5/child fee to offset the cost of supplies.  We hope you can join us!

Oct 5: Film Screening

Art House is all about experiencing art, whether we are hearing from a curator, talking with a collector, or watching an artist in the act of creating art. We find ways of digging deeper into the different facets of art.

On October 5, the Knoxville Museum of Art will be the literal backdrop for the screening of a film that will take us inside the story of street art. Our group recently took a look at our city’s own graffiti, but this film explores what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide on a global scale.


The documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.

The infamous, shadowy British graffiti street artist Banksy has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world. And in this film, he exposes the low-level criminality of street art, as well as the comradeship and even incompetence.  It’s been called “an enthralling modern-day fairytale…with bolt cutters.”

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Admission to this film screening is FREE to Art House members.  For the public, admission is $5 in advance; $10 at the door.  Cash bar and tacos from SoKno Taco available for purchase.  Art House members will also receive one free drink, but bring cash for dinner and more margaritas!  We will gather on the lawn of the June and Rob Heller Garden at the KMA.  We hope to see you there.

Members, you can RSVP by emailing arthouse@knoxart.org.  For non-members, you can purchase your $5 ticket here.

Sept 13: Framing Party

One of the most important parts of acquiring art pieces for your home is framing it and hanging it!  That’s where experts like Todd Richesin and Jeff Hood come in.  Jeff owns the District Gallery in Bearden; he has worked with interior designer, Todd Richesin for years, helping their clients find the right framing that will work with their space.

So, on Thursday, September 13th, Art House will gather at the District Gallery in Bearden to learn the ins and outs of framing art. Wine will be served, as with *almost* all Art House events!  And afterward, we’ll head to Kitchen 919 for those who want to continue the party!


Since so many Art House members acquired art recently at Painting with a Purpose, members, who bring their pieces by Freddy Paske, will receive 15% off framing.  So, look out for a text message to RSVP to this event!

RECAP: Grafitti Crawl

On the last Saturday in July, members flocked to the private room at the Crown and Goose in the Old City for cocktail hour before embarking on the first annual Art House Graffiti Tour. While waiting for everyone to arrive, members enjoyed a few drinks and a delightful spread of London gastropub inspired appetizers, compliments of the house.

Before setting off on our late afternoon excursion, Jayne McGowan, the featured guest, our fearless leader, and, most importantly, the creator of the Artist Alley Revamp Project, kicked off the event by giving members’ a brief history of the impetus and evolution of the artistic endeavors featured on the tour as well as her initial inspiration and ongoing involvement with the project.

For those of you who may not be familiar, Jayne McGowan was a founder of the Artist Alley Revamp Project in 2010 and served as one of the initial driving forces behind the artistic revival of both Java and Strong Alley, whose efforts, along with many other collaborators, eventually transformed the alleyways into spectacular downtown destinations. McGowan’s inspiration for the project was her answer to a call for both communal and personal healing, a strong desire to revive and restore beauty in an otherwise neglected space.

The highlight of the tour was the exploration of the eccentrically curated street art occupying the historic walls of Strong Alley (Downtown, Stop 4) and Java Alley (Old City, Stop 2). McGowan constantly reminded us of the living breathing nature street art and the constant evolution of the alleyways by the very nature of the art form.

While in Strong Alley, Jayne recounted the origin story of her idea for the project as resulting from epiphany one fateful night during a cigarette break in the alleyway (Strong Alley) above her apartment. After that moment, she worked passionately as the unofficial curator, bringing together local business owners, city officials, and artists to remake the dark alley ways of downtown and the old city into vibrant passageways celebrating the diverse perspectives of local to (rumored) international artists.

Shane Sandberg, Cody Swaggerty, Cynthia Markert, Brian Pittman, and Dominique Thibault are just a few of the incredible talent that contributed to over 120 works found throughout the alley. It is even rumored that popular European street artist and one of the artists featured in Banky’s 2010 documentary film Exit through the Gift Shop, Space Invader, has contributed to the walls of Strong Alley. (Fun Fact: Art House will be screening the documentary in the KMA’s South Garden this fall, stayed tuned for more

While not our main focus, the tour also included stops to view two of the numerous large-scale murals sprinkled throughout downtown and the surrounding areas. The first stop on our tour was conveniently located on the walls of the Crown and Goose outdoor courtyard. Known as “London Streetscape,” the 60 foot mural depicts just that, a 19 th century London streetscape. “Postcard from Knoxville” was our third stop and is found on the left side of the Knoxville Visitor Center on Gay Street. The iconic images of the region depicted in the mural pay tribute to ‘the artists, musicians and visionaries that continue to make Knoxville a great place to work, live, play and visit.’

The tour concluded at Sapphire where our members sipped on a graffiti
inspired gin cocktail and enjoyed trading thoughts about the art we had all just
experienced. The most important takeaway from the evening: the incredible
commitment to transform public spaces throughout the city into works of art.
Art House wants to give special thanks to Crown & Goose, Sapphire, and
Jayne McGowan.

Archive Tour 3.0: August 29

Art House is thrilled to visit the Knoxville Museum of Art’s archives for a third time. Mark your calendars for WEDNESDAY, August 29th at 6:30pm.

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Museum curator, Stephen Wicks will personally escort Art House members to one of the museum’s most secretive spaces. The archive room is not open to the public and only Art House members are invited to this exclusive event.

Wicks will share details of the works in advance of their installation on the gallery walls. We are particularly excited to see art by Knoxville born, Joseph Delaney (1904 – 1991).  In addition to the enrichment, drinks and appetizers will be served as well.

The Archive Tour was the first event of its kind when Art House first launched at the start of 2016. Art House members should receive a postcard in the mail with details of this event, as well as a text message.

To RSVP, please email Mandy Welch at mandycwelch@yahoo.com.

RECAP: Painting with a Purpose

The art event of the summer – Painting with a Purpose – was held on Saturday, June 23rd at the Knoxville Museum of Art. More than 125 people gathered to experience the event, which featured wildlife and sporting artist Freddy Paske.

The London-based artist traveled to Knoxville to share his passion for our world’s most endangered species. A former member of the British Army, Paske uses a combat boot to create large-scale pieces of art. The use of the boot drives home a sobering point. “The anti-poaching effort needs – quite literally – more boots on the ground,” Paske explained.

In 2017, Paske joined forces with a documentary filmmaker and an art photographer in a collaboration called “The Bigger Picture.”  They spent a month embedded with an anti-poaching team in Zambia, Africa. Paske spoke of the lack of resources he witnessed first hand.  “The works of art you see here tonight were inspired by my time in Zambia. The anti-poachers need our help, and I hope you will be inspired too.”

Guests sipped summer cocktails including the Paske 75 – a special concoction made with Empress 1908 gin. The gin is infused with the vibrantly tinted butterfly pea blossom that gives it a beautiful lavender hue.

Paske mingled with guests and shared stories of his time in Zambia and what life is like for him now, living in London as a former British Army soldier-turned-artist.  Art House members and guests enjoyed the live music from local musician, Kevin Hyfantis.

By night’s end, Art House members bought more than 70 pieces of Paske’s work, including smaller prints that he created as apart of “The Bigger Picture” project.  A portion of the proceeds from those works went to the Game Rangers International charity.

Additionally, Paske’s largest work titled “Two Volunteers” went to the highest bidder in a silent auction. Paske created this piece in Knoxville in the days leading up to the event.

Stretching nearly four feet by six feet, the work is a beautiful display of two African rhinos, and a time-lapse video showed the piece being made.

Art House extends a special thank you to Cazzy’s Corner Grill – the Presenting Sponsor for Painting with a Purpose. Cazzy’s executive chef, Kyle Russell presented his award-winning entree – lavender seared ahi tuna, atop a bed of fire-roasted brussel sprouts, edamame aoli, prosciutto crisps, and hemp seed. Guests had their choice of the tuna, beef tenderloin or roasted tomatoes for their main course.

For dessert, the chef kept it light and summery with his acclaimed honey pistachio and pomegranate Panna Cotta, with bee pollen and milk crumbles.

Furthermore, Art House is appreciative of the incredible support of our Patrons: Paige and James Bell, Kyri Zukowski and Dooley Tombras, Sylvia and Jan Peters, and Amanda and Jason Hall.

We also thank our Grand Patrons, without whom the event would not have been possible:  June and Rob Heller, Ali and Fred Smith, Allison and Reid Lederer, The Swag and The Knoxville Graphic House.

The Art House committee thanks all who attended Painting with a Purpose!


Graffiti Crawl: July 28

Art House is taking to the streets of Downtown Knoxville for the first event of its kind for our group: a Graffiti Crawl!

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We will take in the sights and talk with the artists behind some of Knoxville’s most impressive street art.  From the London Streetscape Java Alley and the Knoxville Music Mural, to the Miller Building Mural and Strong Alley, we will learn about these larger than life creations that make our city unique.


There will be small bites and libations offered along the way.  To start off, meet at the Crown and Goose in the Old City and we will begin the tour!  Again, the event starts at 6pm on Saturday, July 28.

If you can make it to the Graffiti Crawl, please email Mollie Turner at metucke@gmail.com


June 23: Painting with a Purpose

Art House is thrilled to bring London-based artist, Freddy Paske to Knoxville for a special event on June 23.  This is one you will NOT want to miss.


Paske is a painter of animals and wildlife.  He will share about his experience in Africa when he was embedded with wildlife rangers who are on the front lines of conservation.  He will translate his passion for protecting our world’s wildlife population in art form.  And did we mention, he has an infectious smile and British accent?

Guests will enjoy a signature cocktail and an open bar, and dinner will be provided by Cazzy’s restaurant.  There will be live music from Kevin Hyfantis.

Paske will draw from his experiences in Africa and show us the impact of painting with a purpose.  His works will be available for purchase, including originals and prints.  A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the Game Rangers International in Zambia, Africa.

Formal invitations are in the mail and purchasing tickets is easy!  Click here to buy them.  $75 for Art House members, $125 for non-Art House members.  Email Carla Pare with any questions, cpare@knoxart.org.

Lastly, we would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of Art House!