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


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,

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



Art Collecting

Art House members had the distinct pleasure of touring the Knoxville home of Cindy and John Compton in April.  We learned about their curated collection from their art dealer, Bill Lowe of Atlanta, Georgia.

Bill is as passionate as they come, and explained his process of matching homeowners to their art.  He compared buying art to marriage and warned never to buy art purely based on its monetary value. “You shouldn’t marry for money and the same is true for art. It has to be something that you love,” explained Lowe.

Peter Glander of Knox Provisions catered the event. And thanks to our gracious hosts, Art House members sipped some lovely wines too.

Guests lingered to talk one-on-one with Bill and learn about some of the works adorning the walls of the Compton’s home.  He spoke of Southern artists, like Thornton Dial, whose work will be a part of a new exhibition this summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Arguably the most recognized  self-taught African American artist from the South, Thornton Dial was born to sharecroppers in rural Alabama. He worked for three decades as a metalworker for the Pullman Standard Company, the railroad manufacturer, and then took up various skilled trades—house painting, highway construction, commercial fishing, and pipe fitting—before devoting himself to art full time in 1987.   – Victoria L. Valentine for Culture Type

The exhibition featuring Dial, “History Refused to Die: Highlights from The Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift” opens on May 22 and runs through September 23. If your summer travels include New York, please be sure to go!  What a treat for Art House members.

Upcoming Events

  • Artists on Location
    Saturday, April 28th at 5pm
    Knoxville Museum of Art

What do Monet, Pissarro and Renoir all have in common?  Mais oui, en plein air!  This French expression translates to “in open air,” the setting these artists explored in their paintings.

Modern day painters still use the temporal effects of natural light on their subjects – in fact, more than thirty local and regional artists will be painting in and around Knoxville as part of the Guild of the KMA’s event Artists on Location.

You are invited to meet the artists and see their works of art at the Artists on Location Preview Event.  As an Art House member, you will have early access to purchase these locally produced works.  Light refreshments will be served and each Art House guest will receive a complimentary drink ticket.

See image for further details – reply to by April 26.

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  • Kick-off to Summer
    Friday, May 11 at 7pm 
    Knoxville Museum of Art
    *Dressy casual

Dance to the music of party band The Atlanta Showstoppers; enjoy drinks and a cocktail buffet.  Tickets are $125 per person, however, Art House members receive a special $25 discount and access to the private Art House lounge, where we can gather during the lively event! Click here to receive the exclusive Art House discount.


  • Letterpress & Printmaking with Bryan Baker
    Wednesday, May 30 at 6pm

    Striped Light Letterpress Studio

Exclusive to Art House members – owner Bryan Baker will give a tour of the Striped Light Letterpress Studio and give a printmaking demonstration. And, you may leave with your own print too!


  • Painting with a Purpose 
    Saturday, June 23 at 6pm
    Knoxville Museum of Art

Art House is bringing animal and wildlife painter Freddy Paske from the UK to Knoxville for this incredible event. Paske’s work brings attention to the difficulties facing what remains of the world’s wildlife population. He was embedded with wildlife rangers in Africa where he was inspired to create works of art. The night will be one you don’t want to miss, as the gregarious Paske shares his work with us, and the powerful meaning behind it.  More details to come!

Sponsorship opportunities available; email for more information.


Art Collecting: April 19th

Art House is thrilled to continue our Art Collecting series.  In the past, we’ve visited the homes of the KMA’s executive director, back in July of 2016, and last spring we went inside the home of a top interior designer.  These events are intimate and inspiring.


This photo was taken during last year’s event at the home of Bobby Brown and Todd Richesin.

And this April, we will go beyond the walls of the museum to the West Knoxville home of Cindy and John Compton.  We will hear the stories behind the works in their private collection, and learn about the world of galleries and art dealers.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 at 6:30pm.

It is our hope that you will leave inspired to continue (or begin) your own art collection. Space is limited, and exclusive for Art House members only.  Please send your RSVP to by April 14.  (Only those who have RSVPed will receive the address for the party.)

Recap: Whiskey & Welding

Take a fine selection of aged whiskey, including the highly sought after Pappy Van Winkle, and combine it with a live art demonstration by master welder, Preston Farabow, and you have Art House’s latest event: Whiskey & Welding. 

More than 50 Art House members gathered at Ironwood Studios to sip some of Sazarac’s finest whiskeys and see art in action.  The unseasonably warm February night allowed for the doors to be open, with the warm breezes traveling from one end of the eclectic studio to the other.  Preston bends metal for a living, so things can get hot in the studio pretty easily; the professional artist owns and operates Aespyre Metal Design. 

During a chat with Art House member, Chad Youngblood, Farabow talked about making art that can be appreciated by people from all walks of life. He talked about the forgiveness of metal, saying “If you make a mistake, who cares? You just heat it up, and the mistake melts away. That’s why I love working with metal.” He has produced commissioned works for a diverse range of clients, both corporate and private, from the State of Tennessee to RedBull.  The work of which he is most proud, however?  Farabow said his two children.

Here is a look at what he created right before our eyes:

We also learned more about the whiskey industry and sipped whiskey from one of only 21,000 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle created each year. Patrick Campbell of Sazarac traveled from Frankfort, KY where the Buffalo Trace Distillery is located. He brought with him a variety of their whiskeys to taste. And to be technical, Campbell clarified that “all whiskey is bourbon, but not all bourbon is whiskey.” Whether it was bourbon in the glasses or whiskey, Art House members enjoyed every drop.

By night’s end, Art House members left with a greater appreciation for the taste of whiskey and the unique art of welding in equal measure. The juxtaposition of the two was obvious – one aged for years in a slow wooden barrel and the other a fast, hot metal, bending before our eyes.

Donuts & Dine: Feb 10th

A kid-friendly event is coming up for Art House members!  Join us at 9:30am on Saturday, February 10th, for a Valentines-making party, complete with donuts from Maker’s and a hot chocolate bar.  {And don’t worry, there will plenty of coffee for the adults too!}

We will get inspired by the artwork of Jim Dine.  Dine often uses the heart shape in his works, making him an ideal artist to study in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day!  Two new Dine pieces have been added to the KMA’s permanent collection since last year.

Participants will get the chance to make their own works of art back in the great hall.  We will use a stippling technique with acrylic paint to create beautiful valentines for you and your little one(s) to take home!

The price for Donuts & Dine is $5/person.  Please RSVP to Maggie Meyers at  We hope to see you on Saturday!



Recap: 2018 Kick-Off Party

What a fun night at the KMA on Thursday!  More than 80 people gathered to drink, eat, and enjoy the inspiring work of artist Denise Stewart-Sanabria. What a fabulous way to start off 2018.


Art House is about learning and growing through art, and Thursday was a perfect example of that.  Most Art House events include great drinks and food as well!

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Melissa and Randy Burleson of Aubrey’s Restaurant provided a beautiful display of food inspired by Denise’s paintings of modern food items.


As Art House begins its third year we are so grateful to returning members and equally excited about the new faces in the crowd.  We have a thrilling line-up of events for the year and Art House Committee Chair Courtney Lee touched on a few of them just a couple of weeks away.


In order to attend future Art House events, members need to pay their 2018 dues by February 1st.  Here is a link to make that process as simple as possible!  Any questions, can be directed to Maggie Meyers at


2018 Kick-off

Art House is thrilled to kick-off 2018 with an event that will be sure to entice the mind and tastebuds of all who attend!  Artist, Denise Stewart-Sanabria will join Art House members and prospective members-alike for an art demonstration that involves the artist’s primary subject: food!

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Her paintings awe art lovers as she creates a world that is oftentimes even better than the reality!  Just look how scrumptious!  (Knoxville is lucky enough to claim Stewart-Sanabria as a resident since the 1980’s!)


The time and place:  7pm on January 25th at the Knoxville Museum of Art!  Art House members are invited to renew their membership for the year, and we will be accepting new memberships too.  For more information and to RSVP, email Maggie Meyers at

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday and sharing this incredible experience!