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!


A Party in a Jewel Box

Luminaries lined the sidewalk, leading to the secret location of the second annual Art House Holiday Party.  The air was cold, and the night was dark, perfect conditions for taking in the beauty of the Shell House, recently bequeathed to the museum by the late architect and professor, William Shell.  The residence is perched on a bluff in South Knoxville – the structure completely finished with glass walls.


Shell described the residence and its architecture as visual art. With all of its structural members exposed – steel beams and bar joists supported by eight columns – the structure is the central expressive element of the design.

The Art House committee knew this would be the perfect spot for the Christmas party!

Add a bountiful display of hor d’oeurves and a fully stocked bar, plus some festive music, and you have one entertaining party.

Guests reveled in the breathtaking views of the Tennessee River down below.  A fabulous time was had by all!

Under the Art

It was a double delight on Thursday evening, when Art House members were treated to a second trip to the archives in the basement of the Knoxville Museum of Art, as well as a guided tour through the Gathering Light exhibit – a collection of Beauford Delaney’s work.

Members nibbled on some delicious eats from Sunspot, and sipped a bright collection of summer wines and beer.

The KMA’s Assistant Curator, Clark Gillespie, led “group A” to the basement first.  Equipped with gloves to use when handling the most precious of works, Gillespie shared some insight into how the museum stores pieces of its permanent collection, as well as the process of deaccession, which can be a dirty word in art circles, as this refers to the removal of art from a museum’s collection.  (Rest assured, Gillespie said the KMA is committed to keeping works of art in the public space, so any work that leaves the museum’s permanent collection heads to an auction exclusive to other public institutions.)

In addition to the pieces that have been in the KMA’s possession for many, many years, Gillespie called our group’s attention to some pieces laying on a storage table.  The works are apart of the edgy, Novak Collection and include originals by printmakers Red Grooms and Sol LeWhitt.  This is a unique time for these pieces, which were gifted to the KMA by Chicago-based collectors, Helen and Russell Novak in 2015.  The pieces will be apart of the upcoming exhibit, Press Ahead, in 2018.  The selection emphasizes a broad range of printmaking techniques and formats.

What’s also fascinating is that during the group’s first tour of the archive room at the KMA, the works of Knoxville-born artist, Beauford Delaney were on that very same table…more than a year away from being on display for the public.


In February 2016, Gillespie, showed Art House members the works of Beauford Delaney, a year and a half before they were apart of the Gathering Light exhibit at the KMA. 

And now that the show, Gathering Light, is open, the KMA’s Executive Director, David Butler, led Art House on a guided tour of those same works by Delaney.

Butler shared the history of the artist’s life that includes a beginning in Knoxville and an ending in Paris with stops in Boston, then New York where the artist was a beloved member of the Harlem Renaissance.  Despite battling poverty, prejudice, and mental illness, Delaney achieved an international reputation for his portraits, scenes of city life, and free-form abstractions marked by intense colors, bold contours, and expressive surfaces.  The artist was born in 1901 and died in 1979.

What a rich night of art and conversation!

Archive Tour 2.0 – FULL

We are just a few days away from our second trip down to the archives at the KMA, and we are happy to report the evening has booked up!  But this is one of those events that’s so popular that we will have it again, especially when you consider that the art in the archives in constantly changing…


Art House members will be treated to the works from the Novak Collection – this edgy work will be on display in 2018 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.  Quite the sneak peek!

We will enjoy food from Sunspot’s new menu.  Beer and wine are on the house too!  See you Thursday evening!  (For more information or to get on the waitlist, email Carla at

Friday May 5th at Bistro

Art House will have the incredible honor of hearing from Dr. Monique Wells at Bistro by the Tracks on Friday, May 5th.  The topic of conversation?  The life and art of Knoxville-born, Beauford Delaney.   Delaney is considered by many as one of the greatest American abstract painters of the twentieth century. Despite battling poverty, prejudice, and mental illness, Delaney achieved an international reputation for his portraits, scenes of city life, and free-form abstractions marked by intense colors, bold contours, and expressive surfaces.  This is very timely, as the art exhibition featuring his work opens on Thursday, May 4th.


A 24-year resident of Paris, Dr. Monique Wells co-founded the travel planning service Discover Paris! and created the company’s Entrée to Black Paris tours and activities that bring the African-American experience in Paris to life.  Dr. Wells has shared stories about the African Diaspora’s rich history, culture, and contemporary life in Paris in newspapers, magazines, and e-publications, including the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. She is co-author of Paris Reflections: Walks through African-American Paris and author of Black Paris Profiles, which features the stories of 24 contemporary African-American and Afro-Caribbean expatriates.

Her first book, Food for the Soul, was named Best Nonfiction Book of 2001 by The Sistah Circle Book Club and was featured on Al Roker’s Food Network television show Recipe for Success.  With a preface by Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse, the French edition of Food for the Soul has helped introduce African-American culinary art, history, and culture to France.

Dr. Well’s freelance writing led her to uncover the story of Beauford Delaney’s unmarked Paris burial place.  She subsequently founded Les Amis de Beauford Delaney (Friends of Beauford Delaney) as a French non-profit association. In her endeavor to raise funds to place a tombstone at Beauford’s previously unmarked grave, she became increasingly passionate about this artist’s story and about his art.  She recently organized the first-ever exhibition of Beauford’s paintings from Paris private collections, which may come to Knoxville in the fall of 2018.

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Here is a link to her blog about Beauford Delaney:

For more information about the KMA’s upcoming exhibition Gathering Light: Works by Beauford Delaney

Lastly, the New York Times recently did a piece about why the revival of Delaney’s work is so important:

Please email Carla Pare, if you are able to attend, as there is limited seating.  You will be able to order dinner from the full menu at Bistro by the Tracks.

Spring Events

We have an exciting few weeks ahead for Art House, starting off with Saturday, April 29th when we gather on the top floor of the KMA.

Here is a recap of all the events, we hope you can make it!!!

Artists On Location
April 29th 5pm – 6pm
Third Floor, KMA
We will hear from featured guest Mary Morris before KMA’s Artists On Location Awards Reception and Art Sale.  We have an incredible opportunity to learn even more tips of the trade from an expert gallerist just in time to put that knowledge to good use at the main event!  Cash bar, and art will be available to purchase!!!  You are invited to bring a friend to this open event.
Exclusive Dinner with Dr. Monique Wells
May 5th 7pm
Bistro By The Tracks
Dr. Monique Wells is the founder and director of the Paris “Friends of Beauford Delaney.”  She will share stories about food, art, and the American artist, Beauford Delaney.  This is an incredible opportunity to hear from Wells in an intimate settings, as Delaney is remembered for his work with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as his later works in abstract expressionismfollowing his move to Paris in the 1950s.  Full menu available for individual purchase.  Space is limited; reservation required – email
Kick-Off to Summer

Friday, May 12
7pm to midnight
*Dressy casual

We will dance to the music of party band the Atlanta Showstoppers and enjoy a cocktail buffet.  Tickets are $125 per person, however, we are offering a $25 discount to Art House members.

To receive the exclusive Art House discount of $25 off, tickets must be purchased before April 30.  Click here:

Kick-off to Summer Discount

Each May, the Knoxville Museum of Art lets its hair down to kick off summer!  This includes a truly spectacular party, complete with a live band!  And The Atlanta Showstoppers are just that!!!  Show.stopping.  Mark your calendars for May 12th!

Our own Art House committee member, Annie Colquitt is co-chairing the event.  Tickets are $125, but a special rate of $100 is available for Art House Members until April 30.

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Here are the details of the fundraising event:

Kick-Off to Summer at the KMA

Friday, May 12
7pm to midnight
Dressy casual

Dance to the music of party band the Atlanta Showstoppers
Cocktail buffet
$125 per person

To receive the exclusive Art House discount of $25 off, tickets must be purchased before April 30.  Click here:

It’s going to be an awesome party!  And as members of Art House, there’s no better way to celebrate all that is the KMA than the Kick-off to Summer party!