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

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.

Artists on Location



  • 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.