Knoxville Museum of Art Guild celebrates its surprisingly successful year with wrap-up luncheon

Knoxville Museum of Art Guild Co-President Karen Mann presided over the festivities.

Much like the Knoxville Symphony League, the Knoxville Museum of Art Guild celebrated a stunningly successful fundraising season with a festive luncheon last week. Held in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall at the museum, the event also featured three local artists who offered observations.

Guild Co-President Karen Mann, who has served for the past year with Co-President Johnnie Creel, reported that the annual Holiday Homes Tour, which had to be turned into a virtual event in 2020, brought in more than $72,000. And the Artists on Location event, which features a group of artists setting up in various Knoxville locations and creating pieces to be auctioned, brought in an additional $53,000.

“This has turned out to be a great year, after all!” enthused the museum’s executive director, David Butler. Everyone toasted the success with glasses of champagne, pinot grigio and chardonnay.

Knoxville Museum of Art Executive Director David Butler with sculptor Jeanne Kidd.

Artists Mike C. Berry, left, and Seth Haverkamp.

From left, Susan Hyde, Karen Mann and Barbara Cook.

Pandy Anderson, left, and Pam Peters.

Concertmaster William Shaub, left, and Sean Claire of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra created a beautiful ambiance.

Artist Seth Haverkamp specializes in portraits — mostly of his four children.

This piece, titled “Her Giraffe,” is of one of Haverkamp’s daughters.

Haverkamp said his art is “realistic, but not too realistic; abstract, but not too abstract; and colorful, but not too colorful.”

Marie Alcorn, left, and Teressia Blair. (Talk about colorful!)

Margaret Rodgers, left, and Stephanie Daniel.

Sandy Steer, left, and Lane Hays.

Marble stone sculptor Jeanne Kidd has two of her pieces in Jerusalem as a tribute to Holocaust survivors.

The large piece is marble and the two smaller ones are brass. Kidd said her motto for her art is, “Please touch!”

Judith Foltz, left, and Barbara Apking.

From left, Elizabeth Grant, Susan French and Moody Altamimi.

Artist Mike C. Berry became interested in art when his mother gave him a sketch book so he would stay quiet during church!

He brought along his latest work, which was commissioned by a local company. “I love Knoxville!” Berry said. “I love to capture the heartbeat and energy of the city.”

From left, Rose Moseley, Linda Haynes and Jan Crawford.

Mary Morris, left, and Cathy Briscoe-Graves.

The centerpieces and glass figures were for sale. My tablemate Lane Hays bought those adorable birds!


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2 Responses to Knoxville Museum of Art Guild celebrates its surprisingly successful year with wrap-up luncheon

  1. carolyn jensen, on May 27th, 2021 at 6:41 pm said:

    Love the pictures of such an exciting and productive event.

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on May 27th, 2021 at 10:37 pm said:

    Carolyn: It was so much fun to be back among friends in support of a good cause!

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