Christmas 2021 in the rear-view mirror

Marguerite Smith Hogan of Knoxville poses with some of her beautiful landscapes.

The Feast of the Epiphany was last week. That’s the traditional day to take down the Christmas decorations and kind of be done with the winter holidays. The Blue Streak missed the deadline a little, but here we are sweeping out the last of the holiday posts.

Christmas 2021 was a strange one but we Knoxvillians still managed to have some good and memorable times. Here’s a last look at one of my favorite holiday traditions and a sincere hope that we can more comfortably gather together this year.

Artsclamation! is a fun fundraiser for Covenant Health’s Peninsula Hospital. Held in early December at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Northshore Drive, it offers a chance to do some holiday shopping and pick up some great art by well-known and lesser-known mostly regional artists.

I urge you to mark your calendars for this awesome event this coming December.

Because of a mix-up in communications, the contracted bartending service did not arrive. So Covenant executives jumped in to help. Here’s Patrick Birmingham, vice president of philanthropy and government relations, delivering the goods!

From left, Jeff Roth, Sharon Spezia, Missy Kane, Kristina Lusby, Melissa Murphy Armour and Marty Gibbs.

Kathy Hamilton enjoying the scenery!

Lezah and Burke Pinnell.

Interesting piece by Laurel Panella.

Rick Fox, left, and Ralph Cianelli.

Artist Mary Saylor of Knoxville.

“Take my picture with some handsome men!” Jeannie Dulaney beseeched me. I think I obliged her pretty well! That’s Dr. Anthony Wilson, left, and Tyler Janow.

LeAnne Dougherty doing a little browsing.

The owners of Joppa Mountain Pottery, McDonald and Ann Crosby. These folks have been at Artsclamation! for many, many years. That’s why we have many, many of their pieces!

I think my friend David Draper is quite taken by this little birdie!

Debby Saraceni, Covenant’s vice president of marketing and physician services, with her husband, Rock.

Artist Ellen Parker Bibb of Nashville, left, with Elizabeth Offringa.

Retired Covenant Health CEO Tony Spezia, center, flanked by Vicky and Doug Kennedy.

Rosa Mar with my hubs, Alan Carmichael.

Carol Robin King of Kodak standing amid her works.

Elizabeth and Michael Grant.

From left, Kristina Lusby, Amy Lasater, Jen Sheehan and Marty Gibbs.

Fred Cox of Alpharetta, Georgia, created this interesting rabbit enjoying some refreshments!

Michelle Hardin and her husband, Larry Kleinman.

Duane and Marsha Grieve.

Jane and Kenneth Creed.

David Williamson.

We ran into Amanda Paletz working in one of the best sections of the exhibition — The Art of Recovery section. All works of art in this group were created by Peninsula patients.

Like this cute orange cat.

And this pensive owl.

And this cat captured at meal time.

So, mark your calendar for next year’s preview party. It’s Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 711 N. Northshore Drive.

Here’s how you will know you are there:

See you then!


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4 Responses to Christmas 2021 in the rear-view mirror

  1. Carolyn Leahy, on January 11th, 2022 at 9:16 pm said:

    Have been before but it has been a while. Plan to go.

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on January 11th, 2022 at 10:01 pm said:

    You should! Let’s go together – and bring the guys!

  3. Monique Anderson, on January 12th, 2022 at 5:53 am said:

    We love to go. It’s a great event.

  4. Cynthia Moxley, on January 12th, 2022 at 8:02 am said:

    Let’s do it! Next year — to celebrate a better, less stressful holiday!

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