Knoxville artist Kara Lockmiller with her portraits of The Beatles. They were offered last weekend at Artsclamation! as a set — you couldn’t buy just one! Believe me, if we had the wall space, they’d be in our condo today! My husband and I both loved them. Lockmiller is a chromesthete: she sees colors when she listens to music!
Artsclamation! is the primary fundraiser for Peninsula, a non-profit mental health facility operated by Covenant Health. It provides in-patient and out-patient services to children, adolescents and adults.
Held the first weekend in December, Artsclamation! also is a good landmark for the start of the holiday season. It’s a great party, too!
Artsclamation! weekend starts with a preview party on Friday night. Shortly after the doors opened, here’s what it looked like inside the Cathedral Hall at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Northshore Drive! (Photo by Alan Carmichael.)
These ladies were out for a “girls’ night!” Great idea! From left, Andrea White, Helen Hewitt, Dawn Ford, Leslie Hale, Kathy Hamilton, Jeannie Dulaney and Diana Condon. (And a couple of photo-bombers in the rear!)
One of the more interestingly attired artists there: JC Pino of Atlanta.
From Covenant Health, left to right: Brandon Ingram, John Geppi, Patrick Birmingham, and Bobby Brown.
Retired Covenant CEO Tony Spezia with his wife, Sharon. “What do you think of his beard?” she asked. “I like it!” I said. “Me, too!” she quipped. “I think it makes him look nicer!” Artsclamation! has always been one of his favorite events. This is its 21st year.
Susie Stiles of Knoxville, retired from a career in social work, and now pursues her other passion. She has a fine arts degree in painting from Tulane University.
Jewelry artist Tony Perrin of Nashville had an interesting display.
I was fascinated by the little spotlights he set up to highlight the pieces! Brilliant.
Guests Scott Castleberry and Danielle Hemsley.
I loved the pretty owl by artist Shannon Haas of Columbia, Tennessee.
Guests Rick Fox and Ralph Cianelli pose in the booth of Lil Clinard.
Here’s Lil Clinard with her vibrant paintings. She’s from Loudon, Tennessee.
Kim and Mike Arms were enjoying the browsing.
As were Elizabeth Offringa, left, and Francie Elrod.
One of our favorite exhibitors every year is Joppa Mountain Pottery. We have a collection of their snowmen — in all sizes. Aren’t they cute?
From left, Beth Ford, Kathy Hamilton and Dawn Ford.
My husband, Alan Carmichael, with our friend Susan French, who was volunteering at the event.
The featured artist this year was Inna Nasonova Knox. We fell in love with her work last year when we purchased this painting of hers that now graces a wall in our downtown condo. It’s in the building that houses Babalu, so pretty appropriate.