Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center’s goal is to make the arts available to everyone. Moonlight and Magnolias helps make that happen.
Moonlight and Magnolia's is the MACC’s premier annual fundraiser. Founded in 2018, this elegant black-tie event brings together many of Sumner County’s most prominent arts patrons for an evening of art, music, fine dining and dancing. Jim and Elizabeth Carmody served as the Event Chairs in 2023.
Each Moonlight and Magnolias highlights a different artist, whose works hang in our galleries. These artists also conduct master classes for our students, and they create a new work for the MACC’s permanent collection. Alexander Renoir, great-grandson of the legendary Impressionist painter, was Moonlight and Magnolias’ inaugural artist in 2018. Other Moonlight and Magnolias artists have included the watercolorist Alan Shuptrine and surrealist painter Mark Kostabi. Our 2023 artist was Stas Namin, and his new piece, Magnolia, is to the right.
Following a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, the Third Annual Moonlight and Magnolias returned in expanded form in 2022. It included a pre-gala event called Magnolias, Moonshine and Motorcars. Held at Cliff Ernst’s classic car showroom in Hendersonville, this terrific evening featured live and silent art auctions, painting-in-motion, cocktails, buffet table, and some indispensable Tennessee moonshine. A pre-gala event is now a permanent feature of our fundraising weekend. In 2023, the pre-gala was held at the Standard in Nashville.
Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center’s annual black-tie gala is the social event of the season. Elizabeth and Jim Carmody served as Gala Chairs for our fourth annual event. Russian rock star and painter Stas Namin was the featured artist. About 60 of his works were on display in the galleries.
The guest speaker for the Fourth Annual Moonlight & Magnolias was Lois Riggins-Ezzell, director emeritus of the Tennessee State Museum. John Block, executive vice president of the Park West Gallery, served as compère.
The evening’s proceedings also included dinner, dancing and a live art auction to benefit the MACC’s arts education and outreach programming.
For additional information about next year’s Moonlight & Magnolias, call (615) 822-0789.
A collection from past events.
For more information on Moonlight and Magnolias and upcoming event dates, contact us.
Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.