Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

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Moonlight & Magnolias

Gala Fundraiser

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center’s goal is to make the arts available to everyone. Moonlight and Magnolias helps make that happen.


Annual Events

About Our Gala

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. Event chairs for the 2024 fundraiser were Cyrus and Daniela Vatandoost, and Keith and Kim Samaroo.

Talented Community

Promoting Our Artists

Each year, Moonlight and Magnolias highlights a different visual artist, whose works are showcased in our galleries in the spring. The Gala artists also conduct master classes for our students and create an original work for the MACC’s permanent collection. This year’s artist was Kevin “Kre8” Vigil, whose distinct, colorful style draws inspiration from Surrealism, tattoo and graffiti art.


A pre-gala event is now a permanent feature of our fundraising weekend. This year’s pre-Gala event, called “Blues and Tattoos,” was held at The Standard, an elegantly appointed venue in downtown Nashville with a storied history. Super Honk, a Nashville-based blues band with high-octane energy, provided live entertainment.

The weekend ended with an intimate discussion with artist Kre8 at the Magnolia Cottage.

Fifth Annual

Moonlight and Magnolias

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center’s annual black-tie gala is the social event of the season. Cyrus and Daniela Vatandoost, and Keith and Kim Samaroo were Gala Chairs for our fifth annual event. Contemporary graffiti, tattoo and Surrealist painter Kevin “Kre8” Vigil was the featured artist. His works will be on display in the galleries.

The guest speaker for the Fifth Annual Moonlight & Magnolias was Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. John Block, executive vice president of the Park West Gallery, was compère. Dr. Priscilla Eichler was named the MACC’s Teacher of the Year.

The evening’s proceedings included dinner, dancing and a live art auction that benefited the MACC’s arts education and outreach programming.

For additional information about Moonlight & Magnolias, call (615) 822-0789.

2024 Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

If you would like to become a Corporate Sponsor and help support our local artist,
please call (615) 822-0789.

Event Album

A collection from past events.

Join Us

For more information on Moonlight and Magnolias and upcoming event dates, contact us.

Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

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.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.