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Moonlight & Magnolias

Gala Fundraiser

Moonlight And Magnolias

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. Jim and Elizabeth Carmody served as the Event Chairs in 2023.

Talented Community

Promoting Our Artists

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.

Fourth Annual

Moonlight and Magnolias

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.

2023 Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

If you would like to become a Corporate Sponsor and help support our local artist,
please download our Moonlight and Magnolias 2023 Sponsor Package here

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.