The 41st Annual Best of Sumner County Student Art Show 

winners announced!

Congratulations to Sarah H. for her charcoal drawing 

titled Teapots which won 1st place in the

Drawing category & “Best in Show!”








Winning Blue Ribbon 1st Place High School Students







Grace (Hendersonville High), Danielle (Merrol Hyde Magnet High),

& Best in Show winner Sarah (Hendersonville High)


Winning Blue Ribbon 1st Place Middle School Students








Torrie (Robert E. Ellis), Noah (Knox Doss), Lizzie (Merrol Hyde),  &

Veen (T.W.Hunter)


2017 Winning Artwork High Schools








2017 Winning Artwork • Middle Schools





















HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (February 20, 2017) Art Is Passion  – of course it is! So a group of Artists are hosting an art “crawl” to prove it. On Saturday, March 11, 2017, come and “crawl” through historic Monthaven Mansion and experience art from over 12 different Middle Tennessee artists. Don’t just come to see the art – MEET the artists themselves! Hear their stories. Understand what inspired their creations.

The exhibit will be held in Hendersonville’s Monthaven Mansion from 5 PM until 9 PM.  Enjoy some wine and cheese while you tour the mansion, venturing room to room, one artist to the next.  Featured artists include Olga Alexeeva (O Gallery – Nashville), Crimm Blakeslee (painter, sculptor), Pam Brown (multimedia abstract), Emily Cathcart (nature based subjects), Kate Cloud (various media), John Cranshaw (bold abstracts), Raymond Gregory (photography), Anthony Jastrow (steampunk microsculpture), Diane Lee (semi-abstract), Laura Lewis (horses), Jessyca Myers (pop art), Emily Newman (contemporary abstract) and more!

The Hendersonville Arts Council operates the historic Monthaven Mansion, which serves as a haven for the arts in Hendersonville and beyond. Throughout the year, the council offers Arts After School classes and Summer Art & Film camps for children, as well as, workshops on painting, clay making, painting, songwriting, brewing, glassblowing, film production, and photography. Art exhibits are displayed in Monthaven’s five-parlor gallery, and visiting hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The venue is also available to rent for tea parties, receptions, showers, corporate team-building classes, and private parties of all kinds. For more information, visit HendersonvilleArts.org or call (615) 822-0789.

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January 21 – March 2, 2017

Humane Society: A View From Our Lenses

also featuring the fine art works Ted Jones (Fisk, TSU)

Opening Reception January 28, 3pm-6pm

w/performances by Stella Reed-Patterson and Henry L. Jones

An exhibit dedicated to the observance of Black History Month

*2017 ted jones final web







November 12 – January 4, 2017

Heaven Tonight

a contemporary show coordinated by Lain York (Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville)

Opening reception, November 12, 5-8pm






September 23 – October 22 2016

Monthaven Art Society Presents an Autumn Exhibit & Fine Art Sale

with Reception, open to the public : September 30, 6-8pm at historic Monthaven








August – September 2016

H.C.C. Presents: Best of Sumner County Photography Exhibit & Sale

Free opening reception, Aug. 6 4pm-6pm

July 2016

2016 HArtsUp exhibit flier






May 14 – June 14 2016 

Vol State Presents: Off Campus 

An exhibit featuring fine art from Vol State college students.

March 22 – April 22, 2016 

40th Annual Best of Sumner County Student Art Show

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Special thanks to First Tennessee Bank, PlazaArt, General Federation Woman’s Club, the Tennessee Arts Commission and Vol State Bank for their support and prize contributions.

2016 Student winners
















2016 Student MS winners

BIG thanks to Nashville Arts Magazine who featured the exhibit in their April issue and their founding editor speaking with us Sunday April 3, 2pm. Free and open to the public. Click the photo below for complete details :


February 6 – March 12 

Men of Winter: a fine Art exhibit in celebration of Black History Month in historic Monthaven Mansion.

Curated by: Carlton Wilkinson of Wilkinson Arts

Reception Date:  Feb. 13 – free reception 3p-6p, Poetry performance 4pm: featuring: James Floyd “The Jefferson Street Poet” Henry L. Jones, M-Dot the Poet, & Robert Sells & music from Ernest “Sax Man” Newsom

“This exhibition represents a collective of Tennessee-based, male artists who are addressing their creativity based on these contemporary times.  They will be showcasing their perspective of circumstances of their existence.  We are in the still winter as there is an environment of social and economic chilliness in our world.   However, there remains the projection of hope, continuity and productivity as we prepare for a new season for renewal.” – Carlton Wilkinson

Featured Artists:

Carlton Wilkinson (Nashville)

Thaxton Absholam Waters (Nashville)

Jamaal Sheats (Fisk University/ Nashville) 

James Threalkill (Nashville) 

Omari Booker (Nashville)

Leroy Hodges (Nashville)

William Buffett (Nashville)

Jairo Prado (Nashville)

Samuel Dunson (Tennessee State University / Nashville)

Henry L. Jones (Hendersonville)

Daniel Arite (Nashville)

Charles Michael Graham (Nashville)

Michael McBride (Tennessee State University / Nashville)

Walls (Hendersonville)

2016 black history month - website



November 14 2015 – January 9 2016 

Women of Abstraction 

*Featuring Abstract works by Middle TN based Artists:

Doris Wasserman

Sue Mulcahy

Eva Sochorova

Carol Mode

Jane Braddock

Beth Boquel

*curated by Sue Mulcahy

Press Release: HERE

Exhibit feature in Nashville Arts December 2015 Issue : 

*nashville arts dec 2015



September 18-October 31 2015

Monthaven Arts Society Autumn Exhibit & Sale, featuring over a 100 Fine Art works from Middle TN Artists, throughout our 5 parlor gallery.

Free Opening Reception – Saturday, September 26, 4pm-6pm

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August 8-September 11 2015

Camera Club final






Photography exhibit and fund raiser presented by the Hendersonville Camera Club :

Free reception at Monthaven 4pm-6pm, August 8.

The “Best in Show” award, underwritten by Friends of Courtney Rogers,  receives a cash award and their piece displayed in the Tennessee State Capital building, Nashville.

Press Release:


Press Release :

Hendersonville Arts Council

Contact: Dan Titcomb

For Immediate Release


2015 Best of Sumner County Student Art Winners   

The opening and reception for the 2015 Best of Sumner County Student Art Exhibit reception opened with a buzz and excitement Sunday April 12.  Sumner County came together on a picture perfect day in the Hendersonville Arts Council gallery, at historic Monthaven. Every piece of art in the exhibit was specially selected by the 13 participating school teachers as the best works from their Sumner County Middle and High school. Professional independent Artists, Annie Tate and Rebecca Neef, judged 120 works of art within categories of Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media and 3D.


The Women’s Club of Hendersonville supplied food and beverages and awards and fundraised cash prizes were generously donated from Plaza Art, Volunteer State Bank, Sam’s Club, Center Point Liquors, the Snyder Family, the Lehman Family and the Hendersonville Arts Council. A significant cash award also went to the school Art Department from where the “Best in Show” piece was produced (Hendersonville High School).


The exhibit can be visited until May 8, Tuesday – Friday 9am-3pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm inside Monthaven (1017 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville, TN 37075). Here are the top 3 placements of each category and links to download pictures follow :


2015 Best Sumner County Student Art Exhibit


Best in Show:


Head In the Clouds (Painting) Carrigan Robichaud


Hendersonville High School



High School (cont.)



2nd We Can Draw it     Danielle Long   Station Camp HS

3rd Oppression     Heather Stokes     Gallatin HS

Mixed Media:

1st By Commission of Royal Court     Devon Montella   Beech HS

2nd Behind the Mask   Rachel McCabe   Hendersonville HS

3rd Man’s Best Friend   Lesley Collin     Station Camp HS



1st 50 Chains of Grey   Arron Guinn   Hendersonville HS

2nd Crushed Cans                Gabby Ruffino   Station Camp HS

3rd The Girl Who looks like me   Dezharia Kennell   Station Camp HS



1st Snow Dragon       Chelsea Getchell     Beech HS

2nd Rags to Riches   Heather Neeley       Beech HS

3rd Beyond the blocks   Devon Montella   Beech HS



Middle School



1st I said NO ice   Phyllis Mitchell     Shafer

2nd Sunset      Ally Davis                     Shafer

3rd Lonely Night   Mark Walker         Shafer


1st Isaac Newton     Oonagh Odom             Knox Doss

2nd Self Portrait       Byan Rangel                 Knox Doss

3rd Eyes of Feline   Delilah Davis                 Hawkins

Mixed Media

1st Self Portrait     Ryan Fields                           TW Hunter

2nd Owl Plate Proof and Print   Abbey Miller  Merrol Hyde Magnet

3rd UnDead Camryn Cholewinski   Knox Doss


1st Chair of Philosophy   Grafton Grimm     Hawkins

2015 1st MS and best in show






(photo credit: Anjeanette Illustration)

2015 High and Middle







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April 18 – 25 : Congressional District Art Competition and Show  

“Students in U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s congressional district have a chance to have their artwork put on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol building.

Any high school student in her district, which includes Sumner County, can enter the contest, and one winner will have his work in the Capitol, accoording to a news release from Black’s office.

“We have many gifted students here in Middle Tennessee, and the Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents,” Black said. “In addition to having the winner’s artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, my office will award runners up in this competition the chance to have their work placed in both of my district offices. I look forward to this event each year, and I can’t wait to see this year’s entrees.”

Artwork entered in the contest must be original in execution, may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches and 4 inches in depth and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.

The artwork may be paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated or photography.

The students’ art will be on display April 18-25 at the Hendersonville Arts Council Gallery at Monthaven, 1017 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville. The week will conclude with a panel of judges choosing six finalists, and those will be put on Black’s Facebook page, where the public can vote for the winner and runners-up.

Entries must be submitted to 355 N. Belvedere Drive, Suite 308, Gallatin with a Congressional release found at http://black.house.gov. The number for the Gallatin office is 615-206-8204.”

The Tennessean March 25, 2015


May 16 – June 13 2015 – “Art Off Campus” – Collegiate Art Show featuring varied works from Vol State 

Free reception, open to the public: May 16 – Noon – 2pm
Press release : 

Department of Communications and Public Relations

Volunteer State Community College

Contact : Eric Melcher



Vol State Student Art at Hendersonville Arts Council

The imagination and skill of Volunteer State Community College students will be on display for a Hendersonville Arts Council exhibition at the historic Monthaven Mansion. “Art Off-Campus” features drawings, paintings, design and 3-D works.

“We have not held an off-campus exhibition of our students’ work in many years,” said professor Sue Mulcahy. “We are very pleased with H.Arts generous invitation to share the art with the broader community. We hope this will begin an ongoing series. “

The show will run from May 16 to June 13. There is a reception for the artists on Saturday, May 16 from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monthaven Mansion is located at 1017 Antebellum Circle in Hendersonville. For more information call 615-822-0789 or visit www.hendersonvillearts.com.









February 25 – March 21 2015

Various works, including portraits, landscaping, and  abstracts from selected members of the

Hendersonville Arts Council and Monthaven Arts Society,

Mary Miller McNutt, Christy Pilkinton, Dillard Adams and Dolores Ateca



January 31 – February 21 2015 – “Works of Watercolor” 

VSA Tennessee in partnership with Project 22  presents “Works of Watercolor”, an exhibition of work created under the direction of artist Amy Smart. The exhibition will run throughout the month of February at the Hendersonville Arts Council Monthaven Mansion, 109 Antebellum CircleHendersonville, TN 37075.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, January 31 from 1-3pm.

The reception is courtesy of GFWC Woman’s Club of Hendersonville and VSA Tennessee.

Music will be provided by Thornton Cline and Clinetel Music.

This program is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


November 2014 -January 2015 – “Inspired Heart” 

featuring Clorinda Chavez Galdos Bell & Camille Engel

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September 26 – November 2

Monthaven Art Society annual exhibit

Reception : Spet. 26 6pm-8pm

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August 16 – September 20 2014

Photography exhibit and fund raiser presented by the Hendersonville Camera Club :

Free reception at Monthaven 4pm-6pm, August 16.

2014 Camera Club Exhibit Flyer-slider










April 4-May 5 2014 – Best of Sumner County School Art 

April 4 reception Facebook photo album 

Press coverage in Tennessean

Press release : 

Hendersonville Arts Council

Contact: Dan Titcomb

For Immediate Release


Spring Student Exhibit at Monthaven in Hendersonville

The Hendersonville Arts Council hosts their annual Spring exhibit for the best Sumner County school students, April 4 – May 4 at Monthaven. Their opening reception is April 4, 7pm – 9pm at Monthaven, where certificates will be awarded and refreshments will be served. The event is free and the exhibit will include mixed media. The fine art will be available to purchase and participating schools include Beech, Hendersonville, Station Camp, Merrol Hyde, Shafer, Knox Doss, Rucker-Stewart, V.G. Hawkins, Westmoreland, Portland, and Gallatin High.

The Hendersonville Arts Council at Monthaven conducts clay, art, music, songwriting, brewing, glassblowing, film production, literature, and photography classes, workshops and camps for all ages. Art exhibits are displayed in Monthaven’s gallery and visiting hours are Tuesday – Friday 9am-3pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.  Monthaven is located at 1154 W. Main St. Hendersonville, TN 37075. Call 615-822-0789 or visit www.hendersonvillearts.org for more information.

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January 24-March 15 FOCUS  Exhibit – Nashville Artist Guild


Monthaven Mansion will host an exhibit of works by members of the Nashville Artist Guild from January 24 through March 15. Focus is the theme of the show.

“We begin seeing when we first open our eyes,” explained Guild President Anne Carothers, “but it’s not until we develop a focus that our world begins to have meaning. That’s what these works are for us, an attempt to bring meaning to our vision.”

Monthaven will host an opening reception on Friday, January 24, from 6:— 8:00pm with artists present to discuss their work.

Nashville Artist Guild is Nashville’s oldest and most highly respected visual arts organization, a not-for-profit juried group of professional artists founded more than sixty years ago committed to promoting fine visual art as an integral part of Nashville life and encouraging educational opportunities in schools as well as for the public. Most of the current members, including some of the best known artists of the greater Nashville area, will hang multiple works in the show, with more than 200 works expected.

Monthaven Mansion is located at 1154 West Main Street in Hendersonville and serves as the home of the Hendersonville Arts Council. For more information, call Monthaven Mansion at (615)822-0789 or contact Nashville Artist Guild at http://www.nashvilleartistguild.org.


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PAST Exhibits, 2013 :

1-February 26 – April 3 – Sumner County Middle School & High School Art Show

Opening reception Saturday March 2nd 1-3pm

2. April 10th – May 29th – Nick Fielder, Jamshid Khoosnoodi, Gordon Hester, Arleen Hodge, and Jeannette Crouch

Opening reception Saturday April 13th, 5-8pm

3. June 1st – July 27th – Hendersonville Camera Club Annual Exhibit

Affiliate group of the Hendersonville Arts Council – creativephotoclub.tripod.com

Opening reception DATE TBA

4. August 1st – August 31st – Dillard Adams, Mary Miller McNutt, Dolores Ateca, Ann Berger

Opening reception August 2,  6-8PM

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5. September 4th – October 9th – Lakeshore Quilter’s Guild

Affiliate group of the Hendersonville Arts Council

Opening reception Saturday September 7th, 2-4pm

6. November 22 – January 15th – Monthaven Art Society Autumn Exhibit

Affiliate group of the Hendersonville Arts Council

Opening reception Friday November 22nd 6-8pm


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