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The Scruffy City Soirée  | September 18, 2015

6:30 PM | The Standard

A Festive Evening Celebrating Knoxville’s Past, Present, & Future

In 1947 writer John Gunther called it “the ugliest city in America” – a title that prompted the formation of the Dogwood Arts Festival. Labeled “The Scruffy Little City” in 1980 by the Wall Street Journal, Knoxville defied the critics again by hosting the successful 1982 World’s Fair.

Over the past 30 years, Knoxville has been transformed into a place we’re proud to call home and historic preservation has played a critical role in that transformation. Come celebrate our city, & support Knox Heritage in its mission to preserve Knoxville’s historic treasures.

The Scruffy City Soirée is our annual fall fundraiser, which provides support for many important Knox Heritage programs and services and makes it possible for the Knox Heritage staff to advocate every day for historic places in Knoxville and throughout the 16-county region. If you’ve attended the Scruffy City Soirée in the past, you know what a great night it is. Included in your ticket price is a delicious buffet dinner, wine & beer, and live entertainment. Our celebrity guest hosts get everyone pumped up before a live auction that features items and experiences you can’t get anywhere else! The silent auction offers unique local art, crafts, excursions and tours, and other surprises not found at other auctions.


This event is SOLD OUT!


Check Out This Year’s Live and Silent Auctions Items!


2015 Scruffy City Auction Items

Live Auction Items:

Italian Pasta Dinner and David Butler Painting — David Butler, executive director of the Knoxville Museum of Art, is known for his exquisite taste in art, but his talents also shine through in his landscape paintings and his silky, handmade pasta dishes that are legendary among his friends and family. He and Ted Smith will welcome you and seven guests into their stylish Mid-Century Modern South Knoxville home and studio for an Italian dinner inspired by many trips to Italy. You’ll dine surrounded by their private art collection and take home one of David’s original works of art inspired by landscapes discovered during his travels.


Brian Pittman Cathedral Art–What started as an oversized doodle on Wall Avenue has blossomed into a part-time career and labor of love for Brian Pittman. Each of his cathedral drawings are done free-hand and no two are alike. Brian is “interested in the exploration between modern technology and religious passion.” These cathedral drawings are like physical representations of his innermost musings and daydreams. This original drawing was done especially for Knox Heritage.


Bloody Mary Cemetery Tour—Join Executive Director Kim Trent and Knox County Historian Steve Cotham for a picnic and tour of historic Old Gray Cemetery, complete with spirited beverages for 10 people. You’ll learn about some of the cemetery’s famous occupants, what they did before they arrived at Old Gray, and perhaps what brought them to their final resting place there. You’ll be inspired by the beauty and history of one of Knoxville’s most historic places.


Palestinian Dinner Event—Architect Faris Eid and his wife Ghada love to share the Palestinian traditions of their ancestors and that spirit shines brightly in the authentic Arabic cuisine they enjoy sharing with friends and family. You and seven guests will be warmly welcomed to join them for a stunning Palestinian feast prepared by Ghada in her home kitchen. Enjoy good company while you explore and enjoy Arabic delicacies, including appetizers, dinner, rich deserts, and unique libations.


Escape to Florida’s Emerald Coast – Enjoy five days and four nights in the midst of the sugar-white sands of Seacrest Beach, nestled on the Florida coast alongside Seaside and Rosemary Beach. The European-style Villages of South Walton offer all the amenities you crave: easy access to the beach, pools, fabulous shops and cafes, all just minutes from Destin, Seaside and Panama City. This upscale studio condo features one Queen bed, one Queen sleeper sofa and one full bathroom. Sleeps four. Perfect for a romantic getaway or family adventure with the kids. Booking available between October 1, 2015 and May 26, 2016.


BBQ with the BBQ Master featuring Baby Backs and Lip Smacks for 20 guests
Two-time BBQ World Championship winner & cooking Instructor at the University of Tennessee, Pitmaster “Billy Bob Billy” of the Holy Smokers Too BBQ Team And Sous Chef “Suzie Que” will prepare a world-class barbecue feast for you and your guests at Historic Westwood. You’ll be treated to grilled appetizers, Memphis-style Baby Back Ribs, Billy Bob’s BBQ Beans, Suzie Q’s Famous Smoked Slaw, grilled corn and a to-die-for dessert of Grilled Peaches with Amaretto Cream. Also featuring Sommeliers Paul Parris & Lou Smith.

House Concert at Westwood— Winning bidders will be treated to a cocktail supper and libations while they enjoy a private house concert featuring one of the most talented musicians in town.


Summer Supper Package for Two– The winning bidder receives 2 tickets to each Summer Supper during the 2016 series. This is a great way to see exclusive historic sites Knoxville and the surrounding region while enjoying fine food and fun company. Tickets are transferable, so the winner can share tickets with friends or business clients. Summer Suppers sell out quickly, so this is the only way to secure seats well in advance. ONLY ONE PAIR OF TICKETS WILL BE AUCTIONED.


Dewees Island – For those seeking a one-of-kind private retreat where the birds outnumber the people and nature is the focal point for a week of secluded relaxation, Dewees Island is a dream come true. Tucked away at the ocean’s edge just north of Charleston, South Carolina, Dewees Island is a private, oceanfront island community designed to live in harmony with its natural surroundings. The Island boasts 2 1/2 miles of unspoiled, pristine beaches and dunes nestled up against an undisturbed maritime forest, producing homesites whose beauty is unparalleled on the East Coast. You and your guests will board a private ferry in Isle of Palms for the 20-minute journey to another world. Leave your car and your worries behind as you slip into a world filled with natural beauty, abundant wildlife, private beaches, sparkling pools, docks made for fishing or cocktails at sunset and kayaking on the lagoon amongst eagles’ nests and soaring osprey. There is only one Dewees and it will be yours for one unforgettable week.

You and your guests will feel immediately at home in this jewel of a retreat offered by the Dewhirst, Heinz and Zitzman families. The spacious, open floor plan with soaring ceilings and views from every window can accommodate up to eight guests with three bedrooms, a sleeping loft and two full bathrooms. Two screened porches offer luxurious outdoor living where you can dine or simply curl up with a book. Kayaks, bicycles, and two golf carts are on hand for exploring every fascinating corner of the island. Plus, for those still needing a connection to the outside world, cable and Wi-Fi are available if you want to watch movies relaxing in front of the cozy fireplace. Booking is subject to mutually agreed upon dates and availability.


Silent Auction Items:

Paul demarrais Pastel—Pastel painter Paul deMarrais is committed to painting on location. “I find the traditional ‘plein air’ method an exciting process, he says. “It helps me capture the sparkling atmosphere and color.” This pastel was done in his hometown of Greenville, TN.


Wine, Dine and Create! Arrowmont Evening and Art Class—Spend an evening with Arrowmont enjoying culinary delights while indulging in a smorgasbord of colorful creativity. The evening begins with light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Then learn about the art of silk scarf dying or create a piece of handmade pottery (while enjoying more wine…) Finally a wonderful gourmet dinner will be prepared by Arrowmont’s own chef (with, of course, more wine…) The winning bidder will choose their art form and share the experience with one guest: Sensational Silk Scarf Party (December 11, 2015) or Pottery Indulgence Party (November 6, 2015 or December 4, 2015). Enjoy this beautiful hand-dyed silk scarf as your gift from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts!


Ron Williams Oil Painting: Mountain Stream—Local artist Ron Williams, a Hudson River School style artist, has painted the American landscape for more than 40 years. With his mastery of contrasting light and dark, Williams takes the viewer on a grand tour of drama and spectacle, glorifying the landscape. While the topography of his art is Southern Appalachian highlands, the elements of his work remain faithful to the American masters of the original school.
Preservation Power Lunches—Be a part of Knox Heritage’s mission to “Preserve, Restore, Transform” by having lunch with some of Knoxville’s “movers and shakers” in preservation. This package entitles you to lunch with each of these Knoxville leaders and it will be their treat! David Dewhirst, Cynthia Moxley, Mayor Tim Burchett and Mayor Madeline Rogero. Winning bidder is responsible for scheduling the lunches on mutually available dates.


Charleston Gate Jewelry Market Hall Collection – Split-Cuff Bracelet and Earrings—With a keen eye for design, detail, and quality, G2 Silver has captured the essence of days past by infusing present day fashions with inspiration from the historic gates of Charleston. Handcrafted in Charleston, SC, by third and fourth generation silversmiths, this line of heirloom sterling jewelry brings you the opportunity to capture some of the romance of Charleston. The cast iron railing found on the balcony of Market Hall c. 1841 inspires the design of this set. This building stands as the entrance into the city’s public markets as well as the Confederate Museum.


Bountiful Basket of Gift Cards—Enjoy a spending spree courtesy of the Knox Heritage Board of Directors! Take home a basket full of a variety of gift cards for all occasions and needs. Treat yourself or share them with friends and family as gifts this holiday season.


Patricia Nash Tote Bag—Made of handcrafted Italian leather, each Patricia Nash handbag is a unique piece of artistry, made with old-world craftsmanship and techniques, as well as inspired by memories with family, unforgettable surroundings, travel and a joy for life.


Howard Finster Original Sculpture—Howard Finster was an American artist and Baptist minister from Georgia. He claimed to be inspired by God to spread the gospel through the transformation of his swampy land into Paradise Gardens, a folk art sculpture garden in Summerville, Georgia, with over 46,000 pieces of art. His creations include outsider art, naïve art, and visionary art. Finster first came to widespread notice in the 1980s with his album cover designs for R.E.M. and Talking Heads and he went on to garner national fame in the art world. This original mixed-media sculpture is a must have for Finster collectors!


Jim Gray Book: Roads I’ve Traveled—From the stormy seascapes off the coast of southern Alabama to the serene landscapes of the Smoky Mountains National Park in East Tennessee, Jim’s artwork captures the diverse and intriguing nature of the man himself. With the spirit and soul of a great explorer, Jim has searched the world over for adventure. This beautiful coffee table book shares with us many of those adventures. It contains 256 pages with 94 full color images and over 100 additional color images plus 18 pages of sculpture.

Southern Depot by Artist George Scott—Artist George Brock Scott captures iconic community views and scenes of Knoxville.

Sequoyah Hills by Artist George Scott—Artist George Brock Scott captures iconic community views and scenes of Knoxville.

Tennessee Theatre Marqui Letter and Books


Cathedral Print by Brian Pittman – Created exclusively to benefit the work of Knox Heritage, this print of one of Pittman’s stunning cathedrals.


Wine Themed Basket—Pull up a chaise or picnic blanket and enjoy this lovely wine basket filled with four varietals of Entwine from Food Network, a Kate Spade designed wine glass, a beautifully scented candle and several other wine related gifts, courtesy of Food Network.


Vera Bradley Travel Bag—Make a fashion statement on that fabulous weekend get-away with this Lighten Up Expandable Travel Bag in Katalina Showers. Includes luggage tag in Katalina Blues.


Downtown Pilgrimage—Which downtown church is located on a former turnip patch? Why is Church Street United Methodist Church located on Henley Street? Which downtown church took over three years to complete because of a shortage of bricks? Learn the answers to these questions and a lot more on a guided tour of historic churches, past and present with Knox Heritage’s Hollie Cook. For four people and includes lunch at a downtown location.


Framed Typography Poster Of Knoxville


UT vs. Alabama Football Party—Go VOLS! Or, Roll Tide! It’s your party and you’ll cheer for who you want to. A football party for 10 people at the home of Gary & Julia Bentley will be an awesome way to cheer on your favorite team in the UT vs. Alabama football game on Saturday, October 24th. The Bentley’s and co-hosts, Melissa & Bill Charles will provide the food, drink, and fun! Game day appetizers and beer/wine will be provide, along with a chili bar supper. A UT cooler bag with tailgate supplies is included in this package.


“Attic Windows” Quilt—Made especially for Knox Heritage by Ann Bennett. This 85” x 96” Attic Windows quilt is machine and hand-pieced, as well as hand-quilted cotton with wool batting.


Tree Lovers Tour—Learn about our city’s grandest trees on this tour for up to 10 guests, which includes brunch at the beautifully restored Historic Westwood, home of Knox Heritage. Kasey Krouse, the city’s Urban Forester, will lead guests on a tour showcasing county, state, and national champion trees in Knoxville.


Case Antiques Education Session—This session entitles the winning bidder to an hour-and-a-half, on-site, visit with an accredited appraiser that is geared toward personal art and antiques collections. “Auction estimates” and “fair market value” will be discussed and provided. These will be verbal estimates and not in writing.


Wine Tasting Party at the Home of Kevin Murphy—A wine tasting party is a creative way to gather friends and family together to learn about wine. Enjoy a unique learning experience for 10 people in the Murphy family’s antebellum farmhouse, where you and your guests will taste five different wines, with food pairings. Afterward, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and more wine while exploring the c. 1840 house and family farm.


A Wheelbarrow of Booze—“Booze may not be the answer, but it helps you forget the question.” The lucky winner of this wheelbarrow full of booze can take home the alcohol and the wheelbarrow. This wheelbarrow, decoratively embellished by Mary Lawrence Woodhull, will be a “hit” at your next outdoor party!


Tennessee Theatre Tour—Get a behind the scenes tour of the historic Tennessee Theatre led by Executive Director Becky Hancock with a performance by the house organist Bill Snyder. You’ll get a full history of the Theatre plus visit areas usually not open to the public. Includes wine and cheese. Maximum of 20 people. Must be redeemed by 9-30-16.
“Log Cabin” Quilt—Made especially for Knox Heritage by Ann Bennett. This 76” x 90” quilt is machine-pieced and hand-quilted cotton with wool batting.
12 Lunches on Holly—If you haven’t been to Holly’s Eventful Dining in Bearden yet, here’s your chance to try all her delectable menu items and specials for an entire year. Your lunch, one per month for 12 months, is on the house. Bring a friend, meet a business client, or savor a quiet hour alone.


Downtown Progressive Dinner—Here’s the best way to experience downtown living in the most fun and authentic way! The Downtown Progressive Dinner Group will add two lucky additions to its band of merry travelers as they traipse from home to home enjoying special culinary experiences at each stop. You will visit three unique downtown dwellings for appetizers, a main course and desserts. And appropriate libations along the way, of course.


Vienna Coffee Tasting—Cupping and lunch for party of 8. The Vienna Coffee House opened the doors on October 6th, 2010 with a goal to be THE great neighborhood coffeehouse in Maryville, TN. They serve premier espresso drinks, (Mocha, Latte, traditional Cappuccino) crafted by serious Baristas and freshly roasted specialty coffees from the Vienna Coffee Company Roastery, located in the lower level of the coffee house. They strive to DELIGHT the customer with every visit!


Learn to Knit at Loopville—Have you always wanted to learn how to knit but never took the time to learn how? Now is your opportunity! This package entitles the buyer to five lessons and $20 worth of knitting supplies.


Cabinetry/Furniture Consulting—Design consultation for the construction of cabinetry or furniture or the re-facing of cabinetry. Total of six hours of consultation, with two hours of meetings and four hours of design. Expiration date: September 1, 2016


Wine Tasting at Historic Westwood—Winning bidders receives a wine tasting which includes a 6-bottle sampler of wine and all the parings. Wine is provided by Wine Shop at Home.


Clarence Brown Theatre Tickets—The Clarence Brown is a superb theater venue and offers a wide variety of performances during its season. Take in an enjoyable and thought-provoking show during the 2015-2016 season. For 2 people.


Whimsical Pig by Tracy Hartley—Atlantan Tracy Hartley is a self-taught furniture maker and artist who provides furnishings and art for restaurants and commercial spaces all over the South. His first major art piece was done at the request of his sister: a fish on a large piece of rusty tin. Instead of giving to her, he sold it at a street market. He’s been successfully selling whimsical “urban southern art” ever since and this “Good Pig” can come home with you tonight.


Downtown Night Away—A two-night stay at The Oliver Hotel on Market Square, is a great way to escape your hectic life! This Night Away package also includes a $50 gift certificate to Bliss, as well as a gift card to a downtown restaurant. In addition the buyer of this package will receive this wine basket to help make your night away enjoyable.


Pears on Blue—This 9 x 12 framed acrylic painting was created by Ellen Bebb.


Vintage Serving Cart With Bar accessories—Vintage walnut serving cart with a set of amber glasses, a set of “Coin” barware, and a set of vintage enamel trays courtesy of Retro Salvage.

Halloween Party at Westwood—invite 20 of your “spookiest” friends and celebrate Halloween at Historic Westwood on Friday, October 30, 2015. You and your friends will enjoy one-of-a-kind decorations provided by KH’s own Margaret Samples, Halloween-themed appetizers, and witches brewed beverages.
Wine Rack—Salvaged wood wine rack made with salvaged bed springs.


Wine Rack—Salvaged wood wine rack made with railroad spikes.


Ole Smoky Moonshine of the Month—Rocky Top Tennesseans rejoice! Bid to win Ole Smoky’s Moonshine of the Month package so you can get your corn from a jar all year long. Try flavors such as Blackberry, Apple Pie, Moonshine Cherries, and their classic White Lightnin’—perfect for Sothern-style mixed drinks.


Ball Jar on Chipboard—Beth Meadows has created hundreds of small pieces artwork of mason jars painted and printed on salvaged wood and slate. For a brief time, she screen-printed this subject matter on paper. This is from a limited-edition series printed on chipboard.


Arizona Muse—From a series of supermodels mixing a variety of materials and placed in second-hand frames, this is model Arizona Muse from a photo shoot in Vogue magazine. Artist Beth Meadows enjoys using inexpensive or found materials to create artwork about the allure and inaccessibility of the fashion industry. (approx. 8.5” x 10″
paint pen, acrylic, newspaper bag, framed)

Reclaimed Wood Bench—Local woodworker Eric Griffin creates one of a kind pieces for your home out of reclaimed materials.


Knox Heritage Salavage Shop Gift Card—Receive $400 toward regularly priced salvage and home decor items at The Salvage Shop. We specialize in historic architectural salvage, vintage furniture and antiques. Perfect for a historic homeowner or creative and crafty individual!


Salvaged Porch Rocker and Table—Perfect Wooden Porch Rocker and Side Table


Winter in Deutschland—Oil painting by Anneliese D. Wahenburg, originally of Hamburg, Germany, painted circa 1980’s. This original oil painting is framed in a new “rustic” frame by The District Gallery.

“Let’s Go To Spain And Let’s Go Tapas”—Complete basket of goodies for your “tapas” event.


“Night at Westwood”—The highest bidder will take home a one-of-a-kind original work of art created by local artist Mike Berry. This piece is a framed 16” x 20” pastel that is under glass for protection and is ready to hang. “Night at the Westwood” is a painting depicting a lively evening event at Historic Westwood, filled with color and energy.


North Knoxville Stay-Cation— Have you heard the buzz about North Knoxville? This historic neighborhood is exploding with new cafes, bars, and restaurants! Be a part of the action with this weekend getaway, including a two-night stay in the beautifully restored Brownlow School and gift certificates to three nearby eateries. Enjoy two nights in your newly-renovated 4th and Gill loft. Wave to your fellow Gill-billies as you stroll to K-Brew and The BreadShed for breakfast. Then it’s off to Happy Holler where dinner at Central Flats & Taps is included. You can also enjoy shopping at Three Rivers Market, as well as sweet delicacies from MagPies. While you’re there, check out the host of bars, food trucks, cafes, and shops that Happy Holler has to offer. There’s so much to see and do, you won’t believe you never left town!


Vintage WWii Airplane Poster Prints—These three, framed, archival-quality photographs will be the gem of any WWII buff’s collection. The images are the work of photographer Howard R. Hollem, who was employed by the Office of War Information. The prints are 8”x10”, matted in 16”x20” frames. Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Image #1: Plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942 August
Image #2: Working on a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942 August
Image #3: Bowen, a riveter, and Olsen, her supervisor, in the Assembly and Repair Dept. at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942 August


Vintage Rhinestone Brooch—This vintage, tone-on-tone rhinestone wreath brooch will add sparkle to any outfit or up-do. Alternating clear and gray mineral gemstones lend a modern color palette to this old-fashioned ornament. Measuring 1.5” in diameter, this eye-catching piece will stay securely fastened with a locking bar pin closure.


Re-purposed License Plate Creations—This basket is full of marvelous items created from repurposed license plates.


Crosstrail Bicycle—Explore Knoxville’s historic neighborhoods and Urban Wilderness in style! The key to hitting your fitness goals is to mix things up a bit. That’s why our Crosstrail comes equipped with a custom suspension fork with a lockout feature for fast and efficient use over any surface. To build on this blend of comfort and speed, the frame is built from lightweight A1 Premium aluminum tubing with a geometry that’s made to fit just right from the minute you get on the bike. Add in a selection of strong, no-fuss components and rack/fender mounts, and you get a bike that’s ready and able to deliver you to your goals. Courtesy of Bike Zoo.


Orbix Hot Glass Curly pitcher—Since 2002, Orbix Hot Glass has distinguished itself by its refined handmade glassware and its connections with those who appreciate clean designs and excellent quality. Artist Cal Breed has studied at schools around the country gleaning knowledge and technique from some of the best in the world.


“Star and Shadow”—Photo of 114 W. Jackson Avenue photographed by Scott Busby, AIA, a winner of the 2015 Art and Architecture Tour—Cripple Creek Crawl photo contest.


“Silo”—A photo of 218 E. Depot Avenue photogaphed by David Denton, a winner of the 2015 Art and Architecture Tour—Cripple Creek Crawl photo contest.


“Best Part of the Meal”—A photo of the JFG sign at 200 W. Jackson Ave. photographed by Scott Busby, AIA, a winner of the 2015 Art and Architecture Tour—Cripple Creek Crawl photo contest.


“120-200 W. Jackson Avenue”—A photo of 120-200 W. Jackson Avenue photographed by Stephen Blackwell, a winner of the 2015 Art and Architecture Tour—Cripple Creek Crawl photo contest.


“Stair”—A photo of the interior of Patrick Sullivan’s at 100 N. Central Street photographed by David Denton, a winner of the 2015 Art and Artichetecture Tour—Cripple Creek Photo Contest.


“Shadow Crossing”—A photo of 201 Randolph Street photographed by Scott Busby, AIA, a winner of the 2015 Art and Architecture Tour—Cripple Creek Crawl photo contest.


“Patchwork Façade”—A photo of 1010 E. Jackson Avenue photographed by Scott Busby, AIA, a winner of the 2015 Art and Architecture—Cripple Creek Crawl photo contest.


Copper Candle Holder and Spoon—Artist Ben Caldwell specializes in the creation of functional and timeless metalwork. All the work is custom hammered, raised and chased by hand resulting in quality, one-of-a-kind creations.


Radha—Krishna X-Radiograph on Aluminum—This X-radiograph piece is based on an Indian c.1600 wood sculpture of Radha and Krishna affair. This piece measures 12.5” x 15”.


Accent Lamp and Plate—This stately ceramic and brass floral lamp and accent plate will be the perfect addition to your interior décor.


Bonaroo Package—This package entitles the winner to a pair of tickets to Bonnaroo 2016, with special GUEST upgrade. The Guest upgrade includes access to a special camping area, preferred parking, and other upgrades not available to regular customers. The winner of this package will also receive memorabilia from the FIRST Bonaroo in 2002. Courtesy of AC Entertainment and Mary Pom Claiborne.


“Apples” Oil Painting by Adelia—This oil painting on board was painted by Adelia Armstrong Lutz when she was young.