People Help Candoro Thrive


Board of Directors

Candoro Arts and Heritage Center is fortunate to have an exceptional board of directors. The following people serve Candoro by volunteering their time, talent, and resources:  
  • Sharon Davis, President
  • Wendy Drummer, Vice President
  • Kenneth Pace, Treasurer
  • Elene Cazana, Recording Secretary
  • Madaline Hylton, Corresponding Secretary
  • Charlie Richmond (in memoriam)
  • Eugene Burr
  • Justin Dothard
  • Dawn Michelle Foster
  • Molly Gilbert
  • Evelyn Gill
  • Madaline Hylton
  • Buddy Mulkey
  • Chelsea Voelker
  • Saul Young

Jean Vestal

Jean Vestal, Honorary Board MemberJean Vestal currently serves as an honorary board member. She is an artist whose family connection to the Vestal community goes back to 1901 when her grandfather and his brothers built the Vestal Lumber & Mfg. Company at 529 Maryville Pike. When Trudy Monaco organized a group of local citizens to save and restore the historic Candoro Marble Company building, Jean was happy to serve as a charter member of the Board of Directors. How fitting that one of the founding families of the Vestal community is a painter with strong ties to Vestal. After growing up and marrying in Knoxville, Jean Vestal took drawing classes with Jim Gray in the Homberg area and began producing decorative oil paintings on wood. Her husband’s career took the young family to art-inspiring destinations…New Orleans—Florence, Italy—then New York. In New Orleans, Jean had the opportunity to show her oil paintings in Jackson Square and to paint stage scenery for her children’s school. Another change in her husband’s work locale afforded her the chance to develop her painting skills in Florence, Italy, where she received instruction at Fortman Studio. Then, the family ultimately settled back in the United States in New York City where Jean studied at the Parsons School of Design and began a career as a design draftsperson with J.C. Penney. The declining health of Jean’s parents brought her back to the Knoxville area, where she now permanently resides.  Jean continues to paint as well as arrange flowers for her church. She was honored as the featured artist at the 2011 VESTIVAL. Jean is currently an Honorary Board Member of the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center which is a cornerstone of the Vestal community.

We Remember Charlie Richmond

we-remember-charlie-richmondCharlie Richmond once served as president of the board of Candoro Ars & Heritage Center and passed away in January 2013. He was a lifelong friend of Trudy Monaco, the founder of CAHC. Charlie was an architect who played a key role in restoration projects in old north Knoxville. Trudy enlisted the help of Charlie on the preservation of the historic Candoro Marble building in south Knoxville. His leadership and imaginative spirit are greatly missed. Charlie was also a great watercolor artist, and his works were featured as the main exhibit for Vestival 2013. >>read more

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Attend Vestival or Be a Vendor at VESTIVAL —Community support means everything to Candoro Marble. It began as a cornerstone of Knoxville’s Vestal Neighborhood. It is up to you to keep the grounds lively with your active support, donation, and participation in events, classes, and exhibits. Read more  

Contact Us

photo by Jay Baird Tell a friend about this beautiful structure—Candoro Arts & Heritage Center is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Candoro Marble Building. Candoro Arts & Heritage Center celebrates Knoxville’s legacy in the marble industry. Our vision is to become an art and history museum showcasing the rich history of Vestal – the heart of Knoxville, once referred to as the Marble City.

4450 Candora Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
PO Box 9473
Knoxville, TN 37940
call: 865-384-1273


online donation:
visit the Candoro Online Donation zone