People Help Candoro Thrive
Board of DirectorsCandoro 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.
- Rebecca “Becky” Wade, President
- Brad Selph, 1st Vice President
- Paula Johnson, 2nd Vice President
- Conrad Loy, Recording Secretary
- Wendy Drummer, Corresponding Secretary
- Patrick Michael, Treasurer
- Trudy Monaco, Historian
- Jean Vestal, Honorary Member
- Richard Bud Armstrong
- Eugene Burr
- April Burt
- Sharon Davis
- Justin Dothard
- Lansing King
- Bud Armstrong
- Buddy Mulkey
- Kenneth Pace
- Deborah Sharp
- Judy Sheffield
Jean VestalJean 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.
Attend Vestival or Be a Vendor at VESTIVAL or our October Event entitled “Candoro Rocks”—Community support means everything to Candoro Marble. It began as a cornerstone of the community. 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 UsTell 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, and community development. Our vision is to become an arts and history museum showcasing the rich history of Vestal – the heart of Knoxville, once referred to as the Marble City.
Located at 4450 Candora Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
mail: Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
PO Box 9473
Knoxville, TN 37940
online donation: visit the Candoro Online Donation zone