Masterpiece Mingle at the McKinney Center

Masterpiece Mingle is a popular event that brings together art, music and great food to the McKinney Center this year on Friday, April 29from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the largest fundraiser for the McKinney Center each year as proceeds support scholarships for K-12 grade students who have financial needs and other educational programming throughout the year for McKinney Center art classes. The event provides plenty of opportunities for art and music lovers to meet and mingle in a fun and elegant atmosphere as they admire the work of art they get to take home, or even exchange with another guest.

This event, which sells out well in advance each year, will feature an exhibit of 125 different works of art, and each guest will take one of these works home. The artwork, which has been donated by regional artists, include mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, fabric art, jewelry, woodwork and more. All pieces will be on display for guests to admire throughout the evening until the event ends, and each guest takes their corresponding piece of art home with them. Guests receive their artwork at random. Each artwork is assigned a number, and each program the guest receives will correspond to one of those numbers. Guests can keep their original mystery masterpiece, or find other guests with whom they may “swap.”

Amid the fun atmosphere, guests will enjoy live jazz music by a combo from the Jonesborough Rhythm Express. They can also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from Main Street Café and Catering, and a silent auction featuring more exquisite art, great books and top-quality art supplies. Beer and wine will also be for sale by Main Street Café and Catering.

This unique event serves as the signature annual fundraiser for the McKinney Center. Tickets are $50 which includes the event, food, music andthe original piece of art each guest will take home.

Tickets are limited to one-hundred twenty-five, as this is the number of works that has been donated. To purchase tickets, call the Jonesborough Visitor Center at 423.753.1010 or purchase online at