Two years of planning and waiting came to fruition when the Tennessee Titans Foundation hosted an opening gala to kick off its inaugural Titans Art Show. Held at trendy Wedgewood-Houston event space Saint Elle, the evening gave attendees a first look at and a chance to buy Titans-inspired artwork that included oils, photography and even painted footballs.
The party began with a VIP reception, where avid art collectors and football fans mingled with team management in an intimate environment while sipping on bubbly and cocktails. Multigenre singer Blanco Brown performed, leaving the stage at times to serenade ladies and hand them roses. In the adjoining Conservatory, guests opened the bidding on silent auction items, such as hand-painted “Tennessee Tough” cleats and a tasting for 12 from The Whiskey House.
To fuel buying and bidding, popular local eateries offered plenty of hearty fare. Guests filled up on makhani meatballs from Chaatable, poke bowls from The Hart, barbecue pork hash from Jasper’s and sweets from Petit Four Girl. WithCo Cocktails mixed up their takes on classic libations, and The Whiskey House served up tastes of a wide array of, well, whiskeys to go with the food. Once the doors opened to other gala attendees, VIPs gathered in the Nfocus Suite to take advantage of the upscale bar and special gift boxes.
The successful art show ran for the two days leading up to the team’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ticket proceeds went to The Titans Foundation, which contributes to area schools, nonprofits and more and also places a strong emphasis on supporting youth football programs so that every child who wants to play the sport can do so. The artwork was collected and curated by Fort Houston Artisan Support Project, a nonprofit, community-based workshop, and art sales went to support those artists.