Salute to America and the Arts 2017

Tickets are now available for Callanwolde’s third annual Salute to America and the Arts event, happening September 8th at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

The Salute to America and the Arts event celebrates the importance of the arts, in order to raise scholarship funds for US military veterans and students in need. Click here to learn more about Callanwolde’s outreach efforts.

The 3rd annual event will present a solo gallery exhibition by Bernie Taupin, acclaimed visual artist and lyricist. Bernie Taupin has recently celebrated 50 years of partnership with singer Elton John, having written such hits as “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” and more.

Reserve your tickets today. Don’t miss out on:

  • An intimate Q&A with Bernie Taupin
  • Live musical performances by John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band, the Celebrity All Star Band, and special guests
  • A live auction and a chance to buy limited edition Bernie Taupin lithographs, made just for this event, with proceeds benefiting Callanwolde’s scholarship fund.

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Two Amazing Nights

Thursday, September 7th: An Intimate VIP Dinner with Bernie Taupin

Those who purchase artwork from Bernie Taupin’s gallery exhibition Ragged Glory: Art Americana in advance will be invited to an intimate dinner with the artist.

Ragged Glory: Art Americana may be previewed by appointment only. Interested parties may contact Callanwolde’s Executive Director at to arrange a viewing.

Friday, September 8th: Salute to America and the Arts

Enjoy an evening of live music and the opening of Bernie Taupin’s solo gallery exhibition Ragged Glory: Art Americana while giving back to the community.

The event will include a non-partisan Patriotic Veterans’ Tribute and Flag Ceremony, intimate Q&A session with Bernie Taupin, performances by the Callanwolde School of Dance and Callanwolde Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording choir, a cocktail party, dinner by Zest Atlanta Catering, and amazing musical performances by John Driskell Hopkins (the Zac Brown Band’s Grammy Award Winning founding member), the Celebrity All Star Band, and special guests.

Our MC and auctioneer for the night, Steve Craig, is one of the most recognizable voices in Atlanta for over 25 years. You can hear him Mornings on 97.1 The River.

Admission to the Friday night celebration is $200. Tickets are limited and available by advance online purchase only!

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Bernie Taupin’s Ragged Glory: Art Americana

Artist Bernie Taupin in his studio.

Be among the first in the city to experience Bernie Taupin’s exhibition, Ragged Glory: Art Americana, in the Callanwolde Gallery. All artwork will be for sale. Sales benefit Callanwolde’s scholarship fund for US military veterans and students in need.

Bernie Taupin is a lifelong creative talent in multiple media, including visual art as well as the written word. Taupin’s artworks have been exhibited at major exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center exhibition was selected from a large body of Taupin artworks that especially resonate with Callanwolde’s rich musical and historical heritage. Many of the works will be shown publicly for the first time.

While fully engaged with his unique visual artistic style over the past 2+ decades, Taupin is most well-known as the writer of over 700 songs, most of them in collaboration with his musical partner, Elton John. Taupin is primarily a storyteller, a writer whose words have become among the most well-known lyrics in music history.

“America” by Bernie Taupin. This piece has recently been aquired by Elton John.

Live Entertainment


John Driskell Hopkins, headlining performer.

John Driskell Hopkins  is best known for his role as a founding member, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Grammy Award Winning group Zac Brown Band. Hopkins co-wrote, with Zac Brown, Wyatt Durette and Shawn Mullins, the Zac Brown Band’s third single: “Toes” from their 2008 major-label debut The Foundation. It was the second number one single for the band. Hopkins also co-wrote, with Zac Brown, Wyatt Durette and Sonia Leigh, the second single from the band’s third major-label album Uncaged entitled “Goodbye in Her Eyes.” Hopkins co-wrote the band’s first number one hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart “Heavy Is the Head” which featured Chris Cornell and was the second single from their 4th major label studio

Steve Craig

album Jekyll + Hyde released in 2015.

Steve Craig (Friday Night) is one of the most recognizable voices in Atlanta for over 25 years. You can hear him Mornings on 97.1 The River. A true musicologist, He’s host of Steve’s College of Musical Knowledge daily at 8am, and the World Famous Retroplex on “The Other Side Of The River” – 97.1 HD2! Sports Fans can also hear Steve announcing the city’s premiere Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United at Mercedes Benz Stadium. He’s also the Arena Announcer for the Atlanta Gladiators Hockey Team as well as your Atlanta Hawks!

From coast to coast the Celebrity All Star Band (Friday Night) has astonished, amazed and brought crowds to a frenzy leaving a trail of thrilled and grateful planners and brides along the way. Never before has an act of this collective caliber been available in the private events market. With former members of Earth Wind & Fire, Bette Midler, Janet Jackson and Kenny Loggins. Class personified. CAB delivers an exciting and dynamic non stop 3 hour show that will bring the house down.

The Celebrity All Star Band

The Mission

The Callanwolde Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the historic Candler Estate and to offer fine arts and outreach to the community.

This fundraising event is not eligible for Callanwolde’s normal membership discount.

The Objectives

  • To raise scholarship funds for U.S. military veterans and students in need for the programs offered by Callanwolde.
  • To introduce a new audience to Callanwolde programs, thus extending awareness of the Atlanta artistic community within this demographic.
  • To receive meaningful media coverage around this highly positive annual event in support of our community and the arts.

Event Sponsors

Callanwolde would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of our nonprofit mission to preserve the historic Candler Estate and offer fine arts and outreach to the community.

Gold Level

Geri Sims
Zest Catering

Silver Level

Elite Event Rental
Hendon Properties
Madison Records

Bronze Level

Dana Barrett Show
Faith Flowers
Illuminating Design
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