NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — She was a Nashville-style icon and a philanthropist. The visitation for Clare Armistead befell Friday evening on the Belle Meade Nation Membership. Armistead requested for her providers to be merely referred to as a Going Away Occasion.
Subsequent to Printers Alley is a collection of images on the aspect of a constructing, telling a part of Armistead’s story. These photos have been taken by worldwide photographer Philip Holsinger.
“That’s my good buddy, Clare Armistead,” Holsinger smiled, pointing to a portrait exhibiting Armistead posed subsequent to a window. “Clare embodies the previous Nashville and people previous manners.”
NewsChannel 5 first met Holsinger at Chauvet Arts in June the place his We Are Nashville collection captured all completely different sorts of individuals of Nashville. Armistead was one among his picture topics. Holsinger had by no means met a socialite.
“I anticipated her to be kinda a closed door,” he stated. “She was something however. After I met Clare, she was about to show 90. She was curious. She could not meet sufficient folks.”
Armistead was a board member for a lot of nonprofits together with Alive Hospice and the Tennessee State Museum. She was a founding father of Associates of Warner Parks.
“She organized folks and introduced folks into causes,” stated Holsinger.
“This can be a image of the Swan Ball,” he continued, pointing to a different image on the constructing. “Clare co-founded it. That is the ticket to get in Nashville, a tough ticket to get.”
Holsinger stated, all of the whereas, Armistead did her work with true model and sophistication.
“One evening, I confirmed as much as choose up Clare,” he remembered. “She was in a regal gown. She stated, ‘sugar, am I overdressed?’ I stated, ‘Clare, am I underdressed?’ ‘Just a bit.’ Her sense of trend got here from a way of respect and honor.”
In contrast to Clare, I have been in every single place, just like the Johnny Money track,” stated Holsinger, referring to what some would possibly name an unlikely friendship. “In contrast to Clare, who’s been secure in a single place, my life’s been going from one unstable place to a different.”
Nonetheless, Holsinger stated his images and Armistead’s philanthropy had that very same objective, to profit folks.
Armistead died final month after dwelling with most cancers.
“It was simply sorta like she walked off stage,” Holsinger stated. “We had good conversations, the sort of conversations mates have. Useful conversations. She simply deeply, deeply cared for folks. She protected folks. She was an actual public servant. Clare is simply open and type and loving. Clare simply took me in.”