Jenny Shugart: Site Seeing Photography

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Jenny Shugart remembers always having a camera, but didn’t realize how much she loves shooting photos until taking a photography class in graduate architecture school. She says: “I am usually drawn to objects – structures, bridges, details, old rusted stuff. Occasionally the objects are arranged in such a way as to create a space or pattern that also needs to be captured. These objects, spaces and patterns have a quality and substance that seem to ask to be photographed. They call out to be noticed…to be seen, if only in a particular moment. I don’t do portraiture of people (they move and talk back – objects don’t). But, I consider my photographs to be a form of portraiture…a way of seeing every day life or every day objects, past or present. I hope my photographs stir a memory of something or creates a desire to travel outside the usual boundaries – to inspire the observer to pursue his or her own adventures throughout the world…and throughout daily life.”

Her photography work has been in various solo and group art shows as well as purchased for individual collections and by companies for their decor. Except for digitizing black & white negatives and cropping a photo for a particular size, Jenny doesn’t manipulate her photographs…you see what she saw.

When she isn’t busy with her photography, Jenny also enjoys passing the time with knitting, fabric projects and collage work.

Brandy Burgans

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Brandy Burgans is a Chattanooga native, mixed media artist, and sole tattoo artist and founder of Blade & Banner, an upscale private tattoo studio. “It has always been a goal for me to provide my clientele with their own personal and private one-on-one experience. Tattooing is an intimate process, and spending time with someone who wants to wear your artwork should be a discreet and special experience for them.”

She loves doing bold and bright color tattoos, stippled and black tattoos, painted-style tattoo work, and as of lately she has really enjoyed recreating master works from Chagall to Picasso on skin. You can find out more about Brandy and her work at www.brandyburgans.com.

Studio 2B also houses Brandy’s art studio. When she’s not tattooing she’s working on commissioned original mixed media visual art. She studied art privately from the age of seven throughout college, and her thirst for knowledge, new techniques, and new instruction sends her all over the world annually.

Roses Taylor — To Capture a Glimpse of the Uniqueness

Roses Taylor found her love of sculpture after an exploration of many other art forms.  She is an accomplished musician, dancer, painter, and actor while continuing her practice as a  professional counselor and marriage and family therapist.  She is wife, mother, grandmother, and an “animal whisperer.” She brings to her work the influences from the depths of her experiences in all of these areas.
Internationally known masters under whom Roses has studied include Aldo Casanova, Stanley Bleifeld, Leonda Finke, Tuck Langland, and Dan Ostermiller (current head of National Sculpture Society).  Her ability to get a likeness of her subject has been an innate gift that is valued by her customers.  In addition to portraiture Roses enjoys free form sculpture as well as sculpting nature.  She works closely with her foundry using the traditional European lost wax process and is carefully involved through each step of this complicated procedure from modeling the clay, working the wax, to finding the right patina for each bronze casting.  Roses uses not only her own eye and skill to achieve a likeness of her subject, but she also involves family and friends of the subject, particularly when commissioned to sculpt a deceased loved one.  Roses’ goal in her work is to capture a glimpse of the uniqueness of each subject and to convey the spirit of the individual character to the viewer.
Roses can bring your vision to life. She is skilled at creating a wide range of artistic pieces, including:
  • Portrait sculpture
  • Figurative sculpture
  • Garden sculpture
  • Monument
  • Commemorative Medal
  • Commemorative Plaque
  • Bas Relief

 

LAUNCH Business Entrepreneurship Academy open for sign-ups

Picture this: You’re taking your morning shower, and all of a sudden, a brilliant business idea pops into your mind. But you don’t have any experience in entrepreneurship, and you definitely don’t know how to make the vision a reality.

Local nonprofit LAUNCH can help.

The local organization that aims to empower community members through entrepreneurship, job training and mentorship is starting another session of its Business Entrepreneurship Academy.

The academy is a 10-week class that teaches budding entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses.

There are multiple class locations around Chattanooga, and classes start Sept. 14. It costs $100 to participate, according to LAUNCH’s website.

Click here for more information about the academy or to sign up.

Local entrepreneur and inventor Felicia Jackson recently went through the LAUNCH class. She’s created a product called CPR Lifewrap, which is a disposable plastic sleeve that covers the torso of a person in need of CPR.

It has a mouth barrier—which guards against bodily fluids that can be exchanged during mouth to mouth—and an outline that shows the user where to place hands for proper CPR execution. It also has simple instructions embossed on the product.

The LAUNCH class gave her the support and knowledge she needed to get her product off the ground, and even after her graduation, she is still getting assistance and advice from LAUNCH leaders, she said.

“When I walked through those doors [for the LAUNCH class], I had an idea and a hope,” she said. “When I graduated, I had a prototype, media exposure and a newfound recognition of what my potential could be.”

She encouraged anyone with an idea to take advantage of the class, which also helped bring her out of her introverted shell. She also found strength and encouragement from her classmates, she said.

“If you’re passionate about something, [LAUNCH leaders] will make you more passionate tenfold,” she said.
“[The other students] get invested in your idea. You become a family.”

This story was originally published on Nooga.com.

Mary Hamby — Twenty Two West

Mary Hamby is the owner and artist behind Twenty Two West based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In her studio at Chattanooga WorkSpace you’ll find her making both jewelry and fiber art pieces that reflect her unique modern aesthetic and focus on quality and excellence. Mary says, “I love how my job allows me to not only create with my hands but also to build relationships around creativity. My goal is to connect people with art that is attainable and beautiful.”

The name Twenty Two West comes from the address of the home Mary grew up in. It is a place of love and light- it is Mary’s desire to emulate these qualities in her own work. Twenty Two West connects creative ideas to everyday life and is a place where people feel respected, inspired, and cared for.

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