Hollie Berry — Visual Artist

Hollie Berry started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil and began painting in oils at the age of eight. Since then, her primary focus has remained on her artistic growth. Whether painting a traditional portrait in oils, sewing paper pages into a sculptural form, or suspending moving books from the ceiling, she seeks to add to the beauty of the world by tapping into her own creativity and that of those around her.

Berry received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and studied art and art history abroad in Tuscany, Italy. Her work has been displayed locally at Association for Visual Arts, The River Street Makery, Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore, ArtSpace Gallery, and on several public streets.

Berry first became enamored with the possibility of book arts in high school when she was introduced to the concept of altered books. She had always been an avid reader so the conjoining of books and art was a natural direction. Soon she learned to create handmade books from the raw materials of paper, thread, boards, and cloth. Now, she and Ellen Simak are co-chairs of Book Arts at the Open Press, where she occasionally teaches book arts workshops.
After moving to Chattanooga, Hollie first made an impression on the local community by creating Dewdles, a series of temporal drawings in the dewy grass of Coolidge Park. These monumental and ephemeral works last only an hour or so before evaporating. Dewdles capture the imaginations of tourists, joggers, and dog walkers who spot them from the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, as well as internet surfers who stumble across them online.
Recently Hollie has been involved with The McCallie Walls Mural Project, a grant recipient of the MakeWork foundation, completing the twelve by forty five foot outdoor mural Four Horsewomen. She also collaborated with other artists, neighborhood residents, and children to create the community painted mural Tandimals. For her next foray into public art Berry collaborated with her husband, Engineer Rudy Elizondo, to create the interactive installation Book Flock as part of the Open Spaces program coordinated by River City Company. The fusion of art, technology, and viewer participation is something she very much looks forward to continuing in the future.
Hollie Berry lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband, two cats, and too many books.

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T is for Turtle Dewdle

Book Flock Outside

Meredith Middleton Burns — Meredith’s Silver Designs

Meredith Middleton Burns is a Chattanooga native. She has roots in the Hixson suburbs and the New Salem community of rural Lookout Mountain. The contrasts of her early life environments add an important theme to her creative process resulting in work that is both rustic and organic while refined and elegant. During a crossroads in her life in 2010, Meredith began to cultivate her internal drive to create. She was drawn to a medium that challenged, fascinated, and produced a certain level of comfort, fear, and respect in her – that medium being metal…specifically sterling silver.

Meredith has taken several courses in metal and sterling silver fabrication at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has studied privately under professional jeweler and metalsmith Molly Sharp Voorhees of Zirconia, NC. and has also attended the New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, TN. While she periodically teaches on her own and assists in basic sterling silver fabrication classes at John C. Campbell Folk School, she is also still pursuing her own continuing education in precious metals.

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Moment: Artist at work doing oil paintings of Wally’s Restaurant

From an article by Tim Barber for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Outbound traffic on McCallie Avenue begins to build to rush-hour levels on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-December as local artist Hollie Berry applies the first strokes of color to her latest oil painting.

Dressed in full winter outerwear with fingerless gloves, Berry glances at the fading image of a setting sun through gray skies, feels the chilling wind and considers packing up her brushes and moving from the sidewalk across from Wally’s Restaurant.

City buses and delivery vans pass by just feet away as Berry steadies her flimsy wooden easel in 46-degree temperatures.

“There used to be a really cool retro sign for Wally’s,” she said, comparing photos on her cellphone. “It’s not up anymore, but it’s in the old pictures.”

The spot she chose on the sidewalk is the exact angle depicted in the 1950s photograph she is painting, Berry said.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

“I’m doing a couple of paintings,” said Berry. “One of their restaurant the way it looked in the 1950s, all in sepia tone; then another one the way the restaurant looks now, in all color.”

When completed, both paintings will hang side by side in the Highland Park community restaurant, she added.

Berry, a two-year Chattanooga resident, began painting at age 8. Now, the graduate from the University of Texas at Austin has gone full time in the business and has a studio in the Chattanooga WorkSpace downtown.

“I’m going to make myself stay out here for about 30 more minutes,” she said as the afternoon shade crept across the sidewalk. “I was going to stay longer, but it got cold too fast. If I get a sunny day, I’ll spend a full day on it.”

Contact staff photographer Tim Barber at tbarber@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6640.