Katherine was raised in San Antonio, Texas with a great appreciation for the outdoors, imagination, and creativity. Since a young age, she was encouraged to explore her surroundings and find solace in nature- particularly in the Texas Hill Country. Each summer she and her family would move from the city to their “home away from home” in the Hill Country. It was there that Katherine was first able to freely explore creativity and know herself as an artist.
Katherine studied art at The University of the South with a focus in photography. While a student, the great majority of her photographic work was focused on children who lived in a transitional home with their mothers. It was through those projects that she discovered her deep desire to work with adults and children, incorporating art into those relationships. Soon after graduating, Katherine discovered a love for clay and has since completed an apprenticeship program. She and her business partner, Stephanie Guthrie, are now establishing a private ceramic studio in Chattanooga Workspace. Their studio is known as Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio where they create work for local businesses, promote their work online and throughout the greater Chattanooga area, and offer small wheel-throwing classes.
Jacquie Leavitt is a self-taught mixed media painter specializing in whimsical art. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and after attending the University of Tennessee she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she worked in property management. In June 2010, she discovered mixed media painting and began exploring different techniques in order to find her own style. She moved back to Chattanooga in 2011 where she began selling her work at the local markets.
Now, Jacquie has branched out to art festivals in the Southeast, along with showing in local galleries, and teaching at art retreats around the United States. In her work she uses lots of color and texture — often times utilizing several different mediums for the same piece. This can range from collage work, acrylic paints, watercolor, oil pastels, soft pastels, ink, markers, graphite, charcoal, and even paper
that she custom prints. In addition, she loves to include an inspirational quote or two.
Jacquie stays busy painting and raising her six year old daughter, Victoria, who also loves to make art.
“A different type of painting” is the way I describe my work because first, I am a painter. While working on my BFA in painting and drawing, I discovered I could present ideas in a different way, with cloth and thread. I work in this medium because I want to make a connection with the viewer, to leave a lasting, warm-hearted impression.
Buddhism’s second noble truth states all human suffering is based on attachment, an unrelenting craving or clutching grasp. Yet the opposite is detachment, signifying loss or deprivation. My work skates along the middle path, to describe a loosening-a letting up of fear and old habits, a softening of attitude. Along the way, there is the danger of ritual, where comfort can prevail over experimentation and discovery. A diligent tact is essential. Stitching holds firm yet generously, like you might hold the hand of a young child.
Hand-stitching takes time. The stitching in the finished work gives away the subtle rhythm of the hand, the care in the making.
I make jewelry for people who want to buy with their conscience — for people who want to both love and feel good about the things they own. I use as much recycled and sustainable material as I can in my jewelry — copper, aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, recycled wood, brass, fabric, recycled leather, and glass.
Alex graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. After college, she began experimenting in jewelry design with items out of her recycling bin. What began as a hobby, rapidly evolved into a small business. Her real passion is to take images, objects or forms that are not normally seen together and transform them into re-interpretations that are unique, fashionable, and fun. She strives to use recycled materials for their Eco-conscious, and affordable appeal. The designs incorporate post-consumer materials, such as, paper, plastic, salvaged wood, recycled titanium, brass, copper, aluminum, and tin. Other pieces are created with traditional techniques and elements such as, wire wrapping, cast-resin, beading, and polymer clay. The goal is to evoke nostalgia, style, and imagination through inventive design. You can learn more about Alex’s jewelry by visiting her website, spunjewelry.com.
Molly Minor Hussey has always been drawn to light and color in nature. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee and spending summers on a lake in Michigan, Hussey visually absorbs the details of her environments. The light dancing on water and through trees, the patterns of shadows and the energy of nature itself appear throughout her work. For Hussey, it is the light that defines.
In her paintings Hussey uses oil on canvas and panel. She employs various techniques of glazing and mark-making to represent nature’s facets. While some of her works are more abstract than others, color and light play a significant role in all. Hussey’s sculptures, made with wire and mixed media, echo her fascination with the nuances of light and color.
Hussey recently moved to Chattanooga from Memphis, Tennessee. She received her BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She also attended Studio Arts Centers International in Florence, Italy. While living in Memphis she was represented by Albers Gallery. Hussey exhibited in various shows, including Spectrum at the Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee.