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The South American Art Of Mercedes Llanos

By: Tony Mraz   April 12, 2017

This story was originally published on chattanoogapulse.com

New Art Collection Now On Display At Erlanger Baroness Hospital

Erlanger Health System presents Hope Springs, “A collection of paintings that bring a sense of hope and new life,” as the fourth installment by the Arts at Erlanger program.

The Hope Springs collection features five female artists from around the region; Ellyn Bivin, Hollie Berry, Angela Serre, Helen Jones, and Ali Kay. Light and airy images dominate the exhibit with a variety of landscapes, subjects and scenes.

Bivin is a Chattanooga native with a lifelong passion for art. She received her degree in Art Education and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended University of Tennessee Chattanooga graduate school, focusing on combining old world etching with contemporary panting for a one-of-a-kind printmaking technique. Her four-legged friends and images from turn of the century photographs are a few of her favorite subjects.

Berry, a native Texan, has pursued art from the time she could grasp a pencil. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. A few years later she moved to Chattanooga, where she found fresh inspiration. First, she created Dewdles, monumental land art drawings in the dewy lawn of Coolidge Park. These temporal works paved the way for more permanent opportunities like her first mural for the McCallie Walls Mural Project, Four Horsewomen, and collaborating with her engineer husband, Rudy Elizondo, on an interactive art installation of flying books installed in the Chattanooga Public Library. In 2015, she apprenticed under world renowned muralist Meg Saligman on the 40,000 sq. ft. Chattanooga mural We Shall Not Be Satisfied Until.

Bright and airy artwork lines the gallery corridor at Erlanger Baroness Campus.

Southern charm and exaggerated realisms describe Serre’s personality and style. Influenced as a child by her grandmother’s talent and a book by watercolor artist Herb Olsen; her passion for art lead to a formal education at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. While years as a graphic designer in corporate America provided success, her love of painting continued with works spanning the globe. Her paintings and portraits are in private collections throughout the US and Europe.  Serre’s inspiration derives from her travels, family and photos.

Jones’ love of nature began with her Indiana childhood, in a yard filled with flowers, fruit trees, grape vines and birds. A graduate of Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Jones had only four watercolor lessons while living in Atlanta, GA in 1984. Celebrities, banks, corporations, hospitals, designers and homeowners began commissioning her art that is inspired by her travels to the Greek islands, France, Canada, western states and the Caribbean. An extraordinarily versatile and detailed artist, Jones’ mediums are watercolor, oil, acrylic, ink, charcoal and pencil. Her subjects vary from florals and wildlife to wall murals and automobiles.

Art has been Kay’s passion since childhood.   She grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin, and founded her decorative painting company, Positive Space, in 2002 shortly after finishing high school at the age of 19.   She studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee while simultaneously growing her mural and faux finishing business.   After spending several years working with designers and architects creating unique interior spaces in Houston, TX, she settled in Chattanooga in 2013. She opened the new Positive Space Decorative Painting Studio at Chattanooga WorkSpace.   Kay’s portfolio is vast including commission work in many different styles.   She continues to create large scale murals, custom fine art and wall finishes while adding teaching to her list of services. Her work can be seen locally throughout Chattanooga as well as in the homes and businesses of her clients throughout the country.

The purpose of art in the hospital setting goes far beyond decoration. Recent studies show a direct link between art and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress and anxiety. A 2011 University of London study found that blood flow increased 10 percent to the “joy response” part of the brain when subjects saw a beautiful painting. The Arts at Erlanger program seeks to preserve and expand the healing, uplifting, and therapeutic art at all campuses in our medical system.

This story was originally published on Chattanoogan.com.

 

Cyrethia Stephens- Design 2 Sell

Cyrethia Stephens left the corporate world in 2015 to pursue her passion in decorating and staging homes, and she never looked back. Her unique business, Design 2 Sell, displays her best visionary and creative talents in home décor/staging in and around the Chattanooga Area.

Cyrethia’s love of architecture, interior design and well honed buying skills naturally led her to home décor/staging.

“I love home staging because it allows me to use so many of the skills I’ve learned over the years,” she says. “After holding many high level corporate positions, I am extremely budget and deadline oriented. And of course, my unique sense of design comes through with each staging I do. I love working with people and helping my clients maximize their property’s potential.”

Her goal is to make a property show beautifully when it goes on the market. She wants prospective buyers to walk away from a property that she staged and say, “I could live there!”

Cyrethia Stephens was born and raised in Smithville, Tennessee and received her Bachelors Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. She has lived in Chattanooga since 1986,  a lover of God, avid cycler, kayaker, golfer, gardener and a décor/art aficionado.

Mary J Whitt

Mary J Whitt first discovered her love for glass art more than 20 years ago when a good friend gave her a beautiful fused glass platter as a Christmas present. It inspired her to learn the craft, so she researched the techniques, tools and equipment necessary for glass fusing and began her journey exploring the endless creative possibilities that working with glass offers. Before long, she was selling her work in gift shops, galleries, juried art shows and private shows across the Southeast.

Although Whitt is “self-taught” in the techniques of fused glass, she received formal art training as a fine arts major at the University of Tennessee from 1977-1980. Her early training served as a helpful springboard, enabling her to intuitively create mood and movement through design and color. “Imagine a kaleidoscope of jewel tones dancing across a room as the sun shines through a stained glass window; or the soft, warm glow of a crackling fire; or the wash of fiery reds into pastel pinks at sunset,” she says.

The dynamic play of color and light inspires her work. Whitt’s use of color, texture and form to create mood and movement makes all of her artwork unique.

 

Michelle Fountain: Fountain Studio

Overcome with a strong urge to create, Dalton, GA born artist Michelle Fountain left a corporate job in Nashville, TN, in 1998 to make candles and one-of-a-kind gifts from beads and wire. Her gifts were sold to boutiques, unique shops and spas. It was the kindle to the fire that grew in her to be more creative.

After buying  her first home in Nashville in the year 2001, Fountain began creating unique finishes on the walls. Encouraged by others, she began her training at one of the top decorative finish schools in the country.

After moving back to Chattanooga in 2002 she soon became a leader in faux finishes, adding cabinetry and furniture to her repertoire, including more education and training.  Her business received the Better Business Bureau Torch Ethics award for high work integrity.

From her roots in faux finishing she came to have a great passion for wall art. After much experimentation and classes, she found her voice through” flow” mediums such as alcohol inks, fluid acrylics & epoxy resin. She found freedom in her release of a certain amount of control in her work producing vibrant & organic visions.

She continues her work in the faux field while exploring deeper into her love for art.

Fountain continues to learn new techniques through training and collaborating with other artists. Therefore she is enthusiastic to call Chattanooga Workspace home.

Fountain will also be using her Workspace studio to teach classes to the public.

For more information or to see Fountain’s work please visit her Facebook page facebook.com/fountainstudio and Instagram account instagram.com/simp007.