A native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Olga de Klein has lived in the Chattanooga area since 1987. Previous places she has called “home” include Mexico City, Acapulco, and Cancun, as well as Cali, Colombia, and Willemstad, Curacao. Creativity always has been part of her life. While initially her paintings were focused on portraits in oil, she has morphed into abstraction and textiles, with an unmistakable vivid color palette, which she attributes to her years of living in Mexico and South America.
Her work has been exhibited locally at Chattanooga State (1994-2006), the 2005 and 2006 “Splash of Paint” shows, and the United Way building (2006, 2007, 2008). From December 2007 through January 2008 her paintings were on display at the Creative Arts Center in Dalton, while her exhibits included North River Center, as well as Studio II.
In 2011 she participated in the 10 x 10 creative works showcase, where she “yarn-bombed” the trees in front of the Tennessee Aquarium. In February of 2013 she created a life size trolley, as part of the “Better Block on Glass Street” event. This knitted public art measured 32 ft long by 15 ft. high.
In addition to painting, she also works with old family photos, her own photography, and mixed media. “I explore, experiment, and constantly challenge myself.”
Ms. de Klein received her BFA (Painting and Drawing) from UTC. She lives in Highland Park with her faithful companion Saskia, a six year old rescue boxer.
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My passion for ‘all things stitchy’ became the art form of choice for many reasons. I love the creative process, the beauty of imperfection and the ability to determine handmade in a nano second. Years of supporting an athletic daughter led to hours of sitting on a bleacher. This time became the foundation of learning the art of stitching. The need to be creative had to become mobile for me, so this medium was perfect. Plus, a giddy zeal for vintage fabrics and notions collected over the years provided enough supply to last a lifetime of ballgames.
Now, the nest is empty and my little bird is off in college. A rented art studio in a wonderful creative community is my home away from home. I am back to ALL things creative. Mixed media, jewelry, art and stitchery seem to be the medium of choice. The creative world for me is blossoming in a new way….I love it. My work has been featured on HGTV, TLC televisions shows, magazines, ‘how-to’ styled books; and I have a book of recipes (that you cannot eat!) entitled “Homemade.”
Ali Kay grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin. She started Positive Space, a decorative painting company in 2002. Ali’s work includes mural painting, faux finishing, and custom fine art commissions. After spending the last 3 years developing her company in Houston, TX, Ali chose to relocate to Chattanooga. She opened the new Positive Space studio at Chattanooga Workspace in the spring of 2013 and is excited about making art in her new city!