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Calling All Artists – EmcArts Program – Click Here for more Info

***Application deadline has been extended thru July 12th***

(Don’t let the long PDF intimidate you!!! – Just APPLY)

Chattanooga has been chosen as a pilot city for a new EmcArts program. Chattanooga WorkSpace & The Chattery have teamed up as the host organizations who will help facilitate and organize the workshop series in partnership with EmcArts.

EmcArts will choose 10 artists to participate in the program through an application process. The application deadline is July 9. Each artist who participates in the program will receive a $250 stipend for each day (total $1,000).
The workshops will be held August 11 & 12 and September 29 & 30

Funding for the program is provided by Kresge Foundation and Lyndhurst Foundation. 

July 2018 Classes & Events

We will not be hosting a July Open Studio Nights. We will pick back up August 3rd for our 2nd annual Artists in the Wild, Open Studio Nights.
Our artists have teamed up with the Chattanooga Zoo & with the help of several zoo animals artists are creating one of a kind pieces you will have a chance to bid on during our silent auction. Plus 50% of the proceeds will go back to the zoo! There is a good chance you will get to meet several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors during the event here at Chattanooga WorkSpace.
We are also very happy to announce Milk and Honey as one of our food sponsors for the evening. Ok – so who doesn’t like gelato, animals, & art???
Keep checking our Facebook & Instagram page for more details about Friday, August 3rd, Artists in the Wild – Open Studio Nights!


Introduction to Calligraphy

Thursday | July 5th | 6:pm – 7:30 pm | $25


This class is an introduction to the basics of calligraphy. From these basics in class, students can pursue developing the skills of a traditional style of calligraphy or can adapt them into a more contemporary style. Good penmanship is not required – only a desire to enjoy oneself and to learn some of the basics of the art of calligraphy.

Supplies: We will provide all supplies including: paper for practice and calligraphy pens for you to take home. Students will need to bring a small quotation or an inspirational phrase to use for your project.


Beginner Handlettering

Monday | July 9th | 6:pm – 8:15pm | $45


Love all the cute lettering pieces you see in home décor elements? Want to learn to make your own pieces to decorate your house, give as gifts, or gussy up your snail mail?

Also referred to as “modern calligraphy,” hand-lettering or brush lettering is a popular form of writing seen around DIY projects on Pinterest and Instagram. It has a more whimsical, loose feel than standard fountain pen calligraphy and is popularly used for wedding invitations, thank-you cards, place-settings, etc.

Join us for a workshop to learn the basics of hand lettering and more. We will move from manipulating the pens to the basic brush lettering script alphabet. The class will also address letter connections and basic flourishes. Plus, you will learn some tricks of the trade to practice smarter, not harder!

Supplies: All supplies are included. Each participant will receive three pens and tracing paper to keep practicing at home.

Finding New Clients & Booking Business

Tuesday | July 10th | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | $15


Does this sound familiar: You meet someone at a networking event or received a lead through your digital marketing programs, you have a discovery call or meeting, they ask a ton of questions and then disappear on you? Or maybe they request a proposal, you provide it and then come the constant requests for revisions or price haggling, all to the detriment of your time, sanity, and revenue?

Well not anymore! Say goodbye to the time sucks and price bandits and start cruising prospects through your sales funnel faster.

In this class, Channing Muller, marketing & sales strategist with DCM Communications, will teach you:

Where to find your ideal clientele
How to leverage social media to attract your ideal client (without wasting time on the wrong platforms)
How to weed out those prospects who only want free advice
What to do what once you book the meeting
AND how to close the deal in less time without price drops or multiple rounds of revisions on a contract

No Pressure: Instant Pot 101

Wednesday | July 11th | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | $22


Haven’t quite figured out that Instant Pot you got from a family member? Mary Haymaker from Chattavore will help you decipher the settings and figure out how to get a meal on the table using today’s trendiest kitchen appliance. We’ll cook a delicious meal: chicken tacos, black beans, and rice, with flan for dessert. Bring your questions about the Instant Pot and if Mary doesn’t know the answer she’ll find it for you!

Please note: This class is demonstration style. You do not need to own or bring an Instant Pot with you.

Watercolor Sketching: A Half-Day Workshop

Saturday | July 14th | 9:am – 1:pm | $65


This half-day workshop will cover all basic concepts of sketching, gesture drawing, pen and ink, and watercolor. The class will provide students the foundation needed to establish a daily sketching practice. Students will head outside to work on how to capture buildings and people, build a loose sketch, add ink and finish with watercolor.

All students will be supplied with a watercolor travel set, water brush pen, fine line Sharpie and a small watercolor sketchbook to keep. Snacks are provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

DIY Decor: Beginner’s Macrame

Saturday | July 14th | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  | $25


We’re well into a new season and there’s nothing better to get you into the mood than refreshing some of your home decor. Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm and many other home decor sites showcase these beautiful macrame wall hangings, but why buy it when you can DIY it?!

Come and craft your own chic work of art. You will be amazed at how quickly you can DIY something that could easily have cost you more than $100!

All supplies included.

Wines from the Wild: Making Fruit Wines

Tuesday | July 17th | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | $23


Summertime means fresh berries, and berries mean wine! Join Fermdamental’s Danielle Shelton as she demonstrates how to make wine with berries. The participants will learn the fundamentals of making wild wines and will leave with a few recipes they can try at home. All participants must be 21 or older, as sampling homemade wines will be part of the fun! This is a demonstration-style class.

Leveraging Social Media for Business

Tuesday | July 17th | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | $15


With so many social media platforms out there, how do you know which one is the RIGHT one for YOUR business to be on? Answering that question and then what to post on each can be daunting. Well not anymore!

During this class presented by D. Channing Muller of DCM Communications, you will learn:

why people visit each social media platform,
the best types of photos and content to post on each platform, and
how to generate leads with your social media that feed your sales funnel

AND, you’ll learn how to do it ALL without:

fretting over what to say,
struggling to find the right photo for the right platform, or
wasting time or money on the platforms that won’t work for YOUR business or upcoming event

No more guessing what to post on Instagram vs. Facebook vs. Twitter. This class will break down EXACTLY the type of content to post each to make your business a success on social media.

Finding Your Zen in a Corporate World

Friday | July 20th | 11:30 am – 1:pm | $17


Sitting at a desk all day handling stressor after stressor can begin to negatively affect you physically, mentally and emotionally. In this class, you will learn some basic concepts of breath and gentle motion that will allow you to stop stress in its tracks. After discussing stress and its effects on you and your workplace, we will practice techniques to calm your mind, relieve your body and boost your mood.

Please note: This class is bring your own lunch.

Jewelry Making: Leather Cuff

Saturday | July 21st | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | $27


This class is a beginner class that teaches you how to embellish your leather cuff with paint, rivets, cording, and much more! We will start with some basic techniques that will help you to then move to a more detailed design in the near future. At the end of the class, you’ll have a unique, decorated cuff all for you!

DIY Graphic Design Platforms

Saturday | July 28th | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | $15


How do you determine the extent of your company’s promotional or creative needs, and what will fit that need with the least amount of hassle and money? Learn what Gimp, Inkscape, Canva and Adobe offer, and how much each program costs. In this class, you will get a basic introduction to each program, which will help you find the best program for you…and your wallet.

Please bring your laptop.

Intro to Weaving: July

Sunday | July 29th | 2:pm – 5:pm | $59


Learn the basics of weaving on a simple frame loom. Beginner weaves and stitches will be covered, and you will create your very own woven wall hanging to take home. Love fiber art? This class is for you. Each participant will be supplied with a small tapestry loom (to keep), yarns, and all the necessary tools to create one wall hanging, which we may finish during the 3 hour workshop. Light snacks provided.

To celebrate summer, I’ll be curating colors and materials for a beach theme and also a bohemian look that you may choose from.

Space is limited. 1 ticket=1 person

2018 Open Studio Nights

Chattanooga WorkSpace participates in First Friday Chattanooga – The Arts. Open Studio Nights is held on the first Friday of each month from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Please check back here by clicking our Monthly Classes & Events tab or on our facebook page for more information about special happenings occurring each month.

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

NO July Open Studio Nights but…

We will resume: Friday | August 3rd | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event Open to the Public

Friday, June 1st, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public


Come experience a glimpse into a working artist studio and purchase local art at Open Studio Nights on Friday, June 1st from 5:30-8:30 pm. Enjoy the refreshing spirit of this unique creative space.

Tennessee Craft-Southeast will have their Summer Memories Gallery Show in the in the WorkSpace Gallery featuring work by Mindy June KellyColleen Williams, Lolly Durant, Alexa LettMeredith MiddletonAlexandra NelsonSherry Leary,​ Susan ParksMelissa GatesMark Gates, Cathy Norell, Victoria Kile, and Carrie Pendergrass

Hollie Berry with Art Instinct by Hollie Berry is the featured artist in the ArtSpace Gallery on the 2nd Floor. Newly completed Bring On The Heat – Torch Paintings by Hollie Berry will be available for sale. Hollie will also be demonstrating her technique, if you’re curious to see how she creates these unique works of art she will be doing live Torch Painting throughout the evening.

We are excited to have the following guest artists: Alexandra Nelsonwith Spun JewelryDillon McMillan with Dillon McMillan Art, Tiffany Malapanes with PositiffiTEASarah Olivo with The Dear Fox and Christina Jezewski Meeks.

Visit each floor to see a new theme, exhibit or meet someone new. It’s a cultural experience perfect for a date night, family night out or for anyone interested in meeting other artists.

Tasty & delicious hors d’oeuvre will be served by Dish T’Pass Catering Co.

This is a FREE – family & kid friendly event. We are located in downtown Chattanooga across from the YMCA.

Friday, April 6th, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public


Come experience a glimpse into a working artist studio and engage with art enthusiasts during Open Studio Nights at Chattanooga WorkSpace on Friday, April 6th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The artists currently in residence at Chattanooga WorkSpace will have their studios open for everyone to explore, purchase local art and see their newest creative works on display. This is a free family-friendly event.

The featured artists in the WorkSpace Gallery will be: MJ Whitt with Fired Up Fused GlassColleen WilliamsBethany Lauren Wilson with Bela BegoniasLisa Phillips Denney with Studio 4K DesignSteven LLorca with Steven LLorca’s Art GalleryMcKenzie Stephens McClureMeredith Middleton with Meredith Middleton Jewelry DesignsJanet Campbell BradleyKhloé Noel Jackson, and Danita Keel.

Jaime Lynn Barks with The Art of Jaime Barks will be the featured artist in the ArtSpace Gallery on the 2nd floor.

Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served by Dish T’Pass Catering Co.

This is a family friendly event. Admission and parking are free.

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public


Explore and mingle with the talented artists that work and create at Chattanooga WorkSpace. Come experience a glimpse into a working artist studio and engage with art enthusiasts in our community and watch demonstrations across a variety of mediums.

Ooltewah High Art. students from Ooltewah High School will present their senior art exhibition in the WorkSpace Gallery. The exhibition is under the direction of IB art instructor Andrea McGuirt.

Bethany Lauren Wilson with Bela Begonias is the featured artist in the ArtSpace Gallery on the 2nd floor.

Guest artists will fill the hallways and commons areas on each floor.

Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served by Dish T’ Pass. This is a family friendly event. Admission and parking are free.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public


It’s back! Come celebrate & kick off the first Open Studio Nights of 2018 “Art is for Lovers” at Chattanooga WorkSpace on Friday, February 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. 4 floors of creative awesomeness . We will have local art and gifts for purchase, food, entertainment, & live demonstrations. This is a free event, open to the community, & all ages.

The 1st floor WorkSpace Gallery will feature Girls Preparatory School AP Exit Show. Students that are enrolled in AP Drawing, AP 2D and AP 3D will celebrate their visual arts careers and have their works on display.The 2nd floor ArtSpace Gallery will have works of “LOVE: The Red Show” from our artists at Chattanooga WorkSpace.

The 2nd floor commons area will feature blacksmith jeweler Meredith Middleton with Meredith Middleton Jewelry Designs along with guest artists, Molly SharpBeth Carter Gautsch, and Jan Headington Homan.

February will also feature several other talented guest artists throughout the building. Come check out, Erica Stewart with Deka Studios, Carie Varner-Faricelli with Reel Fun Studios , Jackie Knewasser CoryJohn CoferTravis Seera with Seera Creative, & Alexandra Nelson with Spun Jewelry.

Our delicious hors d’oeuvre & refreshments will be sponsored by Milk and HoneyCommunity Pie, & Taco Mamacita Chattanooga.

This is a family friendly event. Admission and parking are free! Don’t miss out on the fun!

Jaime Barks

Jaime Barks grew up roaming the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Those countless hours she spent wandering the woods as a child are evident in her work. Jaime has strong naturalistic element in her painting. She shies away from realism in favor of art that focuses on symbolism to convey complex feelings and emotions through imagery of trees, nature and the sea. She loves to capture her daily life through paintings and sketches.

Jaime has her work in private collections through out the southeast . She completed a public art mural in Cleveland, TN in 2014, she teaches watercolor classes for adults, art classes for children and is currently doing an art teaching residency in Hamilton County elementary schools through ArtsBuild. You can find out more about Jaime and her work on her website jaimebarks.com.

Kevin Bate

Kevin Bate moved to Chattanooga in 1994. He had flirted with a career in art a few times (bought it drinks, took it out on Valentine’s Day, etc.) but was never quite able to commit to it.

In 2011, all of that changed. Married with a newborn, Kevin decided (for some crazy reason) that this was the perfect time to attempt another launch of his art career. One afternoon while his infant son was sleeping, Kevin snuck out to the shed to look for art supplies. What he found instead was plywood, house paint and one inch brushes.

Understandably, his first paintings were quite large. This is probably why he jumped so quickly to murals. Since then, his works have appeared everywhere from Highland Park, MLK Blvd, the North Shore and venues such as Track 29.

Kevin has just completed The Fallen Five Mural, a memorial to the victims of the July 16, 2015 shootings in Chattanooga. It is part of The McCallie Walls Project, a neighborhood beautification and paying-artists-a-living-wage-for-their-work project that he curates. Lately, he has sent fan mail to Chuck Close and received props on Instagram from reluctant Chattanooga native, Usher.