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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.

For additional information, see: Art-Instincts.com

 

Hollie Berry

Hollie Berry

Airship Log book

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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Molly Hussey

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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.