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May 2018 Classes & Events

May’d on 6th Street: Open Studio Nights

Friday | May 4th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | FREE


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. Come meet the local artists and enjoy the refreshing spirit of this unique creative space. Come experience a glimpse into a working artist studio and engage with art enthusiasts during Open Studio Nights at Chattanooga WorkSpace.

Steven LLorca is the featured artist in the WorkSpace Gallery. His show ‘For Weirdness’ Sake’ is a visual collection of surreal ideas.
His show is an exhibition of ideas & experiments surreal in nature. Steven will have step by step examples of how an image is made and you are invited to take photos on the Wall of Oddities.

Michelle Fountain is the featured artist in the ArtSpace Gallery on the 2nd floor.

We are excited to welcome Danyelle Elisabeth WoodsJohn CoferKory Russell, and MJ Whitt as guest artists this month.

This is the perfect time to purchase that special Mother’s Day gift of graduate gift.

Chattanooga WorkSpace artists enjoy opening their personal studios to engage with the community, showing their finished works and providing a glimpse of their artistic process. 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. Delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Dish T’Pass Catering Co.. This is a free family friendly event

For Weirdness Sake – Interactive Art Showcase by Steven Llorca

Friday | May 4th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | FREE Event


For Weirdness’ Sake is an art show that explores surreal ideas and the process of making digital art. The show will exhibit art along with information about how the images were made using digital tools like photoshop and a camera. The artist, Steven LLorca, will be available for questions about photoshop and digital photography. This exhibit is a part of Chattanooga Workspace’s May’d on 6th Street: Open Studio Nights, light refreshments will be served. Join us May 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

Vibrancy and Shine – a Solo Art Show featuring Michelle Fountain

Friday | May 4th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | FREE Event


Vibrancy and Shine Art Show will be in the ArtSpace Gallery on the 2nd floor at Open Studio Nights on Friday, May 4th from 5:30-8:30 pm. Michelle Fountain’s work will be featured with her new inks and epoxy creations and there will have a drawing for an original giveaway. See you on Friday – a great way to kick-off your weekend.

Fundamental Series – Learn to Solder Jewelry a 4 Night Series with Janet Campbell Jewelry

Tuesday | May 15th, 22nd, 29th, & June 5th | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | $168 includes all 4 sessions


Our Fundamental sessions are for those who want to explore and learn more intensive jewelry making skillsets beyond our Make & Take workshops. NOTE: Sessions are 4 nights total, 2 hours each Tuesday. When buying ticket, choose only starting date of May 15.

The first series will focus on the basics of soldering metals together to create jewelry, and over time, will expand to include both beginning and more advanced students as need develops We’ll start with safety, tools and setup, then cover various types of soldering techniques and troubleshooting. Materials used will include sterling silver and copper.

No experience necessary and basic MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED in the cost of the class. (Additional silver can be purchased from instructor)

Option available to add an additional hour of studio time from 8-9pm for $10.

Beginner Handlettering

Wednesday | May 2nd | 6:00pm – 8:15pm | $48


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.

Photography Walk and Talk

Monday | May 7th | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | $27


This class will be a chance to put into practice what you know about your camera and photography. It is perfect for those who are somewhat familiar with how to work all the buttons on their camera, but would like an environment in which to practice taking photos. We will briefly go over the basics of getting your settings off of “full auto mode” to take a well-exposed image, and then we will take our cameras outside to walk around downtown Chattanooga and photograph things to our hearts’ content! It’s all about learning and having fun – so no pressure!

This class will be a great chance to put to use some of the tips and tricks of exposure you may have learned if you attended Understanding Your DSLR. Of course, photographer Christina Bankson will be there to help answer questions as they may come up. Learning hands-on and just ‘going for it’ is alwas the best, so this photo walk + talk will help further cement your working knowledge of your camera and make you feel more comfortable with taking images!

We’ll meet at Chattanooga WorkSpace, and then head from there to explore downtown Chattanooga.

DIY Public Relations for the Entrepreneur and Small Business

Tuesday | May 8th | 5:30pm – 6:30pm | $17


Let’s strategize ways you can collaborate with your own community or the communities you want to work with both online and in real life! With 25 years experience in the non-profit sector, Mindy Kolin of Wildflower Promotions & Media Management knows how to develop resources while bootstrapping. She’s got tons of creative ideas that can help any entrepreneur connect and expand their reach.

Mindy will teach you the basics about connecting with local media, help you build your media list and perfect your pitch! You’ll jumpstart your public relations and community engagement in ways you never thought possible.

Summer Feet Retreat: Look Tip-Top in Your Flip Flops

Thursday | May 10th | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | $24


In this class we will make three products to get your feet ready for summer and sandal weather! Each participant will take home a foot soak, scrub and foot butter. Recipes and directions will be supplied so you can make more for yourself or a friend.

All supplies included.

Understand Yourself: The Big 5 Aspects of Personality

Friday | May 11th | 6:00pm – 7:00pm | $17


This course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of how personality traits play an integral role in our lives. Known within the field of psychology, the “Five Factor Model” is a model based on general language often used to describe personality traits. Using the acronym “OCEAN”, assessments based on the Factor Five Model explore the most fundamental basis of our unique personalities by assessing the five following traits:

1. Openness to experience
2. Conscientiousness
3. Extroversion
4. Assertiveness
5. Neuroticism

By gaining clarity on where we fall within each personality category, we come to understand ourselves in relation to the interpersonal and professional relationships we cultivate over time. Our class will begin with a general overview of personality, the five traits listed above, and the importance of understanding our personal traits in context to the world around. We will implement the use of a 100-question assessment, asking a variety of questions pertaining to personal experience. The assessment, which takes about twenty minutes to complete, will automatically generate results to you in a printable format.

Please note: bring your own computer to fill out the assessment, which costs an additional $10. Each participant will pay for the assessment on their own during the class.

Protecting Yourself In a Digital Age

Saturday | May 12th | 9:30am – 11:30am | $17


Most people are blissfully unaware of how much at risk they for things like hacking and identify theft. This class will shine a bit of light on some of the things regular people are vulnerable to with the goal of providing some actionable items to help reduce each person’s personal risk of identity theft among other things.

Most people don’t know what to do with the own online life, let alone that of a deceased relative to which you are next of kin. All of our information is online. Our lives, our memories, our money! Leaving it unsecured, or, in most cases, barely secured, is unacceptable when there are minimal steps you can take to make it a whole lot better. Join this class to learn those steps and implement them.

Creating a Brand: It’s More Than Just a Pretty Logo

Tuesday | May 15th | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | $17


Whether you’re just starting your business or looking to scale an existing one, having a solid brand is a the foundation of your success. After all, you can have the best product or service in the world, but if your target client doesn’t know about it, your business won’t succeed. The first step to spreading that word is creating a brand that represents who you are and will attract your ideal client.

In this class you will learn:

– The elements of a brand (Yes, it’s more than just a logo)
– The effect your brand will have on your sales and marketing strategy
– How to build a brand that will resonate with your client
– The most important things to consider before starting to design
– How to articulate your brand throughout your marketing

Intermediate Handlettering: Bounce and Serif

Wednesday | May 16th | 6:00pm – 8:15pm | $38


Love your letters? Join us to learn how to create two new fonts to use in your hand lettered pieces – Serif and Bounce! These two fonts pair well together to make an incredibly dynamic finished piece. We will practice both alphabets, learn ways to expand your lettering, and create a small framed art piece to take home at the end of class! As always, we will learn a few ways to perfect your piece as well.

Please note: This class has a pre-requisite of Beginner Handlettering.

Supplies: Each participant will bring the pens they received in Beginner Handlettering. Tracing paper, and a frame will be provided.

Make & Take Series – Silver Earrings with Janet Campbell Jewelry

Saturday | May 19th | 11:00am – 2:00pm | $64.00


This 3 hour workshop will be held in our studio space at 4E. We’ll explore basic jewelry fabrication techniques (filing, shaping, texturing, cold connections & patinas), and you will leave with at least 1 pair of earrings ready to wear or give as a gift. Materials used will include sterling silver, brass and copper.

No experience necessary and ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED in the cost of the class. Option to purchase a starter toolset (jeweler’s plier set) will also be available at end of class.

Soap Making 101

Saturday | May 19th | 9:00am – 11:30am | $43


Interested in creating your own skin nourishing soaps? In this 2 1/2 hour class we will discuss the chemistry behind this process, and safely use oils and lye to create 5-6 bars of soap for each person to take home. This is a hands on class with all of the utensils and safety equipment provided.

Henna 101 – Taught by Lisa Denney with Studio 4K Designs

Sunday | May 20th | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | $28


Henna basics time! In this 2 hour class you will learn where to get supplies, how to mix paste, how to roll cones, and how to apply as well as a tiny science and history lesson. THEN you get to play!

Only 6 spots open for this fun workshop.

Make & Take Series – Hammered Wire Bangle taught by Janet Campbell Jewelry

Saturday | May 26th | 11:00am – 2:00pm | $64


This 3 hour workshop will be held in our studio space at 4E. We’ll be utilizing basic jewelry fabrication techniques (filing, shaping, texturing, cold connections & patinas), to create a hammered wire bangle consisting of 6 criss-crossing copper and silver wires. Materials used will include sterling silver and copper.

No experience necessary and ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED in the cost of the class. Those who wish to purchase a bracelet forming toolset to take home (wood or metal oval mandrel, hammer & plier set), please contact Janet via email no later than May 20 to order.

Leveraging Social Media for Business

Tuesday | May 29th | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | $17


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.


Ali Kay: Positive Space

Ali grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin.   She founded her decorative painting company Positive Space  shortly after finishing high school in 2002 at the age of 19.   She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2006.    She  married her husband Jason in  2007 and in 2010 she relocated the art company  to Houston TX.   While in Houston, Ali  worked with numerous  interior designers  on  a variety of decorative painting projects.  Six of her murals have received design awards from the Texas Golf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.   After moving to Tennessee she opened  the new Positive Space studio at Chattanooga Workspace in the spring of 2013.  She  continues to grow her already extensive portfolio serving residential and commercial clients throughout the country. In recent years she has added teaching to her list of services offering focused workshops for the creative professional at her studio in Chattanooga and various other locations around the US.


Mindy Kelly

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Chattanooga in 2006.  I love my adopted hometown and find inspiration all around.  As a self taught artist, I am constantly exploring new ways of working with materials to create work that speaks to my past and present.  I tend to work intuitively in many layers of paint and paper.  I want people to find little hidden gems in my work that may amuse or surprise them! I mostly work in acrylic and mixed media using my collection of vintage books, magazines, and odd and ends in my creations.  I choose to work in a series to try to explore a single theme to its natural conclusion.  My current body of work is titled Nostalgic Beauty and was originally sparked by my large collection of vintage hair styling magazines. Being in the Beauty industry for almost 20 years you see the absurdity and the advertising of “perfect” to women as a never ending song that is always playing in the background.  Examining my relationship to this beauty propaganda and my part in it thru a whimsical approach and the bright colors of youth is at the heart of this series.  Work is created with acrylic paint, beauty imagery,  and found and created papers. My art is also inspired by the amazing women in my life, an occasionally offbeat sense of humor, and the exploration of love and self.  I love this artistic adventure!

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, 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.