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Rick Rushing

Rick Rushing is the band leader, vocalist, and guitarist of a trio Blues band called Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers based out of Chattanooga. “The Blues is where everything comes from, it is raw and revives the soul, true emotion and musical creativity.” Rushing explains his style to be todays Blues, Jazz, Rock and Rhythm.

Rushing moved to Chattanooga about 15 years ago from Cincinnati Ohio, and has been playing guitar about the same amount of time. After playing in Chattanooga State and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Jazz Bands, he decided to start his own. “It was my good friend and one of the best teachers in Chattanooga who taught me how to play,” he says. “He taught me how to play music, and encouraged me to play my own songs, which is something he wanted me to learn on my own.”

In 2014, Rushing graduated from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Class, which is offered annually by ArtsBuild and designed for those who share a passion for advancing the arts in our community. It was here where he learned about Chattanooga Workspace.

13880356_1044934198894188_5152584988049148557_nAt Workspace, Rushing uses his studio as his own personal practice place, as well as a place to teach others. He was also the president of the board of directors for 3 years at Folk School of Chattanooga, which is a non-profit music and educational organization seeking to cultivate a thriving community of musicians and music supporters.

Rushing comes from a musical background. He is related to the legendary Jimmy Rushing, the vocalist for the Count Basie Big Band. When asked if he always knew if music would become his career, Rick Rushing replied, “I knew music would have a huge impact on my life. It’s a unique profession and everyone who pursues it has a different purpose and journey. My purpose is to play music because it’s something I love to do.”

With 22 original songs on iTunes and amazon, music enjoyers can see Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers every Thursday at Blue Water Grill. The band has also had shows at some of the following locations and events: Mainx24, Track 29, Revelry Room, Puckett’s, Night Fall, River Front Nights, and Riverbend. They have also traveled to North Carolina, Memphis, Cincinnati, and Nashville. They will be performing in Maryville, TN on December 2nd, 2016.11425154_827108470676763_482111391892541065_n

Tiana Saul

Tiana Saul remembers being gifted with a jewelry set at six years old. The set included precious beads and nice stones. At the age of ten she learned from her parents how to wire wrap, and she has been making jewelry ever since. sayuridesigns1

Saul, originally from California, has collected small vintage novelties pretty much her whole life. Drawing from classic styles and vintage aesthetics, she designs and creates one of a kind accessories for men and women. Her business, Sayuri Designs, has been going strong for the past eight years.

What brought Saul to Chattanooga, a little over a year ago, was the promise of change and a more readily available use of the resources around her. “Chattanooga and surrounding areas are full of Antique shops and precious novelties that have been collected for generations,” she says. “I utilize antique, reclaimed,and deadstock materials as much as possible, so that each piece is handmade and one of a kind.”306f

Heavily influenced by the materials themselves, Saul is always excited to explore how her art and style can develop and expand. Every piece tells a story; the tarnished metal, a missing rhinestone, or a corner chip are all a part of its unique history. By incorporating these pieces into her own work, she gives them new life – extending their histories by including them in our own.

Saul has been apart of Chattanooga Workspace for about a year. This is her first time having a devoted workspace for her business and she looks forward to seeing where it takes her.sayuridesigns3

Apart from Workspace, she also participates in Chattanooga Market each weekend, where individuals come to see her unique pieces. “I try to fill my booth as much as possible so that there is something for everyone. Each piece of jewelry looks different and there is a style for everyone.”

You can also see Saul’s jewelry on her etsy account sayuridesigns and her Facebook tiana.sayuri.designs.

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.