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Colleen Williams

waterbearer-iiSeveral years ago, I began collecting vintage produce label art; the colors, patterns and designs used to identify product and brand would keep me visually interested for more time than was necessary, as each label was a beautiful balance between image and text. My partner, Nestor Valdes, was equally inspired by these small works of art and at my suggestion began to paint canvases and floor cloths with his own compositions as a way to connect with a simpler time.

Having relocated to Chattanooga within the year, my initial idea for a show theme had something to do with the river and its associations, since it was the main reason we chose this city over all others. However, it quickly became apparent that these re-imagined label art paintings were making us happy in the studio. With all of the uncertainty going on with the world at large, we believe viewing original art which harkens back to a bygone era of a less complicated America may provide a brief respite,

web-set-of-minis“I Am Not A Label” may be interpreted literally, as the work in the exhibit neither identifies a current product item nor brand even though compositional elements are mimicked. The title also has additional meanings which are close to my heart. Often, ceramic work is reduced to its function, whether it be bowl, cup, vase, etc. It is my hope that these labels are of secondary importance. Lastly, wherever the art-making journey takes us, both Nestor and I have experienced very circuitous paths as artists (Nestor, from ballet and Colleen, from architecture) which defy any label.

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

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.

Jenny Shugart: Site Seeing Photography

 

Jenny Shugart remembers always having a camera, but didn’t realize how much she loves shooting photos until taking a photography class in graduate architecture school. She says: “I am usually drawn to objects – structures, bridges, details, old rusted stuff. Occasionally the objects are arranged in such a way as to create a space or pattern that also needs to be captured. These objects, spaces and patterns have a quality and substance that seem to ask to be photographed. They call out to be noticed…to be seen, if only in a particular moment. I don’t do portraiture of people (they move and talk back – objects don’t). But, I consider my photographs to be a form of portraiture…a way of seeing every day life or every day objects, past or present. I hope my photographs stir a memory of something or creates a desire to travel outside the usual boundaries – to inspire the observer to pursue his or her own adventures throughout the world…and throughout daily life.”

Her photography work has been in various solo and group art shows as well as purchased for individual collections and by companies for their decor. Except for digitizing black & white negatives and cropping a photo for a particular size, Jenny doesn’t manipulate her photographs…you see what she saw.

When she isn’t busy with her photography, Jenny also enjoys passing the time with knitting, fabric projects and collage work.

Brandy Burgans

 

Brandy Burgans is a Chattanooga native, mixed media artist, and sole tattoo artist and founder of Blade & Banner, an upscale private tattoo studio. “It has always been a goal for me to provide my clientele with their own personal and private one-on-one experience. Tattooing is an intimate process, and spending time with someone who wants to wear your artwork should be a discreet and special experience for them.”

She loves doing bold and bright color tattoos, stippled and black tattoos, painted-style tattoo work, and as of lately she has really enjoyed recreating master works from Chagall to Picasso on skin. You can find out more about Brandy and her work at www.brandyburgans.com.

Studio 2B also houses Brandy’s art studio. When she’s not tattooing she’s working on commissioned original mixed media visual art. She studied art privately from the age of seven throughout college, and her thirst for knowledge, new techniques, and new instruction sends her all over the world annually.