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.
Lisa Denney is a textile designer and mixed-media artist living in Chattanooga, TN. She has a BA in Art from West Georgia University and over 15 years of design experience in the area rug industry. A jill of all trades, she likes painting, drawing, costume design, sculpture and fabrication, mehendi (henna), home fashions, and getting her “nerd” on.
“All my life, not much has turned out exactly the way I planned. It’s just happened. I left my studies in biology to take an art class one semester, and I never went back. I followed my heart and it’s worked out just fine so far. A design job at Shaw Industries brought me to the Chattanooga area. The closing of the rug division in 2014 felt like a mortal blow to my design career, but looking back it allowed me to grow both professionally and personally and gave me the courage to start my own studio for doing my own art and sharing with others.”
She continues at a day job of rug design, as well as making paper clay ornaments and dabbling in painting. She plans on designing and making art pillows and possibly lamps.
Lisa is available to host and facilitate private arts and craft parties in her studio, Studio4K for birthdays and other special occasions.
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.
A native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Olga de Klein has lived in the Chattanooga area since 1987. Previous places she has called “home” include Mexico City, Acapulco, and Cancun, as well as Cali, Colombia, and Willemstad, Curacao. Creativity always has been part of her life. While initially her paintings were focused on portraits in oil, she has morphed into abstraction and textiles, with an unmistakable vivid color palette, which she attributes to her years of living in Mexico and South America.
Her work has been exhibited locally at Chattanooga State (1994-2006), the 2005 and 2006 “Splash of Paint” shows, and the United Way building (2006, 2007, 2008). From December 2007 through January 2008 her paintings were on display at the Creative Arts Center in Dalton, while her exhibits included North River Center, as well as Studio II.
In 2011 she participated in the 10 x 10 creative works showcase, where she “yarn-bombed” the trees in front of the Tennessee Aquarium. In February of 2013 she created a life size trolley, as part of the “Better Block on Glass Street” event. This knitted public art measured 32 ft long by 15 ft. high.
In addition to painting, she also works with old family photos, her own photography, and mixed media. “I explore, experiment, and constantly challenge myself.”
Ms. de Klein received her BFA (Painting and Drawing) from UTC. She lives in Highland Park with her faithful companion Saskia, a six year old rescue boxer.
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