Cyrethia Stephens- Design 2 Sell

Cyrethia Stephens left the corporate world in 2015 to pursue her passion in decorating and staging homes, and she never looked back. Her unique business, Design 2 Sell, displays her best visionary and creative talents in home décor/staging in and around the Chattanooga Area.

Cyrethia’s love of architecture, interior design and well honed buying skills naturally led her to home décor/staging.

“I love home staging because it allows me to use so many of the skills I’ve learned over the years,” she says. “After holding many high level corporate positions, I am extremely budget and deadline oriented. And of course, my unique sense of design comes through with each staging I do. I love working with people and helping my clients maximize their property’s potential.”

Her goal is to make a property show beautifully when it goes on the market. She wants prospective buyers to walk away from a property that she staged and say, “I could live there!”

Cyrethia Stephens was born and raised in Smithville, Tennessee and received her Bachelors Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. She has lived in Chattanooga since 1986,  a lover of God, avid cycler, kayaker, golfer, gardener and a décor/art aficionado.

Mary J Whitt

Mary J Whitt first discovered her love for glass art more than 20 years ago when a good friend gave her a beautiful fused glass platter as a Christmas present. It inspired her to learn the craft, so she researched the techniques, tools and equipment necessary for glass fusing and began her journey exploring the endless creative possibilities that working with glass offers. Before long, she was selling her work in gift shops, galleries, juried art shows and private shows across the Southeast.

Although Whitt is “self-taught” in the techniques of fused glass, she received formal art training as a fine arts major at the University of Tennessee from 1977-1980. Her early training served as a helpful springboard, enabling her to intuitively create mood and movement through design and color. “Imagine a kaleidoscope of jewel tones dancing across a room as the sun shines through a stained glass window; or the soft, warm glow of a crackling fire; or the wash of fiery reds into pastel pinks at sunset,” she says.

The dynamic play of color and light inspires her work. Whitt’s use of color, texture and form to create mood and movement makes all of her artwork unique.

 

Michelle Fountain

Overcome with a strong urge to create, Dalton, GA born artist Michelle Fountain left a corporate job in Nashville, TN, in 1998 to make candles and one-of-a-kind gifts from beads and wire. Her gifts were sold to boutiques, unique shops and spas. It was the kindle to the fire that grew in her to be more creative.

After buying  her first home in Nashville in the year 2001, Fountain began creating unique finishes on the walls. Encouraged by others, she began her training at one of the top decorative finish schools in the country.

After moving back to Chattanooga in 2002 she soon became a leader in faux finishes, adding cabinetry and furniture to her repertoire, including more education and training.  Her business received the Better Business Bureau Torch Ethics award for high work integrity.

From her roots in faux finishing she came to have a great passion for wall art. After much experimentation and classes, she found her voice through” flow” mediums such as alcohol inks, fluid acrylics & epoxy resin. She found freedom in her release of a certain amount of control in her work producing vibrant & organic visions.

She continues her work in the faux field while exploring deeper into her love for art.

Fountain continues to learn new techniques through training and collaborating with other artists. Therefore she is enthusiastic to call Chattanooga Workspace home.

Fountain will also be using her Workspace studio to teach classes to the public.

For more information or to see Fountain’s work please visit her Facebook page facebook.com/fountainstudio and Instagram account instagram.com/simp007.

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.

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