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May 2019 Classes & Events

May’d on Sixth Street ~ Open Studio Nights

Friday | May 3rd | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event


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.

Molly Hussey is the featured artist in our 1st floor WorkSpace Gallery. Hollie Berry is the featured artist on the 2nd floor in our ArtSpace Gallery.

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.

2019 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, February 1st, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, March 1st, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, April 5th, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, June 7th, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

No Open Studio Nights in July 2019

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, September 6th, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, October 4th, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, November 1st, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

Friday, December 6th, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Free Event | Open to the Public

No Open Studio Nights January 2020

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.


Bethany Lauren: Bela Begonias

Bethany is the artist, designer, maker and owner behind Bela Begonias.  She was born into the Appalachian mountainside of eastern Tennessee, and later immersed in the vibrant culture of Asheville, North Carolina before finding her way to Nashville. Her art is an organic reflection of the mountainous landscapes from which she came, heavily influenced by nature, earth tones, the beach and ocean, the southwest and countless other wonders this incredible world creates.  She is a walking wanderlust, having spent years exploring the world at each opportunity given.   Although she studied art, design and fashion in college, the courage to “be an artist” seemed unrealistic upon entering “the real world.”  After a decade of feeling like a round peg trying to fit into a square hole, in 2015, Bethany (with the undying support and true belief in skill from her loving husband) finally took her vision, studies, travels, ethos and experience and cultivated it into a single leap-of-faith that is now Bela Begonias.

The beginning was a humble one.  Tucked into the attic, the only space available in their tiny East Nashville cottage, Bethany set up a makeshift shop and… started MAKING!  She was terrified of failure, of putting her heart and soul out into the world and of the simple fact that there would no longer be a salaried paycheck showing up in the bank account every other Friday.  Some days were highs and some days were lows.  Some days are still highs… creating a new design that is inspired and satisfying… and some days are still lows… a vision not quite developing as intended or how overwhelming it can be to keep a thumb on every aspect of moving a business forward.

Bela Begonias is rounding the one year corner; in looking back on the launch of the website, the acceptance and success at several shows, being carried at three local Nashville stores, the growing support from the public and the continued encouragement from her family and friends… Bela Begonias is reeling and hopeful about what the future can bring!

Purchasing a piece of Bela Begonias jewelry or ceramic art is an investment in quality.  If you know Bethany, at some point or another you’ve likely heard one of her quips… “quality over quantity” or “form must follow function” or maybe “waste not want not.”  Cliche? Maybe… True? Absolutely.  Bela Begonias stands firm on the idea that your jewelry will last for years and your ceramic piece might be passed down to your child.  Quality IS more important than quantity.  Each piece is created with care, precision and a perfectionist’s eye.  The materials used have been tried and tested.

Lastly, Bela Begonias want’s to express a world of gratitude to you, the customer, for seeking unique and artful design. “Thank you for supporting the entire artist community and for passing your experience and BB finds along to your friends and family!”

Take a moment, if you will, and follow Bela Begonias on Instagram @bela_begonias, Facebook and Twitter @belabegonias


Lisa Denney — Studio 4K

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.
Email lisa.studio4k@gmail.com.