Arts & Culture

Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features the work of local artists here in Chattanooga. Two of the artists whose work is part of the current exhibition talked to Richard Winham about their work.  

Thanks to the Arts Move Chattanooga program, which invited noted artists to move to Chattanooga offering them a $15,000 break on their mortgage, Chattanooga is now home to a host of painters, musicians, writers and sculptors. One of the sculptors who accepted the city’s invitation is Roger Halligan, who is also the Vice president of The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. The Sculpture Alliance was formed by the noted sculptor, John henry, a decade ago. For their 10th anniversary the Alliance plans to spend a day celebrating John Henry.

The Sculpture Fields in Montague Park on Chattanooga’s South Side is a “world class sculpture garden,” according to the website—and that’s not hyperbole. John Henry, the sculptor behind the gardens, has spent more than fifty years creating large scale sculptures that are now in museums and galleries across the country as well as in public spaces across and Europe and Asia. The work on display in the garden represents his peers from around the world.

Steely Bruno

   You’re never too young to learn about jazz, and Steely Bruno (a trumpet player/composer whose real name is Antoine Williamson) introduces schoolchildren to legends like Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, and teaches kids to play a few tunes themselves. He's on the roster of the Tennessee Arts Commission teaching artists.

AVA, Chattanooga’s Association for the Visual Arts, has scheduled this year’s gallery hop for Saturday September 10th.  The 10th annual gallery hop includes stops at 24 galleries and artists’ studios as well as five pop-up galleries set up just for the hop. Richard Winham talked to Lauren Goforth the organizer for this year’s hop.  

  The first Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair hosted by The City of Chattanooga will be in Chattanooga’s City Hall on 11th street this Saturday, August 27th, from 10 until 3. The fair will include several panels including one on Creative Non-Fiction. Richard Winham talked to one of the writers on that panel, Linda Murray Bullard.

The Choo Choo Chorus has a concert of barbershop harmony singing set for this Saturday evening, August 27th, at 7 in the GPS auditorium. Richard Winham talked to the Chattanooguys, one of the groups who will be singing on Saturday night.  

(Audio) Portrait of the Artist: Sculptor John McLeod

Aug 17, 2016

  In a studio up a winding hilly road in Red Bank, John McLeod creates sculptures that are featured at several Chattanooga locations including Rock City Gardens and the Sun Trust building on Market Street.

McLeod’s new work "Accord" is featured at the lululemon entrance of Warehouse Row. Two pieces made out of metal bars that have been bent and painted sit on either side of the entrance.

McLeod is an avid rock climber as well as an artist.  He says that with "Accord" he hoped to express the sense of wholeness and spirituality that he gets from climbing.

  Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students is currently on display at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. Stephanie Plunkett is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, one of the organizations that created the exhibit, and she joins us to talk about Harvey Dunn's life and legacy.

From a media release:

Kamen Sims

  The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Chattanooga native Wayne White are collaborating to create Wayne-O-Rama, a year-long art installation that will show the city's history using giant puppets. At a public library press event, smaller versions of the puppets were on display.

  When Don Hill was twelve years old he decided he wanted to be a landscape painter. But after two years in art school in his native Nashville, he joined the Marines and was sent to fight in Vietnam. Like many of the young men of his generation he was permanently scarred by the experience, but unlike many others he managed to make a life with his family and a successful career as a graphic designer. Since his retirement in 2012 he has returned to his landscape painting. He has an exhibition of fourteen of his paintings hanging in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway.  

  The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features Julie Bauer’s abstract paintings. She and her husband, Juergen, an engineer for Volkswagen, moved to Chattanooga in January. Before that they had lived in Shanghai, China for six years. She told WUTC's Richard Winham her work is the result of having lived in very different parts of the world.

For forty five years the signal Mountain Playhouse has been presenting two plays or musicals every year—inside in the winter and outside in the summer. For all that time, almost every one of the 100 people involved in producing and staging the shows have been volunteers.

The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to the Tivoli December 21st and for many young ballet dancers in the area this could be their big break. 

    Although he was supposed to be running the main studio, WUTC announcer Craig Nelson took a break to call into Whad'ya Know during the show's final broadcast, becoming the last contestant on Michael Feldman's radio quiz show.

"I'm tying up the office phone right now!" Craig said exuberantly. (Listen to the clip above to find out what Craig won...)