Arts & Culture

(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...)

  It started in France more than 30 years ago, and it’s finally coming to the Scenic City. It’s called Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music on June 21.  The free festival will take place in more than 700 cities. The performances in Chattanooga kick off at noon on the 21st. WUTC’s Victoria Glover is speaking with Tayrn Balwinski, the Chattanooga Make Music Day organizer.

  We forced WUTC's Victoria to go begging at Riverbend. How much free food and how many free trinkets could she score? Festivals can be pretty expensive, after all, so we wondered how she'd fare on a budget of nothing (except the admission cost, of course). Hear about her haul in this story.

  According to Scott Dunlap, who conceived and is now directing the Chattanooga Theater Center’s revival of the musical, Camelot, the show’s lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner, went to school with John F. Kennedy. As Scott Dunlap sees it, Lerner was using the tales of king Arthur and his knights of the round table as a metaphor for the ideals espoused by then-presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy.

Wheelhouse Unveiling Features Art, Architecture

Jun 8, 2016
Natasha Romanova

  The Wheelhouse is the new Main Street home to Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, Set In Stone, and other Chattanooga businesses. In this story, we explore the connections between art and architecture and hear about the grand opening on Friday, June 10th.

  A new monthly comedy showcase starts on Friday, June 3rd at Cinerama. Ladie's Night (yes, that's how the creators spell it) showcases original short films created by the Ladie's Night team, films submitted by other groups, and live stand-up comedy. Former Chattanooga comedian Joel Ruiz started Ladie's Night in Atlanta with Zack Lamplugh and Brian Emond. The Atlanta showcase happens the first Thursday of each month; the Chattanooga showcase will happen on Fridays.

Noted painter and sculptor Mia Kaplan is in Chattanooga for an exhibition of her work in the River Gallery and the Sculpture Garden in the Bluff View Arts District, adjacent to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Mia Kaplan who told him that she will be finishing two of her sculptures in the garden prior to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, June 3.

  

Harrison Scott Key's debut memoir The World's Largest Man is the funniest book I've read all year. Throughout his rural Mississippi childhood, he tried to make his father happy by accompanying the man on hunting trips and to other outdoor activities. But Key was more interested in reading than in hunting, and he and his father never seemed to understand him.

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