Arts & Culture

Hunter Museum of American Art

Monet and American Impressionism at the Hunter Museum of American Art will be on display until September 20th.  The curator for the exhibit and chief curator for the Harn Museum of Art Dulce Roman was in Chattanooga for the ArtWise speaker series at the Hunter. 

Mike Wann

After the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina photographer Mike Wann sifted through more than 20 years worth of photographs and mementos from his career as a press photographer.  What could be salvaged now resides in a few storage boxes which he brought to Studio Space Junk for display during AVA's Gallery Hop on September 12th from 2 to 8 PM. 

  There are two more shows to come in this year’s Riverfront Nights Series. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. Styles booked all the acts again this year, but having done that, he’s now happy to be just another listener relaxing by the river enjoying the music.  

Director/co-writer Zachary Lee Ratchford, actress/co-writer Ashley Larsen, and co-writer Jeremy Pickard join us to talk about The Snare of the Fowler, an independent feature-length film that's being created in the Chattanooga/North Georgia region.  The team is seeking crowdfunding through the Seed & Spark Web site, where the story is described as:

The Creative Discovery Museum is hosting the annual AmuseUm fundraiser Saturday August 29, 2015 with fun and games provided by Two Bit Circus

Michael Edward Miller

Philadelphia artist Meg Saligman travels around the world, getting commissions to create huge works of public art.  She’s painted a fresco in Mexico city, a water tower in Tanzania, and a 32,000 square-foot mural in Nebraska.

But her project on MLK Boulevard in Chattanooga is the largest one she's ever created.  In fact, she says it will be one of the largest murals in the United States, and she's asked local artists and dozens of volunteers to pick up brushes and help.

Local poet, playwright and social activist Peggy Douglas has written a play
centering on the impact of the sweeping social changes of the 1960’s on
three distinct communities in Chattanooga. Called “After Work,” the play
centers on the white “townies” and “mill people” and the African American
community living on and around 9th street. In a series of monologs, the
characters in the play talk about their lives and their dreams. Richard
Winham talked to the play’s director, Rebecca Rouse and one of the actors in
the play, Erin Skelley.

The stage at the Mountain Arts Community Center became the home of Fat Shirley's Trailer Park, a small community with very close ties. 

ArtsBuild is accepting applications for the 2015 Holmberg Leadership Institute.  Today we're joined by Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants & Initiatives for ArtsBuild, and Rick Morris, a graduate of the Institute.

From the ArtsBuild Web site:

ArtsBuild is seeking candidates for the 2015 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, an eight-part series designed to fully engage participants in the arts community. The deadline for applications is August 14, 2015.

Musical director Terry Sanford and actor Christopher Cooper join us to talk about Closed Door Entertainment's production of Next to Normal.

From the CDE Web site:

When:  July 31 & August 1 @ 730p; August 1 & 2 @ 2p

Where:  Memorial Auditorium's Robert K. Walker Theatre;  399 McCallie Avenue  |  Chattanooga, TN 37402mori

Tickets:  www.chattanoogaonstage.com

Shakespeare Chattanooga Presents Two Gentlemen of Verona on 7/30

Jul 29, 2015

This Thursday July 30, Shakespeare Chattanooga is presenting a staged reading of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare. It is his first play and according to Janis Hashe, the play’s director, it shows. “Dorky” is one of the words she used to describe the play when she talked to Richard Winham.

For the next couple of months Reflections gallery on Lee Highway here in Chattanooga is celebrating The Rural South. Two of the twenty-five artists whose work is featured in the exhibition talked to WUTC's Richard Winham about their work.  One is Matt Welch, a self- taught photo realist painter who grew up in Texas. The other is Renel Plouffe, an abstract painter originally from Gatineau City in Western Quebec.

Knoxville native Henry Cho has been doing stand-up for nearly 30 years, and because he does clean comedy, he's able to perform nearly anywhere--from Las Vegas to comedy clubs to churches.  In this interview, Cho talks about what it was really like to grow up Korean in Knoxville, how he became a successful comedian very quickly (opening for Jerry Seinfeld and others), and how he finds inspiration from his in-laws in Arab, Alabama.

The Chattanooga Folk School has a new Executive Director. Like the other directors before her, Laura Walker is a musician, but unlike her predecessors she has had experience in organizing and running a business. It’s those skills, along with her natural affinity for people, that she hopes will enable her to revive the flagging fortunes of the Chattanooga Folk School. She spoke to WUTC's Richard Winham.

UPDATE 7/13/15 @ 4:54 p.m:  NPR's Maureen Corrigan has reviewed Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman, and Corrigan calls it "a mess" and a "a troubling confusion of a novel."  Also, Tonja Carter, the attorney who claims she found the long-lost Watchman manuscript, has written an editorial in The Wall Street Journal discuss

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