Greg Ross runs Estate of Confusion, a junk shop on Main Street. The place is full of old tools, machine parts, and other curiosities. The inventory might look a little worn or rusty to most people. But this is a junk shop, after all, and it takes a certain kind of imaginative customer to see the true potential in all the junk.
Miki Boni and Tom Paulsin put a lot of work into transforming an old house in the Southside District into a contemporary, comfortable art gallery. Now when visitors come, they hope they’ll enjoy the art and stay awhile. A long while. Maybe overnight or for the weekend.
For the last couple of years, the Planet Altered Gallery on Chattanooga’s Southside has held fundraising events called CAFE Grant Suppers. At these events, people pay $12 for dinner. During the dinner, artists and creative people who could use extra money to fund their work give pitches. People listen to the pitches, vote, and then the winning artist receives most of the money people paid for dinner–often several hundred dollars total. It’s a way for the Southside community to gather, enjoy food and fun, and support a local artist.