Chattanooga Now Chattanooga Market hosts Local Artists Festival

Chattanooga Now Chattanooga Market hosts Local Artists Festival

July 13th, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

Glass piece created by MJ Whitt at Fired Up Fused Glass.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

With 50 or so artists exhibiting each week, Chattanooga Market is always a good source for quality local work. But this Sunday's market will expand on those offerings when a curated group of featured artists display their work in the Artists Market.

"It's a chance for emerging artists to share their works with a large part of our community under one roof and on one day of celebration," says Kathy Lennon, director of Chattanooga WorkSpace, a nonprofit born from Chattanooga Market. "Some of the visiting artists are from Chattanooga WorkSpace and others are from art galleries and groups within our community."

There will be demonstrations on-site at the market in First Tennessee Pavilion. These demonstrations will include blowtorch painting, sketching and weaving.

Handmade book by Hollie Berry.

Handmade book by Hollie Berry.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Featured artists will be Libra Jackson, Hollie Berry Elizondo, Lisa Denney, Jaime Barks, MJ Whitt, Michelle Simpson and Bethany Wilson.

Tennessee Craft Southwest will bring some additional artists in advance of its regional show this October.

Representing Artists on the Loose will be Jim Aplin, Ann Currey, Bill Johnson, Terry Rafferty, David Salerno, Leah Salerno, Maddin Corey, Marie Miller, Ellen Franklin, Cindy Procious and Virginia Webb.

Artists on the Loose is a collective of about a dozen professional artists who share studio space on Chattanooga's Southside. Each Loose artist is committed to the philosophy that original art is an important asset to the community and to homes, therefore art is offered for every budget.

In addition to the increased number of artists at the market, there will, of course, be a wide variety of meats, produce, cheeses and flowers for sale. Fingerpicking guitarist David Elliot and Connecticut troubadour Eric Nassau and Friends will entertain marketgoers at 12:30 and 2 p.m., respectively.

If you go

› What: Local Artists Festival at Chattanooga Market

› Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St.

› When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 16

› Admission: Free

› For more: 423-648-2496