Big 9 Art Bash to unveil special work from Chattanooga artist [photos]

"A Future and a Hope" by Charlie Brouwer of Willis, Va., depicts seven life-size figures standing in a circle looking up, signifying hope.

A powerful figure that has recurred in local artist Charlie Newton's paintings over the last 20 years will take the form of a sculpture to be unveiled Saturday during the Big 9 Art Bash on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

Titled "Sister," this latest sculpture from Newton was created especially for the Art Bash, a joint celebration of public art and the M.L. King Boulevard district.

The ghostly, spiritual image represents African-American culture and "the indigenous voices from MLK who haven't really been able to tell their own story," according to Newton.

"To have my work displayed in my own community is pretty important to me, so I'm honored and excited about it," Newton says.