Chattanooga Now View work that celebrates nature at Thursday art reception

Chattanooga Now View work that celebrates nature at Thursday art reception

May 15th, 2019 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art
Lisa Bohnwagner's "Waking Up from Hibernation." / Jumpst/Art Contributed Image

"Sea Change" is a 7-foot, 3-inch steel sculpture by Mike Roig. / Photo

"Sea Change" is a 7-foot, 3-inch steel sculpture...

A reception will be held Thursday, May 16, to meet the 21 local artists whose work is displayed in "The Artist's Eye," a celebration of nature as viewed through the eyes of the exhibit's participating artists.

The open house will be held at First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m.

First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ has partnered with Jumpst/Art to bring more than 80 original, fine-art pieces to its emerging Palette to Table art gallery. There is a variety of mediums from which to choose, including paintings, mixed media, metal sculpture and photography in a range of prices.

The professional artists featured are donating a portion of their sales from this exhibit to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

The exhibit opened April 28 and continues through June 20. Other than Thursday's reception, the artwork is shown by appointment Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

Call 703-402-9862 for more information.



A reception on Friday, May 17, will honor River Gallery's featured artists for the months of May and June: sculptor Mike Roig and painter Edie Maney.

The reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at the gallery, 400 E. Second St. Guests are invited to stroll to the Sculpture Garden to see Roig's new kinetic sculpture.

Maney works all around her canvas to create a sense of becoming lost in the emotions created by the colors in her work.

"It is color that determines the shape, motion and texture in the design and composition of my work," she says in her artist statement. "I create sensually bold and commanding works with watercolor, acrylics and mixed media on paper and canvas.

"By using plastic, scrapers and squeegees, in addition to brushes and palate knives, I am able to begin in a chaotic style before developing my focal point," she says.

Roig works in Carrboro, North Carolina, where he and his wife, author-artist Clay Carmichael, maintain the Heartworks Studio.

"Working with steel satisfies me in a way that no other medium has," Roig says in an artist's statement on his website.

"It is tough and durable, yet malleable and open to infinite suggestion. It is heavy and obdurate, and yet can be made to express delicate movements of balance and grace. It can appear earthen and solid or be polished to light-refracting brilliance.

"My work follows the notions of my thoughts. I don't often sketch ideas in advance All I need is a hook, some mental picture of an interesting direction to explore and I begin," Roig describes of his work.

For more information: 800-374-2923.