Posts Tagged ‘Chattanooga’

Cress Gallery Hosts ‘Okay Mountain’

February 7, 2012

In this segment, we’re talking to members of Okay Mountain, an artist collective based out of Austin, Texas.  Throughout February and March, their work will be on display at the Cress Gallery at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

From a Cress gallery press release:

 “Okay Mountain”

Exhibition dates: February 8 – March 20, 2012


Okay Mountain Artists’ lecture Wednesday February 8, 5:30 – 6:30pm, followed by a public reception. Okay Mountain visits campus and community for activities February 6 – 9, 2012 as a part of The Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series. Admission to all Marek events and the Cress exhibition is free and open to all.

Okay Mountain is an artists’ collaborative which in a few short years has burned an exhibition trail with acclaim and accolade from Miami to New Orleans, New York City to Los Angeles, and points between. Blending humor with irony, Okay Mountain creates work that weaves an engaging yet dead serious commentary about our contemporary existence.

Founded in 2006 in Austin, TX., Okay Mountain draws upon the talents of nine members whose working locations span the continental US from Austin, TX. (Sterling Allen, Nathan Green, Ryan Hennessee, Carlos Rosales-Silva, and Michael Sieben); Chicago, IL. (Josh Rios); Los Angeles, CA. (Justin Goldwater); Santa Barbara, CA. (Tim Brown); and Cambridge, MA. (Peat Duggins).

Okay Mountain’s exhibition will feature a recent retrospective of three large scale works in a range of media previously premiered at other locations, and a fourth work to be unveiled in the Cress.

Okay Mountain burst onto the international arts scene with “Corner Store”, 2009, commissioned by Arthouse at the Jones Center, for the Pulse Miami Art Fair during Art Basel Miami. “Corner Store” is now in the collection of the 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY. “Corner Store” received The People’s Choice” and “Best Booth” awards during Pulse Miami, 2009, Solo exhibitions include “Four Wheel Rollover”, upcoming 2012, De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA.; “First Take: Okay Mountain” 2011, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, TX; “New Works: Okay Mountain”, 2010, Austin Museum of Art, TX.; “Benefit Plate”, 2010, Freight and Volume Gallery, NYC; and “Big Strange Mystery”, 2010, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.  Recent projects include “Food Fight”, 2010, a mural commissioned by Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Okay Mountain’s exhibition is supported by The Friends of the Cress Gallery.

For more information about Okay Mountain visit For more information about Okay Mountain’s Cress Gallery exhibition and Marek Series events visit (soon to launch) or become a Fan of the Cress Gallery of Art on FACEBOOK; or contact ; voice or text 423-304-9789.

Gallery hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm Monday – Friday; 1:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday

Gallery location: UTC Fine Arts Center lobby, 752 Vine Street, 37403

Parking: Parking is free after 5:00pm weekdays and all day on weekends in any UTC lot not marked “24-hour reserved”.  Before 5:00pm on weekdays, visitors may find one-hour or metered street parking or obtain a lot pass from the Parking Office in the UTC Facilities Bldg. located at 400 Palmetto Street.




BSCC Hosts “Works By Duncan”

February 1, 2012


The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is currently hosting an art exhibit featuring works by Chattanooga sculptor Isaac Duncan III.  The exhibit will be on display until February 29th.  On the 29th, there will be a closing reception at the center.

In this interview, Duncan discusses his style, his inspiration and his journey from Brooklyn to Chattanooga.

“Not As I Pictured” Documentary Screens Jan 30th On PBS

January 30, 2012


Several years ago, Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist John Kaplan was diagnosed with lymphoma.  He photographed his own process of illness and recovery, and those images are the basis of an award-winning documentary called Not As I Pictured.

It will screen January 30th at 8 p.m. on PBS.  In Chattanooga, it will be shown on WNGH–the Georgia PBS affiliate that can be seen both over-the-air and on Comcast.


Kaplan is also giving away free DVDs of his film to people affected by cancer.

Handed Down: Bringing Appalachian Folk Tales To Life

January 26, 2012


Some stories are meant to be heard out loud–fables from oral traditions, such as the Jack Tales, which originated in Europe.  Immigrants brought Jack Tales to Appalachia, and more than sixty years ago, folklorist Richard Chase collected these tales and published them in print form.

Now these tales are being brought back to life as dramatic readings.  Kate Forbes, a professional stage and voice actress, has produced a 2-CD collection called Handed Down: Tales of Southern Appalachia.

Forbes, a Chattanooga resident, received a MakeWork grant from CreateHere to fund this project.  She used mostly local voices and produced it at a local studio, Sound Resources.

Listen to an interview with Kate Forbes about her audio book:

Wish Bowl – A Super Bowl Party With A Purpose

January 25, 2012

Stephanie Wilkins joins us for this segment.  She’s the Director of Development for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee.  On February 5th, 2012, the Super Bowl will become the Wish Bowl.  This annual fundraiser/party gives people a chance to both watch the big game and help raise funds needed to grant wishes to sick children.  A silent auction will also take place.


Wish Bowl

Stadium Club at Finley Stadium

Date: February 05, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Individual tickets and tables are available online at

The Invisible Art Of Art Direction

January 11, 2012


Chattanooga State Community College will offer a class on Art Direction In Film starting January 18th, 2012.  It’s part of the Professional Film and Television Training Program at Chatt State.  In this segment, Kris C. Jones, the instructor, joins us to discuss exactly what art directors and production designers do on a film crew and how they shape a film’s overall look.  Many people are unfamiliar with exactly what an art director does–it’s often called an “invisible art”–but the art director influences nearly every aspect of a movie.

The class’s official registration deadline for the class is January 12th.

More information is at Chattanooga State’s Web site.

Urban Design Challenge Phase 3

January 9, 2012

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The River City Company’s Urban Design Challenge will showcase the concepts of the team Method E5 on January 12th at the Bessie Smith Hall starting at 5:30.  The team will share their vision of the potential offered at Patten Parkway.  This is the third in a series of design teams participating in the Urban Design Challenge.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  Presentations from the first 2 design teams are available online at the Urban Design Challenge webpage.

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Chattanooga’s Best Theatre Productions of 2011

January 9, 2012

Here are links to the original stories for the 3 chosen plays:

The Robber Bridegroom was produced by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Theatre and Speech.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was produced by the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

My Children, My Africa was produced by Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.

Listen to this Story:

12 Days of Greening

December 21, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Office of Sustainability for the City of Chattanooga is promoting a green Christmas this year with a list of suggestions that can help make your holidays safe, fun and environmentally friendly.  All of these suggestions are great ideas all year long and especially during the hectic and busy final days of 2011.

Follow these links for more details on each of the 12 Days of Greening.

Day 12 – Alternate Gift Ideas

Day 11 – Get Some Exercise

Day 10 – The Importance of Budgeting

Day 9 – Holiday Energy Savings Tips

Day 8 – Creative Eco-Wrapping

Day 7 – Green Travel Tips

Day 6 – Local Shopping

Day 5 – Localvore Holiday Meal

Day 4 – New Kind of New Years Resolution

Day 3 –  Replace Your Tree

Day 2 –  Available 12/22

Day 1 –  Available 12/23

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“Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion” Debuts at the Tivoli for Destiny Theatre Co.

December 19, 2011

Langston Hughes has been called the “Poet Laureate” of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s.      His play, “Black Nativity” was the first play by an African American to  run on Broadway in 1961.   Since then, it has continually been produced each holiday season in American theatres.    Langston’s story is a retelling of St. Luke’s from the Old Testament through music and poetic narrative with an African American cast.

Thomas Jones has written an adaptation of, “Black Nativity” for this year’s Destiny Theatre production.     The 2nd Act of Hughes’ play is set during a revival at a modern day church.    Jones’ adaptation opens with a church that has burned down.  As the congregation is seeking a new place to worship they are reminded of the Star of David and Bethlehem.   This sets the story for, “Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion.”

“Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion” is directed by Thomas Jones.    Sam Patton is the musical director and Dawn Axam is the choreographer.     The show opens on the Tivoli stage for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, December 21st and 22nd, 2011.     A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Bethlehem Center for the children.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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