Join Us Before the Festival
Friday, April 20, 6:30pm-10pm
Every year 4 Bridges Arts Festival debuts its marketplace of artists during the annual Preview Party. A highly-anticipated, premier social affair, the Preview Party is a ticketed event featuring select wines, signature cocktails, and a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres.
The 2018 sponsor of the 4BAF Preview Party is Barnett and Company, a Chattanooga-based investment and wealth management firm. The staff and board of AVA express heartfelt appreciation to Warren Barnett, founder and CEO of Barnett and Company, for his steadfast generosity and willing advocacy. Warren’s commitment has been essential in sustaining the festival throughout its 18-year history.
Thank you to our 2018 Preview Party sponsor:
Preview Party Tickets
2018 Artist Exhibitors
AVA launched the Emerging Artist Program to nurture and advance the careers of new, dynamic talent. Open to individuals living within a 300-mile radius of Chattanooga, the Emerging Artist Program mentors individuals whose careers as professional artists are young yet their creative voice and artistic technique are refined. Through this program, AVA broadens the professional experience of emerging artists while also expanding opportunities for the public to discover and connect with art.
AVA accepts applications for its Emerging Artist Program from individuals who meet the following criteria.
This year AVA welcomes First Tennessee Bank as the first sponsor for the Emerging Artist Program and expresses deep appreciation for First Tennessee's willing advocacy for this career building initiative. A champion of fresh ideas and the entrepreneurial spirit, First Tennessee will present the 2018 emerging artists as an integral part of the 4BAF experience.
An applicant must:
Be 18 years or older and live within a 300-mile radius of Chattanooga.
Have limited to no experience selling his or her work; not have exhibited in a solo show; and not be associated with
or represented by a commercial gallery for more than 12 months.
Create work as a solo artisan and not as a collaborating artist.
Have produced a body of work that clearly articulates his or her creative intent and artistic skill.
Today our newly designed Patron Program ensures your contribution not only strengthens 4BAF but also enriches and deepens AVA’s programs that connect community and the visual arts. As a patron, you will be supporting programs such as:
• Art camps for disadvantaged children and workshops for talented high school students needing assistance with preparing portfolios for college;
• The Business of Art workshops to introduce artists to business protocols of the art world; and
• A mentoring initiative that partners emerging artists with established artists so that emerging artists learn about marketing, self-promotion, engaging with galleries, and applying for grants.
Poster and Pin Artists
Hollie Chastain | 2018 Poster Artist
Hollie Chastain is a nationally recognized professional artist living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Following studies in both fine art and business, she spent several years in corporate marketing and graphic design before returning to the studio to launch a career as an artist and illustrator. Inspired by history and vintage materials, Chastain uses paper, mixing found images with modern, bright colors, to create compositions that explode with an original narrative. Her love for ephemera, notably discarded books, used stamps, and tossed-aside scribbles and notes, defines a personalized style that also communicates a refined artistic technique.
Working as both an artist and illustrator, Chastain produces work for galleries across the country as well as designs materials for clients such as Warner Music Group; Smithsonian Magazine; The Baffler;Oxford American; Lilith Magazine; Rizzoli Publishing; Buffalo Tom; The Figgs; Salt Hill Journal; Modernista Publishing; 6PAR4; Aquila Magazine; Gestalten Publishers; Henhouse; Slice Magazine; Lethe Press; Soho Myriad for Omni Hotel Nashville; University of Akron Press; The Breakthrough Institute; Spirituality and Health; and Algonquin Books. She is also the author of the book, If You Can Cut, You Can Collage, which is available through Quarto Publishing.
Buzz Coren | 2018 Jewelry Artist
A resident of Burnsville, NC, Buzz Coren began his creative journey in the basement of his childhood home where he learned about woodworking from his father. This early introduction ignited a passionate dialogue with wood that Coren has refined into a masterful expression of skill and sophistication. His intricately patterned, multilayered bowls and vessels extract the inherent beauty of wood through an aesthetic that is both modern and traditional.
Coren also creates Featherwood jewelry, a collection of handcrafted, colorful wooden jewelry. Using various hardwoods and veneers, Coren press dyes the wooden materials to achieve beautiful rainbows of color. He continues by laminating together thin wooden slabs to produce a dense multilayered slab, which include up to 300 layers of wood. The multilayered slab is then cut in shapes, sanded, and finished with a protective polish. Coren’s complex process delivers elegant pieces that are one-of-a-kind and elegant.
2018 Volunteer Signup
Volunteers are essential to the overall success of the festival. Please consider participating as a volunteer at the 2018 4 Bridges Arts Festival.
Become a festival volunteer and complete the form:
- Complete one form per person.
- Individuals must be at least 16 years old and physically capable of walking and standing during their scheduled shift.
- A festival representative will contact you about volunteering.
Katherine Taylor | Atlanta, GA
Living and working as a painter in Atlanta, GA, Katherine Taylor was born in Biloxi, MS, a city shaped by decades of natural disasters. Reflecting back on her memories of Camille, a hurricane that devastated her family home, Taylor creates work that examines permanence vs. impermanence. Her paintings are visual intersections between catastrophe and the human response to reclaim and restore.
Celebrated for her unique perspective, Taylor has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Papers, the Boston Globe and Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views and her work has been included in the Quebec City Biennale and at Diverseworks in Houston TX. She has also been invited to exhibit at Albany Museum of Art in Albany, GA; Marietta Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta, GA; and at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and High Museum of Art, which are all in Atlanta, GA.
Andrew Glasgow | Asheville, nC
Andrew Glasgow is an art historian whose career spans more than 28 years and features an impressive roster of leadership positions in the fields of decorative arts and crafts. His experience as a curator, writer, and administrator includes appointments at the Birmingham Museum of Art, The Furniture Society, Southern Highland Craft Guild, and most notably, the American Craft Council, where he served as executive director. Retired from professional life and living in Asheville, NC, Glasgow continues to intellectually support and advance the craft community as a lecturer, essayist, and curator.
Krista Eubanks | Chattanooga, TN
Educated for a career as a graphic designer, Krista Eubanks is a native Chattanoogan who now spends her time as a full-time painter. Using watercolor, pin and ink, and/or oil, she produces work that unites real world objects and abstract concepts into balanced, sophisticated compositions. She punctuates her bold, elegant imagery of animals, vegetables, or minerals by skillfully incorporating scattered writings and personal expressions into each piece. Eubanks’ creative vision, which she attributes to the honest character of her father, Roy Barton, articulates the organic glamour and quiet strength of the natural world.
In 2016, Eubanks and her work were highlighted in the magazine Fine Art Connoisseur as part of a feature story entitled “Three to Watch.” Eubanks paintings are held in numerous private collections, have been included in solo and group exhibitions, and have been included for many years in the Live Auction at Spectrum, the Hunter Museum of American Arts’ annual fundraising gala.
Mary Lynn Portera | Chattanooga, TN
Born and raised in Chattanooga, Mary Lynn Portera is passionate about cultivating a community enriched by art and artists: a characteristic she undoubtedly inherited. Her parents, Charles and Mary Portera, not only were the visionaries who developed the Bluff View Art District but also they also were the champions who valued their daughter’s artistic talents.
Highly-respected and well-established as a professional artist, Portera is also a fine arts instructor at Baylor School where she has been recognized for nurturing the artistic potential and innovative thinking of her students. When she is outside the classroom, she responds to her creative impulses by producing work using clay, textiles, paper, wood, and metal. Interested in multiple media, Portera has the longest relationship with clay.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is 4 Bridges Art Festival?
Friday, April 20 6:30-10PM (ticketed Event) Saturday, April 21 10AM-6PM (Free Admission) Sunday, April 22 11AM-5PM (Free Admission)
Where is the festival site?
4BAF takes place in the First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37408
Will food and drinks be available?
Food vendors will be available to provide a menu of delicious food.