4 Bridges Arts Festival

Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14

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Chattanooga’s Premier Outdoor Cultural Event

An essential part of Chattanooga’s creative capital, 4 Bridges Arts Festival (4BAF) cultivates and inspires an appreciation for the visual arts by creating opportunities for exchange between working artists and the public. Dates for the 2019 4BAF are Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14, and the festival venue is First Tennessee Pavilion, located at 1826 Reggie White Boulevard in Chattanooga, TN. The festival will begin with the Preview Party, a ticketed, gala-style event scheduled for Friday, April 12. The festival officially opens to the public on Saturday, April 13 and continues through Sunday, April 14.

Highly-anticipated and culturally-prominent, 4BAF is a juried art show that receives applications from visual artists from across the country. In 2018, more than 525 artists from 35 states submitted applications. In 2019, the festival will showcase the distinctive talents of 130 artists and offer $10,800 in cash awards to artists selected by the 2019 jury panel.

Established in 2000 by Association for Visual Arts (AVA), 4 Bridges Arts Festival is an initiative dedicated to promoting the visual arts through programming that cultivates an appreciation for the creative process and advances opportunities for working artists.

 
 

Thank you to the 2018 4 Bridges Arts Festival sponsors.

 

Preview Party

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6-10 pm

Every year 4 Bridges Arts Festival debuts its marketplace during the annual Preview Party. A ticketed social event, the Preview Party is a celebration that opens festival weekend and features select wines, signature cocktails, and a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Individuals can purchase tickets to the Preview Party beginning February 1, 2019.

The sponsor for the 2019 Preview Party is Barnett & Company, a Chattanooga-based investment and wealth management firm. Dedicated to community, Barnett & Company has been a stalwart supporter of the arts for more than 35 years. Prioritizing a standard of customer service that ensures customer satisfaction, Barnett & Company understands the complexities of the ever-changing world and addresses the distinct goals of each client through professional consultations, personalized investment management, and comprehensive financial planning.

Preview Party

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6-10 pm

Every year 4 Bridges Arts Festival debuts its marketplace during the annual Preview Party. A ticketed social event, the Preview Party is a celebration that opens festival weekend and features select wines, signature cocktails, and a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Individuals can purchase tickets to the Preview Party beginning February 1, 2019.

The sponsor for the 2019 Preview Party is Barnett & Company, a Chattanooga-based investment and wealth management firm. Dedicated to community, Barnett & Company has been a stalwart supporter of the arts for more than 35 years. Prioritizing a standard of customer service that ensures customer satisfaction, Barnett & Company understands the complexities of the ever-changing world and addresses the distinct goals of each client through professional consultations, personalized investment management, and comprehensive financial planning.

Patron Program

 

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.

 
Become a Patron
 

 

2018 Artist Exhibitors

Poster and Pin Artists

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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.

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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.

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2018 Volunteer Signup

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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.
     
     
     

     

    2018 Jurors

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    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.

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    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.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the festival dates?

    Festival dates are Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14, 2019.

    4 Bridges Arts Festival begins on Friday, April 12, 2019 with the Preview Party. A ticketed event, the Preview Party opens the festival weekend and offers eager art collectors an early look at the art presented in the marketplace.

    The festival opens to the general public at 10 am on Saturday, April 13 and continues until 5 pm on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

    Where is the festival site?

    The venue for 4 Bridges Arts Festival is

    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.

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