Black Self-Portrait

Black History Month is a time to educate and celebrate, but with it being so brief it can sometimes feel rushed and overwhelming. Black Self-Portrait is an event dedicated to making time for oneself- focusing on the 3 areas of Meditation, Reflection, & Expression. On February 23rd, local professionals and artists will lead various peaceful activities in the AVA gallery while also incorporating Black History, enabling guests to relax, relate, and release.

This event will take place from 3 - 6PM. Activities include a yoga/meditation session led by Roe Lashay Yoga, a writing/poetry session led by Erika Roberts, and a self portrait art project led by Jonathan Dean. Therapist Angie Wynn will also be present to offer information and advice on mental and emotional health. Space is limited, registration is encouraged.

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Read Across America Day at AVA

AVA is proud to partner with the Bethlehem Center, ELLA Chattanooga, and Improv Chattanooga to present the Read Across America Day program taking place in the AVA gallery on March 2nd from 1 - 3PM. This event will coincide with our upcoming March exhibition, Once Upon A Time where featured artwork is inspired by original and renown stories. Join us as we listen to live storytelling and create inspired art projects including 2D artwork, sculptures, and stop motion film!

This event is free and open to the public. Registration encouraged. Professionals from ELLA Chattanooga will guide the art activities. Art projects will rotate on a set schedule for the duration of program. All ages are welcome however activities are geared towards elementary children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Monthly Critique Workshops

A monthly program for artists focused on helping each participant grow with positive feedback and insight from peers. Workshops are open to all visual artists, from hobbyist to seasoned professionals. Participants can bring up to two pieces, either 2D or 3D in any media. AVA Critique Workshop will meet the last Tuesday of every month from 6-9PM. Each session is free for AVA members and $10 for nonmembers. Facilitated by Courtenay James.

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Art Biz is a six-week program for entrepreneurs; specifically individuals who want to establish or build a career as a professional artist. While creative vision, refined craftsmanship, and fervent passion are essential, artists must also be financially astute, promotionally confident, and technologically current. Art Biz will sharpen business acumen by helping artists cultivate competencies in finance, marketing, and technology. Participants will learn about networking, budgeting, strategizing, monetizing, branding, art festivals, galleries, and social media. Most, importantly, Art Biz offers a supportive, focused environment for collective learning where artists can develop the skills they need to advance and maintain a viable business.

  • When: TBA

  • Cost: AVA Members $300, Nonmembers $375

  • Availability: Limited to 8 artist participants

  • Facilitated by Natasha Romanova, an experienced art consultant


Photographing Artwork Workshop

Over two evenings, you will learn how to take the best photographs of your own art. In the first class, we will cover how to correctly photograph your work, including how to set up your lights and how to color balance your camera. We will also cover how to best edit, save, and use the photographs you take. In the second class, you will photograph and edit one of your artworks with the instructor available to help. You will also have time to revise and put into practice what've you learned.

Tuesdays March 5 & 12, 6:30 - 9:00 PM $120 AVA Members/ $140 nonmembers

Instructor: Bruno Poço, a Portuguese-South African visual artist. He grew up in Johannesburg, where he attended the National School of the Arts and the University of the Witwatersrand. There, he earned a Fine Arts degree and specialized in drawing, printmaking, and photography. He also holds a post-graduate certificate in education and taught at the College of Digital Photography in Johannesburg for ten years. His own work ranges from etchings, woodcuts, and landscape drawings to fine art photography. His most recent photography exhibition, titled “Bicycle People”, was shown in Austin, Texas earlier this year.

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Professional Photoshoot

Professionally looking photographs is key to presenting to juries, galleries or buyers.

AVA and Bruno Poco have partnered to offer hourly artwork photography sessions. When your artwork is professionally photographed, it can truly come to life on your website, Instagram, and more! Just bring your work to AVA and Bruno will photograph and edit your work while you wait.

Sessions are available at $50 per hour for AVA members/ $65 non members.

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