4 Bridges Art Festival

Sunday, April 18, 2010

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! I went to the First Tennessee Pavilion to admire all of the beautiful artwork that was on display at the 4 Bridges Art Festival.  This year's festival was a landmark - the 10th anniversary!   Kudos to ava for their ongoing commitment to bringing the best of the arts to Chattanooga, even in these troubling economic times.  

Not long ago, Maria Killam's beautiful  blog, Colour Me Happy featured a post where she selected art  that she loved followed by images of rooms where she would like to place said art. You can read her post here.  I thought it was such a great and inspiring post that I'll have a go at it myself,  using photos of the art pieces I loved most from the 4 Bridges Festival.  

I'm crazy about dog portraits.  This one is big, bold and whimsical and is by Dana Lise Shavin, a Chattanooga-based artist. Sorry about the flash reflection ...

Wouldn't this portrait be great in here?

or here

I am also a fan of Chattanooga artist Lisa Norris.  Her dress pattern collages are simple, feminine and fresh.  Here  are a few pieces she had on display at the 4 Bridges Festival.

Love this one!  Maybe in here..

Lisa also handcrafts beautiful books

You can buy the books at blue skies on Frazier Ave.

There was great photography by Kyle Spears

Either one of his pieces would work in here

Nashville artist's Cindy Wunsch work is colorful and whimsical.

Stephanie's work above or below in  here

Artist Clay Binkley uses salvaged materials to create his art.  Love these mirrors..

This one is made of recycled tractor metal and reminds me of this mirror used in Ruthie Sommers' design here

It was love at first sight when I spied Robin Anne Cooper's creations. All of her art is made from canvas pieces and is fun, colorful and extraordinary.  Check these out

but these are amazing

This one in here


In person, this is reads as black- must be the flash reflecting off of the canvas pieces, so squint real hard and imagine it blacker.  I'm putting it in here

Hope that was as fun for you as it was for me!   As a sidebar, those incredibly fabulous black & white lamps look familiar to me ...

Yep, those are the same Tar-Jay lamps that are in my dining room!

Hope you have your best week ever!


Kathysue said...

what a fun post. I like this concept and you did a great job finding rooms to put the art pieces in. I am in love with the dress art, so different and original. Thanks for sharing I really enjoyed this, Kathysue

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Hey Kim. Great minds must think alike today. I just did a post on art as well. I like your spin on the idea of where you might put it. That's fun to think about. I would have loved to have experienced the art festival this weekend...one of my fav things to do. Have a great week!

Maria Killam said...

Thanks so much for the mention!! Love your post!

Kathysue said...

Hi Kim, I just wanted to come by and say Hi! and to thank you for taking the time to comment on my post today. I love reading comments so it is fun to see you there, Have a great rest of the week, Kathysue

My Interior Life said...

Hi Kim,

Great post! My husband grew up in Chattanooga and his parents still live there, so we get down there quite a bit. I'll definitely need to check out your blog to get shopping tips while I'm there.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

A Perfect Gray said...

What? love those lamps!