Art 120 News

  • Art Bike Workshops are Back!

    People become part of Natali's interactive bike sculpture, "thenwedietron" during Ottawa's Chinatown Remixed Festival.
    People become part of Natali's interactive bike sculpture, "thenwedietron" during Ottawa's Chinatown Remixed Festival.

    Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Glass House Collective, talented volunteers, and Lyndhurst Foundation, Art 120 will host our second year of art bike building workshops with a class for adults on July 1-5th and a youth workshop July 8th-12th.

    Students will have fun learning about the art of form, design, fabrication, engineering, and problem solving. These workshops will take place at Glass House Collective’s Custom Cycle Shop located at 2525 Glass Street on the corner of Glass Street and Chamberlain.

    Art bike artist, Professor Natali Leduc, will be returning to teach our workshops this year. In her career, Natali has created a variety of art bikes that incorporate a dazzling combination of engineering and whimsy, some of which produce music, inflate a giant cube, and wash clothes. Click here to download an application today.

  • US Cycling vs. Art Bikes

    Cyclists race down Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga during the US Cycling Championships.
    Cyclists race down Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga during the US Cycling Championships.

    What a beautiful day for a race. The art bikes were poised and ready to go outside Brewhaus. The air was still and the anticipation mounted as bystanders took their favorite viewing positions.

    Suddenly a flurry of cyclists streamed by so quickly that I barely had time to react.

    It's a good thing the art bikes were ready. By the time the first group had passed, we had children waiting for a chance to ride during the US Cycling Championships.

    We're not talking about a bike built for speed. Our bikes are built for fun.

    A young girl gets a chance to see the race from a different point of view.
    A young girl gets a chance to see the race from a different point of view.

    Participants will work in teams of two to design and assemble their own art bicycle. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to have built a working bicycle contraption. If time allows, participants will embellish their bike further with paint and ornaments. Our workshops cover a range of arts integration and workforce development skills such as critical thinking, mathematics, design, as well as power tool use, safety, and techniques. We will have a bike ride with participants and their bikes at the end of the workshop.

    Sign up today

    Cost for the program is $250 per person for the week and is limited to ten participants. The youth program for ages 11-15 will occur at the Custom Cycle Shop on Glass Street from June 24-25th and the adult class will occur from July 1st-5th. This is a perfect program for teachers interested in creating kinetic art sculptures with their students! Email art120org@gmail.com for an application and details.

  • Thank you Chattanooga!

    Art Car Artist, WEndy Tippens shares a smile with a new friend at the Scenic City Art Car Parade.
    Art Car Artist, Wendy Tippens shares a smile with a new friend at the Scenic City Art Car Parade.

    Wow, what a wonderful event! The Scenic City Art Car Weekend celebrated our city's creative side with 35 contraptions which included sixteen artists from out of town, four school entries, our own urban art bikes, and two local artists. We visited fifteen schools, organized a free public parade for Chattanooga and held our first art car ball with the sultry and mesmerizing sounds of Ashley & the X's.

    Lafayette Middle School's Spanish Class wins the 2013 Scenic City Golden Gnome Award.
    Lafayette Middle School's Spanish Class wins the 2013 Scenic City Golden Gnome Award.

    Mike Wooden's Spanish class at Lafayette Middle School took the Golden Gnome Award with their art car, "El Carro de Arte". In addition to an amazing trophy and bragging rights, Mike's class has a choice of a $500 award for their school or a Gnome workshop with Matt Dutton compliments of Rick City. We had so much fun and raised awareness for the importance of introducing workforce development skills through arts education.

    Look for us on May 27th on the North Shore during the time trials for the US cycling event. Come take a ride on the swing bike and middle school age kids can register for our urban art bikes workshops.

  • Chattanooga, Start Your Art Cars!!!!

    We are one week away from an amazing free public art event in this city. Artists from across the country will be stopping by for a weekend of arts education and celebration. Here is a breakdown of what's on tap...

    Kids get to meet the artists and discuss their work up close during the Art-Car-A-Van.
    Kids get to meet the artists and discuss their work up close during the Art-Car-A-Van.

    Friday, April 12th - Art-Car-A-Van

    Be on the lookout Friday morning as art cars will be heading to schools in Hamilton County. Our goals is to reach at least sixteen of the thirty-five elementary schools that do not have an art program. We are delighted to have the support of the Community Foundation to help us provide this important service that empowers kids to believe in their ideas, learn new approaches to art, and respect cultural differences.

    Register your school today.

     

     

    Canines get to ride shotgun in Nancy William's Art Car, "Nippy Thelma".
    Canines get to ride shotgun in Nancy William's Art Car, "Nippy Thelma".

    Saturday Morning, April 13th -

    Tailgate Party by the Choo-Choo

    Art cars will line up on West 14th and Market across from the Chattanooga Choo-Choo for free family fun. See the art cars up close, meet the artists, and vote for your favorite school entry! All schools will receive awards, but only one can walk away with the Golden Gnome Award and $500 prize courtesy of Rock City.

     

     

    Art car artist, Wendy Tippens, waves to the crowd on Main Street.
    Art car artist, Wendy Tippens, waves to the crowd on Main Street.

    Saturday Noon, April 13th -

    The Parade Begins!

    Art cars are best viewed in action! Come on out and cheer for your favorite school entry or artist as they head down Main Street, over Rossville Boulevard, and loop through Jefferson Heights.

    The art cars will line back up on Main after the parade.

     

     

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    Saturday 7pm-10pm, April 13th - The Art Car Ball, Miller Plaza -

    Dance the night away to Ashley & the X's, enjoy fabulous food, and of course, art cars that shine! This event is free to attend, but bring your appetite. A portion of the proceeds from Art 120 partner restaurants benefit our educational outreach programs.

     

    Melanie Harris' Tiki car at night.
    Melanie Harris' Tiki car at night.

    Want to get Involved?

    Enjoy the most creative volunteer position you will ever love that also helps children while supporting our creative community.

    Click here to sign up today.

     

  • 2nd Scenic City Art Car Weekend Planned for April

    CFGCThanks to a grant from the Community Foundation, art cars will once again roam the streets of Chattanooga during our Scenic City Art Car Weekend. Our primary focus is to reach sixteen of the 35 schools that do not have an art program. While they are here, we are planning a weekend of festivities similar to last year. This includes the art car parade, the art car ball, and an award ceremony that recognizes schools for their entries. Right now, we are coordinating our efforts with local art organizations, businesses, and schools to make this year's parade even better.

    Last spring, Chattanoogans opened their city and their minds to allow art to literally take the streets and support the Scenic City Art Car Parade. Thank you for helping us launch this amazing art event. Here's a look at the numbers:

    Ohio Artist, Greg Phelps, discusses "That Car #3" with students at Battle Academy.
    Ohio Artist, Greg Phelps, discusses his sculpture, "That Car #3", with students at Battle Academy.

    32  art contraptions made by:

    14   artists

    9   middle school age kids,

    1   museum program

    2   schools.

    1,230   children learned about art and art cars during our caravan to local schools and Siskin Institute.

    In just 3 days, art cars were seen by over 1,500 Chattanooga drivers and 2,000 Parade Spectators, and seen by community at large in The Times Free Press and on four local TV News broadcasts.

    PLUS:    Patrons of Rock City, Palate 2 Palette,

    Faux Bridges Arts Festival, and the Hunter Museum.

    AND ... Chattanooga was recognized nationally as an official artcar destination

    An impromptu entry proves its the people that make this event special.
    An impromptu entry proves its the people that make this event.

    This all was made possible by:

    20   Amazing volunteers

    8   Terrific sponsors:

                 Coca-Cola

                 Rock City

                 CSAS

                 Champy's Fried Chicken

                 St. Elmo Firehall

                 Boyd Design Group

                 Coker Tire

                 Moccasin Bend Brewing.

    And of course artists, educators, students and a couple

    "Just Fooling Around."

     

  • LaFayette Schools Sweep the Art Car Awards!

    The Scenic City's Inaugural Art Car Parade was a huge success! The student bikes and Truck-Ceratops were amazing! Both LaFayette upper schools entered some amazing creations and took all three student awards this year with the coveted Golden Gnome Award going to LaFayette Middle School for their pedaled creation, Horsepower. Congratulations!

  • Chattanooga Start Your Art Cars!


    After a year of planning and art car summer programs, the time has come to share this amazing art form with the city. The call is out across the country for people to participate in this region's very first art car event.

    After a year of planning and art car summer programs, the time has come to share this amazing art form with the city. The call is out across the country for people to participate in this region's very first art car event.

    Coordinated to occur the same weekend as the 4Bridges Arts Festival, the Scenic City Art Car Weekend will be part of the opening events during the HATCH 10 day celebration of art. The festivities begin April 14th with a lineup and tailgate party over by The Chattanooga Choo-Choo at 9am and will complete with a parade down Main Street

    around 11:45 am. This event is free and open to the public.

    What is an art car?

    An art car is a vehicle (car, bike, or wheeled contraption) that has had its appearance

    modified as an act of personal artistic expression. Some of these works of art on wheels incorporate robotics, alternative fuel sources, painting, performance, and recycled materials.

    Art cars and Awareness

    This medium literally gets art and programs out from behind closed doors and into the streets. Art cars reach people of all ages and socio-economic levels. This is especially true for people who have never stepped foot into an art gallery, a theatre center, or museum before. You do not have to be an artist to create an art car either, all you need is desire, a vehicle, and a plan. Many non-profit organizations have created art cars as therapy programs, as educational tools, for fundraising events, and to showcase their public programs. To learn more about this exciting event for Chattanooga, click here.

  • Stay Tuned Chattanooga, Art Cars Are Coming!

    SAVE the Date! On April 14th 2012, Chattanooga's Southside will come alive with this region’s first art car parade. Art 120 is organizing this high profile event as part of the HATCH Arts Festival which celebrates art, innovation, and provides a public venue for students to present their completed art cars alongside professional artists. We have been busy making preparations and will be releasing the full details and registration forms soon.


    International High School's entry made from recycled materials was a Houston favorite last year.

    What is an art car?

    An art car is a vehicle (car, bike, or wheeled contraption) that has had its

    appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression. Some of these works of art on wheels incorporate robotics, alternative fuel sources, painting, performance, and recycled materials.

    Twenty-five years ago, the Houston parade began with just a few art cars and small crowd. Today, this event has grown into a celebration of art with over 250 art cars from across the country participating and 300,000 spectators coming out to see them.

    Art cars and Awareness

    This medium literally brings art into the streets. As an uncommon form of art, art cars encourage participation from people of all ages and socio-economic levels. This is especially true for people who have never stepped foot into an art gallery, a theatre center, or museum before. You do not have to be an artist to create an art car either, all you need is desire, a vehicle, and a plan. Many non-profit organizations have created art cars as therapy programs, as educational tools, for fundraising events, and to showcase their public programs.


    Reaching out

    Providing free access to art at public events connect Chattanooga residents and tourists with our vibrant arts culture while giving students a chance to receive positive recognition for their achievements. Our 2011 students have already this positive reinforcement first-hand while riding in events such as River Rocks, Mainx24, and on display at venues such as the IMAX 3D Movie Theater and The Creative Discovery Museum. This April they will have the opportunity to ride alongside professional artists during Chattanooga’s first art car weekend. This annual celebration as part of the HATCH Arts Festival will be a showstopper to promote artists, downtown businesses, and local organizations.

  • Students Shine with Solar Power in the Holiday Starlight Parade


    Art bikes and artists line up beside the Volkswagen float.

    Saturday was a fun-filled evening for downtown Chattanooga. Both art bikes and artists had a fabulous time preparing for the big event and the crowd loved their sculptures. Instead of conventional light sources, Art 120 relied mostly on solar power to keep art bikes lit throughout the night. "We were looking for an efficient, lightweight source and, thanks to a friend, quickly realized solar would be the best choice."

     


    An art bike rider waits for the lights to power up on the swing bike.

    In fact, it was so successful that Art 120 will look at ways to incorporate this source of energy into their summer art bike workshops.

    Last year due to zero sponsorship, this annual event was cancelled. According to WRCB, Volkswagen stepped in and made this event possible for our local families to enjoy. They also noted that this event was a much needed boost for downtown businesses as well. To view WRCB's news story, see the link below. In case you missed the parade lovely evening, channel 3 will air the event in its entirety, December 17th at 1:00pm. Thank you Chattanooga Presents, Volkswagen and WRCB for providing such a wonderful community event.

    Holiday Starlight Parade boosts downtown business - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports.

     

  • The River Otter is on the Loose

    Art car artist, Rebecca Bass,  left a lot of artcar momentum going after her seminar. Three weeks ago, artists, educators, and engineers assembled at Chattanooga State University to embark on a project never seen before, an art car created especially for the city of Chattanooga.

    The Concept

    Take an old, Toyota Chinook Camper and turn it into our scenic city on wheels. Our team worked together to create the design. Below are a few images show the original vehicle and our progress so far. As you can see, Lookout and Signal Mountain sit majestically on the roof with the Tennessee River spilling over either side of our sculpture. The passenger side represents the wonderful outdoor activities we enjoy and the driver's side reveals our vibrant arts community. And gracefully hanging over the hood, we have a river otter to represent our wildlife.

    Why?

    Ever since the creation of the automobile, people have been modifying their cars, and receiving lots of smiles in return. Artwork like this is accessible to anyone, even those who have never stepped foot in an art gallery or museum before. Art cars combine both art and engineering, making them an excellent classroom project too. Furthermore, art cars are made from recycled parts. Many of these cars and their accessories are found objects destined more for the landfill than on the street. Artists all over the world tap into this form of of art and ultimately create something good for mankind.

    What's next?

    This art car is currently under construction and will go on to participate in several public events such as Mainx24, Chattanooga's first art car parade in April 2012, as well as represent Chattanooga in The 2012 Houston Art Car Parade.

    Want to help?

    Join us for some fun and inspiration. Share your thoughts and exchange ideas. Our next informal workshop will be Saturday, November 19th from 11am-5pm and it's free. To register, please email katewarren@art120.org and she will add you to the list. School Classes and teachers are welcome too! Just call 423/314-6659 to see if we can arrange an all our art workday for your school.

    Objects are Cool too.

    Art 120 is also accepting old Chattanooga memorabilia, mardi gras beads, ornamental metal, etc. People interested in donating items for a tax deduction may contact Art 120 via email info@art120.org. Please list your contact info, type of donation, and we will coordinate with you.

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