Everything listed under: Pop Hop

  • !NEW PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM: Painted Story Children's Gallery! WE NEED 2017-2018 HOST SITES!

    Art 120 is partnering with The Bethlehem Center, and local artist Christina Thongnopnua, to bring an ALL NEW traveling art exhibition for children to Chattanooga, TN! Painted Story Children's Gallery will be an unique experience for the community and for local artists that want to be a featured artist in the Gallery, or work with us in other ways like teaching workshops or hosting the gallery in their studio space. If you would like to host Painted Story at your organization, at an event, or become involved as an artist or volunteer, please email edu@art120.org or paintedstoryart@gmail.com!

    The deadline for submission of the application, Art120PaintedStoryArtistApplication.pdf, is March 20th, 2017! We launch in June 2017! CallToArtists_PaintedStoryChildrensGallery.pdf

    We look forward to working with you, Chattanooga, on bringing a truly child-centric program to you! Email Hannah Hahn at edu@art120.org or paintedstoryart@gmail.com if you're interested in applying to volunteer with or hosting the exhibition!

    **We are on the lookout for month-long hosts for the Gallery! Inquire with paintedstoryart@gmail.com and paintedstorygallery@gmail.com!**

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  • Pop Hop Artist Showcase: Catherine Stetson

    Next up on our Pop Hop Artist Showcase is the illustrious Catherine Stetson!

    Boy Decending-Assending a Staircase by Catherine Stetson
    Boy Decending-Assending a Staircase by Catherine Stetson

    Here's more about Catherine in her own words:

     

    Growing up I did not think I could be an artist. I didn't draw very well. I blame my inability to see three-dimensionally. It wasn't until I discovered photography my senior year of college that I realized that I am an artist. Until then, I was a victim of the popular misconception that artists had to draw what they saw. Once I had my epiphany, the entire world of art changed for me. Later as an educator, I made it my mission to show my students that making art was so much more than drawing. I wanted them to feel the freedom to express and envision new things that creativity gave me.

     


    1. How did you start creating art?
    When I was young I didn't know I was making art, but looking back I know that is what I was doing. I made my own paper dolls and spend hours "coloring." I also created this funny character that was a cowboy made from a heart. I put him everywhere. I even made greeting cards with him on it. Later, when I got my first camera as a teenager, most of my photos were optical illusions. I would make my friends stand in the foreground with their arm out like they were holding a tray of food. I would send another person down the street to make it look like they were a little person standing on a hand. I loved playing with space!

    I Concur by Catherine Stetson
    I Concur by Catherine Stetson

    2. Who is your favorite artist and why?
    My first favorite artist was Vincent Van Gogh. His use of color, texture and expression showed me that there was a whole lot more than meets the eye. My favorite photographer is Minor White. His black and white images are the essence of formal photography. They appear clean and simple, but are truly adventurous and full of content.

    3. Do you have any interesting or funny stories you'd like to share?
    I got my first camera (Kodak Instamatic) when I was 14 years old. My father, who early in his career was once a male model, gave me instructions that every photo I take should have a person in it. You may notice quite quickly, people are rarely the subject of my photos. Sorry Dad!

    4. What is your favorite tool you use to create your art?
    I am a photographer, so using a camera is my main tool, however I must say that time and space are my favorite tools. I am compelled to capture that delicate relationship they, along with light, make in my photography.

    Man Ray Was Here by Catherine Stetson
    Man Ray Was Here by Catherine Stetson

    5. What inspires you?

    I am inspired by creativity, especially when someone thinks out of the box. I am thrilled when I see something clever and a bit risky. I think about how Van Gogh, Man Ray and Duchamp must have been perceived as crazy! Their journeys are inspirational to me.


    Thanks so much Catherine! And if you're as gobsmacked as we are with her work, come get one for yourself Tomorrow, Sept. 12 at the Southside Maker Arts Center!

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    Pop Hop Artist Showcase: Hannah Hahn

    Next up on our Pop Hop Artist Showcase is the vibrant artist Hannah Hahn!

    Made In America by Hannah Hhn
    Made in America by Hannah Hahn

    Here's some more about Hannah in her own words:

    My name is Hannah Hahn, and I’m a student almost finished with an art education and history degree over at UTC, with a passion for paint and what it can do. I come from a family of engineers, and I sense my methodical and conceptual thinking has had to become different from what I grew up being taught.
    To an extent, I was allowed expression. This is especially so being in a city like I am in now. Chattanooga has been a place of growth for me, and I hope my art can show that somehow. I have merged and thrown away old and new thoughts as they come and go, displacing myself with every step I take and every piece of art I make, to a new place of self-recognition. In other words, I evolve constantly and optimistically, so does my work.
    I hope that it can bring joy to people that they did not previously have.


    1. How did you start creating art?
    I started creating art when I was a child, but started delving into the fine arts when I hit my teen years. I’ve always been lucky enough to be able to have lessons from various instructors almost every summer and in school until I came to college, when the real work began.

    2. Who is your favorite artist and why?

    This may seem strange because of our name similarities, but my favorite artist is Hannah Höch, a German Dadaist. She is one of the originators of photomontage and collage, as well as retaining the active reputation of placing female artists in the professional exhibition rink. She was not shy in pushing political pieces and ideas that people didn’t necessarily share in everyday conversation. Her agenda was to penetrate the political realm through art and an inspiration initiative, which I think she achieved.

    Lupi by Hannah Hhn
    Lupi by Hannah Hahn

    3. Do you have any interesting or funny stories you'd like to share?
    I would say that something kind of funny is that I cried when I saw Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling in person for the first time. I didn’t bawl or anything but a few tears were shed. Oh, and his David sculpture. I would say that’s relevant because as an artist, I know I can appreciate art, but if as an artist, I could evoke emotions like that in someone else, I would consider that a job well done.

    4. What is your favorite tool you use to create your art?
    My hands. I don’t mean that to sound cheeky but to me the feeling of the paint on my skin and having the stuff under my fingernails is exciting. I’m not just talking about finger painting but mixed media manipulation. If I can manipulate the media into what I want with my hands instead of just a brush or palette knife, there is nothing better. There is something truly organically beautiful about making art with your body and extremities versus through extra tools, despite the beauty that comes from both, apart or together.

    5. What inspires you?

    I am inspired by people and their actions, as well as my own, whether those actions be in the past, present, or future. I like to think about human nature, both the evils and good that resides within us, and how to make art that would appeal to our best parts. I don’t mean that my art has to be effervescently happy or bright, but that it invokes some thought in the viewer about their role in society, whatever that may be, and how to better it.


    Thanks so much Hannah! Come get one of her vivid and colorful works for yourself on September 12th at Art 120's Southside Maker Arts Space

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    Pop Hop Artist Showcase: Barry Snyder

    Next up on our Pop Hop Artist Showcase is Barry Snyder!

     

    Like Bonnie, we asked Barry a few questions about himself and his work. For more information you can visit his facebook page.

    1. How did you start creating art?

    How? Not in the womb,.... but right after that.. I got into trouble in school for not paying attention (it was boring) and for sculpting or drawing pictures, and making things.I was the class clown, I didn't want an education and didn't mind helping others lose theirs out of laughter. Later, I'd do stand up comedy for extra cash. Being an artist is not ever enriching except with in the soul.

    2. Who is your favorite artist and why?

    Walter Elias Disney, because I always loved his work, and I made a 40 year art career out of working with and developing his parks, rides, shows, and theater productions all over the world.

    3. Do you have any interesting or funny stories you'd like to share?
    We used to hide things in rides, and murals around Disney Parks, some subliminal, and some pretty explicit.. you just needed to locate them. I had to become an artist... I love doing comedy.. I tried education as a career (still do some now), but taking a gig teaching speed reading at the Catholic School, and telling the students they "better read faster or go straight to hell, didn't work out for me".

    4. What is your favorite tool you use to create your art?
    My favorite tool is my imagination, and other than that..... reclaimed objects....give me anything, and I will make something beautiful out of it.

    5. What inspires you?
    Life and real love inspires me, and it comes from strange places...other artists, homelessness, aging, just watching people..people in general are a magnitude of information, their actions, expressions, and OH!!! their beauty.....all of them each possess something special, and a story is there to tell...I am a photographer as well, and love to "hide behind the camera"....you may find 1000 pictures of others, or places, and only 1 of me in my vast collection. The best love of my life is so beautiful, and she does not like to be photographed, or painted...maybe sculpted. I love HER, PEOPLE, and God's other wonderful creations.


    Thanks so much Barry! Come see his amazing work and claim one for yourself on Sep. 12 at Art 120's Southside Maker Arts Center!

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    Pop Hop Artist Showcase: Bonnie Blue

    For our first showcase, we have the amazing Bonnie Blue!

    We asked her a few questions that you can see below. For more information, you can go to her website as well.

    1. What inspires you?

    I inspire myself. I dream art. I create in my dreams. And seeing other artists work inspires me.

     

    2. Do you have any interesting or funny stories you'd like to share?
    The bra babes I sent came about because one year for the Houston artcar parade , my artcar the women rock artcar : honored Breast cancer survivors. I had 12 survivors ride with me in the parade all the survivors wore a bra babe in the parade

    3. How did you start creating art?

    I have always done art. Even as a child. I have made a living as an artist for 40 year.

    Come to Southside Maker Arts Center on September 12th to get some of Bonnie's work for yourself!