Breck Stewart is a lover of the outdoors, fresh ground coffee, a good old fashioned book, homemade gifts, but most of all DIY projects. Creating and making things is where she finds her happy place. She is blessed to have found a job at Chattanooga WorkSpace where she is surrounded by Art and Artisans everyday. She wants to be able to share the happiness she feels when making something new. She is always looking for new DIY projects that anyone can make so that she can pass them along to others.
Whitney Smith is a crafter and artist based in Nashville. She loves many forms of crafting including papercrafts, painting, assisting friends with creating cosplay costumes, and sewing. Her main squeeze is embroidery. She enjoys podcasts (comedy), movies and TV (comedy, horror), and books (horror).
Liz Beeson is a Brooklyn-based photographer, writer and digital producer whose work focuses on story and discovery. Liz is heavily involved in women’s rights and currently serves on the Board for the New York Women’s Foundation and is a member of NOW NYC. Liz is a culture enthusiastic and believes that artistic expression creates better communities and she is excited to explore ways in which the arts can address today’s societal issues. In her spare time, she volunteers with Girls on the Run and recently co-founded an all female dance krewe called Big Apple Babes.
Egg Title: Would you like fries with that?
Jenny Shugart remembers always having a camera, but didn’t realize how much she loves shooting photos until taking a photography class in graduate architecture school. She says: “I am usually drawn to objects – structures, bridges, details, old rusted stuff. Occasionally the objects are arranged in such a way as to create a space or pattern that also needs to be captured. These objects, spaces and patterns have a quality and substance that seem to ask to be photographed. They call out to be noticed…to be seen, if only in a particular moment. I don’t do portraiture of people (they move and talk back – objects don’t). But, I consider my photographs to be a form of portraiture…a way of seeing every day life or every day objects, past or present. I hope my photographs stir a memory of something or creates a desire to travel outside the usual boundaries – to inspire the observer to pursue his or her own adventures throughout the world…and throughout daily life.”
Her photography work has been in various solo and group art shows as well as purchased for individual collections and by companies for their decor. Except for digitizing black & white negatives and cropping a photo for a particular size, Jenny doesn’t manipulate her photographs…you see what she saw.
When she isn’t busy with her photography, Jenny also enjoys passing the time with knitting, fabric projects and collage work.
From the artist: Hi there! I'm a creative that has been producing these past two years, but still making and configuring in my spare time. This year I'm going to try my best to make creating a priority.
Eggs Title & Description:
Title: New Growth
Description: This art of this egg is inspired by old fashioned botany sketches. I like how beautiful and detailed a piece can become from simple lines and hatching. The lyrics on the egg are from the song “Old Pine” by Ben Howard, one of my favorite artist. The imagery and words are a subtle nod to Spring, but more about life in general. Growth is something that naturally takes place as we become older, but it’s also something you want to achieve, like self-actualization or wisdom. I’m at a point in my life where growth, in both meanings of the word, has been necessary and humbling. When making this piece, one of my favorite quotes kept popping into my head, “The purpose of life, is a life of purpose.” Now, I’m still trying to figure that part out almost every day, but I do know, if my purpose was to just live my life like nature then I’m ok with that. Flowers wilt at some point, but during their span of life they will have served a good purpose providing food for insects, oxygen for other species, and providing beauty to the environment. Like flowers we will wilt, but during our time living we can make the world a little less shitty if we choose to and I sure hope people remember to make that choice.
Title: Hints of Spring
Description: Spring has always been my favorite season. It’s the end to a time of cold, dull days that Winter often has. The air is still cool, but plants begin to bloom bringing back color we’ve been missing and the nights become long and bright again as we welcome Daylight Savings back. My absolute favorite thing about Spring is the daffodils. They are bright, yellow signs of hope. Hints that the cold of Winter is almost over and Spring is close. They don’t promise the warmth of Summer or that you will get to enjoy them throughout the rest of Spring, but they do serve as reminders that even dreary, cloudy days can be beautiful because you you know that new growth is on the way. So my daffodils can be used as a literal representation of Spring and the metaphor of Spring, a fresh start. Those hard or mundane days in our life can be re-seen as points of growth and the end of a hard season.
Amy Dinsmore attributes her artistic influence to her grandmother, who gave her a scrap box that she, Amy, and Amy's mother kept full of "tidbits" and treasures with which to create. Her grandmother would supply her with "real" art materials and encouraged her free expression on these special summer visits during her childhood. After struggling many years with physical and psychological issues, Amy renewed her former passion for making art using odds and ends; finding that it helps her cope with her fragmented emotions. She has developed a style that combines collage technique with sculptural use of vintage, found objects.
From Susan Cresswell: "I am came from a family of artists; it's in the genes."
Jackson Chastain is a senior at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. He has been volunteering at the H*Art Gallery since 2017. He started taking interest in art as a sophomore, and often passes the time writing or daydreaming.