Chattanooga Workspace connects local artists and holiday shoppers
Chattanooga, Tenn. —
The holiday spirit is spreading at the Chattanooga Workspace. While the upper floors are filled with artists at work, like Jaime Barks who paints over vintage hymnal pages, you can find their crafts and creations on the first floor for the next week and a half.
And that's why this pop-up shop is so important for the 30 artists on display. Kevin Bate with Good with Faces says, "You can make as much stuff as you want but if you don't have a place to sell it, what good is it?"
You might have seen Bate high above the city making the touching mural for the Fallen Five. "What we're trying to do is get some of those big murals in small spaces," he says. Now you can take one of those smaller pieces into your own home. "There's a lot of talent in this city and I think right now it's all concentrated in this room. if you're the type of person that wants to give unique gifts, this is the place to do it."
From jewelry to woodworking, ceramics and paintings, each buy supports an artist, even a neighbor. "It's money that all comes back to the community again, it's not something that goes out and never comes back," says artist Nestor Valdes.
And for these entrepreneurs who serve as their own CEO, marketing team AND clean-up crew, connecting with customers is the perfect way to spend the holiday in our hometown. "They can just walk around and pick out what they want for their stocking stuffers or the gift that they can find anywhere else," says Jenny Shugart with Sight Seeing Photography.
The Workspace Pop up is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 6 until December 19th. Their building is on 6th street across the street from the downtown YMCA.
Find out more about the shop by clicking here.