Rhythm n Blooms 2019: The Look Back

A wonderful edition of the annual Rhythm n Blooms, presented by Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions, has come and gone leaving festival goers exhausted and, hopefully, with a satisfying fill of their music craving for a while. By many measures this was the most successful in the run, with the first sell-out in its […]

Annual Art in Public Spaces Sculptures Positioned Downtown

Each spring in east Tennessee we are privy to a beautiful transformation. Daffodils spring up, soon we enjoy the Redbuds, followed by the Dogwoods. Sure, we have our share (or more) of pollen accompanying each shift in foliage, but the beauty offsets the pain. In the midst of the natural transformation, we have a man-made […]

Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2019

Well, that was big. The entire weekend seemed to carry massive crowds, starting with First Friday, then the Chalk Walk and great weather on Saturday, followed by a Sunday night with sidewalks on Gay Street crowded enough to be difficult navigating. The center of it all was the eleventh annual Chalk Walk. The growth of […]

Art Slams, Wine Bars and Bricks? A First Friday Weekend

After not doing so for some time, last month I got out into the thick of First Friday, focusing on outlying participants. I noted that it’s been a while since our gang participated very much in the monthly ritual. Well, maybe this First Friday thing is going to catch on . . . we made […]

Art Making Places and Places Making Art

We’ve all experienced it, perhaps most often in an urban setting. Take a scruffy warehouse, add lights and art and suddenly, the space is “cool.” It’s a place people want to hang out. Same with an alley when art is added or a building with a colorful and interesting mural. Art is a game changer. […]