Warehouse Row Celebrates Vintage Art Of Printmaking

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Rocky Top Flat
Rocky Top Flat

The next chapter in the Crafted by Southern Hands summer event series will bring Old Try to Warehouse Row on Friday, Aug. 30, for a reception and printmaking workshop. Attendees of this one-day event will learn more about the art form of custom printmaking and will have the opportunity to experience the craft firsthand.

The printmaking workshop will walk reception attendees through the production of a limited-edition poster designed exclusively for the event by Old Try. Old Try are two expats living north of the Mason-Dixson line whose nostalgia for the South is transferred into their artistry. Guests will enjoy local bites from Chattanooga’s famed Champy’s and Southern Burger Co., and specialty handcrafted beer from Chattanooga Brewing Company. The theme of the exhibition hung throughout Warehouse Row will feature the work of artists’ that “connect a person to home, no matter where home might be.” 

During the event, posters will be printed on-site at Warehouse Row on vintage equipment with moveable type and 100-year-old wood blocks decommissioned years ago by the UTC’s Department of Art and is currently utilized by The Open Press. As a first-of-its-kind letterpress, printmaking and book arts co-op in Chattanooga, The Open Press aims to provide access to a unique and underutilized artistic resource and build a community of fine artists and craftspeople around this equipment and knowledge. The Open Press, which launched last month with a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, has already earned a loyal following. In the first month, the online campaign raised more than $16,000 to provide access to printmaking, book arts, and letterpress classes, workshops and equipment.

“This installment of the Crafted by Southern Hands series will give guests a first-hand experience with printmaking,” said George Krauth, vice president of Jamestown. “We celebrate the re-commissioning of this historic Chattanooga press as well as the resurgence of printmaking and letterpress as an art form under the leadership of native Southerners whose works have both a nostalgic and modern appeal.” 

The Crafted by Southern Hands event series kicked off in June with a Bradley Gordon art exhibition and Billy Reid pop-up and continued with an Alabama Chanin BBQ couture dress exhibition, trunk show and sewing workshop. Following the Old Try event, a Billy Reid pop-up store will return to Warehouse Row the weekend of Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, to appease fans that couldn’t get enough during the first Crafted by Southern Hands event. The returning retail location on the lower level of Building North will display the latest pieces from Mr. Reid’s collection, known for "classic-style, high-quality clothing with unusual accents."

Wrapping up the series, Warehouse Row and its newest restaurant, Tupelo Honey Cafe, which opens in mid-September, will co-host a twilight screening in the Motor Court of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s latest documentary, Pride & Joy. The film chronicles the lives of dozens of individuals who dedicate their lives to growing, catching, cooking, serving, or studying the depth and breadth of Southern food culture. A small admission fee will directly benefit the work of the Southern Foodways Alliance. 

For more information about the “Crafted by Southern Hands” event series, visit craftedbysouthernhands.com.

Old Try
Old Try

Collegedale Celebrates First National Night Out Tuesday

The city of Collegedale will be participating in its first annual National Night Out on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Campus at Thatcher South and Iles Drive. The Collegedale Police Department will be joined by the Tri-Community Fire Department, Hamilton County EMS, Hamilton County 911 and Southern Adventist University's Campus Safety.   The ... (click for more)

United Way Supporter Goes Over The Edge

When Over the Edge starts sending Chattanoogans over the top ofthe SunTrust Building Thursday, KMT Creative Group’s Digital Brand Strategist Noelle Omer will be among those viewing the city from a whole new angle.   KMT Creative Group is a corporate supporter of United Way of Greater Chattanooga and its mission of advancing the common good.  “Supporting ... (click for more)

Teen, 17, Charged With Aggravated Rape In Attack On 69-Year-Old North Chattanooga Runner

A 17-year-old has been charged with aggravated rape in connection with an attack on a 69-year-old runner in North Chattanooga on Monday morning. The teen was identified by Juvenile Court officials as Diontae Smartt. Authorities said he has given a confession. Smartt has a detention hearing Thursday at 12:30. The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. ... (click for more)

Berke Implements New Pay Plan For Chattanooga Fire Department

Mayor Andy Berke joined the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and leadership of the Chattanooga Fire Department to unveil the department’s new pay plan Wednesday afternoon. At a press conference at Fire Hall #1 on Main Street, Mayor Berke and IAFF Local 820 President Jack Thompson signed a memorandum of understanding which sets forth regular raises for fire ... (click for more)

Leaders Lead On Amendment 1

This week the Hamilton County Commission was faced with what I believe may be one of the most important votes they have cast during their tenure.  Granted, the vote was over a "mere" Resolution that resulted in no overt action or new law in our county.  But there are times when simply speaking Truth and taking a stand on a foundational Principle is paramount and as such ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Expert Reasons Why To Vote

Early voting for the November election begins two weeks from today so please jump-start your plans that will assure your choices will be counted. In a fun-filled attempt to show what some of those who actually vote do during the rest of the day, I offer two examples of “those who live among us” from experts. The first are a series of questions from readers of “Dear Abby” who ask ... (click for more)