Association for Visual Arts announced that Barnett & Company will be the 2019 sponsor of the 4 Bridges Arts Festival Preview Party. Scheduled for Friday, April 12 at the First Tennessee Pavilion, the Preview Party is an annual, ticketed event during which art enthusiasts get a sneak peek at the artwork available for purchase. Individuals can purchase Preview Party tickets through the AVA website at AVArts.org.
A weekend art fair, 4BAF officially opens to the public on April 12 from 10 a.m.--6 p.m. and continues on April 14 from 10 a.m.--5 p.m. Admission to the festival on Saturday and Sunday is $5 per person. Children 12 years old and younger are free.
Each year the festival marketplace makes its debut at the Preview Party. Lindsay Hill, AVA board member and co-chair of the 2019 Preview Party, considers the event to be “one of Chattanooga’s premier social affairs.”
“The Preview Party is exceedingly popular, with close to 1,000 people attending,” said Ms. Hill. “Guests enjoy select wines and signature cocktails, complimented by a gourmet hors d’oeuvre buffet presented by Lee Towery Catering. Best of all, the Preview Party is the beginning of a community celebration that invites us to gather and celebrate the visual arts.”
Working with Ms. Hill as Preview Party co--chair is Kakhi Wakefield, an AVA board member. Ms. Wakefield emphasized the loyal support of Barnett & Company by highlighting “a partnership that has sustained the festival for the past 19 years.” She continued by recognizing Warren Barnett, the founder of Barnett & Company, as “a willing advocate for the arts who has been investing in Chattanooga’s creative capital for more than 35 years.”
Ricky Supan, president of AVA’s board of directors, said community support from local businesses, like Barnett & Company, is pivotal to the festival’s enduring success. “Our sponsors have been the catalysts that grew the festival from a regional arts show into a nationally--ranked arts extravaganza,” said Mr. Supan. “Because of our corporate champions, 4 Bridges is a highly--anticipated destination arts festival, attracting seasoned and novice collectors from all around the region.”
Ms. Hill noted that 4BAF is a carefully curated art show that enhances civic pride and impacts the local economy. “The festival has evolved into a culturally prominent experience that benefits the entire community,” said Ms. Hill. “ This April 150 artists from 28 states are traveling to Chattanooga to participate in 4Bridges. Without question, the festival has become an economically valuable asset that we need to continually nurture and develop.”
For more information about 4 Bridges Arts Festival, contact Phyllis Mescon, 4 Bridges Arts Festival director, by email at email@example.com or by calling 423-265-4282.