This year I was fortunate enough to jury into the 4 Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the stunningly gorgeous Lookout Valley. The show, held at the First Tennessee Pavilion, started with an evening Preview opening on Friday, April 21, 2017 and continued all day Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 22, 2017.
This picture is from the evening preview where they had tables loaded with all kinds of flavors of chocolate truffles with names like "Bittersweet", "Champagne", "Brie de Pear". You can see by the empty trays near the end of the evening that the truffles were very popular.
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served to the happy, lively crowd. Lots of fabulous art and artists.
A jazz/blues musician played to the crowd and one couple decided to swing dance to the music.
Luckily, we were under cover in the First Tennessee Pavilion because steady rain and chilly wind gusts would have completely washed out the show if we had been outside. The key word for Sunday was "monsoon". You can see in this photo above, taken at 3 p.m. Saturday, that the only people in the aisles were artists playing on their devices.
Even so, there were a few serious collectors who turned out for the show. This was my first time exhibiting but others, both artists and patrons, told me that usually the venue is shoulder to shoulder with the crowd jostled along where it can be hard to see the art. One buyer was thrilled that there were fewer people in attendance and she could actually see the artwork.
All and all, a lovely show with friendly, gracious people. Chattanooga is a small city on the move with many people I talked to having only arrived in the last year or two. Many credit the new Tennessee Aquarium built 10-12 years ago with revitalizing and turning the city around.
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