May 31, 2012

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The Pulse has devoted significant space recently to private and public projects, as well as new and significant commercial and business developments, occurring on the Southside. It’s home to more than a few of Chattanooga’s hipster population, some great galleries, restaurants and soon a new grocery store that will cement its neighborhood status. But we come now to focus on the North Shore, a more developed and distinct community.

No less hip or edgy, if such a distinction exists in Chattanooga, the historic North Shore is an eclectic neighborhood that combines galleries and boutiques, restaurants, a vibrant community and some natural “pluses”—the Tennessee River, Coolidge Park, the Walnut Street Bridge—that give it an edge over the developing Southside.

There is much to celebrate on the North Shore, and yet another opportunity to do so happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, during All Things North Shore, a celebration of art and culture in this diverse community.

The neighborhood party was organized to celebrate the North Shore Community Public Art Project, which will soon place a new sculpture in the grassy area in front of Walgreens at the intersection of Frazier and Woodland Avenues.

Public Art Chattanooga, which raised funding to purchase the new sculpture, received more than 75 applications from artists nationwide and have selected three finalists whose work will be on display in small-scale model form at the Association for Visual Arts for the entire community to vote on which will become a permanent fixture in the city. Everyone who votes during the party will receive a sticker that makes them eligible for specials offered by participating North Shore merchants.

The free event is based in the North Shore Fellowship parking lot at 118 Woodland Ave. After voting you can:

• Make your mark on a community handprint mural;

• Listen to live music from such local artists as the Snake Doctors;

• Enjoy food from local vendors and restaurants such as Good Dog and the Brewhaus;

• Create arts & crafts and participate in children’s activities;

• Shop local merchants and receive special offers, including Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore, which will be hosting its Art ‘til Dark Outdoor Market.

There’s no better way to support public art and celebrate an arts community.


May 31, 2012

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