Erica Stankwytch Bailey - 2017 4 Bridges Jewelry Artist
Erica is the 4 Bridges Arts Festival Featured Jewelry Artist for 2017
My work is both organic and architectural, and is created from the visual fragments of a life of collecting images. I inspect the world in great detail and have always collected shells, seedpods, stones and interesting organic elements. My studio often resembles a laboratory with trays of specimens lined in rows. The walls and pages of my sketchbook are covered with myriad images of my world from nano-photography of plant life to the expansiveness of the Grand Canyon. In designing, making and living I see a strong relevance for the smallest things within the larger context; the seed that becomes a plant, the jewelry on the wearer, our planet within the universe. I use a variety of techniques in an effort to create pieces that are tactile and invoke in the wearer a sense of personal attachment.
Carrie Pendergrass, 2017 4 Bridges Poster Designer
Carrie Pendergrass is the 2017 4 Bridges Poster Contest winner. Her design was chosen to represent the festival. Chattanooga-born artist Carrie Pendergrass has been making art for as long as she can remember. She received her B.F.A. degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting from the University of TN. Knoxville in 1997 and has been working as a freelance artist and in creative work environments ever since. She began teaching art in various public and private capacities to all age groups from child to adult, upon her return to Chattanooga in 1998. She returned to school and in 2005 received her M.Ed. from the University of TN. Chattanooga, along with a certification to teach art in k-12. She worked as a full-time art teacher in middle and high school levels until 2012 when she left to pursue creating art full-time.