Painted Gardens


Mark Making’s East Chattanooga Campus at the intersection of North Chamberlain Avenue and Glass Street

Artists: 50 participants from Orchard Knob Middle School and Girls Inc of Chattanooga, in collaboration with professional artists Frances McDonald and Rondell Crier

Partners: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Orchard Knob Middle School, Girls Inc of Chattanooga, and Tennessee Arts Commission

Description: Drawing on inspiration from the late Dennis Palmer, one of Chattanooga’s most innovative painters and improvisational musicians, participants considered the structure underlying good pattern building, whether in the visual or audio arts. Their vegetative drawings were enlarged and traced onto a cloth that was then painted by the teens. The now painted vegetation were collaged and finally adhered to Mark Making’s buildings.