Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:45 AM


Chattanooga's art scene has exploded over the past decade, but until recently there hasn't been a local resource providing a comprehensive overview for visitors and residents. Local transplant Libby Santin is helping to fill that void with the opening of New South Tours, offering three-hour art tours two Saturdays a month that include stops at galleries, public art installations and artists' studios throughout the downtown area. "When visiting other cities, I like to go to museums and learn the backstories and details from someone who lives there," says Santin, who was inspired to start New South Tour Co. after visiting New York City earlier this year, when she went on a walking tour of art galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood. She was already active in Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community - Santin and her husband own Dynamic Displays & Graphics and she teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and volunteers at The Company Lab. So she decided to grow the idea into a side business, forming connections with gallery owners and working artists, who serve as stops on the tours. "It exploded after making the first couple of calls," she says of interest among the local arts community. Limited ...

News source: Times Free Press

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