Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore

31 03 2011

40 Frazier Avenue | Chattanooga, TN 37405


29 05 2020

This site has not been regularly active since 2012.  It is for archive and reference only.

However, Winder Binder is alive and well, and is celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2020.

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Who-Fest is this weekend…

8 05 2012

2012 Gallery/Show Schedule

8 02 2012

We have updated our 2012 calendar…42 events, so far, and counting!

Click the “Events Calendar” button (above), or click HERE:

And as always, for more details on individual events, check out our facebook page HERE.


Fall/Winter 2011 Schedule at Winder Binder

11 10 2011

NOTE: For daily updates on all Winder Binder events, check out out facebook page:

Sat. October 15th
Art til Dark – Noon-6:00pm (Website / Facebook)

Sat. October 22nd
David Greenberger – 7:00-9:00pm Reception/Spoken Word Performance/Book Signing

Sat. October 29th
Art til Dark – Noon-6:00pm (Website / Facebook)
Meacham Writers’ Workshop Reading – 5:00-7:00pm (Website)

Fri. November 4th
November Featured Artist: Chris Beck – 5:00-8:00pm Reception (Website)
In conjunction with the 3rd Annual NorthShore Art Walk

Sat. November 5th
Art til Dark – Noon-6:00pm (Website / Facebook)
The Weeds are Always Greener Jason Green Book Signing – 4:00-6:00pm

Fri. November 18th through Sun. November 20th
6th Annual NorthShore Holiday Open House

Sat. November 18th
Art til Dark – Noon-6:00pm (Website / Facebook)

November 25th & 26th
6th Annual Art til Dark Holiday Market
Black Friday 10:00-6:00pm / Saturday Noon-6:00pm (Website / Facebook)

Faux Bridges is this weekend!

5 04 2011

Check out for more information.

Folk Fest 2010

15 08 2010

Winder Binder will be hosting a booth at the annual Slotin’s Folk Fest, August 20-22, 2010. We’ll be featuring artists such as the chainsaw artist, known for his whimsical “polkie dotted” animals, JL Nipper. As well as Chattanooga’s own, Daniel Johnson known for his elaborate town-scapes, and beautifully carved doors. Atlanta favorites Charlie and Deb Henson with their handy man tools come to life. Chattanooga artist Whitney Nave Jones will be bringing her bright and inspired paintings that can’t help but make you a little nostalgic, Michael Wimmer, also of Chattanooga whose clocks and assemblages are made from antique objects formed in such a way you’ll wonder why it wasn’t made that way originally. We’re also welcoming David Hammock, of Arab Alabama and his collection of larger than life, animated metal sculptures. Joining as well will be artist Eddie Powell (info to follow).

Please make the trip to Atlanta to visit us and hundreds of other galleries and artists in a celebration of world-renowned Folk Art.

Who-Fest is this weekend

20 05 2009

Come on down…nearly 70 artists, two full days of music, demonstrations and workshops.

Saturday and Sunday
Renaissance Park

Click the Who-Fest link on the right side of this page.

Oh, and it’s FREE!!!!

2nd Annual Nala Ren Memorial Art Show is this weekend!

6 11 2008
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 , 10:04 a.m.

Winder Binder to raise funds for animals

Animal and art lovers are invited to celebrate their passions at Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art Nov. 8 when the gallery hosts the 2nd annual Nala Ren Memorial Art Show.

“It’s kind of a perfect meshing of the art gallery and pet adoption because so much of the folk art that we have here has cats and dogs on it to begin with,” said Winder Binder owner David Smotherman, a longtime dog lover.

Named after Mr. Smotherman’s late dog, Nala Ren, the event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center.


Winder Binder owner David Smotherman and his dog Abby will host the upcoming Nala Ren Memorial Art Show Nov. 8 to benefit the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center.

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To support the center Mr. Smotherman and the artists he represents will donate 25 percent of the day’s sales to McKamey.

While last year’s event raised $1,000 for the animal haven, Mr. Smotherman said he hopes to see the numbers double this year. Given the varied price range of the work that will be available, he said he is confident that his goal will be achieved.

According to Mr. Smotherman, the artists represented by his gallery are more than happy to help him with his mission.

“Most of the artists are willing to meet me halfway,” said Mr. Smotherman. “They’ll give part of their commission and I’ll give part of mine.”

The cost of the items that will be for sale will range from $50 to $500 with commissioned pet portraits going for a standard rate of $75 per painting.

At least two artists will be on hand to do pet portraits for customers, though Mr. Smotherman asks would-be patrons to bring pictures of their pets for the artists to work from rather than their pets themselves.

Mr. Smotherman’s own dogs, Abby and Ella, will be in attendance at the event, however, as Mr. Smotherman almost always keeps them around the shop.

“Even when you are having a bad day those dogs are still there wagging their tails,” he said.

Admission to the art show is free and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

One Bridge Folk Art Festival returns Oct. 4-5

1 10 2008
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 , 10:32 a.m.

The 3rd annual One Bridge Folk Art Festival will add to the celebratory spirit of the North Shore on Oct. 4 and 5.

Hosted by Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art owner David Smotherman, the festival will be held in the Frazier Avenue parking lot adjacent to the Walnut Street Bridge.

“It’s just like a big party out there,” said Mr. Smotherman. “There’s not that pretension.”

As a regular host of art events such as Who-Fest and Art ‘til Dark, Mr. Smotherman welcomes the opportunity to present the public with a more intimate and focused folk art festival.

He said such an atmosphere is one favored by folk artists and their fans, himself included.

“It’s like an art reunion for the artists themselves,” said Mr. Smotherman, who handpicked the artists who will be exhibiting. “It’s my favorite because it’s all old friends.”

New friends are likely to join in the creative fun, as One Bridge will overlap with Wine Over Water on Saturday. Mr. Smotherman purposefully chose to have his festival intersect with the wine tasting that leads people toward the Winder Binder parking lot.

“You always want to do a show at the same time something else big is going on,” said Mr. Smotherman, confident in the crowd that will be drawn to the weekend events. “People who go to do a wine tasting are the people who enjoy art.”

The 20 exhibiting artists will offer a wide variety of work priced to suit every collector. Such is the aim of most folk art, which is at its core whimsical, accessible and, for the most part, affordable.

Buyers will have the option to purchase prints of the festival’s poster, which was designed by Charles “Niznik” Clendenin. Mr. Clendenin’s work depicts a vibrant Walnut Street Bridge, and 50 limited edition prints will be available for purchase.

Jewelry will also be for sale alongside paintings and drawings at the rain or shine event.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. The closing times are loose, according to Mr. Smotherman, who recognizes the nature of most swinging parties.

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