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Wayne White with Luther Massingil Puppet - Wayne-O-Rama

Visit Wayne-O-Rama!

Location

1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408
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Hours

Wayne-O-Rama is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Wayne-O-Rama will be open until September 2017.

Free admission (donations welcome)

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Wayne White with Magic Lookout Mountain

Our
Mission

The Emmy-winning artist and Chattanooga native Wayne White will astound and inspire with Wayne-O-Rama, a unique yearlong indoor Southside funhouse of Chattanooga history, presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space.

Wayne-O-Rama playfully and vividly recreates scenes and pays tribute to notable figures from centuries of Chattanooga’s rich history with incredible interactive sculptures, giant puppets, immersive sound design and much more. Imagine Pee-wee’s Playhouse crossed with the Smithsonian – that’s the vision for Wayne-O-Rama, which serves as a hub of cultural and educational activity for art, music and history by hosting events, performances, workshops and more.

This project encompasses much more than an installation and involves a wide variety of art, storytelling and animation workshops led by Wayne White and local artists. Collaborative events at Wayne-O-Rama include giant puppet parades, music and dance performances, and art showcases, involving numerous local and regional organizations.

Wayne has saved his most personal, meaningful ideas for Wayne-O-Rama with several goals in mind. He wants to bring a sense of play to art, to pay tribute to his Southern roots and to inspire and stimulate the imagination of a new breed of Tennessee artists – from the youngest to the oldest – and encourage and foster creativity in everyone.

  • “Magic” Lookout Mountain
  • Bessie Smith
  • The Bob Brandy Show
  • Chief Dragging Canoe

About
Wayne White

The celebrated artist Wayne White was born and raised in Chattanooga, and despite the numerous accolades and attention he has received, he has never forgotten where he came from.

Wayne White currently is enjoying recognition in the modern art world for his masterfully created word paintings and for his elaborate, astounding installations: fantastic, awe-inspiring spaces with giant puppets and incredible sculptures. He built his reputation as a world-class illustrator, animator, set designer, puppeteer and art director after moving to New York City and Los Angeles, but he is a Chattanooga boy at heart, with a desire to both inspire and honor the city that helped to shape him into the artist he is today.

  • Winner of three Emmy awards for art direction on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse television show
  • Winner of a fourth Emmy for his artwork for the Disney Channel short “The Time I…Got 322 Pairs of Shoes for My Birthday”
  • Winner of the Billboard award for best art direction on Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” music video
  • MTV Music Video Award winner for set design on Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight”
  • Production and set designer for Shining Time Station, Riders in the Sky, and Beakman’s World
  • Illustrator for the New York Times, The Village Voice, Raw Magazine and many other publications
  • Wayne’s portfolio was documented in the 382-page monograph book Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve in 2009
  • Wayne is the subject of the 2012 acclaimed documentary film Beauty is Embarrassing, called “one of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I’ve had this year” by Leonard Maltin
  • Creator of acclaimed word paintings, with 3-D text painted on vintage landscape reproductions, including ones made for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, the Nashville country band Lambchop’s album covers, and the online magazine The Bitter Southerner
  • Called “one of the most exciting artists in America” by Esquire magazine in 2007

Photos / Press

Wanye White with Chief Dragging Canoe - Wayne-O-Rama

Our Sponsors

Wayne-O-Rama is sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. and presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space, with generous support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation.

Wayne-O-Rama is administered by the Shaking Ray Levi Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization founded in 1986 to nurture and support non-traditional arts to help nourish the cultural growth of Chattanooga. The Shaking Ray Levi Society is a funded agency of ArtsBuild of Chattanooga.

Wayne White with Bob Brandy - Wayne-O-Rama

Our Partners

Is your organization interested in opportunities to partner with Wayne-O-Rama? Contact us!

Wayne-O-Rama on Glass St.

Events

NOV 19

GRAND OPENING!

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Tenn Arts announce the grand opening of Wayne-O-Rama on Saturday, November 19th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM. This yearlong installation by 4-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White will astound and amaze as guests experience a Chattanooga history funhouse. Sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. with support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation, these larger-than-life puppets and installations depict Lookout Mountain, Chief Dragging Canoe, Bessie Smith, Chattanooga broadcasting legend Bob Brandy and a host of notable Chattanooga figures.

The Grand Opening celebration is free and open to the public. It will include a ribbon-cutting, the presentation of a joint City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County proclamation declaring the day “Wayne White Day of Art and Education,” and remarks by public officials, corporate sponsors and Wayne White.

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DEC 03

MAINX24 WAYNE-O-RAMA OPEN HOUSE

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Visit Wayne-O-Rama and the working studio in the Love Gallery for a fun open house event. Tour the studio and talk with team members about the yearlong installation.

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DEC 16

Jeff Crompton Trio, Robert Fleitz (Toy Piano Virtuoso)

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

December 16, 8:00 pm, $12 adults, $8 students

WAYNE-O-RAMA CONCERT SERIES PREMIERE EVENT!

This unique show features the dynamic sax/bass/drums jazz outfit Jeff Crompton Trio (Atlanta/Chattanooga) and the toy piano virtuoso Robert Fleitz (NYC).

No mere novelty, the toy piano is an instrument that has been used in compositions by noted 20th century composers John Cage and George Crumb, and Fleitz will demonstrate its versatility, playing selections by Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, Puerto Rican-born composer Angélica Negrón, Molly Joyce, Monica Pearce, Olivia Kieffer and Andrew Krahn, and he will perform the world premiere of Jeff Crompton's "Sonatina for Toy Piano."

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JAN 22

Provocative Percussion: Tim Feeney, Erik Gehrke with special guests David D. Dunn and Evan Lipson

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

January 22, 6:30 pm (doors 6 pm), $12 ($8 students) at door

The Wayne-O-Rama Concert Series continues its momentum of bringing absolutely unique and unusual music performances with its second concert, featuring a pair of adventurous percussionists, Tim Feeney and Erik Gehrke, with singular, visionary drum explorations that go beyond tradition in astounding ways.

Set 1: Erik Gehrke’s solo drum arrangement of his original composition “November 25, 1863,” commissioned for the
Sherman Reservation dedication, expressing “the carnage and pathos of warfare.”
Set 2: Tim Feeney solo percussion performance
Set 3: Tim Feeney, David D. Dunn (bass clarinet) and Evan Lipson (double bass) playing an improvised set

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Wayne-O-Rama on Glass St.
Howard High School students working with Wayne White on Magic Lookout Mountain

Art Exploration Days

Art Exploration Days are available this year at Wayne-O-Rama! Hamilton County teachers can sign up for this unique field trip experience for their students. Please contact us for scheduling information.

Some of the features of the field trip include:

  • 1.5 Hours
  • Studio Tour
  • Discussion of how the sculptures are created
  • Discussion of art & history connection through sculptures of Bessie Smith, Lookout Mountain, Bob Brandy, and Chief Dragging Canoe
  • LIVE Skype Chat with 4-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White
  • Art Lessons/Activities

Shaking Ray Levi Society Events

During this yearlong installation project many of the events hosted by the Shaking Ray Levi Society will take place at Wayne-O-Rama. Visit the Shaking Ray Levi Society website for more info!

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