‘Lucky 13’ exhibit begins new year
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In-Town Gallery 12-30
“13-Peal Sunflower” by Julie Clark
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Anyway you look at it, the No. 13 has a superstitious reputation. The 36 artists at In-Town Gallery are out to prove that it can be a lucky number. They have created artworks around the “Lucky 13” theme that will amaze and delight everyone who sees them. Clever interpretations in paint, photography, glass, clay, wood, fabric, metal and jewelry have captured the spirit of the New Year in a light-hearted manner. Come and meet the artists and see their innovative works at the opening reception, from 5 to 8 p.m. on first Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in the gallery.

Jeweler Mary Clor formed 13 layers of glass into a distinctive jewel encased in silver that she finished with various treatments to create a pendant she calls “Seismic Fault.” All the birds did not fly south, as Bradley Wilson has captured 13 rare species with his “captivating” cartoon versions in acrylic paint on wood. Carolyn Insler will brighten the scene with her magnolia blossom nightlight made with 13 pieces of stained glass. Helen Brooks added one more to her traditional dozen red roses in a colorful floral painting.

Newest gallery member Maddin Corey invites a game of billiards with her billiard balls numbered 12 and 1 in her still life. Jennie Kirkpatrick reminisces about an ancestor’s 13th birthday with her watercolor.

Potter Roger Harvey decorated his eight-sided, salt-glazed clay jar and lid with 13 symbols in a dark blue glaze. The imagination of Leslie J. Dulin has produced a trio of figures made with found objects. “Clown” has 13 wire spirals for his “hair. Count the components of the other assemblages — could be 13.

In the fruit department, Ellen Franklin painted a “baker’s dozen” pears. Black cats may be considered bad luck, but Jane Yelliott proves their universal appeal with her charming portrayal. Even a 13-petal sunflower in steel by Julie Clark can grow in anyone’s garden. Or, how about some lucky horseshoes?

For those who are feeling “at sixes and sevens” because the holidays are over — well, add them up to 13 and come celebrate the New Year 2013 with the artists at In-Town Gallery.

Founded in 1974, In-Town Gallery is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation, presenting the original work of more than 30 regional studio artists. Located at 26A Frazier Ave., between the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges, it is next to Coolidge Park on the north shore of the Tennessee River. For more information, call 267-9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/intowngallery.