An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on the First Friday, Feb. 7 at the gallery is an opportunity to meet the artist and see what she sees in this area.
A plein-air painter for many years, Pearmain absorbs the atmosphere of her subjects on location to give life to her representation which she finalizes in the studio. A vacant lot, the factory now shut down, the little view of nature on the edge of the Walmart parking lot — these city vignettes inspire her works in oil on canvas, paper or panels.
“I find life and character, color and texture in these places which often become habitats for birds, plants, and butterflies. I want to express the feeling of the place as I see it,” the artist explains.
Some paintings are worked in many layers, giving them a rough quality like the scenes they depict. Several of them have been in progress for many years. They are an ongoing series of paintings of places that are often overlooked by others. Most contain architectural elements that contrast with the softer shapes of the natural landscape.
Pearmain received her bachelor of fine arts in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art. She traveled to Florence, Italy, to study in a six-month program at Studio Arts International.
Currently an elected member of In-Town Gallery since October 2011, she was formerly a member for two years, from July 2002 through March 2004.
In-Town Gallery, founded in 1974, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation.
Located at 26A Frazier Ave. in Chattanooga (between the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges), it is adjacent to Coolidge Park on the north shore of the Tennessee River.
The gallery is open every day year-round except major holidays. For more information, call 267-9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/intowngallery.