The artist members are hosting a reception to celebrate their fresh start, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday, May 3, in the gallery.
Watercolorist Helen Burton of Cleveland, along with John McLean and Jennie Kirkpatrick, cover seascapes, landscapes, florals, still life, figures and abstracts, as do acrylic specialists Helen Brooks, Leslie Dulin and Coyee Langston.
Intaglio etchings by Linda Thomas are whimsical interpretations of her favorite animals. Earliest gallery member, Jane Yelliott, has produced her newest editions of the popular koi pond framed 12-inch glazed tiles, among other pieces. Versatile painter Ellen Franklin was inspired to express her interpretation of the season with a 4-foot high pattern of trees and roots. A member for five years, she uses oils, watercolor, acrylics, encaustic and even coffee for her images.
Among the 16 painters, all media are represented. Pieces include Bradley Wilson’s whimsical animal and bird figures, Doug McCoy’s intricate pen and ink drawings and oil painter’s Chuck Frye’s realistic renderings of local and historic scenes. Gay Arthur continues to preserve Chattanooga structures on canvas, showing derelict factories in a new light and plein-air painters Marie Miller, Victoria Pearmain and Janis Wilkey capture the local scenes. Other oil painters with many interests are Lori Ryan and Maddin Corey.
Potters Ted Reeder, Sheila Fulghum and Roger Harvey offer innovation in the shapes and sizes of their clay works, ranging from small figures to large lamps and pedestals. Among the 3-D works are turned-wood pieces by Jim Roche including bowls, vases, candlesticks and fountain pens and Julie Clark’s forged steel sculptures.
Other artists whose works will be on display are Carolyn Insler and Mary Beth McClure, who works with stained glass. Tables and benches made from planks of native hardwoods with a natural edge distinguish the work of Doug Barker.
A special ingredient of In-Town Gallery is the freestanding showcases that display the craftsmanship of five jewelers who each have individual methods for producing their personal designs: Eleanor Goodson, Mary Beth McClure, Marian Kerr and newcomers to the gallery, Barbara Murnan and Laura Brock.
Photography is represented by Virginia Webb, a 13-year gallery member, with black and white images of local landmarks, colorful Western scenes, and atmospheric images; and one-year member Spears McAllester, who favors snowy trees and mountain vistas.
Nine-year member Linda White creates her art with cloth in many forms, textures and colors.
In-Town Gallery, founded in 1974, 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 adjacent to Coolidge Park on the North Shore of the Tennessee River. For more information, call 423-267-9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/intowngallery.