The colors and essence of fresh produce are captured on the canvases of Jennie Kirkpatrick as she presents her impressions of local and foreign markets in her featured exhibit at In-Town Gallery during September.
An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on the First Friday, Sept. 6, introduces this delectable array of fruit and vegetable still lifes and market scenes. A trip to the fresh market is a social event where neighbors gather in an atmosphere of good will, and visitors are warmly welcomed. All ages, from babies in strollers to grandparents, enjoy the colorful display and share friendship and news of community events.
Those who sow and reap the produce are represented by those who promote and sell. Shoppers come with eager anticipation to buy the ingredients for a family meal or special occasion.
“In our own country as well as those in which I have lived or traveled,” Kirkpatrick began,” “I find this a way to feel the pulse of the community.” She explained, “For someone who, besides painting, gardens, cooks, and entertains, the combination provides the impetus for this suite of paintings.” She said many hours have been spent in regional and European settings with camera or sketchbook in hand, looking for the right light or perspective, “with an eye toward future paintings in acrylic and watercolor.”
After living and traveling in various states, two years in Japan, and three years in Tunisia, Kirkpatrick — with her two children and naval officer husband — returned to her home state of Tennessee. As an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Cleveland State Community College and Tennessee Wesleyan College, she taught drawing, design, art history and art appreciation for eight years.
Kirkpatrick recently gave watercolor classes at Lee University in Cleveland and conducts workshops.Academic credentials include a bachelor of fine arts in painting from UTC; a master of fine arts in graphics/printmaking from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and associate of arts in commercial art/illustration from North Virginia Community College. A career as a muralist followed, developing large-scale projects for residential clients which included elaborate decorative wall finishes.
Returning to fine arts, Kirkpatrick currently shows her work at the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland and the Athens Arts Center in Athens, also.
In-Town Gallery, founded in 1974, is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation. It presents the original work of more than 30 regional studio artists at its location at 26A Frazier Ave., in Chattanooga, between the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges on the North Shore of the Tennessee River. For more information, call 267-9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/intowngallery.