A compilation of two- and three-dimensional works of art by Maddin Corey and Ellen Franklin is the featured exhibit at In-Town Gallery in October. These innovative artists have explored special techniques which enhance the surface quality and depth of color on each piece. They will be introduced at the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on “First Friday,” Oct. 4, in the gallery.
The collaboration by Corey and Franklin grew from a summer workshop they attended which focused on various glazing techniques on a variety of grounds. The textured and glazed pieces are characterized by the artists’ application of layer upon layer of oil and water-based glazes, resulting in unique textural effects. Each work boasts a depth, clarity, and luminosity achieved through these processes.
Friends since childhood, these two artists discovered their love for painting and sculpture after their children began elementary school. Both enjoy exploring all mediums, and are constantly challenging themselves to find unique new ways for personal expression through their work.
The paintings for the collection “Texture and Glaze” are inspired by the beauty of the late summer harvest. The very nature of the glaze mimics the seasonal attitude of the subjects. Leaves, flowers, and produce are heavy with the burden of a summer production and are preparing for the rest provided by the cool weather of fall.
Franklin is a multimedia artist in both her paintings and sculptures. She is a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society and a member of the International Acrylic Painters Society. She has exhibited at the Dalton Creative Arts Guild in Georgia and currently has pieces at Gannon Art Center and Gallery, Chattanooga.
Her three-dimensional pieces are graceful figures of dancers, animals and fruit. They are formed with clay and fabric over a wire armature and finished with a bronze patina. Expressions of her personal style, each sculpture has its own appealing personality.
Both artists are native Chattanoogans. Franklin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in biology, and a degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences.
Corey is an English major graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in fine art portraits and has shown at the Shuptrine Fine Art Group and River Gallery, and was named a Tennessee Top Ten portrait artist. Their work is shown on the gallery website.
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. Located at 26A Frazier Ave., Chattanooga, 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 423-267-9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/intowngallery.