Potter Sheila Fulghum and painter Helen Brooks are the featured artists for the month of April at In-Town Gallery.
This pairing of three-dimensional and two-dimensional artworks creates a vibrant exhibit. Visitors can meet the artists at the opening reception on “First Friday,” April 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.
These two artists collaborated three years ago in their exhibit, “Serendipity,” which means the making fortunate discoveries by accident. Today, both artists still agree this is an accurate description of what happens when they are creating their works, so this year’s exhibit is aptly called “Serendipitous.”
Both Fulghum and Brooks continue to share the same philosophy about life and beauty. They love color, contrast, design, shape, and texture. Their pieces are inspired by life’s blessings and challenges. The fascination of an ever-changing world influences their work, whether it is Fulghum’s clay or Brooks’ acrylic collages and paintings.
Fulghum began her love of clay in 1988 when she took an introduction to wheel throwing class at the High Museum in Atlanta. She later studied under many noted potters, and since retiring from Delta Airlines in 2008 she has devoted herself full time to her craft.
Brooks was primarily a representational oil and pastel painter, but after studying under noted artist Sandra Paynter Washburn, she directed her talents toward the wonder and magic of experimental water media.
The two artists became elected members of In-Town Gallery — Fulghum in April 2010, and Brooks in October 2010. They always remain open to serendipitous discoveries in their lives and in their art mediums.
In-Town Gallery, founded in 1974, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation. It presents the original work of more than 30 regional studio artists. It is located at 26A Frazier Ave. between the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges on the North Shore of the Tennessee River.
For more information, call 267-9214, visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/intowngallery.