First Friday Openings
On the first Friday of each month, 5-8 pm, free
In-Town Gallery 45th Holiday Show!
On Display thru November 30th
The seasons are changing and so is the artwork! In-Town Gallery’s 45th Holiday Show is an all-member event with over 30 artists and makers of fine crafts. This is one of two major shows - May and November - where new work replaces old and the Gallery is refurbished and re-hung. Painters, photographers, jewelers, potters, fabric artists, sculptors and woodworkers will present their latest work. From the serious and collectible to the whimsical and amusing, from wall sculpture to Christmas tree ornaments, the artists at In-Town Gallery offer a wide variety of creations perfect for the holiday season.
With the newest artwork on display, In-Town Gallery will also spotlight our newest members–potter Jonathan Clardy and fabric artist Jan Lamoreaux.
Jonathan Clardy, a native Chattanoogan, was bitten by the pottery bug over twenty-five years ago when taking a class at Chattanooga State. “My work consists of wheel thrown and hand altered pieces,” he says. “I begin each creation with its useful function in mind, but the shape and details evolve as I work the clay, letting my wares develop in an organic process that merges my intentions with the natural elements in the clay body.” While working on his BFA, he gained experience with gas, wood, and soda firing, as well as gas reduction firing and raku. Clardy has taught at Chattanooga State, workshops and private lessons. He has also begun a co-op studio for professional ceramic artists called The 423 Pottery Studio.
Fabric artist Jan Lamoreaux moved to Chattanooga in 2018 with 40 years’ experience sewing and 15 years dyeing and painting silk. Each of Lamoreaux’s garments is handmade from start to finish. “I begin with white silk stretched on a wood frame and use special dyes necessary for a protein-based fabric like silk. I sketch a freehand design on the fabric and apply various substances to attract or resist the dye. I paint with a brush, bottle, feather, leaf, etc. using various additional materials such as salt, alcohol, hairspray, wax, etc. to bring life to the design.” The painted silk is processed with heat and moisture to make the color permanent and hand washable. The fabric is cut into the garment components before sewing them into their final form. Jan has shown her work at the Inner Banks Artisans Center as well as having been a founding member of The Lemonade Art Gallery, both in Washington, NC.