'Lucky 13'

In-Town Gallery artists focus on lucky number

By Staff Report Article posted on Thu. Jan. 3rd, 2013
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    A 13–petal sunflower in steel by Julie Clark.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

If You Go

-- What: “Lucky 13”.

-- When: Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.

-- Where: In–Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave.

-- Admission: Free.

-- Phone: 267-9214.

Anyway you look at it, the number 13 has a superstitious reputation.

The 36 artists at In–Town Gallery are out to prove that the number 13 can be a lucky number. They have created artworks around the “Lucky 13” theme in paint, photography, glass, clay, wood, fabric, metal and jewelry and they have captured the spirit of the New Year in a light–hearted manner.

Visitors to the Frazier Avenue gallery can meet the artists and see their innovative works at the opening reception, 5–8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.

Among the works, jeweler Mary Clor formed 13 layers of glass into a distinctive jewel encased in silver that she finished with various treatments to create a pendant she calls “Seismic Fault.” Bradley Wilson has captured 13 rare species of birds with his “captivating” cartoon versions in acrylic paint on wood. Carolyn Insler promises to brighten the scene with her magnolia blossom night light made with 13 pieces of stained glass.

Helen Brooks added one more to her traditional dozen red roses in a colorful floral painting. Newest gallery member, Maddin Corey invites a game of billiards with her pool balls numbered 12 and 1 in her still life. Jennie Kirkpatrick reminisces about an ancestor’s 13th Birthday with her watercolor.

Potter Roger Harvey decorated his eight–sided salt–glazed clay jar and lid with 13 symbols in a dark blue glaze. The imagination of Leslie J. Dulin has produced a trio of figures made with found objects. “Clown” has 13 wire spirals for his “hair”. Count the components of the other assemblages – could be 13. In the fruit department, Ellen Franklin painted a ‘baker’s dozen’ pears. Black cats may be considered bad luck, but Jane Yelliott proves their universal appeal with her charming portrayal. Even a 13–petal sunflower in steel by Julie Clark can grow in anyone’s garden. Or, how about some lucky horseshoes?

In-Town Gallery was founded in 1974 and is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation.

The gallery is open every day year–round except major holidays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 1–5 p.m. Sunday, and until 8 p.m. on most first Fridays.

For more information, call 423–267–9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/in towngallery.

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