In-Town Gallery starts the new year with the exhibition “New Beginnings”


In 2021, In-Town Gallery welcomed six new talented artists to the cooperative. Each of these artists brings a new dimension to the visual art collection shown in the gallery. All of these artists will be featured in January and on the first Friday of the gallery’s open door on January 7th.

Renel Plouffe, is a French-Canadian painter who now lives in Ooltewah. She paints with acrylic, oil, pastel, spray paint and charcoal and creates abstract expressionism pictures built up in layers. Renel’s paintings show an interesting balance between beauty and chaos. She earned a BSA in graphic design and completed a specialization diploma in 2D / 3D animation. Renel is a magician with color, an artist who can paint somber and creepy motifs in exquisite pastel tones, beautiful neon and candy colors.

Luck followed Sean Price when he traveled to Maui at the age of 20 to visit his sister who worked in a glass gallery and studio. Enchanted by what glass can make, he took the opportunity to become an apprentice, lived in Hawaii, and learned and honed his talent in an ocean-view studio. Thirty years later, Sean creates sculptures from flamed glass and continues to be enchanted by the processes and possibilities of color and the various elements that can be applied to his creations.

Although he has lived in Chattanooga for a long time, Lora Miller developed her inspiration for the art when she traveled with her military family as a child and now continues the beauty she feels in nature and her travels to local small towns in the south. Lora’s experience and talent have resulted in works that are exuberant with color and playful simplicity in design. For most of her career, she has focused on watercolors, which she describes as impressionism that can turn into the abstract. During the pandemic she did a lot of acrylic painting and developed many of her watercolors on large canvas works with acrylic paints.

Brent Weston has a very unusual and interesting story. His artistic background was inspired by trips to Europe, where he spent many years on adventure trips through the Alps and small towns in Italy. Brent was an architecture student at Georgia Tech in the late 1980s, and many of his paintings reflect memories not only of his travels, but of his love for structure as well. Brent graduated from the Atlanta College of Art and the UTC painting and drawing program. In 2016, Brent tragically lost about 100 of his paintings in a warehouse fire. But now he’s really looking forward to exhibiting his new works at In-Town.

photographer Sybil Topelwho has a master’s degree in fine arts, moved to Chattanooga in 2014. Although many of her photographs reflect the natural beauty of the river and mountains, her particular love is scenes with details that tell the story of a city, of both its renewed and abandoned or neglected architectural structures. Sybil’s work is divided into three areas: emotionally charged landscapes, bizarre / humorous juxtapositions and pop culture overlaid with references to art. Her work was selected by the Hunter Museum’s Spectrum Art Committee for its prestigious annual art auction and is also on display at the Edwin Hotel.

Robin Howe was exposed to art through her grandfather, an artist and architect who was a master of lines and details. Art for Robin went in a different direction. Restrictive rules aside, she relies on tools like her fingers, popsicle sticks, and granola packs to give her works a sense of freshness and freedom. Their art provides an opportunity to play, explore, reflect, and hopefully bring joy to others. When inspired, she gets lost in her work and lets the outside world dissolve. Your efforts have resulted in well-deserved recognitions and awards.

At the beginning of the new year, the artists of the In-Town Gallery present a wide range of inexpensive arts and crafts, including paintings in various media, sculptures, ceramics, works made of wood and metal, unique jewelry, fine art photography and hand -painted silk- Wearables.

The In-Town Gallery is located on the north coast of Chattanooga at 26A Frazier Avenue. The opening times are Thursday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit us during these times or visit us on January 7th for our First Friday reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can also see the creations of our artists and shop at www.intowngallery.com.


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