IF YOU GO
* What: “Celebrate Art!” opening reception.
* When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3. Exhibit continues through Jan. 31.
* Where: In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave.
* Admission: Free.
* Phone: 423-267-9214.
* Website: www.intowngallery.com (also on Facebook).
In-Town Gallery plans to “Celebrate Art !” to kick off the new year.
Every medium involved in the original work of the gallery’s 34 artists will be represented on the front wall as an introduction to their wealth of creativity. Organizers call it the ABCs of art, as it incorporates acrylics, assemblage, beads, charcoal, clay, collage, encaustic, etching, fiber, glass, graphite, ink, jewels, metal, mixed media, oils, pastels, pencil, photos, tiles, watercolors and wood.
The opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, begins the gallery’s 40th anniversary celebration, which will continue all year long, with a special event on Founders’ Day in September.
The exhibit continues through Friday, Jan. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 8 p.m. on first Fridays), 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
CELEBRATE A SPECIAL ARTIST
During “Celebrate Art!” a separate wall will be devoted to displaying the work of Jane Yelliott, who has been a member of the artist cooperative for almost 30 years (she joined in 1984). At 87, she is the oldest member of In-Town Gallery. Spokeswoman Helen Burton says Yelliott has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the liver and, at press time, was in the care of hospice and her family at her home.
“Celebrate a Special Artist” will pay tribute to some of the ways Yelliott has left her mark on Chattanooga. The red brick bench on Market Street near the Tennessee Aquarium, with the ceramic scene of cats watching the fish, called “Cat-Fish Fantasy,” is hers; it won the Masonry Contest in 1998. The shallow pool floor of the Aquarium is populated with colorful turtles on black tiles designed by the artist. She also was commissioned to create portraits of family members and pets in pastel, oil or watercolor for a host of Chattanooga residents.
Beyond Tennessee, Yelliott’s artwork was installed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “The Think Tank” is a life-size cow painted on a plywood panel for a National Zoo project.
In 2004 she was commissioned to design a series of tile murals for the new Culinary School building at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C. This led to her creation of a colorful series of “Cookopelli” figures, a takeoff on the Southwest Indian Kokopelli. Instead of holding musical instruments, hers held platters of food, lobsters, crabs and the like, and each wore a chef’s toque.