Photo from the artist / In his Area 61 Gallery show, "Collision 2020," artist Jeff Delude examines the year's social, cultural and civil unrest, such as this mixed-media collage he has titled "Stand."

Art figures prominently in the event calendar this week. Miki Boni's "Facescapes" is on view at In-Town Gallery, Area 61 Gallery has hung the work of Jeff Delude and Townsend Atelier is launching a weekly series of In the Studio sessions with a rotating lineup of artists.


Townsend Atelier owner Peggy Townsend says one of the things she has missed most during the coronavirus pandemic is inviting visitors into her East 11th Street studio to watch artists demonstrate their creative process.

"Always fun and informative, watching artists work never gets old, is enlightening and deeply satisfying," she said.

So she has devised an alternative. Starting Sunday, Sept. 27, Townsend will host a series of In the Studio virtual artist talks and demonstrations.

Each session will be held live via Zoom from an artist's studio, giving virtual viewers an intimate look at the creation of a painting, drawing or sculpture as the artist talks about process, materials and inspiration.

"Plenty of time will be set aside for Q&A," Townsend said.

First up is Timur Akhriev, a Russian-born painter who immigrated to Chattanooga in 2002. He will focus on gouache painting.

Succeeding weeks will feature Scott Conary (oil painting) on Oct. 4; Kate Zambrano and Sean Cheetham (portrait drawing) on Oct. 11; Cindy Procious (oil painting) on Oct. 18; Mia Bergeron (oil painting) on Oct. 25; Chris Groves (oil painting, cold wax) on Nov. 1; Hollie Chastain (collage) on Nov. 22; and Aleah Chapin (figurative oil painting) on Dec. 6. All are priced at $35 except the twofer with Zambrano and Cheetham, which is $50. All take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

Those who can't make the date may register to receive a recording of the event. Most works begun during the session will be available for sale a few weeks later.

A link to join the Zoom demo will be emailed after registration. Find links to register at (click on Art Classes). The website also includes registration information for other online and in-person classes.


Chattanooga artist Miki Boni is featuring "Facescapes" this month at In-Town Gallery. The subject matter hearkens back to the earliest days of her career when the Brooklyn, New York, native drew street portraits in Manhattan's East Village.

"Faces tell a story — always," Boni said. "Particularly the eyes. Whether it's a human or an animal, they tell you what the subject is feeling in each moment. My goal is to capture and freeze those moments and present them on canvas."

Boni said her inspiration and output have been affected by the pandemic, but she's using the lessons of "a long and difficult year" as a source of creativity.

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Photo from the artist / To tell the story of the disruption, isolation and loneliness that have accompanied the coronavirus pandemic, artist Miki Boni used masses of dark colors around the subject's penetrating eyes. She titled this painting "Socially Distanced."

"In the time of COVID's social distancing," she said, "what safer way to bring the ones you know closer than by telling their story in paint?"

"Facescapes" remains on view through Sept. 30. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., is open noon-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Follow at or on Facebook or Instagram. Call 423-267-9214 for more information.


The latest body of work by North Georgia artist Jeff Delude is featured at Area 61 Gallery. Created during the coronavirus pandemic, "Collision 2020" offers visual cues to the year's social, cultural and civil unrest.

Delude describes the collection as a cross-pollination of surrealism, pop and expressionism. Gallery director Keeli Crewe said Delude's preferred medium is mixed-media collage "as he finds it offers more spontaneity and room for innovation than his traditional art foundations."

Delude said his style has been influenced by such renowned artists as Picabia, Dali, Ernst and Rauschenberg, but cultural, political and sociological circumstances can supersede formal touchstones.

"Relevant art must account for its time and place, springing from the past and arcing toward the future," he said. "My task is to comment on the stormy sea of crowded distractions we are all faced with on a daily basis, vying for our attention and begging us to leave our individual and spiritual selves at the door."

Original works from "Collision 2020" will be available for viewing and purchase through Nov. 1 at Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Friday through Monday, or by appointment by calling 423-648-9367.

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