Posts Tagged ‘River Gallery’

Bill Brown Unbound At The River Gallery

June 8, 2011



Tipping Point by Bill Brown


In this segment, we walk through the River Gallery’s sculpture garden with Bill Brown, a North Carolina artist whose work is featured this month.

Bridge Balance

Bridge Balance by Bill Brown


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From the River Gallery’s Web site:


June 1-30
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3
6:30 to 8:00 pm

In June, to celebrate the River Gallery Sculpture Garden’s 2011-2112 exhibit, we will feature sculptor Bill Brown. Unbound by a single medium, Mr. Brown uses steel and other various metals, glass, and acrylics in his expressive and richly textured work. Using the sculptural process as an artistic journey, Mr. Brown seeks to transform and interpret the natural and spiritual world. River Gallery will feature an indoor exhibit through June 2011 and an outdoor exhibit from June 2011 to June 2012.


Autumn Moon by Bill Brown

Janet Eskridge Creates Worlds In Boxes

January 20, 2011

Janet Eskridge - "Conversations With Birds"

Janet Eskridge is an artist from Lincoln, Nebraska, and she has work on display at the River Gallery in Chattanooga.  She uses wood and wax to create sculpture boxes.  They’re unusual because of the way she combines wax and paint and found objects and creates small, enclosed worlds.

Listen to an interview with Eskridge, recorded at the River Gallery:



Janet Eskridge - "The Telling Chair"

On the River Gallery’s Web site, Eskridge says:

“The art I make is strongly influenced by my childhood, where I lived in the woods of Houston, Texas. I spent hours gathering, arranging and hiding treasures, such as sticks, feathers and rocks, among the trees. From a very early age, I worked in empty defined spaces to create something new.

I work in old boxes. I am fascinated by their untold histories, their scent and the way they look and feel. I combine old paper, handmade books, maps, objects and photographs-all poignant fragments of someone’s story. I incorporate encaustic wax, an ancient technique used by Greek artisans, into each piece.

The space within each box becomes a little world that the viewer is invited to enter and explore. I am intrigued by the metaphors of hidden places, layers and openings. It is my hope that this work will inspire others to question and examine their own private worlds. Themes in my work are birth, re-birth, death, transformation and the struggle to make meaning of the journey.”

Other Faces: Immigrants in Chattanooga

January 19, 2011

"Andre" by Courtenay James



Chattanooga oil painter Courtenay James has a new series of portraits on display at the River Gallery.  The series is called Other Faces: Immigrants in Chattanooga.  Create Here gave James a grant to help complete the series, which took two years.  James says he decided to paint portraits of Chattanooga immigrants because he often sees them in the news, sees them where he lives on the Southside, and his wife is an immigrant.  He wanted to portray them, not as a group, but as individuals.


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"Chris" by Courtenay James

From the River Gallery’s Web site:

Artist Courtenay James examines unique personal history through his paintings of Chattanooga immigrants. His portraits are layered with representation of the individual.

Triple Whipple at The River Gallery

December 14, 2010


The Triple Whipple exhibit is showing this month at the River Gallery in downtown Chattanooga’s Bluff View Art District.  The Whipples are a family of artists from Winter Park, Florida, where they share studio space with more than 20 other artists.  Marty and her husband George founded the studio about twenty-five years ago.

Marty Whipple creates wearable sculptures and collages.  Her son John paints on very unusual surfaces, and his wife Lynn is a mixed-media artist.

Recently, I talked to Lynn, John and Marty about their work.  We discussed what it’s like to work together so closely and to share studio space with someone who is a spouse or a parent.

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One of Lynn Whipple's "Ninny" series of works.

Lynn Whipple often adds whimsical or ironic captions to antique photographs.

John Whipple's "Misfit" is painted on sheet metal.

John painted this face on a piece of wood flooring.

Marty Whipple's collages combine different faces.

"Seating For One," by Marty Whipple.

McCurry and Blain’s “New Imagery” Featured at River Gallery

August 10, 2010


Sandy Blain creates multi-textured, often functional forms out of clay.

One of Holden McCurry's journey boat sculptures.

One of Holden McCurry's journey boat sculptures.

One of the most interesting aspects of clay is that, after it’s been fired in a kiln, it can look like practically anything–it doesn’t have to look like clay.  It might end up with a smooth, glossy finish that almost resembles a piece of glass.  Or an artist might pick up a knife and score the clay; slice it and hack at it, and abuse it, until it looks like jagged stone, or even bark off a tree.

The two sculptors showing this month at Chattanooga’s River Gallery demonstrate that–the range of clay.

Holden McCurry is from Asheville, North Carolina, and he makes small boats that appear to be made of real wood, although it’s actually clay.

Sandy Blain is from Tempe, Arizona, and is a former professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Her clay sculptures are often functional–real cups, plates and pitchers that can be used at the table.

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Holden McCurry will return to the River Gallery on Saturday, August 28th, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will demonstrate how he creates his sculptures.

Sculpture And Glass Creations Debut At Chattanooga’s River Gallery

June 9, 2010


Sculpture by Russell Whiting

A new exhibit features two very unique artists at Chattanooga’s River Gallery, in the Bluff View Art District.  Russell Whiting uses a torch to carve dynamic human figures out of steel.  Jacquelyne Collett creates glass constructions–colorful, mysteriously opaque, eye-catching pieces.

Today, we will visit the River Gallery and hear from both artists.

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One of the pieces Jacquelyne Collett discussed in the interview.

One of Jacquelyne Collett's glass creations.