January 17 2013

Art Galleries


Chattanooga is a city dedicated to the arts. We have it on our buildings … in our parks … we even have it embedded into our sidewalks. Occasionally, we get really crazy and put it in a gallery.

River Gallery, 400 East Second Street

Housed in a turn-of-the-century home, River Gallery features jewelry, paintings, sculpture, pottery and glass from prominent regional, national and international artists. It was the first business to open in the picturesque Bluff View Arts District and is located just steps away from the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Ignis Glass Studio, 409 Broad Street

Prominent glass artist Christopher Mosey has moved his workshop and gallery to the heart of downtown. His handiwork is for sale in the back, ranging from sinuous bud vases to intricately folded bowls. The front of the shop however is dedicated to his unique hands-on experience, which allows people to blow their own ornaments or sun catchers.

Gallery 1401
, 1110 Market Street, Suite 121

Since 1998 Gallery 1401 has represented nationally and internationally acclaimed artists ranging in styles from contemporary realism to impressionism. Bronze sculpture, hand-blown glass, watercolor, oils and collage can all be found in the sprawling gallery, recently relocated to a space in Warehouse Row.  

In-Town Gallery
, 26 Frazier Avenue

Founded in 1974, In-Town Gallery is one of the nation’s oldest cooperative art galleries. Styles range from folksy to classic with works from more than 30 artists. And it’s not just wall art – fine jewelry, pottery, stained glass, lamps and metal work are interspersed among photography, oils and mixed media.

HART Gallery, 110 East Main Street
The HART Gallery is the only known gallery of its kind in the country. Opened by Ellen Heavilon in 2010, it serves as an opportunity for homeless people – and other disenfranchised artists –to display their artwork and earn a meaningful wage. Oils, charcoals, mixed media, jewelry and even hand-knit clothes are all available. Prices range from $50 to $200 and for every item sold, the artist gets 60 percent, the gallery gets 30 percent and 10 percent is donated to a nonprofit of the artist’s choice.

Area 61 Art Gallery, 61 East Main Street
Area 61 was opened in 2009 by locals David Crewe and Rudd Montgomery – both prominent craftsmen specializing in wooden furniture. Today the space includes jewelry, photography, paintings, pottery, blown glass and (of course) furniture – all with a contemporary slant.

Tanner-Hill Gallery, 3069 Broad Street  

Since 1994 Tanner-Hill Gallery has been introducing Chattanooga to some of the finest artists in the country. Located in the Southern Saddlery Building, the former factory space now hosts approximately seven solo and group exhibits per year. Check the website for hours, which also change seasonally. NOTE: The gallery can be hard to find. From Broad Street turn onto W 31st Street and continue until you see a courtyard. It’s located next
to North Light Imaging Services (the gallery sign is hidden
behind a cedar).

Shuptrine Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad Street
Since 1985 Alan Shuptrine has framed artwork for the nation’s top museums and collectors as one of the few artists skilled in water gilding, or gold leaf. He also offers things to go inside his one-of-a-kind frames. Adjoined to his workshop is a gallery featuring several renowned artists like Stephen Scott Young and Hubert Shuptrine, Alan’s father and nationally acclaimed watercolorist.

Gallery 301, 301 Cherokee Boulevard and 1800 East Main Street

This contemporary art gallery offers a smattering of everything from oils to pottery to metal sculpture. Their mission is to give everyone access to art in their daily lives, which they accomplish with two locations. To further their cause, their Northshore location shares space with newly opened wine bar, Brix Nouveau.

Winder Binder, 40 Frazier Avenue

Part bookstore/part art gallery, this offbeat shop has a little something for everyone. Small metal creatures made from nuts and bolts are mixed in with folksy animals carved from wood, mixed media paintings, books, tie-dyed t-shirts and other gifts.

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