ShapeShifter Gallery Curates The Telephone Show At AVA Gallery

Sunday, February 18, 2018
The first piece in "The Telephone Show," by Claire Bloomfield of Nashville
The first piece in "The Telephone Show," by Claire Bloomfield of Nashville

ShapeShifter Gallery will curate ‘The Telephone Show” at AVA Gallery March 3-30.  The opening will take place on March 2 during first Friday at AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. The opening reception will last from 5-8 p.m. and the show will remain up on display until March 30. 

Many of the artists will be present during the opening reception, and there will be a live musical performance inspired by the artwork exhibited by “Bear and the Willow.”

“The Telephone Game” is an art project/exhibition based on the childhood game, “Telephone.” The game starts where one child whispers a sentence, into the ear of another child, and that child then whispers what they heard to another child, and so on. As the sentence is passed along it changes. By the time the sentence gets to the last child, it has become a completely different sentence. 

“The Telephone Game” features artists from over five states and one from Vancouver, Canada. The project started with a mixed media photo piece by Claire Bloomfield. After that, another artist took Ms. Bloomfield’s piece and made his own work influenced by that piece. From there, 21 more artists joined suit. The artists had three weeks to create a piece as close or as loosely related to the original as they desired, as long as the product was new and directly inspired by the one before it. 

Featured artists include: Claire Bloomfield, Rylan Thompson, Heath Montgomery, Sue Fox, Damien James, Carrie Pendergass, Christine Bespalec-Davis, Amanda Brazier, Andrew Nigh, Sarah Noreen, Sean Whittaker, Lara Wolf, Maria Willison, Daniel Peterson, Eric Rivera, Mark Leamon, Sean Abrahams, Caitlin Dickens, Myles Freeman, Matthew Dutton, Dax Van Aalten, Ashley Hamilton, and Taylor Turner. 

ShapeShifter Gallery is a contemporary moving gallery, highlighting forward thinking artists, helping to evolve Chattanooga’s art scene. This gallery features one night gallery shows taking place in variant spaces throughout Chattanooga. ShapeShifter gallery is dedicated to providing a new and affordable take on art collecting in Chattanooga. This event is sponsored by Easy Bistro.


The 23rd and last piece by Taylor Turner of Vancouver, BC
The 23rd and last piece by Taylor Turner of Vancouver, BC


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