During the month of December, In-Town Gallery will feature the artwork of James Tucker with the Water and Light exhibit.
Mr. Tucker’s formal training goes back to his time at the University of Georgia, the Atlanta College of Art and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center where he developed his skills working in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pen and ink.
Perhaps as important as his formal training, Mr. Tucker was strongly influenced by his grandmother, an artist who painted sea and landscape scenes along the coast of Connecticut. Today, living near the Tennessee River, Mr. Tucker pursues scenes that he sees almost daily, and which remind us all of the exquisite beauty of the Tennessee River and mountains that surround Chattanooga. His current passion centers on the play of light on water. Unlike a mirror which is designed to return unaltered images, water tends to distort light in a multitude of ways, playing with reflections like a funhouse mirror. Objects on the shore will enlarge or diminish, colors shift hue, and tones will appear lighter or darker. For Mr. Tucker, the challenge of capturing the feel of the endless variations caused by the transitory effect of rain, sun, distortions and reflections is what has brought him back to painting water scenes.
The works of Mr. Tucker, along with a tribute to his grandmother and one her paintings, will be featured at the Gallery’s First Friday event on Friday from 5-8 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.
In this holiday season, the artists of In-Town Gallery will also present original stocking stuffers and a variety of one-of-a-kind ornaments in addition to a wide range of reasonably priced art and fine craft including paintings in various media, sculpture, pottery, works in wood and metal, unique jewelry, fine art photography and hand-painted silk wearables.
In-Town Gallery is on Chattanooga’s North Shore at 26A Frazier Ave. Hours are Thursday through Monday from 12-6 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Please visit during these hours or join on Dec. 5 for the First Friday reception.