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After its near death experience (chronicled in The Pulse’s Aug. 23 issue), Gallery Hop rebounded with more gallery participation in planning and administration, plus bigger prizes for checking out galleries. Visiting at least 10 galleries will get you entered into a drawing for the Instant Art Collection of pieces donated by participating galleries and studios, an overnight stay for two in Miki Boni’s Artist’s Gallery Residence, and passes to next year’s 4 Bridges Arts Festival. For more information, visit avagalleryhop.com.

Participating Galleries and Studios

1. AVA, 30 Frazier Ave., hosts the Gallery Hop and features exhibits by emerging, mid-career and professional artists who explore the entire range of visual arts.

2. Art at the INCubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd., hosts 23 local artists with more 120 original fine art pieces. Its current collection’s theme is “local color,” featuring a wide breadth of mediums.

3. Area 61, 61 E. Main St., is a collective retail space for local craftsmen and artists. They have a collection ranging from woodwork and furniture to folk art and jewelry.

4. Gallery 1401, 1110 Market St., hosts 30 nationally and internationally recognized artists focusing on fine art with genres including contemporary realism, impressionism, and classical styles created with a variety of mediums.

5. Gallery 301, 1800 E. Main St. and 6. 301 Cherokee Blvd. (inside Brix Nouveau).

7. Gannon Art Center, 3250 Brainerd Road, specializes in custom framing, but also features a diverse mix of local contemporary and traditional art in its gallery.

8. Graffiti, a Hill City “art joint” on the North Shore, hosts non-representational and representational contemporary art on consignment from emerging artists in southeast Tennessee. It also sells objets d’art from around the world that complement the art on display.

9. H*ART Gallery, 110 E. Main St., is a nonprofit entity hosting works by homeless and other non-traditional artists. Its extended mission is to provide art materials and classes to other nonprofit organizations that provide space for clients in art classes, from which the gallery chooses works to sell.  

10. Ignis Glass Studio and Gallery, 1800 Rossville Ave. (currently building new location at 409 Broad St.), offers a hands-on glass blowing experience with artist Christopher Mosley, who also makes handmade glass sculptures inspired by movement, texture and science.

11. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., one of the oldest artists’ co-ops in the nation, started at Sheraton Read House in 1974, and now features works by more than 30 local artists. The September featured artist is Victoria Pearmain with her exhibition “Urban Landscape,” composed of oil paintings of factories, mills and old buildings in Chattanooga.

12. Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad St., is celebrating 27 years focusing on fine American art. It also specializes in handcrafted frames, mirrors, art restoration and conservation, gold leaf application, and frame restoration. It will reveal new works from artists Robert Calcagno and Maggie Siner as a part of their fall exhibition, “FEMME,” and host its first end-of-summer sale.

13. Tanner-Hill Gallery, 3069 Broad St., began hosting exclusively contemporary southern outsider art but soon expanded its core to include emerging and mid-career sculptors and painters. It has placed pieces in private, corporate and museum collections such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and the High Museum of Atlanta.

14. UTC Cress Gallery of Art, 736 Vine St., is a teaching gallery that strives to expose students and the public to eclectic working styles and approaches to art that are relevant to the curriculum of the UTC Department of Art. Its current exhibition, “Across the Board,” is composed of selected pieces from personal collections of its faculty and staff.

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September 6, 2012

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