Re­cep­tion Fri­day opens Gay M. Arthur ex­hibit

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A re­cep­tion Fri­day, Sept. 7, will open Septem­ber’s fea­tured ex­hibit at In-Town Gallery, “The Fab­ric of Our Lives.” The re­cep­tion will be held from 5 to 8 p. m. at the gallery, 26-A Fra­zier Ave.

This show of work by Gay M. Arthur ex­am­ines how we weave a por­trait of our­selves in sim­ple ev­ery­day things. Worn and or­di­nary items such as an apron or an old pair of work boots, for ex­am­ple, can tell us who we are as in­di­vid­u­als and in do­ing so, show us how our present evolves from our past.

Arthur was born in New York; raised in San Fran­cisco and Philadel­phia. Af­ter a 25-year ca­reer as a den­tal hy­gien­ist she ful­filled a life­long dream when she grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga in 2003 with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in paint­ing and draw­ing. She has since launched a sec­ond ca­reer as an artist.

Dur­ing art school, she watched the de­mo­li­tion of a build­ing near the UTC cam­pus, wit­ness­ing how it had been used over many years by many peo­ple. She be­gan to ex­am­ine how peo­ple and things in­ter­sect and shape each other. She has found this idea to re­veal much about the the world around her. In pre­vi­ous paint­ings, she has looked at old cars, toys and even the derelict Whe­land Foundry.

“This t heme of nos­tal­gia,” Arthur says, “has been the ba­sis for much of my art through­out my ca­reer. For this show, I wanted to ex­plore the fab­rics and tex­tures that are wo­ven into our lives. Through these ob­jects I seek to tell the sto­ries of the peo­ple who have shaped our lives, our loves and our coun­try with their sac­ri­fice, hard work and con­stancy.

“I’m drawn to things l ike the col­or­ful apron grand­mother wore in the kitchen or grandpa’s boots show­ing a l i fe of hard toil. For me these are just a few ex­am­ples of how we wrap our­selves in the mem­o­ries of our past and cher­ish the present.”

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-2679214.


“Grandma’s Apron” is an oil on can­vas by Gay Arthur, left At right is Arthur’s oil paint­ing “Blue Jeans on the Line.”

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