By REBECCA HAZEN
Mountain Musings, an art show featuring Dade County and Walker County artists, will be at the Northside Gallery at Northside Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., starting Friday, July 1.
Mountain Musings, presented by Lookout Mountain Artists Group, will feature artists Bonnie Cayce, Claire Vassort, Beth Bradford, Georgia Pollock, Abbie Brooks, Ellen Franklin, Heidi Wilson, Julie Clark, Mary Jo Jablonski, Mary Ann Clemons and Connie Ward.
An artist’s reception will be on Friday night, from 5 to 7 p.m., and feature light refreshments. The gallery is located inside Northside Presbyterian Church on both the lower and upper levels of the church. The gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Connie Ward, a Dade County artist who lives in New Salem, helped put the show together.
“The organizers of the gallery are Joyce Jones and Susan Shanley. They are both incredible artists and they took it upon themselves, attending that church, to make good use of the space and turn it into an art gallery,” Ward said.
Ward noted that her and Jones know each other because they play violin together in the Chattanooga Community Orchestra.
“I told her I could gather up enough artists to have a mountain show. New Salem has such a great artist population, and a lot of these artists are my good friends, and the others I am enjoying getting to know them,” Ward said.
This is Ward’s first art show. Ward said that she is a retired teacher, and she has always made sure art was represented in her classrooms. Jones encouraged her to put some of her art in the show, since she helped put the show together.
“Come and meet a lot of local, good people, and get connected to the artists. The show is diverse. We’ve got fabric, mixed media, acrylic, photography. It’s a wide variety of art,” Ward said.
Ten percent of the proceeds from the art show go to the Northside Presbyterian Church. If you wish to purchase any of the art in the gallery, contact the Northside Presbyterian Church office at (423) 266-1766.
Mountain Musings will run July, August, and September. During Chattanooga’s First Friday events on Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, the gallery will be open in the evening and there will be music performances by some of the artists.
For more information, visit northsidepresbyterian.org/the-northside-gallery/. The Northside Gallery can also be found on Facebook.