Founded in 1974, the In-Town Gallery is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the United States.

Owned and operated by a dynamic group of local artist members, the gallery exhibits a diverse range of styles, mediums and price points. Because each member is selected through a double jury process, the caliber of their original art is high, yet accessible and affordable. Several of our artists have received national recognition for their talent.

McCoy 1

Opening Reception

Friday, September 2, 5-8 pm

McCoy 2

Time After Time, acrylic and archival ink on canvas, Doug McCoy

McCoy 4

Menotaur (detail), acrylic and archival ink on canvas



McCoy 5

Stikmin, acrylic and archival ink on canvas



How Does He Do That?

Doug McCoy on Making Art

   Paintings by Ooltewah artist Doug McCoy will be highlighted at In-Town Gallery in September. The gallery’s front wall will feature his popular Towers series, which explore “man’s need to create and construct.” Although his work may appear simple at first glance, McCoy’s paintings draw the viewer in with the powerful thinking behind each piece.

   Doug McCoy began drawing at the age of two. He drew his own comic books, wrote songs and storyboarded ideas for movies, later earning a BA at UTC.    “Studying art, music and theater simultaneously gives me a unique perspective on the world, which influences my art through pop culture and the relationship of man with nature,” he said. “I want my paintings to convey a feeling, whether introspective or whimsical, but it is important that a work of art have an impact on the viewer.” 

   McCoy begins with an idea or title, many times derived from a song, meme or popular culture image. Starting with multiple layers of white paint on a canvas, he goes on to alternate layers of color with extremely detailed drawing using archival pigment ink. He often hides symbols, jokes or social commentary among the myriad of small shapes that he uses to build a large complex image. He is well-known for his figures built of hundreds of tiny figures, all done freehand without templates, stencils or guides. For example, the typically humorous title of Menotaur refers to a bull-headed figure completely composed of tiny men. Many of his smaller pieces are actually sketches for larger, more complex ones. 

   His works are so intricate and intriguing that viewers can’t help but be drawn into the process. One never walks away from one of Doug McCoy’s pieces without wondering “How does he do that?” 

See Our Artists’

Arthur, Gay Painting
Bizot, Denice Metal Sculpture
Boni, Miki  Painter
Brock, Laura Jewelry
Brooks, Helen Painting
Catlin, Irene Fiber Arts
Currey, Ann Painting
Dulin, Leslie Painting & Assemblage
Frye, Chuck Painting
Glascock, Lee Painting
Goodson, Eleanor Jewelry
Graham, Laurie Ceramics
Harvey, Roger Pottery & Wood
Johnston, Eugenia Painting
Kerlin, Linda Painting
Kern, Marian Jewelry
Kindred, Janice Painting
Kirkpatrick, Jennie Painting
Kjos, Neil Photography
Koski, Nadine Encaustic
Langston, Coyee Painting
McAllester, Spears Photography
McClure, Mary Beth Warm Glass
McCoy, Doug Mixed Media
Murnan, Barbara Jewelry
Ott, Carol Jewelry
Roche, Jim Wood
Ryan, Lori Painting
Salerno, David Painting
Teuscher, June Painting
Thomas, Linda Etching & Painting
Tucker, James Painting
Washburn, Sandra Paynter  Painting

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The In-Town Gallery features original artwork by more than thirty local artists.

A listing of our current artists is to the left. Click on the names and see a selection of their stunning work.

At the In-Town Gallery, every day is an art show! The gallery is open seven days a week.

When you visit, two member artists will greet you and are available to answer questions about the work in the gallery or to help you make a selection.

And be sure not to miss our First Friday celebration.

On the first Friday of each month, the gallery’s Featured Artist program showcases the work of a different member artist or two. This special event is launched with an opening reception and extended hours.

On the first Friday of November and May – twice a year – the gallery buzzes with activity as member artists bring in all new works. These two events are particularly exciting because the entire gallery is full of new art to celebrate the holiday season and the coming of spring.

A great variety of media offers something for all tastes.

At The In-Town Gallery you’ll find:

Oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; mixed media; assemblage; photography; pen and ink drawings; wood arts and furnishings; metal sculpture; jewelry; stained and fused glass; pottery; fiber and fabric art; and greeting cards made from original work.

Visitors to Chattanooga are welcome at The In-Town Gallery!

Chattanooga is considered one of the most family-friendly places in America to vacation. It is also an up-and-coming art-friendly city. Consequently, The In-Town Gallery is considered one of the best, family-friendly art galleries in Chattanooga.

Conveniently located in the popular NorthShore area of Chattanooga, there is a lot to see and do in the thriving “hip to historical” area.

The In-Town Gallery is not to be missed if you are looking for a Chattanooga art gallery to find new works for your art collection, for gifts, or for decorating your home, office or business. If you need a piece of art to remind you of your visit to Chattanooga, you can find it here. We also offer gift certificates as the perfect gift for a wedding or housewarming!

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