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The Hunter Museum of American Art features a large permanent collection of art from the 19th century to present, plus an additional space for rotating exhibits. Staff File Photo.
The Hunter Museum of American Art features a large permanent collection of art from the 19th century to present, plus an additional space for rotating exhibits. Staff File Photo.

Chattanooga has a rich history of supporting art galleries and museums. Below is a list of some of the more prominent visual arts venues around the city.

* Area 61: 61 E. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 883-6459. Features local art and fine crafts.

* Association for Visual Arts (AVA): 30 Frazier Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Free. 265-4282. Exhibits, digital lab available for members.

* Bessie Smith Cultural Center: 200 M.L. King Blvd. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 pm. Saturday, Sunday. Admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, $3 ages 6-12. 266-8658. Showcasing art and memorabilia from African-American artists and culture.

* Bill Shore Frames & Gallery: 307 Manufacturers Road, Suite 117. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 756-6746. Specializes in Southeast Native American art and framing.

* Covenant College Gallery: 14049 Scenic Highway on Lookout Mountain. Hours: 7:45 a.m.-12:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 706-820-1560. Rotating art exhibitions.

* Exum Gallery: 305 W. Seventh St. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. 266-8195. Exhibitions by local artists.

* Gallery in Red Bank: 3918 Dayton Blvd. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and by appointment. Free. 870-2443. Represents local and national mid-career artists.

* Gallery 1401: 1401 Williams St. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free. 265-0015. Painting, sculpture and antique prints.

* Hanover Gallery: 111 Frazier Ave. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Free. Showcases Southeast regional artists in variety of media.

* Hunter Museum of American Art: 10 Bluff View. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday. Admission: $9.95 adults, $4.95 ages 3-17. 267-0968. American art from 19th century-present.

* Houston Museum of Decorative Arts: 201 High St. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Admission: $9 adults, $3.50 ages 4-17. 267-7176. Antique glass, ceramics, furniture and memorabilia.

* Ignis Glass Gallery & Studio: 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 4. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. 265-2565. Contemporary studio glass.

* In-Town Gallery: 26 Frazier Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 267-9214. Cooperative gallery featuring variety of art media.

* Jewish Cultural Center: 5461 North Terrace Road. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and by appointment. Free. 493-0270. Rotating themed exhibits.

* L.P. Cline Gallery: 508 Broad St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment Free. 265-4786. Russian art.

* Leo Handmade: 22 Frazier Ave. Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free. 634-7755. Local and regional art.

* Linda Woodall Fine Art: 7836 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and by appointment. Free. 238-9985. American, French and Russian artworks.

* My Color Image Boutique & Gallery: 330 Frazier Ave., Suite 100. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free. 598-6202. Painting, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass by local artists.

* Plum Nelly Gallery: 330 Frazier Ave., Suite 104. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 266-0585. Glass, pottery, jewelry, painting and photography.

* Reflections Gallery: 6922 Lee Highway. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. 892-3072. Rotating exhibitions by regional artists.

* River Gallery: 400 E. Second St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Free. 265-5033. Local, regional and national artists represented.

* Rivoli Art Mill: 2301 East 28th St.: Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free. Artists’ studios.

* Shuptrine Fine Art & Framing: 2646 Broad St. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Free. 266-4453. Contemporary and historical American art, framing and gold leaf restoration.

* Tanner Hill Gallery: 3069 S. Broad St., Suite 3. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and by appointment. Free. 280-7182. Contemporary painting and sculpture.

* Tanner Hill Warehouse Row Project Space: 1100 Market St. Hours: Noon-5 pm. Friday, Saturday. Free. 280-7182. Contemporary painting and sculpture.

* Townsend Atelier: 201 W. Main St., Suite 102. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Free. 266-2712. Drawing classes, exhibit space and molding supplies.

* Umbra Essence: 3913 St. Elmo Ave. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 821-4902. Ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, paintings and handmade candles.

* UTC Cress Gallery: Corner Vine/Palmetto streets. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. Exhibits by regional, national and international artists.

* Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore: 40 Frazier Ave. Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-6 pm. Sunday. Free. 413-8999. Books, primitive and folk art.

* Yada Yada: 112 Woodland. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. Free. 718-6763. Art and gifts.