A new art gallery in Smyrna will open its doors this month and offers a call to area artists to get involved.
“I grew up in Smyrna, and besides the art classes in school, there was nothing art based or that promoted art. I really wanted to have a place where the public could come in and experience different kinds of art,” said gallery owner Angela Elkins. “I wanted a place where kids could come in and take art classes that weren’t just product based or skill based. But based on creativity, on nurturing a creativity that would grow strong and last a lifetime. For about 10 years, I have been thinking about opening an art gallery in Smyrna, and the vision has grown and finally, when the opportunity arose, we took it. None of this would have come into fruition without the huge support of my family and a few of my closest friends.”
Currently, Earthsoul houses work by artists Mai Harris, Jimbo Eanes, Yvette Parrish-Cowden, Mark Cowden, Paul Crommelin, Marty McEwen, Jerry Quinlisk, Jeffry Davis, Melody Erickson, Kim Eanes, Angela Elkins and Martha England. The goal is to change out art monthly with an opening each month, as well as host a few one-night art shows showcasing a specific idea or artist, Elkins said. Earthsoul will hold a grand opening reception on Friday, Jan. 27, from 6-9 p.m.
Artists interested in displaying work at the gallery can submit images and information via a form at earthsoul.co.
In addition to displaying work, Earthsoul’s mission “is to ignite and nourish a creative spirit in the commuinity,” according to Elkins, and classes will focus on the enlightening creative journey moreso than technique or a finished craft.
“So many times our kids miss out on the play in art and it becomes a chore or just another academic study,” she said. “I want to provide them a place to play, to discover what they truly enjoy making, not for the end product but for the experience of the process.”
Earth Soul Gallery is located at 307 Hazelwood Dr in Smyrna. For more information, call (615) 586-1242 or visit facebook.com/EarthsoulGallery.