Saturday, January 12, 2013

Featured Artist: Timothy M. Joe

            "Flowers" by Timothy M. Joe, copyright

                                     "The Lord and Peter" by Timothy M. Joe, copyright

                         "Valley of Dry Bones" by Timothy M. Joe, copyright

Featured Artist: Timothy M. Joe

I learned at an early age that I was blessed with artistic ability. I am a self taught artist in pencil, painting
in oil and acrylics, airbrushing, and charcoal. I prayed that Lord will help me become a better artist.
Over the years, He has given me understanding on how to improve and learn different techniques from other artists. One day while reading an airbrush magazine, I noticed most if not all of the art in the books were based on drugs, nudity, and demonic images (skulls, demons, devils, etc.). I thought, “Why is everything that people think is great art have such an evil tone to it?” When I was young I drew pictures of skulls and
knives, to fit in with some of my classmates because I thought it was the right thing to do. Now that I am older, I want young and old people to know that art can be used as a blessing to someone. Art can be used for good or evil. It is for this reason that Lord told me to use my talent to tell the world about Him. I want my artwork to encourage, uplift, and reach out to the lost. I make cards for the sick and shut-in of my church by writing bible verses in calligraphy to remind them of God's promise that He will take care of them no matter what. I also want my art to confront people with God’s word and to remind us of His return. The bible says that God’s Word is like a two-edged sword meaning it cuts both ways. I want my art to do just that.

Favorite Bible Verses
II Timothy 4:5
"But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist fulfill your ministry."

This verse really encourages me to do the work the Lord has set before me. He put me on this earth to do His will and share is gospel with everyone. Jesus warned His follower that we will be afflicted by the enemy, but to remain steadfast in His word. The greatest thing is the world is to fulfill the purpose of your existence.

Micah 6:8
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with your God."

God has given us all the road map to live this life in the way that would be pleasing to Him. It is so simple, but we need His help to do it. I want my life to line up with this verse as much as possible.

Arts Council Seeks Panoply Entertainers & Visual Artists

Arts Council Seeks Panoply Entertainers & Visual Artists
Applications Available Now
Huntsville, AL - The Arts Council has begun the process of programming the Panoply Arts Festival stages and visual arts areas, seeking local talent and exhibiting fine artists to apply now. The festival takes place in Big Spring Park and will be held April 26-28, 2013. 

Featuring four main stages and two smaller performance venues, the festival boasts over 60 performing slots to be filled by local talent. The performer application has moved to an online process this year, and is available on The Arts Council website ( Performers must describe their act and include staging information where applicable. The performer guidelines are also available on the website, and should be read thoroughly before applying. The deadline for applications is Thursday, January 31, 2013. 

"Panoply is a celebration of the arts, whether it's a painting or a choreographed dance," says Vinny Paragone, Festival Co-Chair. "We have so many venues within the festival to showcase the best in local and regional performing arts and can't wait to see the talent that applies to be a part of Huntsville's largest community event." 

While the stages are a popular part of the festival, Panoply is also known regionally for its Art Marketplace and is now seeking applicants for the 2013 show. Usually accepting up to 65 fine artists, the Marketplace is a juried show featuring art in many mediums. To apply, artists may visit The Arts Council's website. Applicants are required to upload images of their work, along with a $40 jury fee. The deadline for application for the Art Marketplace is Thursday, January 31, 2013. 

"One of my favorite parts of Panoply is the Art Marketplace. The opportunity to stroll over the Monroe Street bridge and shop the fantastic art sets the festival apart from other events," says Yvonda Best, Festival Co-Chair. "It has such a nice flow, giving adults something to enjoy at Panoply apart from the kid's activities and stages." 
The Arts Council has presented the Panoply Arts Festival annually since 1982; 75,000 people attended the event last year. Plans for this year's event are well underway and include fresh children's arts and crafts and other new elements. For more information on the performer or artist applications for Panoply, contact The Arts Council at 256-519-ARTS(2787). 

The Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1962 to produce, promote, coordinate and advance the arts to enrich the quality of life, economic development and education of the greater Huntsville/Madison County community. With over 170 member arts organizations, individual artists, arts patrons, and other arts-minded non-profits, companies, and technical and professional organizations, The Arts Council focuses on six core community programs while serving as an umbrella for Assembly members, providing them with resources and tools to ensure their success. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Huntsville Art League seeks a Director of Education

The Huntsville Art League seeks a Director of Education to oversee the development and delivery of the Art League’s arts education classes and community engagement programs for children, families and adults on a part-time basis. The Director of Education reports to the Executive Director and supervises volunteers and teaching faculty. The Director of Education presents a written and oral update to the Executive Board on a monthly basis, and a weekly report to the Executive Director via email.

The responsibilities of the Director of Education include, but are not limited to, the following: The Director of Education supports the identified goals and tactics of the Huntsville Art League strategic plan; develops curricula and class offerings in collaboration with teaching artists; assesses and evaluates programs for impact; coordinates class enrollment and produces a class schedule; develops strategies to ensure earned revenue goals; works with the Marketing and Publicity committee to raise the profile of education offerings; manages budgets, class and event logistics; serves as a community touch point for local, state, and national policies and programs that affect arts education; and works closely with the Executive Director on strategic planning, forecasting and programming. (S)he also cultivates and maintains strong relationships with educators, schools, volunteers, and community based organizations to assess needs and identify programming and partnership opportunities.

Competitive candidates will bring strong arts education, management and program development experience; creativity, initiative, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a commitment to high quality programming and teaching to help realize the organization’s mission and meet programmatic and financial goals. Highly competitive candidates may possess the following:

•Bachelor degree in arts education, fine arts, curriculum design, visual arts, arts administration,  or related fields (Master’s degree preferred)
•At least five years of progressively responsible arts administration experience and at least one year of teaching experience
•Deep knowledge of visual arts disciplines (as a working performer, artist, teacher and/or arts administrator)
• Experience with arts integration, the Alabama Course of Study, arts assessment techniques, granting systems, etc.
•Experience developing arts education programs, classes and/or curriculum
•Experience supervising employees, students teachers, and/or faculty
•Superior project management skills and the ability to handle multiple activities simultaneously
•Strong MS office proficiency, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel skills.

All interested candidates should email statement of purpose and an updated resume or curriculum vitae to tchaplin.hsvartleague@gmail.comby December 23, 2012.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ascribing Artist interviewed: Kathie Depew

Interview by: Christina Wegman
Running a successful business is no small feat, and running a successful arts business has its own set of rewards and challenges. This month's interview is with business owner and artist Kathie Depew, who has developed Cotton Ridge Pottery, Cotton Ridge Miniatures, and an online Arts and Crafts Gallery and Tutorial Archive, Cotton Ridge Create!, which offers artists resources and a place to share their work.

1. How did you become interested in the arts and what eventually let you to making pottery? My interest in handcrafting and the arts is lifelong, and I had enjoyed pottery for years before making it myself. Several years ago I found that Pottery By You in Madison offered pottery classes, and I jumped at the opportunity. I learned wheel-throwing, hand-building, tile-making, and glazing from several instructors including Jule and Ned Corron, Paul Wieland, Malcolm Goodman and Yong Rhee. I loved working with the clay, and after a few months I knew that I wanted to keep learning new skills and create with clay for a very long time!
2. What inspires you to create? Inspiration comes from many places…a leaf on the ground, a magazine article, a friend’s suggestion. Once I get an idea in my head - whether it is for a piece of pottery, a new miniature room box or a quilt for my child’s bedroom - it is hard to stop thinking about it until I actually create it!
3. How did you develop Cotton Ridge Designs LLC? Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC began as an online dollhouse scale miniatures shop. I sell manufactured and artist-made miniatures, and also design and teach classes for miniature projects. When I began selling my pottery at craft shows, Cotton Ridge Pottery was formed as a division of my company. Last year I developed Cotton Ridge Create!, an online Arts & Crafts Gallery and Tutorial Archive.

4. Tell us more about the range of items and services that Cotton Ridge Designs LLC/Create! offers. . . what new things can we expect in 2012? Create! is a venue for me and other artists and handcrafters to not only share our work but also what we are learning as we create. Create! offers art and handcrafting tutorials, articles on business development, and more. A major part of the website is the online arts and crafts gallery, with over 20 artists and crafters represented (so far). I love to write about other people who create - they inspire me to try new things and to strive for excellence! I want to bring together collectors looking for handmade pieces with the artists and handcrafters who create them. Artists, handcrafters, gallery owners and collectors who are interested in being featured on the site are welcome to contact me. I will be glad to write about their work, gallery or collection, or help them share a tutorial or business advice for artists.

5. Do you have any advice for artists and artisans who would like to start their own business ventures? I enjoy working on the internet and developing my websites, and I’ve recently ventured into marketing through social media. I would encourage other artists to have an online presence and to include their website information on their business cards. Through social media marketing I met several artists in Huntsville and was invited to the NA Crafters Etsy Team Spring Show. The internet is often the first place people go when looking for someone or something, and it is a great way to begin to develop a loyal following.
6. What can you tell us about the importance of supporting our local arts community and the handmade movement? Preparing for an art and craft show is time-consuming and a lot of work, but I believe it is worth it. I’ve had great shows, good shows, and shows where I didn’t even break even. But at every one I’ve attended I’ve met someone who’s helped me, learned something new, came up with a great new idea, or networked with other artists. It is a wonderful way to interact with people who are looking for handmade items and want to support local artisans. Currently my friend and fellow artist Judy Cleve mans my booth for me at craft shows because I am not able to be there. Through her efforts I can stay involved in the arts and crafts community and respond to customer feedback and requests. When the economy is down and sales are down, supporting and encouraging each other is even more important for us as individuals and for our community! My husband Kevin is my greatest encouragement…his support and honest feedback from my fellow artists and friends keep me motivated!

7. How has your Christian faith influenced your work? As I have grown in my relationship with Christ I have experienced more freedom and courage, and have come to believe I have something to offer to others.  This has resulted in an eagerness to try new things and meet new people, especially with my art and in the arts and crafts community.  I’m naturally an introvert, but “through Christ I can do all things” (Philippians 4:13).  In venturing out and sharing my art I’ve been able to grow, develop relationships and enrich others’ lives as well. 

8. Do you feel that there is a relationship between art and spirituality? Yes, most definitely.  There are several passages in scripture that speak about the believer’s union with Christ, such as John 15 when Jesus describes himself as the vine and believers as the branches.  When creating in my studio I receive the most joy when I remember that I am in Christ and He is in me, and we are creating together!  (By the way, currently my “studio” is a table in my home office – but I feel more creative when I think of it as am art studio!)

9. What is your favorite Bible verse and why? My favorite verse these days is “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).  Whether I am doing the dishes, writing a blog article about another artist or creating in my studio, if I do it in Christ and for Him, then it is not in vain and it has eternal significance, even though I don’t fully understand how right now.

Another favorite is Romans 5:10:  “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”  (NIV, ©2011)  I love the thought that I can tell others that God is not angry with them - that they are reconciled to God, and that He is waiting with open arms to save them through the life of His Son, Jesus Christ!

Monday, April 9, 2012

You, too, can paint! Paint your own Picnic In Provence with Cynthia Parsons

You, too, can paint!  Paint your own Picnic In Provence at Paintings & Pinots Paint-A-Long Monday night, April 16th  with Huntsville Ascribing Artist Cynthia Massey Parsons from 5:00-7:30pm at the Wine Rack, 11700 S. Memorial Pkwy, #F.  Huntsville, AL. The cost of $45 includes all painting supplies, light hors d’oeuvres, and 2 glasses of beverage.  Call G. Todd Daniel at 256-885-2121 for reservations.  Painting photo at

Art Stroll a Huntsville Botanical Gardens- Artist Judy Bobula

Ascribing Artist, Judy Bobula will be exhibiting her Mixed Media paintings  at:
Art Stroll at the Gardens Date: Saturday April 14th Time: 9am-3pm Place: Huntsville Botanical Gardens 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW Huntsville, Alabama

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Art of Blogging Workshop

The Art of Blogging
Wednesday, March 14 & 21 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Whether you want to blog for your business, your favorite hobby, or make it into a business, there is definitely an art to blogging! This workshop will help you get started or re-started with important information, money and time saving tips, and a plan. It’s hands-on, so bring your laptop!

What we cover: What a blog is and is not, and what it can do for your business, or for you personally. We spend time planning and you'll learn important tools to help your blog get noticed. Finally, we'll talk about how to share it with others. Cost is $75, and you can register online by clicking here.

 The workshop is at my studio at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, Studio 114, HSV, AL

Monica Yother

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Art 4 Paws

Artist Link Added: Monica Yother- Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Avalanch by Monica Yother, copyright

New Art Link added to the Ascribing Artists blog. Please check out the website of Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Monica Yother. Her business, MY Design offers Brand building, Advertising design, Marketing materials, Publications, Printed murals and art prints, E-Marketing and so much more!

Monica's business is located at Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment on the first floor in studio


Watch for Monica's featured artist spot coming up soon!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Help needed to take Street Art to Thailand

Updated news from Ascribing Artist Michael Aaron Williams!  Michael is taking his street art to Thailand and hopefully to a few more Asian areas and he needs our help. His trip through this new way of funding in which people help fund his project and get his artwork in return. Check out the link and help if you can:

Also, check out his website at

Michael Aaron Williams
Phone: 865-719-6307

Sunday, February 5, 2012

March: Ascribing Artists Exhibit at Huntsville Art League

Ascribing Artists Exhibit: Visiting Artists

Huntsville Art League, 3005 L&N Dr. Suite 2, Huntsville, AL 35801

Exhibit March 2012. Reception March 2, 5:30-8:30PM

Participating Artists:

Lynn Weatherford
Jane Blevins
Leslie Brasher
Rita Campbell
Kala Beaver
Deborah Taylor
Jackie Segars
Judy Hardwick
Vicki Garner
Amanda Brown
Teresa Batchelor
Johanna Littleton
Gina Hurst
John Stout

The Ascribing Artists is a creative ministry bringing together visual artists who wish to "Ascribe to the Lord the Glory due His name." Ascribing Artists recognize that anything they do pales in comparison to the Glory of the Lord. The Ascribing Artists ministry is inspired by Psalm 29:1, 2 we are to be "A Reflection of His Glory" in all that we do. As a part of this creative ministry, Ascribing Artists is an avenue to bring together artists with this same belief and offer a creative outlet for artists who "Ascribe to the LORD."

For more info visit or e-mail:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

City Intercessors: February Prayer for the Arts in the Huntsville, AL community

Just a brief explanation of what Mission Huntsville's City Intercessors are doing and an invitation to join in our prayer gathering this coming Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

Our group is made up of intercessors from various denominations who have a heart to see God's Kingdom come and His will be done in Huntsville/Madison County. Many Christians have been faithfully praying through the years, but this specific group has been meeting for about 2 years. Our strategy is to pray concerning what we call the 7 Mountains (7 mind-molders of culture) which are the Family, Church, Government, Education, Business, Media, Arts and Entertainment. We bless Christians working and influencing each of these spheres of culture and pray for Godly, Kingdom-minded leaders to rise to the top. We pray for each of the "mountains" using a daily prayer calendar (see Feb. 2012 attached) and meet once a month to pray together. Started out meeting in different churches, but have now moved outside the four walls and love how effective it is to pray on-site with guests who represent that particular mountain.

So this month we are praying over the mountain of Arts and Entertainment. Allison Dillon-Jauken has graciously welcomed us to come to The Arts Council office at the Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St. Suite #2, Huntsville, AL 35801. You are welcome to come pray with us from 6 - 7pm. We'll be praying positive, Scripture-based requests that God release His love and glory through the artists of our city.

Connie Oakley
Servant Administrator

Mission Huntsville is a city-reaching initiative birthed out of the Greater Huntsville Pastors Prayer Summit movement that serves as a free resource to the Christian community to help fascilitate area-wide ministry, enable specific areas of strategic focus, and to help serve, support, communicate, coordinate, and mobilize area ministry efforts and community initiatives.

May the LORD open the heavens over Huntsville!

Featured Artist: Scott Phillips

 CF Martin guitar shuttle model..placed in their museum next to the first american guitar in space exhibit.

 Scott with models celebrating the 20th aniversary of the launch of( STS-1) with the first crew....John Young and Bob Crippen.

 Scott on Launch Pad with the final Shuttle (STS-135) with his autographed shuttle model.

Scott with his award winning mantel clock....autographed by the STS-125 Hubble repair team

Featured Artist: Scott Phillips

Scott was born in Bryan, Ohio in 1959. As a young child, Scott loved to work with his hands. He loved to tinker, repair, and build things. Even though he lacked training and sophisticated tools he always had a passion for woodworking.  He felted energized when he could figure out a solution to a problem. Give him an idea and somehow he made it happen. He was blessed with a rich inner life, self-discipline, and the tenacity to create art out of little to nothing.

Scott’s family moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1977. At the age of 19, Scott began working on the Space Shuttle Program during its infancy. Both woodworking and the Space Shuttle are in his blood. He has been quoted as saying, “I love working with wood, particularly exotic hard words, and I love the Shuttle.” It is evident in his workshop—his museum—where he has pictures, plaques and models all devoted to his hobby and career. Scott recently retired after working 33 years on the Space Shuttle Program.

Scott’s inspiration comes from nature. When most people look at trees, they see bark, leaves and branches. He sees beyond that to the characteristics of each type of wood and sees what it will look like when it is blended with other types of wood.  All wood goes beautifully together—nature made them that way. Scott gets a real kick out of seeing all the colors come to life when he applies the finishing touches to a model.  He crafts the one-of-a-kind shuttle art pieces out of exotic woods for astronauts, NASA personnel, and other space and woodworking enthusiasts. Each model is thoroughly documented to ensure he doesn’t build the same model twice. Many of his models are dedicated to missions and signed by the astronauts who flew on that mission. 

Scott is currently working on his book, Remove Before Flight, which is scheduled to be released in 2012. He is an aerospace patent holder, musician, songwriter, space historian, space memorabilia collector, and a member of the CollectSpace website community.  Scott lives in Harvest, Alabama with his wife, Dianne, and their two sons, Christian and Tyler.

Scott’s guiding principle is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Featured Artist: Teresa Batchelor

Artist statement: Teresa Batchelor

Art and design is not right or wrong, it reflects the taste of each individual that creates it and those that view it.

Favorite bible verse:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Artists: Tell us what you do in fifty words or less.

Are you an artist, writer, photographer, or? Creative Community Members Needed 

Tell us what you do in fifty words or less. Do not forget to provide your contact information.  DayTripGetAways.Com promotes heritage tourism in the southwestern Appalachian foothills. Our focus is to tell the uniqueness about our region and the people who live here. Your story could be told on our website or our new publication that is being publish in the Spring. 
Contact: Doyce Powell
Phone: 770-723-6574
Email: daytrip

Is There a Place for Creative Christians?

Ascribing Artist, Amanda Brown sent this great article from Relevant magazine to share! Thank you Amanda!

Is There a Place for Creative Christians?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Art News from Shawn Dought- Who, What, Where Art

Local artist, Shawn Doughty started a new blog at

Please take a look. He also has a website at

Call to Artists: Huntsville Botanical Gardens: Green Things and Butterfly Wings

Art News from artist, Shawn Doughty-

Just wanted to let you know that the Huntsville Botanical Gardens is displaying butterflies for their summer display and they are needing artist to paint them. I believe they are ordering around 35 butterflies and will be starting to distribute them in January and will need them finished by May. If anyone would be interested they need to contact the Botanical Gardens.

Nicole Hogan
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805
256-830-4447 ext. 290

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas- Cornhusk Sculptors

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode

"Folk Art Creche" by Ellen Goode
Cornhusk, sheep wool hair, corn silk manger

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode, Florence, AL (256) 766-8184

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Announces Call for Entries for 2012 Alabama Farmers Co-op Photo Contest


CONTACT: Vicki Morese, Event Coordinator
Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
PHONE: 256.905.0700

Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Announces Call for Entries for 2012 Alabama Farmers Co-op Photo Contest

Moulton, Alabama – Amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs of agricultural interest for the Alabama Farmers Co-op 2012 Photo Contest. Sponsored by Alabama Farmers Co-op (AFC), the contest is held in conjunction with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton.

Photos must be related to agriculture from any location within the state of Alabama. The competition is divided into four themed categories: Life on the Farm, Livestock, Crops and Agriculture Families. Only 8”x10” color photos will be accepted and entries using a portrait format will be considered for use on the cover of Farming News, a publication of the AFC.

Prizes are awarded for each category with $125 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition, each participant receives 2 free tickets to the 2012 Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival and all entries will be on display during the three day event.

“The Alabama Farmers Co-op is excited to partner with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival to offer people of all ages a chance to show what they love most about farming in Alabama,” said Jim Allen, AFC’s director of advertising and public relations. “Previous contests have attracted a variety of wholesome images, each one telling a different story while reflecting the Co-op’s core beliefs of hard work, honesty, and family, and with this year’s contest, we are searching for that one entry that truly captures the essence of farm life in Alabama for the cover of Farming News.”

The state of Alabama is filled with opportunities to capture special moments on the farm

For complete contest rules and entry form, visit and click on “Contests” or call Event Coordinator Vicki Morese at 256.905.0700. There is no entry fee and the deadline for entries is March 20, 2012.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The eighth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and the "Down on the Farm" area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, live chickens in a variety of sizes and colors, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at or follow us on Facebook,, and To request a media kit or poultry-related photography, call 256.905.0700.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Portrait by Betty Burchfield: Fantasy

Art News from Betty Burchfield:

As an Ascribing Artist, I try to give all the credit to God for the gift of art that He has given me. This painting will stand out in my memory as giving back to God the gift He gave me. Making people happy is what it is all about.


Ron and Nancy were 19 years old when they got married and very much in love. The wedding was very small as there was no one there other than the couple, the preacher and his wife as witness.. They got married without the blessing of her parents. They were married 38 years when Nancy went to be with Jesus.
One of the memories of the wedding made Ron sad. Nancy didn’t have a wedding gown! He regretted not being able to buy her one.

Between the two of us, we created this painting of Nancy in a beautiful gown and veil in front of a stained glass window such as one might see in a church. The title of this painting is “Fantasy”. His response was “this painting completed the fantasy I have of her as my Bride in an exotic bridal gown which I feel she was cheated of.

The most rewarding feeling that I have in painting is making somebody happy. Ron has since become a good friend of mine and I love to hear his memories of he and his Nancy. I’m sure that Nancy never regretted not having a wedding gown as the love that her husband gave her was more than sufficient to her. He still wears her wedding ring on a gold chain around his neck. She remains in his heart and he knows that some day they will be together in Heaven and …. LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER….


"Fantasy" by Betty Burchfield, copyright

Artist, Betty Burchfield aka a Little Reb
Capture memories, moments and life into an oil painting

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving- Cornhusk Dolls

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode

Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode

"Pilgrim's Bounty" and "Pilgrim's Harvest Turkey" by Ellen Goode
Cornhusk, sheep wool hair, handmade clay pumpkins

"Native Harvest" and "Native Bounty" by Ellen Goode
Cornhusk, sheep wool hair, pheasant feathers, gourd vessel, handmade clay vegetables, rock, clay and glass beads

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode, Florence, AL (256) 766-8184

Watch for next month: The Nativity Scene

Ascribing Artist founder, Paul LaBathe featured in the Decatur Daily News!

Artwork by Paul LaBathe, copyright. Psalm 19:1 - “The heavens declare the glory of God.” His desire is to proclaim God’s word through his work.

Ascribing Artist founder, Paul LaBathe featured in the Decatur Daily News! 

Creative gifts
Local designers and artists see work as an extension of their faith
By Catherine Godbey, Decatur Daily News 11/18/2011

How would you define yourself?

(Excerpt from the news article)

For Paul LaBathe, inspiration comes from God’s word.

A former supervisor working in a publications department, he resigned in 2002 when he could no longer escape God’s calling.

The Elkmont, AL resident started over and created Empty Tomb Graphics, a faith-based advertising business, and co-founded Ascribing Artists, a networking group of Christian artists, ranging from painters to potters.

“I believe we are all born with a desire to create not only art or music, but also as seen in carpentry, architecture, landscaping, cooking, sewing, writing, poetry and so on,” he said. “I believe this to be true because the Bible starts with, ‘In the beginning, God created’ and before we get to the end of the first chapter we read, ‘God created man in his own image.’ ”


Want more info?

Courtney Croxdale, designer, photographer,
Alisa Poole, artist,; paintings can be found at Trish Land Goods for the Home and Garden
Paul LaBathe, Empty Tomb Graphics, Christian-based advertising agency,
Ascribing Artists, a networking group of Christian artists,

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Gina Hurst: The Arts Council Membership

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Gina Hurst:

I have some art news to pass along. I am the new Member and Volunteer Services Manager at The Arts Council, Huntsville, AL. I would like to invite you all to join The Arts Council!

Madison County is home to a vibrant arts and cultural community, and The Arts Council works to support and promote the work of more than 100 member arts organizations and individual artists. The Arts Council’s Arts Assembly members represents the very best of Huntsville music, dance, theatre, film and visual, literary, communications and multidisciplinary arts and culture.

Arts Assembly members benefit from monthly membership meetings, networking opportunities, affinity groups and technical assistance, posting events on The Arts Council’s website calendar, listing in the Arts Directory on the website, listing in the Arts Education Resource Guide which is distributed to teachers in grades K-12 and posted on-line, receipt of TAC’s e-newsletter, guest speaker events, job postings and much more. Throughout the year, The Arts Council also offers targeted workshops for Assembly members focusing on topics such as publicity, copyright and art law, funding, business development for individual artists, etc.

If this interests you, we would love for you to join and help advance the arts in the Tennessee Valley! To become a member, you can join on-line through our website by following this link:

I hope you will consider joining and enjoy the benefits of membership! Gina

Gina Hurst
Member & Volunteer Services Manager

700 Monroe Street, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL. 35801
(P) 256-519-2787
(F) 256-533-3811

Friday, November 11, 2011

Feature Your Artwork on Creative Arts blog

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Kathie Depew:

I just started a new blog site for the Creative Arts (Create! with Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC - to promote artists!

Create! with Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC is a free forum for creative artists to share their work, experiences and techniques. Would you like to inspire fellow artists and crafters, while promoting your work? Consider submitting an article to this site about you, your work and field of interest. Some ideas for articles are below. In all articles, please include photos, your contact information, web site and upcoming events (shows, classes etc.) that you’d like to promote.

Please let me know if you are interested in submitting a brief article about your art or craft. This is a free opportunity!

Kathie Depew
Create! with Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC
Share Your Knowledge & Inspire Creativity - A Forum For The Creative Arts
Feature Your Work On This Site:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Huntsville/Madison County, AL: December Gallery Tour 2011

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Michele Lee, 16 Main Gallery, Madison, AL

Here is the new Website, Facebook and Invitation for the Gallery Tour!!/HuntsvilleGalleryTour

Thanks, Michele
Michele Lee, Director

16 Main Gallery
16 Main St. Madison, AL. 35758

Friday, November 4, 2011

Help-Portrait- Give back to the community

Calling Photographers, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Volunteers- to help make someone picture perfect

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Venue: At Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Location: 2211 Seminole Drive , Huntsville, AL

Help-Portrait is an international event where a community of photographers and other volunteers across the world (43 different countries), come together to use their skills to give back to their local community. Help-Portrait is first and foremost a movement. It is a shift in thinking about photography; an opportunity to give photos, not just take them.

Who needs pictures? Anyone who wouldn’t normally have access to or be able to afford professional photography. For starters…

•single moms and their kids
•single dads and their kids
•sick children
•sick parents
•the elderly
•underprivileged families
•military families
•Tornado victims

click to view the Help-Portrait "Test Event" video

If you know of someone this would benefit or would like to volunteer your talent, please contact Candace Stough at

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Featured Artist: Kala Beaver Kachur

 "Light Up the Sky" by Kala Beaver Kachur, copyright

"He Paid a Debt" by Kala Beaver Kachur, copyright

 "Remember Hanalei" by Kala Beaver Kachur, copyright

Featured Artist: Kala Beaver Kachur

I was raised in a military family where I had the privilege of traveling to various parts of the world. This instilled in me, at an early age, a true love and appreciation for the beauty of the world we live in. This can easily be seen in my work as I enjoy painting places I have visited.

My first artistic endeavor involved music. I have played the piano since age 9, taught piano lessons, worked as an Elementary Music Teacher, and played piano and organ on staff at several churches in Alabama. I also play the flute and enjoy singing alto.

Several years ago I took a couple of oil painting classes with my mother. It was at this time that I discovered my love for painting and art. In January of 2007 I was involved in a car accident in which I received a head injury and had to have 3 neck surgeries. I feared that I would not be able to paint anymore due to nerve damage and for over 4 years did not even try. A few months ago I picked my paint brush up again and started painting and have not put it down since then. My accident has given me a greater compassion for people, life, and the beauty around me. When I look at art, it speaks to me. Art is some of the best therapy there is. It says things to me I may not be able to verbally express at that moment.

I paints in oils and acrylics and also enjoy making jewelry. I currently reside in Huntsville, AL.

Bible Verses:

God and I have been through so much together I feel the need to share 2 verses. The first is Philippians 4:13. “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” My car accident in 2007 left me in a tremendous amount of pain and multiple injuries. Pain that sometimes I did not think I could handle. You could say that this verse saved me life. I still suffer from some of that same pain and neuropathy, but the first verse I turn to is Philippians 4:13. While recovering from my 3 different fusions surgeries there were many mornings that I would even have to pray that prayer just to get out of bed. I have also clung to this verse while recovering from my head injury and Post Traumatic Stress disorder. My favorite thing to do with this verse is to put my name in the place of the word I so that it reads “Kala can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.” I praise God for the strength He has given me since that day in 2007.

The second verse is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This is an absolutely tremendous verse. God has a plan for us and it is full of hope. My life was turned upside down in a blink of an eye in 2007. All of my plans had to be erased. In that car accident I acquired a head injury that gave me a 90% chance of being in a vegetative state the rest of my life. But God left me here for a reason. I clung to whatever reason He had and Jeremiah 29:11. My life is totally different know, but I imagine that is part of God’s plan. Is it easy? Honestly, I don’t think anyone’s life is easy. That is why these two verses help me get through the difficult days. If you have found that your life has been turned upside recently, I pray that you turn to Jesus. We may not always know what His plan is, but I am so thankful that He does.

Contact info:

Kala Dee

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ascribing Artist Johanna Littleton Featured at the Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, AL

My exhibit at Church of the Nativity will be displayed until October 31st. Johanna Littleton.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Madison Mission's First Arts Festival- Madison, AL

Andrienne Dabney has extended the Deadline. If you are interested in participating in Madison Mission's First Annual Arts Festival Oct. 2 please contact Andrienne at or call 256-694-1410.