Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Updated: The Last Supper Restored by Betty Burchfield


Previously posted on the Ascribing Artists Blog

Artist, Betty Burchfield (aka Little Reb), has a new project- restoring the Last Supper to the original. It is 4x8 ft. Betty notes, "I've got my work cut out for me. I've gotten three disciples painted so far... Took me all day."

For more info about Betty Burchfield, please visit her websites and sign her guest books at:

Also, view more postings on the Ascribing Artists Blog about Betty Buchfield (aka Little Reb) at:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Carole Foret Workshops PAINT NIGHT SCHEDULE 2010

Carole Foret Workshops



Tues. January 11 - Man's Best Friend! Paint your own dog in a fun,
whimsical way! Bring a pic of your dog:16x20 canvas
Wed. January 12 - Feline Fun! Paint your own cat, swishing tail and
all. Colorful Cats! Bring pic of your cat: 16x20 canvas
Sat. February 13 - Lover's Lane! Calling all couples for Saturday
night fun! Wine Still Life-or each of your favorite drinks! 11x14
Tues. March 16 - Scripture to hang. Christians gather to create a
piece to remind ourselves of the greatest Love there is. Horizontal
Tues. April 13 - Shoes Shoes Shoes! A girl's best friend-her shoe
closet! Horizontal canvas

All of these Paint Nights are held at Carole Foret Studio 5:30pm -
8pm. Social time from 5:30-6pm. Paint from 6pm-8pm. Then group photo!

Reserve by calling the studio:
256-232-2521 or e-mail: cforet@mac.com
Purchase 1 spot - $75

Carole Foret Studio
206 W. Market St.
Athens, Alabama 35611

Tues. - Fri. 10am-2pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Carole Foret on the web at: CaroleForet.Com- Artful Living Blog-
Painting Blog- Facing Jesus Painting Tour-

Copper Wire and Bead Christmas Ornament Class Dec. 19th

A Christmas ornament class is being offered from 9:30 to 11:30a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19th at Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery at Artisans Cove, 220 Old Hwy 431, Owens Cross Rd., AL 35763. Across from Hampton Cove Elementary.

Come de-stress as you learn to make an ornament with copper wire and beads. Instructor, Becky Buckner will show you how to make rustic copper balls and use them in the ornament design. Designs are only limited by your imagination! This class is for adults as sharp instruments will be used!

Each participant will make one ornament. All supplies are provided. Class size 4-12. Cost $20. Register today at 539-1665 or reflectives@comcast.net.

To find out more about artist Becky Buckner, please visit her website at:

For more information and to find out about other upcoming classes contact:

Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery
Artisan's Cove
220 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
(256) 539-1665 or reflectives@comcast.net

Monday, December 7, 2009

Featured Artist: William Lipscomb

"Bread and Wine" by William Lipscomb, copyright

"Out of Zion" by William Lipscomb, copyright

"Jesus" by William Lipscomb, copyright

"Melekh" by William Lipscomb, copyright

Artist, William Lipscomb

While growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I always knew I had a gift of expressing myself through visual images and creative artwork. It wasn’t until my second year of college that I began to develop this gift and believe that it would lead me to future careers. As a Christian, I use art to communicate to others how my work is directly influenced by my relationship to the Lord. For me, art is a way to communicate to others the things in life that I deem important without using a written language. As they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

I like to use a variety of mediums for my work, some of which, to the average person, may seem odd. Much of my work includes transforming common, “everyday” items, such as food, into uncommon and original artwork. I try to work with mediums that are familiar to people and alter them in such a way that a person would have to inspect the art very closely to recognize exactly what it’s made out of. Some people reject artwork because they cannot find a way to relate to it. However, if they can find a common ground between the work and themselves, then they are very likely to open up.

My work is playful and energetic; a style that mirrors my personality. The time spent creating a work tends to display the passion of the artist. My ambitions are to have my works displayed in different galleries and museums for people to view and discuss. I hope to challenge the stereotypes that so burden both art and artists in hopes that it will result in opening the minds of the public to new ideas. I love to travel and get most of my ideas when visiting different places that open my eyes to new ways of life.

To find out more about William Lipscomb please visit his website at: http://00artdesigns.blogspot.com/

William is also featured on the Huntsville Art Blog with other images:


Friday, December 4, 2009

Linda Morton Wins Big!

This summer, local artist Linda Morton submitted her artwork locally to the Redstone Arsenal Art Contest. Local winners were advanced to the International level of the Army wide contest. Recently, Linda was informed that she WON Internationally 3rd place for her Watercolor- WOW! Linda also received Honorable mentions for two other entries, Mixed Media and Drawing. What a great honor! The final contest included ALL the USA Army bases in the World! ...and Linda was awarded 3rd Place!

Congratulation Linda!

For more info about Linda please visit her website at:

Linda always gives the Lord Praise for her talent!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Andrea Lucas to Showcase Her Jewelry at UAB

I hope if you're lucky enough to have some free time I might get lucky enough to see you at the Art Show in the West Pavilion at UAB. It begins at 8 am and ends at 5pm. Just look for me! I'll be there! I am showing my jewelry not my stained glass windows. I really really hope to see you there!!


Check out the new jewelry page at: HAPPYHIPPIESTUDIO.COM

Thanks!! Andrea Lucas/Happy Hippie

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ornament Contest to benefit Kids to Love

1st Annual Ornament Contest

Artisans Cove's Reflections Frame and Art Gallery invites everyone to participate in the First Annual Ornament Contest. Prizes will be awarded and the ornaments will be on display for our Open House Sat., Dec. 5th. The ornaments will adorn our gallery tree. Contestants may also donate their ornaments to be included in a silent auction in which proceeds generated from the highest bidder will go to the charity organization, Kids to Love. Deadline for ornament submissions is Dec. 4, 2009.

The rules are as follows:

1. The contest is open to all.

2. Contestants must submit their entry no larger than 5" High; 5" Wide and 5" Deep. The ornament can be in any shape so long as it stays within the above measurements and can hang on a tree. Be creative!

3. All entries must have your name, address, age, phone number and e-mail address, on a separate sheet of paper. You may also include: title, media and inspiration.

4. All winners will have their names and ornaments appear in the December issue of "Reflectives Newsletter" and on the website, as well as, posted on the Huntsville Art Blog. You can send in more than one ornament. The more we have the prettier the tree will be! Please note if you would like for your ornament to benefit Kids to Love charity.

5. The contest shall be judged under the following categories and prize awards:

Prize Awards

Ages 5-10 First place wins $15.00

Ages 10-15 First place wins $15.00

Adults First place wins $25.00 Reflectives Gift Certificate

6. All Youth entrants (ages 15 and under) who did not win will receive a certificate of appreciation.

7. Entries must be mailed, or hand-delivered to Artisans Cove by the deadline! Deadline for entries is December 4, 2009.

Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery

Artisan's Cove

220 Old Highway 431

Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763


(256) 539-1665 or reflectives@comcast.net

Judging will be based on creativity, quality of workmanship, and use of materials.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Why do you have a desire to create?

Have you ever wondered where the desire to create comes from? Have you wondered why you like to make things, build, draw, write, paint, sing, dance? The answer is really very simple. It is part of your nature because it is part of God's nature.

The book of Genesis in the Bible says "So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them." Gen 1:27

God is the ultimate creator. Genesis begins with creation, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" Gen 1:1. Genesis goes on to describe how God created all things. God can even make things from nothing. It's like if you wanted some clay and you said, "let there be clay" and whamo! you had clay. That would be really cool! Clay is basically a special mix of dust and when God created people he used some dust.

"And the Lord God formed a man's body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person." Gen 2:7

So, now you know that God created you to be creative, like Him. And, you also know that God created man from dust. Cool huh?

You can add that to your smarts!

Michael Thoenes

Reflectives Frame & Art Gallery: Gina Hurst joins team

Gina Hurst joined Artisans Cove's Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery as an art consultant.

For the past twenty-five years Gina has worked and played in the Arts. She has developed valuable skills and experiences in the areas of gallery management, art consulting, picture framing, customer service, sales, networking, marketing, and event planning, as well as, participating in many non-profit art organizations and art shows.

Gina also has an art degree and is a Certified Picture Framer through the Professional Picture Framer Association.

Gina notes, "I consider myself an educator and advocate for the arts and I am delighted to be a part of a team that has a passion to inspire creativity in our community. I am also excited to work for a company that is founded on Christian principals because I believe whatever I do, do it for the glory of God."
Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery
Artisan's Cove
220 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
(256) 539-1665 or reflectives@comcast.net

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas Bead Ornament Class Nov. 28th

A Christmas bead ornament class is being offered from 9:30 to 11:30a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery at Artisans Cove, 220 Old Hwy 431, Owens Cross Rd., AL 35763. Across from Hampton Cove Elementary.

Instructor, Becky Buckner will show you how to make an ornament using beads and wire. You will have the opportunity to create your choice of a heart, cross, star or snowflake. Each participant will make one ornament. All supplies are provided. There will be a variety of beads to choose from. Class size 4-12. Minimum age 7 without adult supervision. Cost $20. Register today at 539-1665 or

For more information about Becky Buckner please visit her website at: www.RebeccasWish.com

For more information and to find out about other upcoming ornament classes contact:

Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery
Artisan's Cove
220 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
(256) 539-1665 or reflectives@comcast.net

Friday, November 6, 2009

Carving for Christ, Terry Brasher will exhibit at Woodcarving Show Nov. 7 & 8 in Huntsville, AL

Terry Brasher and Simon

Woodcarver Terry Brasher will be at the Huntsville Mid South Woodcarving Show. She dedicates your talents to Christ. To view her website, Carving for Christ, go to: www.CarvingsForChrist.com

Terry wrote on her website: "Just as in Exodus 31:1-6, I believe God is still equipping artisans for His purpose. I strive for obedience in pursuing talent with which He has gifted me. As you will see, not all of my carvings have a biblical message, but all are done using His gifts of skills and teachers.

Carvings For Christ is here in the hope that you will see something that will open your heart to God; allowing Him to speak to you and encourage you."

28th Annual Mid-South Woodcarving Show and Competition

November 7th and 8th, 2009

You are invited to attend the North Alabama Woodcarvers Association's 28th Annual Show and Competition at the Huntsville Depot Museum Roundhouse, 320 Church St., Huntsville, AL. The historic Roundhouse is located in downtown Huntsville. Show hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday the 7th and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday the 8th.

Contact Sandra Horn, (256) 776-9987, skhorn@bellsouth.net, the Show Chairperson with any questions.

Also, please visit the North Alabama Woodcarvers Association's website for more info:


Monday, November 2, 2009

The work of God's hands!

Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Featured Artist: Amy Crews

"Refuge" Psalm 16:1, by Amy Crews, copyright

"Mary Elizabeth's Pears" by Amy Crews, copyright

"Sepia Bloom" by Amy Crews, copyright

Amy Crews - Artist Statement

(adapted from an interview)

My passion for art? I can’t explain it. There is this need to create whenever possible. I think anyone who has a God given gift be it art, music, writing or some such, can relate. It is therapeutic and, when I am working on something, I find it so engrosses me that it can be hard to “snap out of it” when I stop. I always look forward to long periods of time when I can get to the studio and work.

My inspiration comes in several forms. My family inspires me by supporting me and bringing me so much joy. I have what I call my “inspiration board” in my studio where I put encouraging notes from friends and patrons. I am drawn to architecture, but God’s creation inspires me most of all. Really, it’s mind boggling how awesome nature is. How the birds just know how to build a nest and how each nest is uniquely different. I know that God is not in the flowers I paint, but they are a great reflection of His majesty. That excites me! I am one of those people who see beauty in every little thing.

We asked Amy what her favorite bible verse was and she responded:

My favorite scripture? Hard to decide as it often changes due to circumstances. But today it would be one that is also a prayer for us as artists: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

To view more of Amy Crews artwork please visit her website at: www.AmyCrewsGallery.com

Art News from Vicki Garner

"Autumn Explosion" by Vicki Garner, copyright

"Pastoral Refections" by Vicki Garner, copyright

Hey Everyone,

I thought I would share with you some of my recent work and goings on.

Here are two recent paintings I have completed. The Amish farm started off as a plein aire painting which I completed later in my studio. It is titled Pastoral Refections. The other was inspired by a tree in my back yard and some photos of autumn leaves that I saw. It is titled Autumn Explosion.

I have recently completed illustrations for another book which is scheduled for publication at the end of this year. As soon as I have more information, I will share that with you.

Enjoy, Vicki Garner

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Featured Artist: Wendy Allison

"And He Bade the Storm Be Still" Psalm 107:29, by Wendy Allison, copyright

"Genesis One- And God Said, And there was" acrylic on canvas, by Wendy Allison, copyright

"In the Shelter of His Arms" acrylic and metal on wood, by Wendy Allison, copyright

"the voice of the Lord cries to the City" Micah 6:8 acrylic, ink and metal on wood by Wendy Allison, copyright

“We were created in the image of the Creator, that we might create” Edith Schaeffer

As people look at my art, I am often asked, "Where does your inspiration come from?" As I've pondered that question, several thoughts have come to mind. I am in complete agreement with Edith Schaeffer's biblical theme that as we have a Creator God, who created us in His image, so all we created beings have a need to create. That being said, I was raised in a home surrounded by the work of my Grandfather, Barse Miller, a world-renowned watercolorist. I have come to realize that the influence of his work on mine, while subconscious is real, and a part of God's plan for me. I also have realized that what I am painting evolves from what I do with my days. I spend a good bit of time studying God's word and teaching it weekly to several groups of women in a variety of settings. Out of my study and worship, comes my work, hence the biblical allusion found in most of my titles. I don't go into my studio with an agenda…I go with deadlines I've chosen to place myself under and then begin to "mess" with my materials and "see" what happens. It is just recently that someone pointed out that my work is reflective of my current study of God's word. I think they might be right, for none of us live in a vacuum. Each part of our lives touches the other, and certainly, my art is reflective of the touch of my Creator in my life. I hope as you view it, you will see in it the hand of the One who created me, that I might create.

Fore more information about Wendy Allison please visit her website at:

We asked Wendy what her favorite bible verse was and she responded with:

The verse I have written over our kitchen doorway is Jonah 2:8 "those who cling to worthless idols, forfeit the grace that could be theirs". We have it there to nudge our heats to daily consider the broken places we are tempted to run to for comfort and security, rather than into the arms of Jesus, resting in the security of His righteousness (the grace which is mine).

Monday, October 12, 2009

Help Wanted-Part Time At Artisan’s Cove/Reflectives

Help Wanted-Part Time
Artisan’s Cove/Reflectives

Are you
responsible, organized, cheerful and customer oriented?
Do you have a love for ALL things artful?
Are you willing to work flexible hours?

Job includes the following responsibilities:

Inside sales: Help with customer service, taking framing orders.
Keeping the shop clean and orderly.
Getting inventory into computer and tagged.

Marketing: Design flyers, sending out email and updating website

Coffee shop: sales

Outside: Someone who is fairly knowledgeable about plants/herbs.
Loves the outdoors and willing to work on designing an edible landscape.
This person is responsible for implementing team decisions.
Other employees and volunteers will join this person to work on the garden.

If you think this job is made for YOU,
please contact

Artisan's Cove
220 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
Founded on Christian principles

Friday, October 9, 2009

Artists' Market at Providence Town Square- Vicki Garner

From: vicki garner applepandowdy@hotmail.com

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know, especially those of you in the Huntsville area, that I will be participating in the Providence Artists' Market this Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. It will be located at the Providence Town Square (next to The Mellow Mushroom) in northwest Huntsville, Alabama. Natasha Nashadka and I will be sharing a booth. Come on out and see us!


Vicki Garner

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Glamour Brush" Enhanced Portraits by Betty Burchfield

Before Photo

After Oil Painting

Art News from Betty Burchfield:

After seeing the look of approval on this sweet lady's face, I realized that our paint brushes can do the same as Glamour Shots did......Enhance the individual.

I asked Dr. Phil if he wanted me to redo the painting I did of him and Robin and give him some black curly hair. He laughed and said he would love that. Therefore, I am going to start advertising my "Glamour Brush".

(to see Betty Burchfield's painted portrait of Dr. Phil and wife Robin see 2/2008 art blog post:

"GLAMOUR SHOTS" put make up on, restyled hair and retouched wrinkles for their subjects... SO... why can't our paint brushes do the same!

This beautiful young lady worked with me on some changes on her Oil Painting of herself from this photo .. We did the following:

* Removed dark shadows under the eyes
* Added eyelashes
* Changed highlights in the eyes
* Softened beauty mark
* Brightened teeth
* Changed lip color to match with dress.
* Brought hair down on side of face in order to thin the neck and face.
* Softened wrinkles in neck, chin line and smile lines.
* Removed the deep line under the neck line.
* Added shadow under the chin to enhance neck.
* Cropped photo to make subject appear slimmer.
* Added an exciting background.

The painting still looks like Latonya but enhances some of her features. She was overjoyed when she saw the painting.

I have found that most people (especially ladies) like to see a photo of themselves that flatter them selves so why not have an oil painting that does the same.

See how our magic paint brushes can make subtle enhancements! I work from photographs and special requests are my specialty.

God gives each of a talent and what we do with it is our gift to Him. Making people happy is my way of giving back to Him.

Artist, Betty Burchfield aka Little Reb

Please sign my guest book at:
(porcelain dolls)
Please sign my guest book at:
(Oil Paintings
(to view porcelain dollmakers)

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you.....:
Jesus Christ and the American Soldier
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ascribing Artist Angela True chosen as Featured Artist for Cancer Awareness

From Ascribing Artist Michele Lee:

One of our local artists, Angela True, was featured in yesterday's issue of the Huntsville Times. The issue was entitle Think Pink and dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.
Angela was chosen out of several artists who submitted entries. She is quoted on her blog about the painting as follows:
"Recently, I got an opportunity to visit with my sister. She is quite a remarkable woman and I wanted to paint a picture to celebrate her. This painting depicts Mind, Body and Soul. The little jack is about her childlike playfulness, that's the "Mind" part. The "Body" is represented by the pink ribbon, yes, she is a breast cancer survivor. And lastly the purple Irises, her favorite flower. This is her "Soul". Purple is a royal, regal color and she is royalty to me."
If you would like to see more of Angela's paintings, you can go to her blog entitled Pick My Brains Art http://pickmybrainsart.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What is the Academy of Internationally Enabled Artists?

From local artist and art advocate, Carole Esk'ridge: (and founder of the Academy of Internationally Enabled Artists)

What is the Academy of Internationally Enabled Artists?

An Academy inspired by the American Academy in Rome. It will not be focused on the academic status. It will be guided by talent and devotion of the Student to an art form(s) as a career. It will be a place to live and learn the Art forms the Student loves from dancing, to writing, to singing, to acting, to painting and beyond.

Who would qualify for entrance to the Academy?

The disabled who are physically, mentally and / or financially challenged, who are art career minded, who are hard workers, who passionately love creating, who have a body of work in an art form, who will listen to their teachers / mentors and work at learning and create a body of work while at a seminar or living at the Academy.

The Academy will be a place where?

Those who can't do certain normal functions can live in hope, surrounded by a loving atmosphere, with healthy food and a clean environment. The whole person: mind, body, soul and personality will be cared for with love and desire to understand the needs of each Artist.


Is not to compete with other education institutions in the academics but to embrace the disabled Artists with HOW TO KNOWLEDGE of their Art so that they can compete in the Arts. THE BEST TRAINING IS TO LEARN FROM THOSE WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SUCCESS IN THEIR ART. This must be done with disabilities taken into consideration from Savant to Folk Artists and those in between. If an individual has a disability they would be welcomed warmly. In the spirit that Mother Teresa of Calcutta greeted her beloved ones she cared for with reverence of the Christ within them. Such loving is our quest!


If you would like to support the Academy of Internationally Enabled Artists please send donations made out to "Visionary Guild Grant Fund" Treasurer, Ann Denbo at 2304 Brookside Drive, Decatur, AL 35601.

Contact Carole Esk'ridge about her efforts and find out how you can be involved at caroleeskridge3@gmail.com or singskt@knology.net

A little bit about Carole Esk'ridge:

Ms. Eskridge is the visionary of the formation of the Academy of Internationally Enabled Artists. She founded the Visionary Guild for Mentally Ill Artists in 1991. She received a US Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

Ms. Esk'ridge's artwork is in the Birmingham Museum of Art collection. She has exhibited three times in jury art shows at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Her work can be found in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Ms. Esk'ridge is presently working on a large painting and a historic Pro-life novel.

Esk'ridge is the Mother of two adult daughters and will soon be the grandmother of two. She is 62 years old. She is a Catholic.

Carole Esk'ridge is donating 100% of the sale of her paintings to The Academy of International Enabled Artists. To view Carole's artwork please visit: www.caroleeskridge.com

For more info about The Academy of Internationally Enables Artists or Carole Esk'ridges artwork please contact her at: (256) 429–8697 or caroleeskridge3@gmail.com

Read the Huntsville Times Article about The Academy of Internationally Enables Artists at: http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/local.ssf?/base/news/125335178062050.xml&coll=1