Saturday, May 29, 2010

Call for Artists- Artisans Cove: Funky Fridays

Calling ALL Artists/Craftsmen
Funky Fridays start June 11 (4-7?pm)
Funky Friday
Wow, its our second summer already! Join us for the second (2nd) Friday of each month for some Artzy fun. All work for sale must be your own creation... no imports. This year all $10 fees will be collected for the Berkley Boys and Girls Club. Please register early so we can determine space needs. You keep all the profit! Resident artists in our gallery may join for free.

Thanks, Marguerite McClintock

Reflectives Frame & Art Gallery
Artisan's Cove
220 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
(256) 539-1665

Friday, May 28, 2010

Decatur: The Jubilee Arts and Craft show & Balloon Festival THIS WEEKEND

Art News from Shawn Doughty. Please visit and stop by his art booth.

The Jubilee Arts and Craft show and Balloon Festival are this Memorial weekend

Held at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Ala. Point Mallard is a 750-acre municipal park providing year round recreation facilities.

Arts & Crafts Show

The Decatur Arts Guild sponsors an Arts and Crafts show at the open air pavilion opposite T.C. Almon Recreation Center (the old Ice Rink) every year for the Jubilee.

The many exhibitors feature some of the most unique products found at any festival in the southeast. Pottery, Hand-Caned Baskets, Scroll Art, and even Iron Work can be found among the unique collections.

Athens Art on the Square Art News

June 8- Art on the Square Children’s Art Camp 2010

Children are invited to participate in the annual Art Camp. Space is limited. Get your forms in soon.


August 14- Preview Party and Silent Auction @ Carole Foret's Gallery, Athens
September 11-AOTS Art Fest in downtown Athens, Al.
ARTISTS- Remember! application deadline for the festival is June 18.

For more information visit

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Photographers Wanted: Bella Baby Photography

I am a managing partner for Bella Baby Photography, and we are going to photograph all of the newborn, in-hospital babies at Huntsville beginning in August 2010. I am currently seeking 8-10 independent, established photographers for our flexible photography schedule. Below is the job description. We are specifically hiring professional photographers for our business.
Courtney Lewis
Managing Partner
Bella Baby Photography

Photographers Wanted: Professional Photographers for In-Hopsital, Newborn Photography beginning late July/early August 2010 in Huntsville. Bella Baby Photography has changed hospital newborn photography by using real photographers taking portrait quality pictures in the hospital room. We are currently seeking experienced photographers for Huntsville. These are part-time (ideally 2-4 days/week), independent contractor positions with flexible scheduling to allow for photographers to work with us as well as maintain their independent business. We need photographers who are highly motivated with a great personality, as they will be working with babies and new families. Our requirements: photography experience (knowledge of SLR cameras & lighting techniques), Basic Computer Skills, Editing Skills(Photoshop/Lightroom/etc..), enjoying working with parents & babies, ability to work independently, & flexibility in schedule. We will begin orientation/training at the end of July, and the photography begins on August 1st. If you are interested, please forward your resume, the equipment you use (camera, speedlight, editing preference, laptop?), and a link to your photography or at least three jpg images.

Courtney Lewis Managing Partner Bella Baby Photography

Thank you for your interest!

Grand Opening: 16 Main- a community of artists

Art News from Michele Lee, exhibiting artist.

Please join us for our
Grand Opening!

The artists at 16 Main cordially invite you to help us celebrate the

opening of our new home in Madison's beautiful historic district.

5pm, Friday

June 4, 2010

16 Main Street, Madison, Alabama

The Honorable Mayor Paul Finley will join us to cut the ribbon and

officially welcome the public to our community of professional

artists. This will be agreat opportunity for you to meet the artists,

tour our studios, and see samples of original work offered in our


Refreshments - a variety of goodies

Wine Tasting - sample several wonderful varieties

Door Prizes - art, lessons, and more

Madison Belles - interact with young ladies from

local history

Spirit Stroll - a guided tour through Madison's

past (7pm)

Please feel free to share this invitation with others. This is just the
beginning of a wonderful new chapter in Madison's history --
we hope you can join us for this special evening!

The Artists at 16 Main (formerly the Clay House Museum)
Madison, Alabama
Where to Park?
    • Along Main Street
    • At Main and Wise - small lot across from Main Street Cafe
    • At Martin and Garner - public parking lot
A huge thank you to our sponsors!
Main Street Cafe
Discovery Mortgage & Processing Solutions
Capstone Realty
Animal Trax

Betty Burchfield Featured on the Jamie and Gloria Cooper's TV Show Friday

"Gloria Cooper" painting by Betty Burchfield, copyright

"Gloria Cooper" photo

Art News from artist Betty Burchfield:

I will be on Jamie and Gloria Cooper's tv show this coming Friday, May 28th at 6:00 a.m. They are coming to my house Wednesday for an interview. I will be presenting Gloria an 18 x 24 painting of her. She is not only beautiful but such a kind and caring person.

Cooper & Company Live airs at 6am, noon & 9pm Tuesday - Friday

Catch Country Rover Episodes Live Monday 6am & 9pm.

SINCE Janurary 2003, WTZT-TV in Athens, AL, known as ZTV-11, has been Local and lovin' it, with shows that focus on local people and places in the Tennessee Valley. Jamie and Gloria Cooper own and operate ZTV-11, as well as host and produce the morning show, Cooper & Company.

For more info about Betty Burchfield please visit her website at:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Painting: One Nation Under God by Jon McNaughton

Ascribing Artist, Doris Sisk sent this interesting link Click on One Nation Under God. It is a painting of our founding fathers, current people and Jesus. Run your cursor over the figures and the artist, Jon McNaughton explains why he painted them and what they symbolize. Thanks Doris for sharing this art news.

Friday, May 21, 2010

1st Annual Lackwoods Arts & Crafts Show May 22

1st Annual Lackwoods Arts & Crafts Show

Location: Smith Lake, AL

Date: May 22, 2010


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Excerpt taken from: “In Defense of Christian Arts”

People of this world do not understand our Christian language. How can we speak to them in a way that they will understand? People of the world do not think it is necessary to believe. How can we get past their defenses to get to their hearts? The world, in trying to sell its philosophies understands one thing that we forgot. A person will not really believe something until it speaks to his feelings and his spirit.

The media uses what they know about how the mind works and the power of the arts, drama, photography, film, dance, story telling, etc. to speak to people and sell us whatever they want. This is a pity because the arts originally belonged to the people of God. Now they are seldom used and often categorized as superfluous or unnecessary. From stories of the son’s of Seth, to the portrayals of the prophets, to the dances of the Israelites, to the stories of the Rabbis, to the medieval Passion plays that portrayed Christ’s last days on earth, to film and story today, believers have always used the Arts, for worship, evangelism, teaching, enjoyment and exhortation. Why have so many churches thrown the gift of the creative arts back in the face of our Creator God? The only reason I can think of is fear.

Fear is never a good reason to make a decision. If the arts are corrupt in the world, then we need not to say the arts are corrupt. We need to bring them back to where they belong, in the holy service of Our King.”

Excerpt taken from:

“In Defense of Christian Arts”

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

9th Annual His Gifts and Presence New England Arts Festival

9th Annual His Gifts and Presence New England Arts Festival

Submission Information

This event is open to visual artists, musicians, singers, dancers and poets of all ages.

All submissions are subject to approval and/or juried by the festival review committee and must be received by May 29th. Incomplete submission will not be considered. You must submit form, fee and submission (CD, DVD or slides). Artists may sell their works and approved merchandise and keep all profits.

Free lodging will be available for out of state participants who submit as associates before May 29th, (based on

availability). Submission deadline is May 29th.

Artists understand that we are NOT insured for safe- keeping of artwork and by submitting, assume own

liability. We take measures to prevent damage or theft. Drop off art work Friday June 25th between 9am &

10am or shipped & received by June 18th. Art work must be picked up June 26th at 8:30pm promptly.

For complete Submission Form and more info about event please visit:

Sponsored by New Life Church and New England Christian Arts Council in Biddeford, Maine

Art Organization Link Added: The New Renaissance Rising

J. Scott McElroy, the author of the book "Finding Divine Inspiration" also has a website:
The New Renaissance Rising. It is a very informative website:

As noted on his website:

The resources, materials and ideas on this site are designed to Equip, Connect and Inspire artists and churches of all denominations for their place in God's renewal of the arts, and the art’s role in God's transformation and redemption of the world. This site features original information and also serves as a portal to other organizations who are pursuing God's heart for the arts and humanity.

Artist Link Added: Joe Fikes

"Centennial Dogwood" Huntsville Botanical Garden, by Joe Fikes, copyright

The Ascribing Artists blog is delighted to add photographer, Joe Fikes to the artists links. To view his beautiful artworks, please visit his website at:

Keep a look out for Joe's July featured artist spot on the blog.

Ascribing Artist: Martina Svoboda Jewelry Making Workshops

" Fun and Funky" Fridays
Jewelry making workshops
with Martina Svoboda

Meet your friends for an “Evening Out”, have fun, and keep your jewelry making skills fresh! Each class will complete a new piece of jewelry to keep or give as gifts! Sign up for one or all (You get a 10% discount when you register for all three!)
Additional supply fee ($7-$15 each class payable to instructor at each class)

May 28 : 6-9PM
Seed Beads PARTY!
Have fun and learn the Peyote stitch. This stitch is used in a multitude of Beading projects!

June 4 : 6-9PM
Chain Mail
Learn the proper tools and techniques to link jump rings into a beautiful pattern. Create your own byzantine chain bracelet. June4—6-9PM

June 25 : 6-9 PM
Wire Workshop
Come explore the “Wonderful World of Wire!” We’ll play with wire of different sizes and types to create fabulous jewelry components. We’ll also explore the use of a variety of tools.

$40 MBR/$45 non-MBR for each Workshop

To register contact:

Huntsville Art League
3005 L&N Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 534-3860

Desperate need of volunteers for this Sunday’s art class for kids with special needs.

Art News passed along by David Edwards at Lowe Mill Arts from LeAnn Siefferman at Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center- Huntsville, AL. Please help if you can.

Hey guys!

Sorry to keep harassing everyone, but I am in desperate need of volunteers for this Sunday’s art class for kids with special needs. The class starts this Sunday, May 23 at 1:30 and should last no more than 1 ½ hours. I need 7 volunteers who would like to work one-on-one with a child in this class. We are going to do a “dance” themed project with acrylics and mixed media on canvas boards. We are also going to try and do a large collaborative “Alabama” themed art project to display at our Coach Gene Stallings event on June 5th. If you guys aren’t able to help, could you maybe forward this to someone you think would be interested?

The artwork will be auctioned off at Merrimack Hall’s fundraiser this august. For more info on the Gene Stallings event, Dance Your Dreams! or Merrimack Hall, please and if you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me!

Please spread this to anyone you think would be interested and have them contact me.


LeAnn Siefferman

Programming Director

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center

Huntsville, AL

(256) 534-6455

Martina Svoboda Newest Jewelry creation

New jewelry creation by Martina Svoboda. The question she posed to several Ascribing Artists at a recent gathering was should she oxidize the earrings or not. I think she made a great choice in oxidizing! They are beautiful and have an elegance to them! Great job Martina!

Martina's jewelry is available for sale.

For more info, please visit:

Etsy On-line Store:

Feel free to contact Martina at:

IMAGINE TOMORROW: A Juried Exhibition For All Ages

Ascribing Artist, Martina Svoboda mentioned this event at the Ascribing Artists reception at the Huntsville Art League this past Sunday. I thought I would post it here for more info. Gina

Art News from Clayton Bass, Huntsville Museum of Art

March 23, 2010-
Dear Artist,

In its ongoing efforts to encourage creativity and engage artists of all ages in our community, the Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) will present a juried exhibition, Imagine Tomorrow, opening on June 13 and closing on September 5, 2010. The title theme is intentionally broad, and should allow artists a wide range of interpretations, which will make for a fun, engaging show with many perspectives represented.

I want to invite you to join the HMA in this community-wide celebration of the arts. The exhibition will be juried with no entry fees and open to all media. Hopefully many artists will participate and show strong examples of Huntsville’s rich and varied artistic community. In addition, the opening day’s activities will provide an opportunity for participating artists to do demonstrations in the exhibition galleries during the afternoon. The Museum Staff will also host a simple reception that day, and would appreciate any additional food or beverage items that you may wish to bring.

Included is the list of rules for the juried exhibition and the timeline for the project. We look forward to working with you and hope this brings great exposure for your work. Don’t hesitate to contact me should you have questions.

Warm regards,
Clayton Bass
President & CEO

Celebrating Creativity in our Community

IMAGINE TOMORROW: A Juried Exhibition For All Ages

Artists, please consider: In the future what will life be like on Earth and beyond?

Exhibition Rules:

1. No group projects are allowed, only work by an individual
2. Open to all media
3. Only one artwork may be submitted per individual
4. Maximum dimensions for 2-D work, framed or unframed: 36” x 36”
5. Maximum dimensions for 3-D work: 36” x 36”
6. All works must be framed (if frames are desired) and ready to hang when submitted
7. All K-12 student works should include on a separate piece of paper: artist name, title of work, media, grade, and school
8. All college students should include: artist name, title of work, media, and college
9. All other works should include: artist name, title of work, media.


May 21-24, 2010
All works are due by close of business, 5:00 p.m., at the Admissions Desk in the lobby of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Late entries will not be accepted.

May 26, 2010
Judging will take place. Works of art that are not ready to be hung will be disqualified. Judges may also disqualify works of art for reasons of safety or stability.

May 28 – June 11, 2010
Exhibition installation

Sunday, June 13, 2010 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Opening Day and Reception: Program - Gallery Walk featuring 2 student artists, 2 college artists, 2 artists from Lowe Mill, 2 artists from HAL, and 2 other adult artists.

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Special day for students, college students, and teachers to invite whomever they wish. Reception, partner organizations are invited to add goodies. These artists may also set up demonstrations in the galleries.

Sunday, August 1, 2010
Special day for Lowe Mill (same provisions)

Sunday, August 22, 2010
Special day for HAL (same provisions)

Sunday, September 5, 2010
Exhibition closes

Monday – Wednesday, September 6 – 8, 2010
Pick up works from Museum by end of business, 5:00 p.m.


1 - Best In Show $500 Cash Award

K – 8th Grade

1 – 1st Place $250 Cash Award
2 – Honorary Mentions; Receive HMA Student Memberships

9th Grade - College

1 – 1st Place $250 Cash Award
2 – Honorary Mentions; Receive HMA Student Memberships

Adult Category, not in college

1 – 1st Place $250 Cash Award
2 – Honorary Mentions; Receive HMA Individual Memberships

Monday, May 17, 2010

Madison Arts Council's Art on Main First Sat. June 5th

Madison Arts Council's Art on Main

Location: Madison, AL

Date: First Saturday of each month April thru September

Juried Show. ENTRY DEADLINE two weeks prior to art show each month


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ascribing Artists Reception and Art Talk May 16th, 2-4PM Exhibit: Reflections of the Spirit

You are Invited!

Ascribing Artists Reception and Art Talk May 16th, 2-4PM

Exhibit: Reflections of the Spirit on display through May.

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

Ascribing Artists is a creative ministry bringing together visual artists who desire to ascribe or attribute their work and life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The ministry is inspired by Psalm 29:2, "Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name" and shows that we are to be "A Reflection of His Glory" in all that we do.

Not all Ascribing Artists paint religious themes or Biblical depictions. The subject matter of the artist is not necessarily what makes us Ascribing Artists, it is the heart behind the artist with the desire to share the gospel. We recognize that anything we do pales in comparison to the Glory of the Lord, so our desire is not to offer something that deserves praise, but to point to the only ONE worthy of praise.

Artists on exhibit: Gail Bryant, Betty Burchfield, Rita Campbell, Melissa Carter, Shawn Doughty, Julie Ellsworth, Paul Fulda, Elizabeth Gawronski, Gina Hurst, Paul LaBathe, Johanna Littleton, Barbara Mitchell, Linda Morton, Cynthia Massey Parsons, S. Renee Prasil, Martina Svoboda, Jackie Segars, Russ Sexton, John Stout, Tim Thornton, Scott Wiley, and Lynn Weatherford

For more info visit or e-mail:

For more info about the Huntsville Art League please call (256) 534-3860 or visit

Art Lessons From God

I found this really neat website- Art Lessons from God-

Art Lessons from God is a discussion group and web publication produced by Kreative Kingdom, Inc. A non profit organization in Inman, SC. Tony Snipes is the moderator.
It has tons of articles about the artists' relationship with God and our creativity.

Check it out:

“Finding Divine Inspiration-Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity” by J. Scott McElroy.


More info at:
J. Scott McElroy

God's 7 Principles of Artistic Purpose

I also refer to these as "7 Secrets Every Artist and Designer Must Know But Many Don't"

These are the 7 principles that guide the you, the visual artist, into a relationship with the Spirit of God in order to give God access to the creative gift He placed within you. Much of my workshop material, newsletter articles and overall teachings are based on these principles. I believe that these scripturally based precepts are navigating standards for a right relationship between God and the artist:

1. God is a creative God.
The first thing that we learn about God’s personality is that He is creative.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.…. (continues)”
Genesis 1:1-31

2. God created you in His image. He designed you to be creative just like He is.

“Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:26-27

3. Your creative ability and talent is a gift from God given specifically to you for the benefit of others.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10

4. God has an assignment for you to complete using your creative abilities.

“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.”
Jeremiah 29:11

5. God will enable and equip you to complete your assignment.

“And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work. And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.”
Exodus 35:30-35

6. If you are not connected to God, you cannot complete your assignment. Your talent becomes misused or wasted.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”
John 15: 1-6

7. If you stay connected to God, He will show you how to complete your assignment!

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

You are one of God's creations. Your gifts are part of that creation and you can become more of the person you were created to be by expressing yourself through your talents.

"Stuff You'll Never Discuss in Art Class!"