Opportunity to exhibit artwork or buy artwork
Location: Florence, AL
Date: March thru DecemberInfo: www.firstfridaysflorence.com
Location: Madison, AL
Date: First Saturday of each month April thru September
Juried Show. ENTRY DEADLINE two weeks prior to art show each monthInfo: www.madisonartscouncil.org
Art News from Artist, Michael Thoenes:
Ascribing Artist, Doris Sisk shared this with me and I thought I would share it with the art blog:
Take my Son.....
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.
When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'
The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.
On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'
There was silence...
Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'
But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'
Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!'
But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
'We have $10, who will bid $20?'
'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'
The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.
They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'
A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'
'What about the paintings?'
'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will... I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.
The man who took the son gets everything!'
God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The son, the son, who'll take the son?'
Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE (John 3:16)
Please join us for a delightful evening with noted Artist, Cynthia Parsons!
June 15, 2010 at 5:30 PM -to- 7:30 PM
"To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new
"epiphanies" of beauty so that through their creative work as artists
they may offer these as gifts to the world." Pope John II (1999)
"God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (Gn 1:31)
To view the Letter to Artists go to this link:
The artist, image of God the Creator
The special vocation of the artist
The artistic vocation in the service of beauty
The artist and the common good
Art and the mystery of the Word made flesh
A fruitful alliance between the Gospel and art
The Middle Ages
Humanism and the Renaissance
Towards a renewed dialogue
In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council
The Church needs art
Does art need the Church?
An appeal to artists
The Creator Spirit and artistic inspiration
The "Beauty" that saves
God continues to cut and prune areas that took up time and energy, but were producing little or no fruit. I realize this process is a life-long process of following the Gardener into fields where fruit will grow and may continue to change as life moves on. The idea is not to narrow everything down, so we can say, “OK, from this point on I’m only going to do these things.” The idea is to rid ourselves of fruitless habits, activities and work to free ourselves up to be obedient to God in all things.
Looking back one last time at John 15, verse 14 and 15 reads, “You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made know to you.” Wow, to be recognized as a friend of Jesus and to know God! Jesus does not have a better or more complete revelation reserved for a special group. Everything Jesus would have believers to know is written in the Bible for us to read. Now the everyday working out is something we have to prayerfully ask and persistently seek to understand as we walk in faith.
Two things we must realize in this walk. One, God rarely reveals the entire picture to us in a way where we see the path from beginning to end and everything in between. Two, God rarely shows us in a way where we see the provision from beginning to end and everywhere in between. He tends to show us small steps without us being able to see where they are leading or how we are going to be provided for along the way. Usually it is just enough to require a step of faith, but not so much as to make perfect sense. Have you been there? Man wants to write down the perfect plan with step-by-step directions, safety net provisions and predictable results before we begin to move in any direction. This is the way of human understanding and the world. We must remember we are soldiers for Christ receiving instructions for a particular duty for a particular day.
Jesus sent out the disciples with the following words, “Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support” (Matt. 10: 9, 10) Hmm, how many shoes do we have? Coats? How about dusty Bibles? Yes, those were different times, but the main principles are still the same and they are this: Do not be tied to anything on Earth that would prevent you from following Jesus and know when you do follow that God will provide along the way. The old saying is still true, “The finger that points the way is connected to the hand that provides.”
May you be blessed today and filled with the joy of following after Jesus!
May you be blessed today and filled with the joy of following after Jesus!
Janet Schumacher, along with her husband Walt, will be the featured artists at the Huntsville Times in June. They will exhibit 20 photographs of Ghost Towns in Montana and Wyoming, which they shot last summer.
The Huntsville Times Gallery is located at
2317 S. Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL, 35801
open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Free Admission.
Further information: Huntsville Times at (256) 532- 4494 or the Huntsville Art League (HAL) at (256) 534-3860.
Art News from www.HuntsvilleArtLeague.org
Judy Bobula has been accepted into the 45th Annual Central South Art Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. She is one of 60 artists selected from a total of 495 entries. The show dates are 1 May to 25 June, 2010 at the Tennessee Art League Gallery, 808 Broadway, Nashville, TN.
Art News from www.HuntsvilleArtLeague.org
I love to paint from life. It’s important to connect with my subject. At best, connecting allows me to become part of—or to recognize that I am already a part of—the person or landscape I see. It’s a privilege to experience this unique beauty in this time. In my figurative watercolors, the strokes are quick and juicy, describing large shapes of light and shadow, capturing the gesture, expression, and energy of the individual. The colors are those I see as well as some that I feel.
The painting, Your Presence My Light, expresses my responses both to the hymn, Be Thou My Vision, as well as to the model. J. who grew up across the street from me to become a lovely young woman of faith, strength, and a sweet playfulness. I usually draw in pencil or water-soluble crayon, with attention to accuracy, but this time chose pen and ink to render her in rhythmical, fanciful line. She closed her luminous eyes for this pose, evoking tenderness. The lines in the hymn, “You my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, your presence my light,” came to me.
Although I often pray to see clearly, I have seldom prayed for a vision. Years ago, in a time of deep concern for a family member, however, I asked to see what lay ahead and had a dream—an image—of my relationship with my loved one. The truth of the dream has been a touchstone in my life since that time.
Recently, Psalm 34 has become meaningful, especially verses 4-7:
I sought the LORD and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD, and was saved from every trouble. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
My prayer now is to rest, like my young friend, in God’s care, and to trust in God’s vision for my life and art.
In the Old Testament the priests had to cast lots in order to get into the Holy of Holies. If your number was chosen you could go into God’s presence. The dice represent the lots and because Jesus died for our sins we are all able to go into his presence.
"Street Art" by Michael Williams, copyright
These pieces are a part of my free art project. I create these in my studio and then go out into the streets and drop them off where I feel led. If someone is moved or inspired by these they can keep them. I place Scripture on the back for inspiration.
Artist Statement: Michael Williams
My art focuses on the conveying of a theme through portraiture by creating the portraits out of materials that hint towards the meaning. Most of the themes and metaphors seen in my artwork are about the relationship between God and man. I portray people’s faces because it is an insight into their lives. I try to not only convey the feelings of the face but also to enhance that further by putting a theme behind the piece in which the viewer can meditate on.
Some of the pieces I create are made for a gallery and some for the street in which the placement is necessary to add to the thematic meaning of the piece. Making something that has its own natural lifespan is very interesting to me. For instance, when I paint a picture of a homeless person or orphan of the street. I paint it on cardboard not only because so many times that is what the homeless use as shelter but just like the actual homeless the paintings of the homeless are exposed to the city. Because the paintings are of people on the street I also put them on the street where they are exposed to that which can destroy them. So when the pictures are left up… if no one takes them if there is nothing done then they will cease to exist. They will be destroyed and blown away in the wind or other forces that will rip them down and throw them away. However, when people take home the pieces from the street. It is symbolic of how Christ saved us. Without Him we would still be on the street. We would still be exposed to the wind, rain, and people that would tear it down. So, the meaning of the pieces on the street is not found in the pieces themselves. Rather, what the pieces are exposed to and see. What they experience and where they will end up, on the streets or in the hands of someone who has taken them home and put them up on there wall, as a prize and as a wanted piece of there home.
To see more of Michael Williams artwork, please visit his website at: www.MichaelAaronArt.com
My black and white alphabet photos are inspired by architectural elements of forms and shapes found in their natural state. The shapes of letters emerge in everyday life objects. My eyes are always looking for such surprises and I always have my camera with me for the unexpected opportunity.
I use my talent to glorify the Lord and I find joy in creating words that might be inspirational to others. Using the unique letters, I also customize names and words for customers.
My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Everyday Alphabet Pics