Monday, August 30, 2010

Book: Art in Service of the Sacred

Art in Service of the Sacred
by Catherine Kapikian

Art in Service of the Sacred encourages congregations to take seriously the role of visual art in worship and in the broader life of the church. This rich resource explores the dynamics between art, artist, and the church. It proclaims the power of art when used as art, reclaims the presence of religious symbols in worship, asserts the importance of the aesthetic dimensions of ecclesial space, and recovers the role of visual art to engage our senses and imaginations as we seek to encounter God in our lives.

If you are interested in the book, see link below: Art in Service of the Sacred

Sept. 3- First Fridays in Florence, AL

Opportunity to exhibit artwork or buy artwork

First Fridays

Location: Florence, AL

Date: March thru December


Friday, August 27, 2010

Art On the Square Athens, AL Sept. 11

Art On the Square Athens, Al., Sept.11.

Art On the Square Arts Festival is Saturday, Sept 11, 2010, from 10 am until 4 pm, around the Courthouse, in downtown Athens . This year's festival promises to be more entertaining than ever. There will be approximately 50 visual artists including painters, sculptors, metal artists, photographers, ceramicists, fiber artists, jewelry artists, mixed media artists, and more. Savvy collectors are encouraged to come to the festival and see the quality and diversity represented at this year’s show. Performing arts will also be represented this year. Art On the Square is bringing a professional troupe of Irish Step dancers to Athens with bagpipes in tow. They will perform 2 shows during the festival on Sept 11. Also performing is a professional singer songwriter from Nashville, as well as lots of local musical talent, and all are encouraged to participate in a community drum circle. Kelly Kazek will be reading excerpts from her book and signing copies for those interested in Alabama’s deadliest tornadoes. The multi faceted KidsZone is always free and offers over 20 art activities for children. A rain location has been secured at Athens State University Gym.

Art On The Square Festival Performing Arts Schedule:
Sept.11,2010, 10 am-4 pm, Downtown Athens
9:45 – 10:00 Clements High School Marching Band
10:00 – 10:20 Tonya Harper-Williams, soloist
10:30 – 11:00 Christina Lynn
11:00 – 11:45 Brian Ashley Jones Duo (Nashville singer song writer)
11:45 – 12:30 Daniel Whitt leads the open community drum circle
12:30 – 1:00 Mayor Dan Williams presents awards to children art winners
1:00 – 1:30 Minhao Lu
1:30 – 2:00 Susan Hood
2:00 – 2:30 Christi Lachelle Hood
2:30 – 3:00 Nashville Irish Step Dancers
3:00 – 3:30 Barry Kay
3;30 – 4:00 Nashville Irish Step Dancers

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Artist Link Added: Christina Wegman

"Cat" by Christina Wegman, copyright

The Ascribing Artists blog is delighted to add artist Christina Wegman to the artists links.

Also, look for Christina's October Featured Artist spot on the blog.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Artist Link Added: Amanda Duke Brown

The Ascribing Artists Blog is delighted to added Amanda Duke Brown's website to the artists links. Watch for her featured artist spot in October.

Amanda notes, "I am very inspired by God's creation all around me, His written word, and the human condition. I'm constantly in awe of these things. Each piece of artwork is an offering of worship; my hope as an artist is that God will use the artwork to His glory."

Check out her artwork at:

Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among the wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Calling all North Alabama Artists! Madison Street Festival

Calling All Artists
Applications are still be taken for the
Madison Street Festival
Artist Alley
Oct 2, 2010

This year's Madison Street Festival's Artist Alley will be giving away cash awards!
Best of show ($300)
Best Booth ($200)
People's Choice ($100)
Space is filling up fast, so please get your application in today!!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Artisan's Cove Funky Friday

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Click on Image for Larger View

Monday, August 16, 2010

Madison Arts Council's Art on Main First Sat. Sept. 4th

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, August 14, 2010

Photographer Diana Henry Missing since Friday-

Thanks everyone for your prayers. Diana Henry came home this week.

Headline News-


Update- Diana is still missing. It appears that she left on her own accord and was not abducted. Her family and friends are very worried about her. It has been over a week and no word. Police are still searching...

Christina Wegman just forwarded this heart breaking news:

I have received a very bothersome bit of news about photographer and director of Monrovia's Artistic Minds Gallery Diana Henry-- thought I would pass the information on in hope that she will soon be found, unharmed. Here is the link:

Sheriff's office looking for woman who's been missing since Friday

Please keep Diana and her family in your thoughts and prayers- GH

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What is Conservation Framing?

Conservation Framing

Conservation Framing (sometimes called Preservation or Archival Framing) refers to the materials and techniques used by picture framers to frame valued art and objects to the highest standard. From matboards to glass to the paper cover on the back of the frame, today’s framers can provide a variety of specialized products and methods to display art and objects in the best possible environment.

As in any skilled craft, each professional framer develops an individual style of Conservation Framing, but there are a few principles generally regarded as standard:

  • All materials used in the framing should be stable, non-staining, and acid-free.
  • All attachments used to support art or objects in the frame must be completely reversible, with no harm to the art or objects.
  • If glass is used in the framing, there must be space between the art and the glass.

What deserves Conservation Framing? Anything being framed that has value to its owner. This might be fine art or investment art, or it may be a family heirloom. It may be a college degree—or it may be a child’s crayon drawing of a sunny day.

Conservation Framing helps to preserve the value and condition of the framed art and objects you display in your home or office, and it usually doesn’t cost much more than standard framing. Ask your framer about conservation services any time you have something framed that is valuable to you.

Conservation Picture Framing Workshop Aug. 28, 2010

Event: Conservation Picture Framing Workshop

Location: Reflectives Frame & Art Gallery at Artisans Cove 220 Old Highway 431, Hampton Cove, AL 35763

Date and Time: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 10:30 am - 2 pm

Cost: $15 includes snack and light lunch ($10 to be donated to Ascribing Artists Ministry)

RSVP Deadline: August 25, 2010

Class Limit: 12

Description of Class: Marguerite McClintock will discuss conservation methods and techniques used in picture framing. Students will learn how to prevent damage and preserve their valued artwork or objects. Students are encouraged to bring framed or unframed items for evaluation. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up for more technical framing workshops.

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Marguerite McClintock at or (256) 539-1665

Calling all artists! Jazz on Main

Calling all artists!

Jazz on Main

August 20, 2010


16 Main

Madison, AL 35758


Jazz on Main is looking for "jazz inspired" artwork for this year’s Festival

The evening will be full of food, live music and an ART SHOW &SALE!.

All artists interested, please contact 16 Main @ 256-325-4253

Art should be dropped off at 16 Main by 5pm on Aug 18th

Artists must have their name, contact info and price on the artwork.

Each piece must be ready to hang.

25% / 75% commission rate

Limit 2 Pieces per artist

Jazz on Main

Admission $10.00

Tickets sold at 16 Main Gallery

16 Main Street

Madison, Al 35758

Michele Lee

Artist – 16 Main Gallery

16 Main Street Madison, Al 35758


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Athen's Art On The Square Preview Party and Silent Auction

Art On The Square Preview Party & Silent Auction
Saturday, Aug.14, 6 pm
Carole Foret's Fine Art Gallery
206 W. Market Street
Downtown Athens, Al
free admission.
A night of art, food, and fun!
This magnificent stained glass sculpture by Julie Gill could be yours.
read more
Julie Gill Best of Show
We look forward to seeing you Saturday for the party NOT to be missed.
Art On The Square Arts League

Friday, August 6, 2010

Gulf Project- Your Photos Needed


My sister and I are working on a project to raise funds for the clean-up of the oil in the Gulf. This project will incorporate photos memories of families from all over who have visited the Gulf Coast.

If you would like to contribute to this effort please send any and all
photos or digital photo files to the following address:
Gulf Project
c/o Lisa Weir
127 Chad Lane
Madison, AL 35758

Your photos can include landscape shots, family vacation images, vintage photos, etc. Black and white as well as color images will be accepted. The more images we receive, the better the final project will be.

In order for us to use your images for this project, we will need a release with your signature. Please include the attatched release form (signed and dated) with your images.

This is a time sensitive project. Please send your photos as soon as you possibly can so that we can incorporate them in our project. Thank you and God Bless you!

WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR MONEY!!! But if you would like to donate to the cause, any funds received would go towards the printing and distribution of the final Gulf Project. Any funds left over will go directly to the clean-up effort of the Gulf.

Thank you Lisa Weir

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Funky Friday at Artisan Cove Aug. 13

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Click on image for larger view

"Freedom" by Ascribing Artist Angela True

Update to a previous post on the Ascribing Artists blog:

"Freedom" by Angela True, copyright

This painting was inspired during a time Angela and God walked very closely during a time when her granddaughter, all of 2 1/2 years old was diagnosed with cancer. Angela notes on her art blog about this painting "Never doubted Him for a moment. Just put one foot in front of the other."

Angela just sent an update on the painting "Freedom" She has finished it and made a few comments to it. See below.

"Freedom" by Angela True, copyright

This little girl has finally arrived! In previous post, we discovered her name and a sense of her journey. We determined, you and I, that she would remain bald and express just a wondrous freedom from her pain. My very own little cancer survivor said this upon viewing the painting, "She looks happy because no more chemo!"

I hope to get in contact with a Childhood Cancer Art Show somewhere, but so far my search has brought few results. If you would like to help discover an appropriate Art Show, by all means, do so!

Thank you friends and family for helping me to put into a tangible expression that which is often hard to describe.

Fundamentals of Oil Painting Workshop with Sara Beth Fair

New Fall Class - Fundamentals of Oil Painting
10 classes

Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
September 13 - November 22
How do I improve? What makes a great painting? How do I become more loose? How do I become more creative?
lt all begins with understanding how to simplify what you are seeing?
Join me one night a week for sketching and painting as we study in depth drawing, values, color and the materials we have available as artists.
Beginning - Intermediate
Class will be limited to 6 students so reserve your spot soon.
Class will be conducted in my studio .

6:15 pm set up, 6:30-8:30 pm paint; 8:45 pm clean up
Supply list to be posted soon.

This class is designed to compliment my workshop so you will be able to practice what we learn in the intensive workshop.
Questions, Details or Reservations:

Huntsville Art League-Student Art Show

Art News from Linda Morton:

This Friday Aug 6 from 5 to 8pm at H.A.L. (Huntsville Art League) there will be a Student Art Show the first every, but not the last. One of my students will be showing his art his name is David and is only 8 but his work is fantastic, and I want to give him all the support I can. Its free to the public so all you have to do is come.
Linda Morton

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

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ascribing Artists exhibiting at the Church of the Nativity Aug. and Sept.

You are Invited!

Ascribing Artists Exhibit

Church of the Nativity, Banister Room, 208 Eustis Ave. SE, Huntsville, AL 35801

Exhibit on display Aug. and Sept. 2010. Mon. thru Thurs. 9 am to 4 pm, Fri. and Sun. 9 am to Noon. Closed Sat.

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: Vanessa Austin, Jane Blevins, Leslie Reid Brasher, Julie Ellsworth, Joe Fikes, Gina Hurst, Paul LaBathe, Johanna Littleton, Cynthia Massey Parsons, Robin Roberts, Jackie Segars, Russ Sexton, Doris Sisk, John Stout, Angela True and Lynn Weatherford

For more info visit or e-mail:

For more info about the Church of the Nativity please call (256) 533-2455 or visit

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Aug. 6- First Fridays in Florence, AL

Opportunity to exhibit artwork or buy artwork

First Fridays

Location: Florence, AL

Date: March thru December


Garner Street Farmers Market Each Sat in Aug.

Garner Street Farmers Market

Location: Madison, AL

Date: Each Sat. May thru October


Featured Artist: Leslie Reid Brasher

"Purple Iris" by Leslie Reid Brasher, copyright

"Pears on Blue" by Leslie Reid Brasher, copyright

"Pansies" by Leslie Reid Brasher, copyright

"Leaf Collection" by Leslie Reid Brasher, copyright

Leslie Reid Brasher

Artist’s Statement

I am an Alabama artist, originally from Huntsville but now residing in the Auburn area, who grew up with an appreciation of art - specifically watercolor - because my family included several professional artists. I was surrounded by wonderful artwork in various media and was fascinated by the processes used to create those works.

I received a degree in graphic design at Auburn University, and I find great enjoyment in painting with watercolors. Currently I focus on local plants, animals, and landscapes, although I love to travel and paint. My style is mostly realistic, but I occasionally dabble with a looser technique.

Recently I’ve been using more ink lines in my watercolors, and I believe they help give my work more definition. I enjoy painting nature from life and love to have fresh flowers as inspiration, or to sit in a shady spot and paint the view before me. My greatest desire is to glorify God with my artwork, and I pray that by painting the beauty of His creation I am pointing viewers toward the Creator, and ultimately toward salvation through Christ.

The verse that has meant the most to me in the last few years is Philippians 4:6-7, as my family and I have gone through some trying times.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God has used those verses in my life to help me cling to Him, and to recognize that He truly does give the peace that passes all understanding when we present our concerns to him with an attitude of thanksgiving.

Featured Artist: Jane Blevins

"Southern Lady" by Jane Blevins, copyright

"France in the Spring" by Jane Blevins, copyright

"A Rainey Walk in the Park" by Jane Blevins, copyright

Jane Blevins

The desire to paint has been with me for as long as I can remember. It has only been during the past five years that I have been able to pursue that desire. Matthew 7:33 attests to feelings I have toward my painting -- Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his rightousness and all these things shall be added to you. I have been given the peacefulness to explore and purse the talent God has given me.
I have painted with several mediums, but my choice is oil and a palette knife. The palette knife gives me the freedom to paint very quickly. My lifetime of ideas seem to just pour onto the canvas. Even though I use much paint with the palette knife, my prices are very reasonable. It is my belief and desire that anyone who loves art should have to opportunity to own an original.
Basically I am a self-taught artist. I have attended two painting classes at Calhoun Community College and paint with a supervised study group weekly.
Ecclesiastes 3 ( A Time for Everything): will close my statement. I feel that God has given me the time to live and a time to laugh and enjoy my painting. This gift will never be taken for granted or treated lightly, but will hopefully be an instrument to encourage others.
Jane Blevins

Featured Artist: Carrie Leeth

"John 3:16" by Carrie Leeth, copyright

"St. John 18:37" by Carrie Leeth, copyright

"Romans 10:13" by Carrie Leeth, copyright

Carrie Leeth

For two years Carrie carried a vision in her head. It was a simple image, black lines on white paper, a hand and arm scarred by a nail. Repeated attempts to put the image on paper always ended the same, the page containing a single line and nothing more.

In her heart Carrie knew this vision was God's intention for her life. She had always wanted to draw, but felt inadequate as an artist, so she resisted.

A career with Hospice has advanced Carrie's spiritual journey. Since 1996 she has worked with hundreds of dying people. In many, she witnesses the peace they have with God. A single father whose own father was in Hospice care particularly moved her. This man was raising two children and a grandchild, starting a new business, and caring for his dying father. Through the stress and strain of all this, he constantly praised God for his blessings. Carrie wanted that same faith, same belief, to shine through her, so she prayed and asked God to make her a better Christian.

Shortly after the man's father died, Carrie's visions began. "To this end was I born and for this cause I came into the world," Jesus had said. Carrie had a cause - to spread the word of God.

But how? The pen wasn't moving past that first line. Neither was a lead pencil. One day she bought a set of charcoal pencils, with the certain knowledge that it was the proper tool. At home, it took only a couple of charcoal strokes to know this was IT! But the old fears of inadequacy came rushing back, pushing her hand down hard against the table, paralyzing it. "I can't do it," the thought raced through her head and heart. She began praying, crying. Blinded by tears, she felt her hand begin to move across the paper, her first drawing for God coming to life.

It was the beginning of a new path.

Carrie was born in Guntersville, AL and has never lived more than 30 miles from her birthplace. In addition to working for Hospice and creating art, she is a single mother of two daughters and the proud grandmother of three active little boys. She credits her work, God's Gifts to Share, for the many new blessings in her life. With the help of her mother, Chris, Carrie actively participates in art festivals in Alabama and Georgia.

"The drawings help me talk to strangers. I want people to see the love God has for them, to encourage fellow Christians and plant a seed for others," she says.

So it is that she lives her faith: "And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

Carrie Leeth