Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Heavenly Babies: Photographers capture brief life of infants

September 17, 2010 Kay Campbell, The Huntsville Times

Heavenly Babies: Photographers capture brief life of infants

MADISON, AL - For the lifetime of his daughter, Joey Karr smiled into her eyes.

Then the infant, who couldn't overcome a fatal form of dwarfism, died in his wife's arms as their other three children patted their sister.

Photographer Kelly Clark Baugher caught that lifetime of love in photos now sacred with the weight of life and loss that the death of a baby brings.

Baugher is one of just four area professional photographers who volunteer their time at area hospitals to take beautiful pictures of heartbreakingly short-lived joy. She and photographer Mary Ellen Pollard, area coordinator, are part of the nationwide network of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado that sends professional photographers, if the families request them, to quietly record their child's brief life.

To read more of this copyright story and to find out more about the photographers, please visit:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oct.1- First Fridays in Florence, AL

Opportunity to exhibit artwork or buy artwork

First Fridays

Location: Florence, AL

Date: March thru December


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Why Art Should Matter To Christians

Ascribing Artist Amanda Duke Brown sent this link to share:

It is a great article written by Melissa Kircher who is a painter and photographer and whose work can be seen at

Thanks Amanda for sharing!

Women of God Art Retreat

"The Grande O'l Lady" Women of God Art Retreat

Art news from Ascribing Artist Anne Hamilton: []

The Grande O'l Lady is the new name I have given to the 1890's historical Victorian Home of which I am the caretaker - and it is only through the grace of God that I am able to do this. Living in the house has been a spiritual adventure, not only through the arts, but also through the guests who have spent time here. Many of these have been artists. This past week, during an art show held here by the Northeast Alabama Art Council, I was fortunate to play hostess to 11 artists who exhibited their works here. It was a success for the artists as well as those attending. Most of all, it inspired me to continue my journey with God in discovering how to better serve Him and others as the caretaker of this lovely old home. One of the things I have done as a result of this is to redesign my web site. To see the changes please visit

Ann Hamilton
Women of God Art Retreat
450 Elm St. NW
Fort Payne, AL 35967
(256) 845-3398

Monday, September 20, 2010

Artist Link Added: Dianne Hart

"Garden Harvest- Onion" by Dianne Hart, copyright

The Ascribing Artists blog is delighted to add Dianne Hart to the artists links. Please checkout her website at:

Dianne has a studio at 16 Main Art Gallery in Madison, AL.

We have invited Dianne to be a featured artist on the Ascribing Artists blog- so keep a lookout!

Thanks to Michele Lee for telling Dianne about Ascribing Artists!

New Portrait by Betty Burchfield

"Jesus as I see him" by Betty Burchfield, copyright

I have just finished painting this portrait of our Lord Jesus as I see him. The description which was found many years ago describes him to have blue eyes and chestnut hair.

So many pictures portray him as dark hair and brown eyes.

Refreshing, isn't it, to see him as my painting portrays him.

As I painted this picture, I said over and over "YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL, JESUS"
Such a close bond one seems to have when they are painting and it was just as He was sitting there and posing for me.


Betty Burchfield

Please sign my guestbook at: (dolls) (paintings)
Capture memories, moments and life into an oil painting)

"Jesus Loves Me" Portraits by Betty Burchfield

Original Photo of artist's son.

"Jesus Loves Davy" by Betty Burchfield, copyright

I have been painting a series of "Jesus Loves Me" pictures whereby I put someone's child in Jesus' lap.

This is a visual painting for the child to see how much Jesus loves them. In this painting, however; the child you see sitting in His lap is now 42 yrs. old.

It looks like Jesus is tickling Davy in the tummy and making him laugh. I changed the eyes of the little one to look up at Jesus and tilted his body back a little. This one makes me smile.

These paintings "Jesus Loves Me" are for commission only. If you'd like for me to put your child in Jesus' lap, go to my website at for prices.

Betty Burchfield

Please sign my guestbook at: (dolls) (paintings)
Capture memories, moments and life into an oil painting)

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Boom Days Art Show" Fort Payne Sept. 18

"Boom Days Art Show"

Sept. 18, 2010
10am - 6pm
Grande o'l Lady Historic Home and Artist Retreat
450 Elm Street NW
Ft. Payne, AL

"Boom Days"is a heritage celebration held each year in Ft. Payne, AL.
The "Grande O'l Lady" is the home of working artist Anne Hamilton.
The home was built during Ft. Payne's "Boom Days" and will be the host for the Boom Days Art Show.

The show is sponsored by the Northeast Alabama Arts Council and will host artists in photography, watercolor and many other mediums.
Local artists will be working in the studio all day.

You will have the opportunity to tour the home, learn the history of the house and the "Boom Days", talk with the artists and purchase pieces of their works.
We urge you to visit the Grande O'l Lady Art Show at Boom Days
for a great day of food, fun and art!

For more information:

Directions: When in Ft. Payne, Take Forrest Ave, to 6th St. NW and look for the signs!

Ascribing Artist Shawn Doughty featured on the Jamie Cooper Show

Ascribing Artist Shawn Doughty was on the Jamie Cooper show talking about his art this morning! Who What Where Art.

Here is the link where you can watch it on youtube.

Also, here is Shawn's website too:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

You're invited! Reception Mary "Kitty" Weeks TODAY!

Meet local artist Mary "Kitty" Weeks as we debut her
whimsical and intriguing collection of artwork.

September 9, 2010, 6 -8 pm

Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery
220 Old Hwy 431
Hampton Cove, AL 35763

For more information please contact Marguerite McClintock at or (256) 539-1665

artwork will be on display through the month of September at Reflectives Art Gallery.

Kitty is an Ascribing Artist.

Mary "Kitty" Weeks
When she was only two years old, Mary N. Weeks (also known as Kitty) was diagnosed with lazy eye. As one one of the ways to work through this problem, her mother would have her play in paints as a sort of therapy. Little did they know that the therapy would turn out to be more of a therapy for her soul. Ever since her toddler days, Mary has had paint under her fingernails, and thankfully she is sharing with the rest of us.
She studied fine arts with emphasis in painting and drawing at University of North Alabama, and graduated with a degree in communication graphics in the mid-80's. After having an uninspired day at her easel in 1989, She came to Victor's place to unwind. That was where she met her future hunsband, Rob, and they married that same yaer. In 1995 their twin daughters, Tori and Sarah, were born.
She describes her artwork with this simple phrase- Beyond the Boundaries. It came from that fact that she could never stay in lines when coloring. Now it is evident in her body of work and all aspects of her life. The last thing one could do to her is put one specific label on her or her art, and that is a most fabulous thing. When asked why she signs her work "M.N. Weeks" and not "Kitty", she will tell you that is who God knows.
Isaiah 43:1- But now, this is what the LORD says-
He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Isreal:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Art News from Ascribing Artist Judy Bobula

"Sunlit Bog" by Judy Bobula, copyright

"Sea and Sky" by Judy Bobula, copyright

Event: 54th Annual St. James Court Art Show

Date: October 1, 2 & 3, 2010

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday

Place: Louisville, Kentucky

Judy Bobula will be exhibiting in the 54th Annual St. James Court Art Show. Judy will join over 700 artists from throughout the United States to exhibit and sell her mixed media paintings at the event. The Saint James Court Art Show is set outdoors in the heart of Old Louisville’s Victorian-era district in Louisville, Kentucky. This year it will be held October 1, 2 & 3.

The Art Show was named the number one fine art and craft show in the country by Sunshine Artist in their “200 Best” issue. It is also ranked in the Top Ten Fall Events in Kentucky by the Kentucky Tourism Council, and is one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast according to the Southeast Tourism Society.

Judy comments that she is constantly looking for found items to add to her art. "Some people would call me a dumpster diver. While I have a general idea of where I am going, I mainly works intuitively and add the found items as I go along. Sometimes I am half way through a painting and find it isn't working. All is not lost. I have learned something and the piece can eventually be used somewhere else."

For more information, contact Ms. Bobula at or visit her web-site at

Monday, September 6, 2010

Athens, AL: Art on the Square Sept. 11, 2010


Art On the Square Arts Festival brings a wealth of great local and regional art to Athens, Alabama

Constance Beck, AdamsvilleTennessee, fiber artist
of Art Gail Bergeron, Athens Al, oil painter
Glennis Black, Elkmont Al, oil painter (Ascribing Artist)
Ruth Black, Athens Al, oil painter
Anna Braden, Huntsville Al, acrylic painter
Debbie & Bo Borden, Lawrenceburg Tenn, jewelry
Charles Buckner, Woodville Al, 3D, wood,mixed media
Suzan Buckner, Woodville Al, acrylic painter
Rita Campbell, Athens Al, oil, acrylic,pastel painter (Ascribing Artist)
Carol Carmichael, Birmingham Al, oil painter
Ned Corron, Madison Al, ceramics
Michael Davis, Madison Al, watercolor painter
Joe Fikes, Huntsville Al, photography (Ascribing Artist)
Keeley Finnegan, Florence Al, jewelry
Joe Frye, Clanton Al, ceramics
Paul Fulda, Harvest Al, watercolor painter (Ascribing Artist)
Julie Gill, Athens Al, stained glass
Micah Gregg, Athens Al, metal artist, acrylic,watercolor painter
Terry Hale, Madison Al, glass jewelry artist
Trina Hunter, Hartselle Al, oil painter
Johanna Littleton, Decatur Al, acrylic painter (Ascribing Artist)
Jimmy Lee, Decatur Al, wood
Leslie Lockhart, Huntsville Al, oil painter
Michael Lott, Madison Al, pastels
Rebecca McBrayer Madison Al, clay
DeAnna McNeil, Athens Al, mixed media
Reesa Pigg, Lester, Al, printmaking oil painter
Yuri Ozaki, Huntsville Al. watercolor painter
Anthony Prince, Madison, Al, photography
Ronnie Riner, Tuscumbia, charcoal drawing
Deb Scott, Athens,Al, acrylic, oil painter
Judy Seymore, Decatur Al, acrylic, oil painter
Jerry Shirley, Athens, Al, acrylic, oil painter
Harry Simmons, Huntsville, Al, metal sculpture
Lainie Simmons, Huntsville Al, fiber artist
Roger Smith, Cullman Al, wood
Nancy Swanner, Athens Al, pen & ink,acrylic painter
Kitty Tilson, Lexington Al, ceramics
Whitney Tomlin, Lester Al, acrylic painter
Angela True, Harvest Al, acrylic painter (Ascribing Artist)
Lynn Weatherford, Athens Al, oil painter (Ascribing Artist)
Amy Wilburn, Huntsville Al, photography (Ascribing Artist)
Billie & Ken Wilhelm, Elkmont Al, photography
Denise Williams, Huntsville Al, oil painting
Joe Williams, Huntsville Al, wood & mixed media
Don Wolfe, Huntsville Al, photography
Leslie Wood, Lacey Springs Al, mixed media
Natalie Young, Huntsville Al, glass
Athens State University art students booth

Julie Gill
Best of Show 2009
The KidsZone is all about ART and Free
Art On The Square is a non profit organization created by a dedicated group of volunteers to support local artists,promote art education and bring cultural events to Athens, Alabama.
Art On The Square, | P.O. Box 1560 | Athens | AL | 35612

Art News from Ascribing Artist Barbara Mitchell

Hello Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that my new web site is up and running. You are welcome to visit to see some of my work and a little about me. Thanks for Paul LaBathe for doing such a great job with the web design. I will still be maintaining for information about current shows and activities. I hope you will stop by and take a look at both sites periodically.

Fall 2010 is shaping up to be a busy time for art shows. All these events are in the Birmingham area.

September 10-11 Birmingham Artwalk

Friday 5-10 pm and Saturday noon-6pm. I’ll be in the Lindsey Office Furnishings Building on Morris Avenue downtown.

October 2 Bluff Park Art Show

Saturday 9am-5pm has info about free shuttle service

October 9 Ross Bridge Arts & Music on the Green

Saturday 9am-5pm Ross Bridge is off Hwy 150 in Hoover

October 22 Heart to Hand Market

Friday noon-7pm

St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3775 Crosshaven Drive 35223

November13-14 Alabama Designer Craftsmen Fine Crafts Classic

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This has been a wonderful year, full of many wonderful gifts. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many new people and I hope to see you at one or more shows.

Blessings, Barbara Mitchell

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Church of the Nativity Exhibit

Church of the Nativity, Banister Room, 208 Eustis Avenue Southeast, Huntsville, AL 35801

Exhibit August and September 2010. Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm, Friday and Sunday 9 am to Noon. Closed Saturday.

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 e-mail:

Church of the Nativity, 208 Eustis Avenue Southeast, Huntsville, AL 35801 (256) 533-2455

Artists L to R- Joe Fikes, Cynthia Massey Parsons

Artists L to R- Paul LaBathe and Russ Sexton

Artists L to R- Jackie Segars, John Stout, Julie Ellsworth , Vanessa Austin, Leslie Brasher

Artist- Amanda Duke Brown

Artists L to R- Doris Disk, Gina Hurst, Johanna Littleton, Jane Blevins, Lynn Weatherford, Angela True, Robin Roberts

Fall Art Happenings at the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell

13th Annual Watercolor Workshop & Folk Music Week -- October 17-21, 2010


Watercolor artists will gather from far and wide to be a part of this 13-year old tradition. Choose from the following classes:

Victoria Lenne, Experimental Watermedia,

Pauline Payne, Getting the Most from Acrylics, or

Wayne Spradley, Realistic, Transparent Watercolor(see his artwork above).

Or join husband-wife teams Bob & Rose Taunton and Deborah & Allen McCord as they teach a variety of folk instruments. Have you ever purchased an instrument at a festival but never learned to play it? This is your chance! Our instructors will give group and individual lessons. You'll also have time to practice new skills and enjoy a hike in the woods. Choose one or more:

Old-Time Music & Craft Weekend +, November 5-9, 2010

James Bryan_emailYou don't want to miss this all-star lineup! Back by popular demand are: James Bryan (at right), Bettye Kimbrell, Jim & Joyce Cauthen, and Adam Hurt. New this year we'll have Tena Payne teaching pottery,Chris Hale teaching rustic furniture, Jim Holland on lead guitar, and Luke Richardsonon harmonica (far right).

Be a part of folk art and music legend -- take a class with one of these masters:

  • Intermediate / Advanced Fiddle, James Bryan
  • Beginning Fiddle, Jim Cauthen
  • Rhythm Guitar, Joyce Cauthen
  • Old-time Lead Guitar, Jim Holland
  • Clawhammer Banjo, Adam Hurt
  • Harmonica Clinic (additional, 1-hour class), Luke Richardson
  • Quilting: Native American Leaf Pounding Technique, Bettye Kimbrell
  • Pottery: Sculptural Masks & Beyond, Tena Payne
  • Rustic, Appalachian-Style Dining Chair, Chris Hale

Registration deadlines are as follows:

October 2, 2010 for Folk Music week

October 21, 2010 for Old-Time Music & Craft weekend

We will still consider registrations after the deadline. Please call Danielle Dunbar at (205) 563-9990 or for class availability. We hope you'll join us soon. Please tell your friends and family about us!

Camp McDowell
105 DeLong Rd.
Nauvoo, AL 35578