Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Workshop: Still Life Oil Painting with Ascribing Artist Sara Beth Fair

"Flowers on the Patio" by Sara Beth Fair, copyright

"Sunflowers en Plein Air" by Sara Beth Fair, copyright

Huntsville Museum of Art – Museum Academy

2011 Master Artist Workshop: Still Life Oil Painting with Sara Beth Fair – Growing Your Artistic Skills and Vision

Thursday February 10 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 11 – 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 12 – 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Discover the fundamental components of creating successful and unique still-life paintings that are expressive of your individual style and vision. Strengthen your painting skills through the study of design and composition, tonal values, edges, brushwork, and color as seen in the overall impact of the painting. These basics will be established while translating your personality firmly in your painting process. Use of the museum collection will be incorporated into the studies. Open to all levels of artist who want to master the fundamentals of painting. Instructional work is designed for each experience level. Demos, a slide presentation, and critiques included.

Sara Beth Fair (Huntsville, Alabama) – “Creating art is a challenge… Art also gives joy in that it makes us view our surroundings with great consciousness and the more our lives are lived with great consciousness the richer our art becomes.”

Workshop fee is $195 members/$210 non-members. A confirmation letter and supply list will be sent upon receipt of workshop registration fee payment.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call 256-535-4350 ext. 222 or download the workshop registration form at www.hsvmuseum.org and mail or fax (256-532-1743) it to the Museum. Space is limited to 15 students, so call NOW. This workshop is filled on a first-come, first-served basis!

Sara Beth Fair’s figurative, landscape, and still life works are drawn from such influences as the Russian School of Art as well as American and French Impressionists and the Old Masters. To view some of her artwork and biography, log onto www.sarabethfair.com.

16 Main Gallery: Wine Glass Painting Class Dec. 4

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16 Main Gallery- Chinoiserie Painting Class Dec. 4th

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Monday, November 29, 2010

How to write an artist statement that glorifies the Lord

How to write an artist statement that glorifies the Lord

The artist statement is a simple and brief summarization about your current body of artwork. It is intended to explain: why you make art, how you made it, what it is made out of and what art means to you.

How can you write about your artwork and glorify the Lord instead of yourself?

When asking yourself the above questions about your artwork, consider how you can give the Lord credit for your talent rather than yourself. Also, consider how the Lord is instrumental in helping you create. Finally, consider what art means to you in terms of glorifying the Lord. By writing your artist statement with these thoughts in mind, you will direct viewers to the original Creator. Which is why you create art any way isn’t it?

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Dec. 3- First Fridays in Florence, AL

Opportunity to exhibit artwork or buy artwork

First Fridays

Location: Florence, AL

Date: March thru December

Info: www.firstfridaysflorence.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hartselle (AL) Fine Arts Center- Art Sale- Dec. 9th

If you are in the area please stop by and give Jane your support!

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Jane Blevins:

Just wanted to share with you that I will be a participant at the first annual Santa's Treats on College Street at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center, 307 College Street NE, Hartselle, AL December 09, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. or later if needed for late shoppers.

There will be art ranging from $10.00 and upward, from Christmas art to abstract, great for Christmas gifts or decorating your own home. Local merchants and vendors are also included.
Refreshments will be provided.

Thank you very much.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Artist Link Added: Jennifer Martin

We are delighted to add artist, Jennifer Martin to the artists link. Please stay tuned for her featured artist spot to be posted in January.

Jennifer Martin's Art

"Drawing is something I have been passionate about for a very long time. I used to be timid about showing my drawings to anyone because I never imagined that they would think it was good. It wasn't until my high school art teacher said my art could be sold in a gallery that I started to think of myself as an artist. I don't know how much of what my art teacher said was just to boost my confidence or true but either way she made me believe in myself and my art."

Makoto Fujimura - The Art of "The Four Holy Gospels"

Ascribing Artist, Amanda Brown sent this wonderful and inspirational video link:

Makoto Fujimura - The Art of "The Four Holy Gospels"


Monday, November 22, 2010

Gallery Tour- Invite from 16 Main Gallery

Ascribing Artists Michele Lee, Dianne Hart, Angela True, Lisa Weir and Martina Svoboda invite you to 16 Main Gallery. Their artwork will also be on display with others.

18th Annual Holiday Gallery Tour

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 5 to 9 PM

We are very proud to be a part of the
Huntsville Museum of Art's 18th Winter Gallery Tour this year.
16 Main Gallery is the newest Gallery on the tour
and the only Gallery in Madison!

Make sure that you stop by the Gallery and enjoy meeting each of our artists, hors d'oeuvres, live music and lots of new art!
We will also be giving away an "Artist's Basket" worth 200.00!

16 Main Gallery
16 Main St. Madison, Al 35758

Madison County 18th Annual Holiday Gallery Tour, Dec. 2, 2010

18th Annual Holiday Gallery Tour


Join us as Huntsville celebrates the fine arts with a tour of local

galleries and the Huntsville Museum of Art. With your choice of

locations and styles, this informal event showcases artists

whose talents include painting, pottery, glass, sculpture, jewelry

design, photography and woodworking.

Hors d’oeuvres served at all locations.

16 Main Gallery - (New to the Tour this year)





16 Main Gallery offers a unique variety of painting, pottery, jewelry

and sculptural art. Along with artists individual studios, we offer the

“Green Room” that may be rented for meetings and special events. 16

Main Gallery is a vibrant community of local artists who have gathered

together, in one of Madison’s oldest homes, to create, teach and sell their

original artwork. The Gallery strives to become a place for visitors to

acquire unique local art and help others to find the artist within.

Artistic Images Gallery





Experience nature’s vivid details brought to life through dramatic light

and a rich color palette in Bass’ new series of acrylic paintings on

canvas. Enjoy visiting the rest of the gallery filled with Southern regional artists.

Door Prize: $50 gift certificate towards framing

Huntsville Art League Gallery and Studios




Please join Huntsville Art League for our “Christmas Boutique”: creative

and colorful art by Tennessee Valley artists, priced for gift-giving. Also;

don’t miss seeing our unique theme paintings: “ Huntsville in Snow”!

Door Prize: Glass Sculpture

Studio 100 Fine Art Gallery




Many new small paintings and prints are available for gift giving. View

colorful impressionist oil and pastel landscapes and still life with scenes

from across the US and Europe. Select from miniature to large scale

paintings by Huntsville artist Ann Caudle.

Door Prize: $50 Gift Certificate towards a framed painting

Huntsville Museum of Art




Stop by our newly expanded facility for 13 galleries of fantastic art!

Exhibitions on view include Encounters: Mark Messersmith artwork that

examines the relationship between nature and humankind; Rebels With

A Cause, works by American women - true rebels of the 1800-1900s; and

Turning Wood into Art, over 60 lathe turned wood pieces which represent

a collaboration of hand, mind, machine and matter. Admission rates apply.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment




Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, located in historic Lowe Mill, supports

a diverse creative community dedicated to the free expression of the

arts in Huntsville. Our vision is to be a true arts destination and to grow

Huntsville’s appreciation and interaction with the arts.

Door prize: $50 gift certificate towards purchases at Lowe Mill and a

Lowe Mill t-shirt.

The Flying Monkey Arts Center




Flying Monkey Arts is a not for profit community arts collective featuring

open studios, installations and performing artists throughout the second

floor. Live music by ( to be announced) in the theater 8pm to11pm.

The Little Green Store



Venture inside The Little Green Store, and you will find an enticing

culmination of artisan jewelry, the work of local and nationally acclaimed

artists, fair fashion, contemporary ceramics, and Green home solutions.

Enjoy refreshments and live music as you find the perfect gift at The Little

Green Store, where style meets sustainability.

Door Prize: $50 Gift Certificate

Mill Village Gallery




Our Gallery is devoted to providing functional art produced by local

artists, that is art that you can use in your daily life. Although we

specialize in pottery we have beautiful glassware also. We also offer a

selection of fair trade items from the local Trade Fair Marketplace.

Door Prize: $50.00 gift certificate


Art News from Ascribing Artist, Melissa Carter:


November is National Adoption/Orphan Awareness Month, I have decided to help others with my art. But I NEED YOU to help me. I can donate my art and you can support others who are physically involved in taking care of the LEAST of THESE.


Project 1:

You can win an ORIGINAL painting of Melissa's as well as some Giclee prints and Christmas Ornaments with her art work on them.



Melissa is currently working on a SURPRISE watercolor painting that will be exhibited in a show in December.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive this painting. It will come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive one of the 11x15 GICLEE PRINTS shown below which will also come with Certificates of Authenticity.

The 4th and 5th place winners will receive a Christmas Ornament with Melissa's art work on them.

Click here to purchase your tickets for the drawing

Project 2:


My parents, Jim and Jan Ammons who have been missionaries for almost 30 years in West Africa and are with EMI missions started a village school several years ago and opened up an orphanage in Nigeria a few years ago. They need your support in helping these kids have a better life.

You can Sponsor the Child Monthly, Make a One Time Donation, or Provide A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DAY for them.

Click here to sponsor a child or make a donation in Nigeria



Just be sure to click on the sponsor card on the pull down menu and include their address in the special instructions at checkout.

Sponsoring a Child listed on this page will change a Destiny. It will change a family line.

These kids are not available for adoption but you can still make make a difference in their lives by providing for them financially.

BONUS: For your donation through the months of November and December, you will receive a signed Melissa Carter Creations Christmas Ornament!!

Limit one per donation.

A Voice for the orphan,

Melissa Carter- www.melissacartercreations.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ascribing Artists Exhibit: All His Colors- 16 Main Gallery

You are Invited!

Ascribing Artists Exhibit:

All His Colors

16 Main Art Gallery, 16 Main Street, Madison, AL 35758 (256) 325-0161

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 you to the only ONE worthy of praise.

Ascribing Artists Exhibit: All His Colors on display January 1st – 31st.

Reception and Art Talk January 9, 2-4 PM

For more information please visit: www.AscribingArtists.blogspot.com or e-mail AscribingArtists@gmail.com

Sunday, November 14, 2010

16 Main Gallery Class Schedule-revised

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Michele Lee, Director

16 Main Gallery

16 Main St. Madison AL. 35758



Betty Burchfield's Treasured Reflections: The Story of Jeff Zietz

Ascribing Artist, Betty Burchfield did this portrait for the parents in the loving memory of their son, Jeff Zietz. To read the very touching story of a homeless man please visit the story at:

Betty Burchfield's Patriotic Artwork featured on Local TV Station

Ascribing Artist, Betty Burchfield was featured on the local news for her patriotic artwork displayed in the "Flag Room", which is her son's bedroom. The theme is perfect for a Veteran's Day story. See news video below:

To see more of Betty's artwork please visit her websites below:

http://www.treasuredreflections.net (paintings)
Capture memories, moments and life into an oil painting)

Only two have offered to die for you....JESUS CHRIST and THE AMERICAN SOLDIER. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Artists use talents for glory of God

A great article on the revival of the arts in our culture:

Artists use talents for glory of God

Deep into the heart of Texas, 2,500 writers, poets and scholars brought their creative hunger in February for a big helping of “Art and Soul,” an international festival of religious faith and literary art.

In the basement of New York’s Empire State Building, 400 painters, actors and musicians from 14 states and three countries gathered in March for a weeklong conference on “Art as Prayer, Prayer as Art.”

And this summer, from Hollywood, Calif., and Santa Fe, N.M., to Minneapolis, Minn., and Washington, hundreds of other artistic souls will bring their creative passions together for one purpose: Jesus.

It seems the evangelical church giant is beginning to stir from its long aesthetic sleep. For the first time in decades, artists are finding new opportunities for expression in their Christian communities.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Vote for Ascribing Artist Tina Swindell's painting at Fine Art America

Thank you all so much! That was my first contest.


Update 11/10

Thank you so very much for your vote for "Cotton"! Ascribing Artist, Tina Swindell won the contest on Fine Art America! Thank you again for supporting a fellow Christian artist!
Posted 11/7

I saw this posted on Tina Swindell's Facebook and thought I would share it with Ascribing Artists. Please vote for our own Ascribing Artist- Tina- see below. Thanks, Gina

Hey, I'm in a contest on Fine Art America. Vote for my painting of "Cotton"! She has 5 votes and the winner so far has 13.
Go To: http://fineartamerica.com/contests/my-favorite-feline.html?tab=vote&artworkid=1317114

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Northeast Alabama Arts Council- Holiday Open House Dec. 4th

Holiday Open House
Sponsored by the Northeast Alabama Arts Council

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Beginning at 4 p.m., at The Grande O'l Lady
450 Elm St NW, Fort Payne, Al 359677
for more information call: (256) 845-3398

The open house will feature new Christmas paintings by members of The Northeast Alabama Arts Council. This is an appreciation event for supporters of the organization. The public is invited.The Grande O'l Lady is also the home of the council's president, Anne Hamilton and a gallery for her paintings. It was built in the 1890's and is a part of the town's Boom Days Heritage. The open house offers you the opportunity of viewing members' art as well as touring the
historic home.The Open house is free. However, donations are welcome, and paintings and prints will be for sale. Also, you will have an opportunity to win an original large painting by Anne of The Little River Canyon, which is located near Desoto State Park.

Anne and her work is known throughout the Tennessee Valley. She lived in the Decatur-Madison area for more than ten years. During the time her work was displayed in shows, libraries, banks as well as universities and colleges. She received her BA degree from Athens University. She was Home & Family editor of The Hartselle Enquirer, and for a brief time was editor of The Madison County Record, and publisher of The Madison Globe. In 1992, Anne returned to her family's home place on Sand Mountain. For four years she cared for her mother and worked on her art. Then, she moved to Fort Payne and started teaching art in her home and in the continuing education program at Northeast Alabama Community College. She has since retired from that job and now spends much of her time taking care of The Grande O'l Lady and working to build the NAAC. In early 2009, she and a small group of artists started the
organizations NAAC. "We saw a need for this organization because of the lack of support for art in the Pubglic School Systems; after school art programs, and local artists. We have a broad vision but believe we will be successful. We are already finding new venues for local artists and are developing a youth program which we believe will eventually be self-sustaining. We had a couple of artists from the Madison area (Michele Lee and Angie True) to exhibit in our first show and hope that in the future that number will grow.

Web Site:

Friday, November 5, 2010

Art News from Ascribing Artist Lynn Weatherford

"Candy Cane Pile Up" by Lynn Weatherford, copyright


This is my new web store with prints and cards available that are more affordable than an original oil painting. Of course the originals are still for sale if you choose this avenue.

Thanks for the time...warmly

lynn h. weatherford

Art News from Ascribing Artist Vicki Garner

Just wanted to let you all know that I will be at First Friday in Florence, Alabama this evening from 5 pm to 9 pm. Our booth is located across the street from Rosie's Cantina. I have some new holiday items and other new work so come on out to see us.



Monday, November 1, 2010

Nov.5- First Fridays in Florence, AL

Opportunity to exhibit artwork or buy artwork

First Fridays

Location: Florence, AL

Date: March thru December

Info: www.firstfridaysflorence.com

Ascribing Artist- Denise Onwere Workshops

Denise Onwere Gallery - Studio 314

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment,

2211 Seminole Dr. Huntsville, AL 35805-

Class Schedule 2010-2011 - Denise has a variety of art classes including her unique collaboration with Chef Wil, Palette to Palate. For more info contact Denise at dcoart@yahoo.com or 256-468-8818

November 11, 2010 = Journal Class - 6 PM

November 13, 2010 = Palette to Palate "Rocks Giving Party" - 7 PM

December 4, 2010 = Palette to Palate - 7 PM

December 9, 2010 = Palette to Palate - 7 PM

December 18, 2010 = Palette to Palate - 7 PM

January 15, 2011 = Palette to Palate - 7 PM

January 20, 2011 = Denise Onwere Gallery Art Class - 6 PM

January 29, 2011 = Palette to Palate - 7 PM

February 3, 2011 = Denise Onwere Gallery Art Class - 6 PM

February 13, 2011 = Palette to Palate - 5 PM

February 17, 2011 = Denise Onwere Gallery Art Class - 6 PM

March 20, 2011 = Palette to Palate - 5 PM

Art for Wounded Marines Project

Art News from Ascribing Artist Elizabeth Gawronski

To all art teachers and those wanting to participate

Art for Wounded Marines Project

Please draw, paint, or color a Christmas Holiday piece of artwork for our Wounded Marines. Use an 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheet or paper, put your name on it, hometown and grade level, if in school, on the back of your artwork and mail it in a rigid, flat envelope before November 30, 2010 to the following address:

National Museum of the Marine Corps, Attn: Teacher in Residence, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172

Art is a healing power, so let's join in and support our wounded US Marines.


Elizabeth Gawronski

"Craft and Chat" Parties!"

Announcing "Craft and Chat" Parties!" Invite a few friends and host a party! Each person will personalize and decorate 4 glasses for $25! Hostesses receive a gift! Get in touch with me for more info...

Kelli Groves
"Craft and Chat"
Parties and Workshops
Vinyl Art and Lettering

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Featured Artist: Jessica Oden

"Untitled" by Jessica Oden, copyright

"Caught" by Jessica Oden, copyright

Jessica Oden Interview by Christina Wegman

This month, we have the joy of hearing from Jessica Oden, a student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Christian woman, and emerging artist. To learn more about Jessica’s work, please visit her blog at http://ilikebooks.dreamwidth.org or E-mail joden13616@hotmail.com.

1. What do you find most enjoyable about making art and what are your favorite mediums?

The most enjoyable aspect of creating art is the process an idea undergoes while I’m working. My ideas often derive from interesting photographs or even sometimes literary and lyrical imagery, and as I begin working on a project other emotions and associations begin to form. When I actually see aspects of what I was thinking become apparent in my paintings or drawings, it’s a wonderful feeling. On the other hand, sometimes the process moves in a different direction and the work doesn’t look at all how I imagined! That can be just as enjoyable. My favorite mediums to work with are oil and also colored pencil. Oil painting allows me to slowly build up subtle layers of color, while my colored pencil drawings give me more control and ability to achieve better detail.

2. When did you begin to make art? Why?

I remember wanting to be an artist at some point while growing up, but as a kid I often compared myself to other creative people my age and even some that were older and more experienced. I became discouraged and thought I wasn’t good at drawing, so I didn’t pursue it. When I took an art class in high school, my teacher helped me to learn how to study the objects and images that we were drawing, “using my art eye,” as she used to say. She gave me confidence in my abilities and unlocked a possibility that I separated from myself. I didn’t seriously start pursuing art until college when I chose to minor in Art Studio, which allowed me to explore different mediums and receive encouragement and inspiration from other artists. Now the process of creating brings a satisfaction that I would never wish to separate from my life.

3. How would you describe the role that spirituality plays in your artistic work?

For many years, art was mainly learning to replicate objects by training my eye and hand to work together, but now I have shifted my focus to developing ideas and taking them wherever I wish them to go. Since my faith is such a vital part of who I am, I frequently think about how to convey the relationship I have to God, to aspects of Christianity, and especially right now to the women I read about in the Bible. I would like to bring across an emotional response from the viewer that might relate to what I was feeling and not necessarily to translate every thought onto the canvas. These women in my paintings are mysterious to me, and they make me want to know their story.

4. Has art had an influence on your understanding of God and Christianity? If so, how?

God is the ultimate creator. I don’t think I can remind myself enough of this quality about Him, because it can be so easy to brush aside. However cliché it may sound, the process of creating ultimately brings a feeling of closeness to God – not in the sense of being like God – but experiencing a quality of who He is. When we love the unlovable, we are imitating Jesus, bringing us closer to His character. I think it’s plausible to say the same thing for creating art. At this point, I’m very interested in women of the Bible, exploring who they are as people (not just as a person in history). I often find myself relating to them and finding an emotional connection with them, even if I didn’t experience the same events they did. Their experiences of grace help remind me of my own.

5. What are your main goals for your art at present?

Right now, my goal is just to create more art and continue to explore ideas and mediums.

6. Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or verse that guides your life and work?

I can’t say there has been any one statement that has specifically been on my mind over the past few years; however, I’m reminded of a John Milton quote that I really like from the epic poem Paradise Lost. When Adam and Eve leave Eden, the angel with them tells them this:

onely add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add Faith,
vertue, Patience, Temperance, add Love,
By name to come
call'd Charitie, the soul
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath

To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
Paradise within thee, happier farr” (Book 12: 581-587)

Though we live in a fallen world, it is possible to have a “paradise’ within ourselves through our relationship to Christ and the attitudes we gain and share with others.

7. Are there any other thoughts that you would like to share with the Ascribing Artists Blog regarding faith and art?

Simply continue to pursue creating art. I have been told before that what I am doing and interested in is essentially useless. I wholeheartedly disagree with this statement. If you are an artist, creating is vital to who you are and often (at least for me) enriches your faith. And that is not a trivial joy.

[If you have an inspirational project or story that you would like to talk about in an interview for the Ascribing Artists Blog, please contact Christina by E-mailing ChristinaBWegman@aol.com.]

Featured Artist: Doris Sisk

"Beyond Earth" by Doris Sisk, copyright
(Watercolor Society of Alabama National Show Past President's Award 2010)

"Sunset on the Bay" by Doris Sisk, copyright

"The Red Line" by Doris Sisk, copyright
(Awarded ribbon at the Unique Views Exhibit 2010)

Doris Sisk

Since retiring from a career in real estate I have had the opportunity to pursue art and I have found painting is my passion. It gives me so much joy. To paint my vision I experiment with color and texture. The possibilities are limitless when I can combine acrylics, watercolor, inks, mediums and found objects. The experimentation is fun and the end result can be exciting or a complete mess! When I begin a painting I usually do not have a plan for the finished piece. I begin to layer the paint there are usually several layers in a painting. Some of the first layers will show through to the last layer. The painting itself usually tells me when I am finished with it.

Most of my paintings are abstract or non representational. I love to travel and take lots of pictures. I use these pictures and my memories of things I have seen to inspire my work. I continue taking workshops to explore new techniques and to expand my expertise in creating new art.

God, and his son Christ Jesus have meant so much to me and I have tried to live my life according to 1 Peter 4:10. Each one should use whatever gift he received to serve others, faithfully, administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Doris Sisk
Huntsville, Al