Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas- Cornhusk Sculptors

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode

"Folk Art Creche" by Ellen Goode
Cornhusk, sheep wool hair, corn silk manger

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode, Florence, AL (256) 766-8184

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Announces Call for Entries for 2012 Alabama Farmers Co-op Photo Contest


CONTACT: Vicki Morese, Event Coordinator
Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
PHONE: 256.905.0700

Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Announces Call for Entries for 2012 Alabama Farmers Co-op Photo Contest

Moulton, Alabama – Amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs of agricultural interest for the Alabama Farmers Co-op 2012 Photo Contest. Sponsored by Alabama Farmers Co-op (AFC), the contest is held in conjunction with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton.

Photos must be related to agriculture from any location within the state of Alabama. The competition is divided into four themed categories: Life on the Farm, Livestock, Crops and Agriculture Families. Only 8”x10” color photos will be accepted and entries using a portrait format will be considered for use on the cover of Farming News, a publication of the AFC.

Prizes are awarded for each category with $125 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition, each participant receives 2 free tickets to the 2012 Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival and all entries will be on display during the three day event.

“The Alabama Farmers Co-op is excited to partner with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival to offer people of all ages a chance to show what they love most about farming in Alabama,” said Jim Allen, AFC’s director of advertising and public relations. “Previous contests have attracted a variety of wholesome images, each one telling a different story while reflecting the Co-op’s core beliefs of hard work, honesty, and family, and with this year’s contest, we are searching for that one entry that truly captures the essence of farm life in Alabama for the cover of Farming News.”

The state of Alabama is filled with opportunities to capture special moments on the farm

For complete contest rules and entry form, visit and click on “Contests” or call Event Coordinator Vicki Morese at 256.905.0700. There is no entry fee and the deadline for entries is March 20, 2012.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The eighth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and the "Down on the Farm" area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, live chickens in a variety of sizes and colors, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at or follow us on Facebook,, and To request a media kit or poultry-related photography, call 256.905.0700.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Portrait by Betty Burchfield: Fantasy

Art News from Betty Burchfield:

As an Ascribing Artist, I try to give all the credit to God for the gift of art that He has given me. This painting will stand out in my memory as giving back to God the gift He gave me. Making people happy is what it is all about.


Ron and Nancy were 19 years old when they got married and very much in love. The wedding was very small as there was no one there other than the couple, the preacher and his wife as witness.. They got married without the blessing of her parents. They were married 38 years when Nancy went to be with Jesus.
One of the memories of the wedding made Ron sad. Nancy didn’t have a wedding gown! He regretted not being able to buy her one.

Between the two of us, we created this painting of Nancy in a beautiful gown and veil in front of a stained glass window such as one might see in a church. The title of this painting is “Fantasy”. His response was “this painting completed the fantasy I have of her as my Bride in an exotic bridal gown which I feel she was cheated of.

The most rewarding feeling that I have in painting is making somebody happy. Ron has since become a good friend of mine and I love to hear his memories of he and his Nancy. I’m sure that Nancy never regretted not having a wedding gown as the love that her husband gave her was more than sufficient to her. He still wears her wedding ring on a gold chain around his neck. She remains in his heart and he knows that some day they will be together in Heaven and …. LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER….


"Fantasy" by Betty Burchfield, copyright

Artist, Betty Burchfield aka a Little Reb
Capture memories, moments and life into an oil painting

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving- Cornhusk Dolls

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode

Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode

"Pilgrim's Bounty" and "Pilgrim's Harvest Turkey" by Ellen Goode
Cornhusk, sheep wool hair, handmade clay pumpkins

"Native Harvest" and "Native Bounty" by Ellen Goode
Cornhusk, sheep wool hair, pheasant feathers, gourd vessel, handmade clay vegetables, rock, clay and glass beads

Indian Camp Creek Handcrafts: Cornhusk Sculptures by Ellen S. Goode, Florence, AL (256) 766-8184

Watch for next month: The Nativity Scene

Ascribing Artist founder, Paul LaBathe featured in the Decatur Daily News!

Artwork by Paul LaBathe, copyright. Psalm 19:1 - “The heavens declare the glory of God.” His desire is to proclaim God’s word through his work.

Ascribing Artist founder, Paul LaBathe featured in the Decatur Daily News! 

Creative gifts
Local designers and artists see work as an extension of their faith
By Catherine Godbey, Decatur Daily News 11/18/2011

How would you define yourself?

(Excerpt from the news article)

For Paul LaBathe, inspiration comes from God’s word.

A former supervisor working in a publications department, he resigned in 2002 when he could no longer escape God’s calling.

The Elkmont, AL resident started over and created Empty Tomb Graphics, a faith-based advertising business, and co-founded Ascribing Artists, a networking group of Christian artists, ranging from painters to potters.

“I believe we are all born with a desire to create not only art or music, but also as seen in carpentry, architecture, landscaping, cooking, sewing, writing, poetry and so on,” he said. “I believe this to be true because the Bible starts with, ‘In the beginning, God created’ and before we get to the end of the first chapter we read, ‘God created man in his own image.’ ”


Want more info?

Courtney Croxdale, designer, photographer,
Alisa Poole, artist,; paintings can be found at Trish Land Goods for the Home and Garden
Paul LaBathe, Empty Tomb Graphics, Christian-based advertising agency,
Ascribing Artists, a networking group of Christian artists,

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Gina Hurst: The Arts Council Membership

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Gina Hurst:

I have some art news to pass along. I am the new Member and Volunteer Services Manager at The Arts Council, Huntsville, AL. I would like to invite you all to join The Arts Council!

Madison County is home to a vibrant arts and cultural community, and The Arts Council works to support and promote the work of more than 100 member arts organizations and individual artists. The Arts Council’s Arts Assembly members represents the very best of Huntsville music, dance, theatre, film and visual, literary, communications and multidisciplinary arts and culture.

Arts Assembly members benefit from monthly membership meetings, networking opportunities, affinity groups and technical assistance, posting events on The Arts Council’s website calendar, listing in the Arts Directory on the website, listing in the Arts Education Resource Guide which is distributed to teachers in grades K-12 and posted on-line, receipt of TAC’s e-newsletter, guest speaker events, job postings and much more. Throughout the year, The Arts Council also offers targeted workshops for Assembly members focusing on topics such as publicity, copyright and art law, funding, business development for individual artists, etc.

If this interests you, we would love for you to join and help advance the arts in the Tennessee Valley! To become a member, you can join on-line through our website by following this link:

I hope you will consider joining and enjoy the benefits of membership! Gina

Gina Hurst
Member & Volunteer Services Manager

700 Monroe Street, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL. 35801
(P) 256-519-2787
(F) 256-533-3811

Friday, November 11, 2011

Feature Your Artwork on Creative Arts blog

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Kathie Depew:

I just started a new blog site for the Creative Arts (Create! with Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC - to promote artists!

Create! with Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC is a free forum for creative artists to share their work, experiences and techniques. Would you like to inspire fellow artists and crafters, while promoting your work? Consider submitting an article to this site about you, your work and field of interest. Some ideas for articles are below. In all articles, please include photos, your contact information, web site and upcoming events (shows, classes etc.) that you’d like to promote.

Please let me know if you are interested in submitting a brief article about your art or craft. This is a free opportunity!

Kathie Depew
Create! with Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC
Share Your Knowledge & Inspire Creativity - A Forum For The Creative Arts
Feature Your Work On This Site:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Huntsville/Madison County, AL: December Gallery Tour 2011

Art News from Ascribing Artist, Michele Lee, 16 Main Gallery, Madison, AL

Here is the new Website, Facebook and Invitation for the Gallery Tour!!/HuntsvilleGalleryTour

Thanks, Michele
Michele Lee, Director

16 Main Gallery
16 Main St. Madison, AL. 35758

Friday, November 4, 2011

Help-Portrait- Give back to the community

Calling Photographers, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Volunteers- to help make someone picture perfect

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Venue: At Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Location: 2211 Seminole Drive , Huntsville, AL

Help-Portrait is an international event where a community of photographers and other volunteers across the world (43 different countries), come together to use their skills to give back to their local community. Help-Portrait is first and foremost a movement. It is a shift in thinking about photography; an opportunity to give photos, not just take them.

Who needs pictures? Anyone who wouldn’t normally have access to or be able to afford professional photography. For starters…

•single moms and their kids
•single dads and their kids
•sick children
•sick parents
•the elderly
•underprivileged families
•military families
•Tornado victims

click to view the Help-Portrait "Test Event" video

If you know of someone this would benefit or would like to volunteer your talent, please contact Candace Stough at

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Featured Artist: Kala Beaver Kachur

 "Light Up the Sky" by Kala Beaver Kachur, copyright

"He Paid a Debt" by Kala Beaver Kachur, copyright

 "Remember Hanalei" by Kala Beaver Kachur, copyright

Featured Artist: Kala Beaver Kachur

I was raised in a military family where I had the privilege of traveling to various parts of the world. This instilled in me, at an early age, a true love and appreciation for the beauty of the world we live in. This can easily be seen in my work as I enjoy painting places I have visited.

My first artistic endeavor involved music. I have played the piano since age 9, taught piano lessons, worked as an Elementary Music Teacher, and played piano and organ on staff at several churches in Alabama. I also play the flute and enjoy singing alto.

Several years ago I took a couple of oil painting classes with my mother. It was at this time that I discovered my love for painting and art. In January of 2007 I was involved in a car accident in which I received a head injury and had to have 3 neck surgeries. I feared that I would not be able to paint anymore due to nerve damage and for over 4 years did not even try. A few months ago I picked my paint brush up again and started painting and have not put it down since then. My accident has given me a greater compassion for people, life, and the beauty around me. When I look at art, it speaks to me. Art is some of the best therapy there is. It says things to me I may not be able to verbally express at that moment.

I paints in oils and acrylics and also enjoy making jewelry. I currently reside in Huntsville, AL.

Bible Verses:

God and I have been through so much together I feel the need to share 2 verses. The first is Philippians 4:13. “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” My car accident in 2007 left me in a tremendous amount of pain and multiple injuries. Pain that sometimes I did not think I could handle. You could say that this verse saved me life. I still suffer from some of that same pain and neuropathy, but the first verse I turn to is Philippians 4:13. While recovering from my 3 different fusions surgeries there were many mornings that I would even have to pray that prayer just to get out of bed. I have also clung to this verse while recovering from my head injury and Post Traumatic Stress disorder. My favorite thing to do with this verse is to put my name in the place of the word I so that it reads “Kala can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.” I praise God for the strength He has given me since that day in 2007.

The second verse is Jeremiah 29:11. “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.” This is an absolutely tremendous verse. God has a plan for us and it is full of hope. My life was turned upside down in a blink of an eye in 2007. All of my plans had to be erased. In that car accident I acquired a head injury that gave me a 90% chance of being in a vegetative state the rest of my life. But God left me here for a reason. I clung to whatever reason He had and Jeremiah 29:11. My life is totally different know, but I imagine that is part of God’s plan. Is it easy? Honestly, I don’t think anyone’s life is easy. That is why these two verses help me get through the difficult days. If you have found that your life has been turned upside recently, I pray that you turn to Jesus. We may not always know what His plan is, but I am so thankful that He does.

Contact info:

Kala Dee

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ascribing Artist Johanna Littleton Featured at the Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, AL

My exhibit at Church of the Nativity will be displayed until October 31st. Johanna Littleton.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Madison Mission's First Arts Festival- Madison, AL

Andrienne Dabney has extended the Deadline. If you are interested in participating in Madison Mission's First Annual Arts Festival Oct. 2 please contact Andrienne at or call 256-694-1410.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Featured Artist: Judy Hardwick

"She belived in His promises" by Judy Hardwick, copyright

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination" by Judy Hardwick, copyright

"Explore, Dream and Discover" by Judy Hardwick, copyright

Featured Artist: Judy Hardwick

I still hesitate to call myself an artist, but I do know that I love to create and it’s when I’m creating that I have some of my best times communing with my Lord. I’ve found that when I’m painting and creating ‘my girls’ I’m talking with God throughout the entire process – not about where to put what on the canvas, but instead about needs in my friends’ lives, and… in my own. About desires I have for Him to continue to lead my family, even as our boys are establishing their lives as independent adults. About the guidance that I continually need from Him as I go through life’s journey… – about His goodness.

And somehow, in my art, He’s speaking to me. Or, perhaps more accurately, I’m slowing down enough to hear His voice… As I put layer upon layer on ‘my girls’ He’s helping me remove the layers of all the world throws at me and focus solely on His goodness. ‘My girls’ are called Soul Sisters and I pray that the Lord can use them to touch someone’s heart – their soul – just when they need His touch most. And, He does. I created one way back in February that stated, “She Stood Tall in the Storm” and it was purchased in June by a lady who lost her entire house during the April tornadoes. Don’t you just love how our God works? That’s the kind of thing I want to be a part of – so I put my trust in Him – that He will use my little efforts at creativity to His Glory.

And whatever my creative efforts might be – mixed media, painting, knitting, scrapbooking [yes – I said it,] gardening, photography, etc. – I use it as an opportunity to slow down and be still [Psalm 46:10] and [truly] know The Creator of all creation. And I encourage you to take the time to be still as well, in whatever way best fits your life right now, take a moment to listen to His voice….

Judy Hardwick

Featured Artist: Don Maurizio

"Last Supper" by Don Maurizio, copyright

"Marlin" by Don Maurizio, copyright

"Carousel Hours" by Don Maurizio, copyright

"In Love Forever" by Don Maurizio, copyright

Featured Artist: Don Maurizio

You look at the beauty of a tree with its flowing branches and colorful leaves. They are a work of art that provides oxygen to sustain us and shade to cool us. But most don’t think of the beauty that is within. I learned in Jr High wood shop of this inner beauty.

Today I use hundreds of species as a palette to create marquetry. What started as a hobby turned into a way to not only show this beauty , not only keep this 2000 year old art alive, but most importantly to show my love for and to Glorify the God who gave me this gift.

The marquetry I produce covers a variety of subjects and is not only inlayed into cabinetry, tables for boat and yachts, natural pieces such as tree roots and cypress stumps but also wall hangings.

However no matter the completed piece, my hope and prayer is that my art will always praise Him and that you feel His presence when you see it.
Hardly a day goes by that I do not work on a piece of marquetry as every minute I spend on it I am spending time with God and each minute of our life should be with Him. One of my favorite sayings to remind me of this is “Make what you do today important because you are trading a day of your life for it.”


Don Maurizio

Featured Artist: Jennifer Taylor

"I See you with my heart", Oil and Digital, 20 x 24, copyright, Jennifer Taylor

"Buddy", Oil 16 x 20- Commissioned, copyright, Jennifer Taylor

"Carolyn and Dezzie" (pencil) 8x10 - Commissioned, copyright, Jennifer Taylor

Featured Artist: Jennifer Taylor

I started drawing cartoon characters of horses, dogs and cats when I was in grade school in order to entertain my friends. My love for animals and art has developed over the years to be my passion for painting. Aspiring to be be a contemporary master of portrait painting, I went to New York in 2010 to study with Daniel Greene to learn more about portrait painting. I was awe-inspired by his techniques and philosophies and apply what I learned to pet portraits as well as people portraits. I have a way to make animals look very distinguished as someone would a human portrait.

Graduating with a BSBA in Marketing, I have owned and managed several businesses over the years. After a long sabbatical from holding a pencil for serious drawing, I picked it up and began to draw again in 2001. After entering and winning some contests with my pencil drawings of horses, I decided to make it more than a hobby. I took two years of acrylic lessons from Barbara Miller in Huntsville, Alabama. I am self taught in pencil, charcoal, watercolor and mosaics. I also have taken casting classes and cold and hot metal working classes for jewelry. I continue educating myself through self-study, the influence of Daniel Greene, Igor Babailov, and many others I admire.

I have won several awards for pencil and acrylic paintings in Alabama, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. My artwork hangs worldwide. I consider myself a minimalist painter of single subjects. I like the power of simplicity and the impact of color, light and contrast.

I am a full time artist and love to spend some of my time inspiring others by teaching them to see the world differently, and create their own unique style of art.

I contribute all of my passion and success to our Maker, Jehovah-God. He is the ultimate master of creating art.

Favorite Bible Verses:
Matthew 6:22 “The Eye is the lamp of the Body” (The window to our soul)
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it will all your might!”
Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for him who believes”



"Georgia Jagger with Vermeer Elements", Oil, 20 x 24, (see the map, the crucifix, letter, and pearls, all Vermeer elements), copyright, Jennifer Taylor

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Artist Link Added: Judy Hardwick

"She Lived Life with No Regrets", by Judy Hardwick, copyright
We are delighted to add Judy Hardwick to the Ascribing Artists links. Please visit her website at:


Monday, August 29, 2011

Artshow to benefit Down Town Resuce Mission- Drop Off info

If you would like to participate in the benefit art show for the Downtown Rescue Mission, drop-off will be Friday September 16th, at HIS daughter Studio located on the 2nd Floor at Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment. Drop off Anytime between 5-7 PM. PLEASE have all work priced and ready for hanging. Thanks!

You have a choice of 50% commission or donating all proceeds to the Mission. Make a note of which you would prefer when dropping off your work.

Thank you,

Amanda Lyle Dunn
HIS daughter studio
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Drive • Huntsville, AL • 35805

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ascribing Artists Exhibit and Reception August, 2011

You are Invited!

Ascribing Artists Exhibit on display August 6th – 30th, 2011

Reception and Art Talk Friday, August 26, 6-8 PM

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 533-0399

Participating Artists:

Leslie Brasher
Jane Blevins
Don Maurizio
Michele Lee
Angela True
Lisa Riccardi
Rickie Higgins
Laura Walker
Denise Onwere
Gina Hurst
Russ Sexton
Vanessa Austin
Deborah Taylor
Christina Wegman
Scott Wiley
Smith Wiley
Johanna Littleton
Lisa Fulton
Lynn Weatherford
Cynthia Parsons
Martina Svoboda
Amanda Lyle Dunn
Betty Burchfield
Linda Morton
Doris Sisk
Kelly Porter
Marcus Hilden
S. Renee Prasil

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.

For more information please visit: or e-mail

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Art Show to Benefit Downtown Rescue Mission, Huntsville, AL

Art News from HIS daughter Studio- Amanda Lyle Dunn- Lowe Mill ARTS artist and Ascribing Artist

FELLOW ARTISTS: I need your art. This year's art show to benefit the Downtown Rescue Mission is fast-approaching.(Sept. 17th)

Exhibit "INVISIBLE", Presented by K.I.D Artist Collective will be in the 2nd Floor Connector at Lowe Mill.

Work goes up Sept 17th and the closing reception is October 22, 4-7pm :)

There will be donation barrels from the Mission so folks can donate food for the duration of the show, too.

Please contact me at if you are interested in showing your work. (50% commission, or you can choose to donate your profits). I would like to have at least 15-20 pieces. Each person is welcome to show more than one piece of work.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Ascribing Artist: Jennifer Taylor

"I See you with my heart", Oil and Digital, 20 x 24, copyright, Jennifer Taylor

We would like to welcome Tennessee artist Jennifer Taylor to the Ascribing Artists art ministry. We have added her website to the artist link and would encourage you to visit her site at to see her beautiful artwork. We are delighted that Jennifer has agreed to be a featured artist in September on the Ascribing Artists blog.

More links to Jennifer's artwork

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ascribing Artist Martina Svoboda featured in Newspaper

Huntsville jewelry designer strives to make one-of-a-kind pieces for customers

Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011
By Sarah Cure, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Martina Svoboda defines multitasking.

The Czech Republic native is a wife, mother to a 3-year-old boy, volunteer, blogger and entrepreneur. Most can attest it’s a heavy, sometimes wearisome workload, yet Svoboda manages her hectic schedule with poise, modestly claiming “I’m a midnight worker.”

Amid such a bundle of responsibilities, it’s difficult to believe she has time for a hobby – but she does.

Svoboda moved to Huntsville about three years ago from Hawaii with her husband due to his career. Then two years ago, she approached Huntsville Art League and asked if she could not only exhibit her handmade jewelry, but teach a range of jewelry classes for high school students and adults.

If that wasn’t enough for the uber-ambitious Svoboda, she volunteered to redesign Huntsville Art League’s website and assumed the role as publicity chair – her area of expertise.


Martina Svoboda is also in the current Ascribing Artists Exhibit on display at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment through the month of August.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ascribing Artists Devotional

Ascribing Artist Devotion - My Plans for You 7) Growing Pains


Continuation from last Ascribing Artists devotional: We discovered the one overarching reason for suffering is for the glory of God. Don’t misunderstand me in thinking all suffering is for the glory of God. Please reread the devotion from March for further understanding. The second of five secondary reasons is related to growth, our spiritual growth. We see this in a set of verses we probably have all heard, but in most cases glance over or don’t fully understand. Romans 5:3-5, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

I believe most of us glance over or don’t try to understand these verses because rejoicing in our sufferings does not only seem impossible, but really a foolish response. Who in their right mind rejoices in their sufferings? Don’t we strive as much as possible to avoid suffering and be comfortable? This is our fallen nature’s natural response.

God’s Word says we can rejoice knowing, “suffering produces endurance.” A simple analogy would be the training of a cross-country runner. In the beginning, the work that the runner had to suffer through to run 1 or 2 miles made running 5 or 6 miles easier, until one day a full marathon is achieved and at that point the suffering to run 1 or 2 miles seems laughable. Suffering does produce endurance.

God’s Word says we can rejoice knowing, “endurance produces character.” Out of the endurance of suffering character is produced.

We could chew on the depths of that truth for a long time, but to use another analogy, think of refining silver. Silver in its natural state is filled with impurities. The old process of refining silver was to heat it causing the impurities or dross to rise to the surface and then be skimmed off. When the heat is turned up and the pressure is on, what comes to the surface of your life? Anger? Addiction? Bitterness? Despair? Disbelief? _______? As believers, who still sin, God makes us aware of the dross in our lives not as a way of condemnation, but in the hope of confession and repentance, where He works to skim it from our lives. He knows our sinfulness! The question is, do we?

God’s Word says we can rejoice knowing, “character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame.” Character builds confidence giving the runner hope that they will win the prize, because of all the suffering that went into training. But listen to this, as Christians our hope in gaining victory is not sealed by our might, but “through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Hallelujah!

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6,7

Peace unto you,

Paul LaBathe

Monday, August 1, 2011

Artist Link Added: Don Maurizio, Jr. - Marquetry

We are delighted to add artist Don Maurizio, Jr. to the Ascribing Artists Blog's list of artists. Don specializes in marquetry. Please visit D.J.'s Knot Only Wood, Inc. website at

Also, keep on the watch for Don's featured artist spot in September on the Ascribing Artists blog.


Ascribing Artist: Johanna Littleton's Painted Rain Barrel

Finished my rain barrel for the Land Trust's Moon Dance in September.

Featured Artist: Lisa Fulton

"Space Shuttle" by Lisa Fulton, copyright

"F-15 Eagle" by Lisa Fulton, copyright

"Palomar Observatory" by Lisa Fulton, copyright
"LA - the 110 the 105 Freeways" by Lisa Fulton, copyright

Featured Artist: Lisa Fulton

As an artist, I am a beginner learning about visual balance. Some of my paintings look abstract; but while I admire abstract paintings, my work is representational. I enjoy translating the things I see in the physical world, putting them down on the restricted, flat space of a canvas. It's a challenge to produce anything that is as pleasing as the original experience of seeing the world.

I use acrylics and look forward to trying other types of paint. I have been painting for less than two years, but I spent years thinking about what I want to paint. Now, thanks to God, I have the space and time to begin experimenting. Subjects that are compelling to me not only have nice lines, they are icons commonly used or commonly recognized in American culture. I like to create interesting contrasts between linear, industrial-type subject matter and soft, flowing media (paints, fabric).

Lisa Fulton

Side note, we asked Lisa what her favorite Bible verse was and why. This is her response:

I love the way the Bible repeats themes many times, throughout many books. Trying to narrow down to favorites is tough. But the themes I love the most are exemplified by the following verses:

Regarding the confusion of the world: Job 28:28...."and to man He said, "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom...' "

Regarding the meaning of it all: Ephesians 1:17..."in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Artist Reception for Amanda Duke Brown- August 12

Artist Reception for Ascribing Artist, Amanda Duke Brown

On Friday, August 12th from 6pm-8pm, Reflectives Frame and Art Gallery at 220 Old Highway 431S in Hampton Cove, AL is featuring the unique artwork of Amanda Duke Brown. Admission is FREE, families are welcome, and RSVPs are helpful but not necessary. For more details, visit, call 256-682-2882 or email

link to event homepage:

Friday, July 8, 2011

Beautiful Feet

"Beautiful Feet" Anklet by Gina Hurst

How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent. As it is written (Isa 52:7) "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the GOOD NEWS!" Romans 10: 14-15

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Unique Views of Huntsville Art Exhibit and Reception

Unique Views of Huntsville Art Exhibit and Reception

August 16 -28, 2011

Gallery on the Square

200 Westside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801

The seventh annual juried art exhibition, "Unique Views of Huntsville,” will be hosted by the Huntsville Art League and shown at the new and highly acclaimed Gallery on the Square, in downtown Huntsville. The exhibit is on display from August 16 - 28, 2011. “Unique Views of Huntsville” started as a special event during Huntsville's bi-centennial year in 2005, it has become one of the best attended and enjoyed exhibits. Over 100 works, created by local Tennessee Valley artists, are on display.

The Gallery on the Square is located at 200 Westside Square, and the hours are 11AM-6PM daily. The show is free to the public.

An elegant public reception is planned, including wine and hors d'oeuvres, on Tuesday, August 16th, 6 - 8 PM, to provide an opportunity for the public and art connoisseurs to see and purchase these original pieces of local art. Reservations are required for the reception; cost $25. please call the Huntsville Art League at (256) 534-3860 or visit for more info.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Featured Artist: Laura Willingham Walker

"Alabama's Upheaval" by Laura Walker, copyright
"Rev.1 Radiant Woman" by Laura Walker, copyright
"Summer's Bounty" by Laura Walker, copyright 

Featured Artist: Laura Willingham Walker

I am an artist from Cullman, AL.  I was raised by a professional artist and a professional musician, so art has been my life.  My family had a strong faith in God, a joy that they passed on to me along with music and art.  I run Shop Around the Corner, a gallery and working studio in Cullman, AL.  My mother, Pam Willingham, and I give art classes for children and adults at this shop, carry our fine art and local jewelry, and we have a pottery studio and teacher.  I enjoy teaching, but my dream is to illustrate books and do fine art full time.  I have illustrated 6 books so far, the life of Jesus and the book of Revelation were done for  the Discovering God's Way Bible Studies series, and God Glasses For Kids has recently been published.  I love to paint portraits and people, and to try to help people visualize events from the Bible.  My website is and my business face book page is Laura's Art.

Featured Artists: Photographers Chase and Jan Renegar- Green Tree Photography

 Featured Photographers: Jan and Chase Renegar

Featured Photographers: Jan and Chase Renegar

There are endless passions we share as a couple. We love the Lord, each other, the outdoors, plants, trees, healthy eating, book stores, hot tea, antiques, animals, fabric, painting, building things, music, people, sewing… okay… maybe Chase doesn’t enjoy the sewing part ;)

We married on June 17, 2006, and have one little furry-four-legged “baby”, Snuggles. We are incredibly blessed to have each other, and are enjoying spending the rest of our life with our best friend and soul mate. We absolutely love using natural light to create beautiful imagery. Green Tree is dedicated to their clients, and show they care by using natural resources and fibers, and high quality products for you to LOVE and enjoy for a lifetime. Our heart is for you to cherish art that you can show your family today, and your children and grandchildren tomorrow.

We chose our business name from a verse in Jeremiah. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (English Standard Version) 7 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." May your leaves always be green as you stay grounded in Christ!

~Chase & Jan Renegar

Jan Renegar
(256) 361-4899
Green Tree Photography

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Featured Artist: Rickie Higgins

"Field of Tulips" by Rickie Higgins, copyright

"A Little Bird Told Me" by Rickie Higgins, copyright

"Harlequins on Blue" by Rickie Higgins, copyright

"Blue Chair" by Rickie Higgins, copyright
"Sunflower" by Rickie Higgins, copyright

Featured Artist Rickie Higgins

In the past couple of years, I have expanded my portfolio to include mixed media and continue to experiment with different processes as well as painting with oils to create large, colorful pieces of work. Creativity, imagination and passion are present in my expansive portfolio.

The beauty of vertical spaces with hints of unexpected color is the driving force behind my mixed media works of art. I lay down layers of paint on tarpaper and then cuts back into the surface forming unexpected organic lines. Then I apply wax and rub it with an oil based glaze to create texture.

Whether is it the music that plays while I paint, the subject matter, or just the blessing of being able to enjoy the process of creating, I find that I am becoming more connected to my spirit through this artistic journey.

It’s exciting to watch the pieces come together as I am guided to new opportunities through both imagery and medium, to create spaces that are skewed vertically, yet visually believable. Whether a lone chair, a field of flowers, or an abstract face, vertical lines find their place in the composition. Through my artistic talents and imagination, I am able to fully express myself on the canvas.

I paint in my home studio in Decatur, Alabama.

One of my favorite Bible verses is: John 10:10 King James Version (KJV)
10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

As I struggle with the ups and downs of this hectic life, I easily become distracted and forget to appreciate the grace and goodness of God. As I paint in my studio I find myself enjoying the abundant life, enjoying the gift of making art. Whether a painting, or a song, or a new recipe, our lives are blessed because we are made to be creative! Be encouraged to create and enjoy the abundant life the God has for you!

Rickie Higgins,

Received a BFA from Auburn, AL in 1991

“Observations and Encouragements” Solo exhibit at Carnegie Visual Arts Center 2010

Featured artist at the Holiday Show at Willis Gray Gallery

People’s Choice Award AL Chicken and Egg Festival 2011

Panoply poster artist for 2011 and 2012 Huntsville, Alabama

Best of show Double Decker juried show 2010 Oxford, Mississippi

Honorable Mention Embracing Art 2010 (Carnegie)

Honorable Mention Embracing Art 2011 (Carnegie)