Saturday, March 7, 2015

Caroline Wang exhibit- “Santa Fe - The Beautiful”

Church of Nativity

March –April 2015

“Santa Fe - The Beautiful”

Featuring Huntsville artist Caroline Wang, this exhibit displays original works inspired by her family trip to Santa Fe in 2014.  

Caroline Wang is a NASA engineer and researcher, and she also has a passion for art. Combining these two disciplines, she studied art at the University of Minnesota and received a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin. She believes any successful product requires creativity. Art is a platform for developing the creative mind. Watercolor is Caroline's favorite medium. She started painting when she was 5 years old. Caroline is a diverse artist and she incorporates Asian cultural into Western art and paints what ever subject inspires her. She experiments with different types of materials for her artwork. Her original paintings have been on exhibition throughout many of cities within the Southeastern United States. Since 2004, she has selected a theme for her annual art exhibits. This allows her to focus on specific subjects. Her themes throughout the years have included “East meets West”, “A New Look for Asian Art’, “Expressions,”, “Tour Around the World”, “Species Around Us”, “Dramatic Gardens”, “My Inspiration” “Ocean” and “The Simplicity- Less is More”, “Santa Fe the beautiful”.  Her watercolor painting “Rocks in Mexico” won the top 10 Watercolor Society of Ala national online contest in 2012, and her painting “Snow Day” won the top 10 in 2011. Her painting “Venice, Louisiana” has received the BEST IN SHOW AWARD At Tennessee Valley Art Association’s 31st national art competition Exhibition South 2005.

The most fulfilling aspect of her artwork comes from the opportunities it brings for her to share her experiences and her joy of art with others. Caroline has taught art classes for a number of years and has given inspirational speeches to non-profit organizations and schools. Through her exhibitions and speeches, she hopes to encourage people to follow their passion and explore their possibilities.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Local Artists Roundtable Discussion Group

Local Artists Round-table Discussion Group

Organizer:     Curtis Benzle
Date & Time:  Wednesday, March 5th, 6-9PM
Location:         Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
                       2211 Seminole Dr. 
  •                  Huntsville, AL 35805
                       (North floor gallery near studio 2060)

Topic: We will be discussing Grants and Public Art projects.  Allison Dillon-Jauken from the Arts Council will be there to discuss the current public art projects going on and describe what selection committees are looking for.

For more info, please contact  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Art Show Tent Set-up for SALE

Set of 7 Pro Panels for sale
Size 30" W 6 ft. H  color gray
Includes lights & support bars
Also includes E-Z tent
Price for entire package

Barbara 256-828-2073 or 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Local Artist, Angela True- Energen Art Contest

Energen Art Contest

Congratulations to Member Artist, Angela True!

"Balancing Act" has been entered into and passed the first round of judging at the Energen Art Contest in Birmingham, AL.

Angela writes, "The the artwork will be on display and in the final judging at the art show March 9-20, final judging takes place March 10. There are four categories that offer a $3,000.00 winning, and one that offers $7,500.00. There will be a reception for the artists and invited guests March 22, 2-4pm."

To find out more about Angela True, please visit:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Local Artists Roundtable Discussion Group

Local Artists Round-table Discussion Group

Organizers:     Curtis Benzle, Leigh Ann Hurst
Date & Time:  Wednesday, February 11, 6-9PM
Location:         A Cup of Everything 
                       103 North Side Square 
                        Downtown Huntsville, AL 35801
The proposed monthly, round-table discussion group will meet to share successes, opportunities and the many challenges of earning a living as a visual artist. While it is the hope for this Group to eventually develop topics of discussion that are self-generated, the initial topics will stem from Curt Benzle's very popular workshop: “All Artists Making a Living”-- A Way beyond “Professional Practices”. 

Topics covered will be grouped into:  
"Plan for Financial Success as an Artist", 
"Product Development, Management and Maximization" and 
"CommArt© - Community Based Art Education as the Key to Success".  

Curt will offer specific guidance, professional advice, and personal insight to cover a wide range of artists' interests.

To RSVP, please contact  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Panoply Arts Festival Deadline Jan. 18, 2014

Good afternoon,

I wanted to send a reminder about the approaching deadline for the 2015 Panoply Art Marketplace!

I am so excited about the festival this year and would love to see you  in beautiful Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville April 24-26, 2015.

The first Panoply was held in 1982 and since then has grown into the southeast’s premier arts weekend. Last year on Saturday alone, more than 40,000 people attended the festival. The art marketplace is always a highlight to the weekend.

The link to apply is below but if you have any questions or need anything, please let me know! The deadline to apply is January 18.


Amy Mayfield
Events Manager
The Arts Council
700 Monroe Street, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL. 35801
P:  256-519-2787
F:  256-533-3811

Monday, January 5, 2015

Business of Art Workshop Series - Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment

Miriam Ezell,CPA will be conducting art business classes for the creative community starting January 14, 2015. These classes will be held at Lowe Mill in the new north wing class room 2008 beginning at 12:30 p.m. If interested go to the link; to register. The first class will be on pricing your products / services and opening up to new revenue streams. Your investment is $20 per class. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Master Artist Workshops with Guadalupe Lanning Robinson and Helen Vaughn

Guadalupe Lanning Robinson

Helen Vaughn

Huntsville Museum of Art announces Master Artist Workshops with
Guadalupe Lanning Robinson and Helen Vaughn

Don't miss the opportunity to have one-on-one instruction from a nationally and regionally recognized master artist. 

Developing Forms & Surfaces: Handbuilding & Wheel Throwing Techniques with Guadalupe Lanning Robinson
January 8-10, 2015
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Gain experience with the great tool of the potter’s wheel. Demonstrations will include wheel throwing, building off the wheel, and a variety of decoration techniques, including slip-decorating, stamp-making, stamping, and some others. Take home a group of bisque-fired pieces showing your exploration in clay and a collection of new skills. Visit

Visual Elements: Translating Photographs into Paintings with Helen Vaughn
February 6-7, 2015
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Discover new ways of seeing and interpreting images by using your own photographs as reference materials. Learn how to use your photographs more effectively. Extract key elements from photos, simplify the subject matter, and create strong compositions – in your paintings. Explore design, color, tonal values, and atmospheric effects of light and shadow through traditional oil painting techniques. Demos, a slide presentation, and critiques included. Visit

Workshops are held in the Museum Academy classrooms overlooking Big Spring International Park. Register Online at or call 256-535-4350 x222.

Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street SW
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
256.535.4350  FAX  256.532.1743

Friday, December 12, 2014

RFQ- Public Art Project Huntsville, AL

Request for Qualifications

The City of Huntsville, Alabama, The Arts Council, Inc. and Sealy Management Company are seeking Statements of Qualifications from artists interested in creating artwork to be sited at The Avenue, a new development in the core of Huntsville’s downtown and entertainment district. The Avenue Public Art Project has a total budget of $71,000 to include design, fabrication and installation of the work. Qualifications are due January 19, 2015.

With this public art installation, it is the goal of the City of Huntsville, The Arts Council, Inc. and Sealy Management Company to achieve the following:

1.      Serve as an anchor to the new courtyard that can be enjoyed by people meeting, gathering, dining and just passing through.
2.      Have a strong visual presence on Jefferson Street N., engaging pedestrians as well as being visible by passing vehicles.

3.      Have a presence both day and night.

4.      Serve as an accessible and welcoming gateway to downtown.

5.      Be conscious and respectful of nearby uses, including the residential and retail tenants of The Avenue and St. Mary of the Vision Catholic Church directly across the street.

Complete RFQ is attached or may be downloaded at:

2nd Annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology- Request For Proposals

The Arts Council and Downtown Huntsville Inc. invite artists, lighting professionals, game designers, event producers, environmental design specialists and makers of all backgrounds to submit proposals for the second annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology event. This light and projection arts festival drew more than 3,000 attendees in its inaugural year and the event is poised to grow even more in its return to the Downtown Huntsville Square on March 7, 2015.

Deadline for submission is January 23, 2015.

Please contact The Arts Council for more info and Request For Proposals (RFP) announcement which also includes information about the monetary awards for the selected artists.

The Arts Council, Inc. 
700 Monroe Street, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL. 35801

Monday, December 8, 2014

Apply! 52nd Annual Bluff Park Art Show

OCTOBER 3, 2015

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Application Deadline:  
May 01, 2015

 Application Fee: $40

 Late Application Deadline: May 15, 2015  
(Additional $30 to apply)

The Bluff Park Art Association consists of a diverse group of people, all volunteers, who are interested in promoting the arts.  For 51 years, we have been bringing visual artists to the Hoover/Birmingham metropolitan area (2010 Census Birmingham-Hoover Metro Statistical Area - 1.82 million).  The funds earned from this one-day event enable us to continually work toward our goal of promoting the Arts in the community, the schools and in the home.

The object and purpose of the Bluff Park Art Association is to promote or originate projects, coordinate activities with, or participate in, any organization or program which will further the purpose of the education and/or appreciation of Art on the part of the public, primarily in the Hoover/Birmingham metropolitan area of Alabama.

The Bluff Park Art Association invites artists and craftsmen to apply to exhibit and sell their original work at the 52nd Annual Bluff Park Art Show.

Show Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Rain Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015

Time: Your booth must be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bluff Park Community Center and Park
517 Cloudland Drive
Hoover, AL 35226

Friday, December 5, 2014

Local Artist Receives National and Regional Recognition: Carrie Alderfer

 "Catbird Seat" by Carrie Alderfer
 Grind by Carrie Alderfer

Local Artist Receives National and Regional Recognition

Gurley, AL – December 5, 2014 – Award winning artist Carrie Alderfer announced today that her work has been featured in several publications including the just released books, Strokes of Genius 6: The Best of Drawing and CP Hidden Treasures 2. Alderfer is also featured as an Emerging Artist in Art Galleries & Artists of the South Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 2. “I am honored and humbled to have my work included in publications with so many amazing pieces.,” she said. “I look at my pieces printed on pages and still can’t believe it’s real.”

Carrie Alderfer’s piece, “Grind, was chosen for Strokes of Genius 6: The Best of Drawing – Value | Lights & Darks. The piece is 11” x 14” and features a bicycle gear. The competition received more than 1500 entries and narrowed those down to 144 pieces for publication. The book is available on and through the publisher, North Light Books.

“Catbird Seat, an 11” x 14” piece featuring an orange cat, was chosen for CP Hidden Treasures 2. Pieces were chosen through a competition, and the book features 115 colored pencil works.

Art Galleries & Artists of the South magazine holds a quarterly competition for their Emerging Artists section. At least four artists are chosen per quarter and each are featured on a full page in the publication. Alderfer was chosen for Volume 11, Issue 2 of the magazine, and it is available at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

Alderfer lives in Gurley, AL, where she has worked from her home studio since 2002. She will be moving to a studio in the new north floor section of Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, the country’s largest privately owned arts center located in Huntsville, Alabama. The new section is scheduled to open December 20th, 2014. Alderfer is an active member of the Huntsville Art League, which will also be relocating to Lowe Mill’s North Floor. “I am so excited about moving to a studio and becoming part of the Lowe Mill family. I’m looking forward to more inspiration and more interaction with artists and patrons alike.”

About Carrie Alderfer
Carrie Alderfer is owner of ChromAddict Studio, an award-winning boutique design studio devoted to helping small businesses better promote themselves through thoughtful design. ChomAddict’s services include print and web design, web programming, custom art and illustration including pet portraits, private web training, and art instruction. Alderfer’s work can be seen in local galleries and online at

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Call for Artists- Panoply Arts Festival, Deadline Jan. 18, 2015

Panoply 2015 applications are open for food vendors, performers and the Art Marketplace! We are looking forward to another wonderful Panoply in beautiful Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville.

This year we are pleased to use Zapplication for our Artist Marketplace. The link for artists to apply is:

For food vendor and performer applications please request at These applications may be returned via email, mail or dropped at our office.

If you have any questions or need any assistance at all, please let us know! 

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Please note: the deadline to apply is January 18, 2015.


Amy Mayfield
Events Manager
The Arts Council
700 Monroe Street, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL. 35801
P:  256-519-2787
F:  256-533-3811

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter Art Classes and Workshops

Winter Art Classes and Workshops

            The Huntsville Museum of Art’s Museum Academy will offer art classes for age 3 through eighth grade. Classes will include Winter Wonderland, “COOL” Art, Art for Two: Budding Artists, Artist Studio: Draw, Paint, Print, Ceramics, Drawing, Art for Homeschooled Students: Ceramics and Saturday Studio Art Adventures.

The museum will offer several high school and adult classes. Adults can enjoy ceramics, drawing, oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, Stained Glass Sun Catchers, Wire Sculpted Jewelry and Accessories.

Winter classes begin the week of January 12.

Master Artist Workshops will also be offered this winter Developing Forms and Surfaces: Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing with Guadalupe Lanning Robinson and Visual Elements: Translating Photographs into Paintings with Helen Vaughn. More workshops are also being offered in 2015.

More information or to register online at or call 256-535-4350, extension 222. All classes and workshops will be held at the Huntsville Museum of Art in the Museum Academy classrooms located in downtown Huntsville at Big Spring International Park.

Huntsville Museum of Art  
300 Church Street SW
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
256.535.4350  FAX  256.532.1743

Wanted: Theater Arts Education Director

FPCT IS HIRING! Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater (FPCT) is seeking highly-motivated applicants for the position of theater arts Education Director. This is a full time position.  Application deadline is 11/26/14. For a complete job posting please contact

Karen Ouriel Mockensturm
Executive Director
Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater & Academy
3312 Long Avenue
Huntsville, Al 35805
256-679-7921 cell

Friday, November 7, 2014



Southern Makers Open call closes in one week...

Don't miss the Southern social of the year! An event made by 
Makers for Makers that celebrates the South’s top creators and 
innovators by bringing them together for one fantastic gathering. 
The deadline is fast approaching, so visit 
 now to apply! The Call for Makers closes November 15th!

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for Southern 
 Makers in the BizBash Event Style Awards, and a hearty 
congratulations to our fellow nominees, U.S. Travel 
Association's IPW (International Pow Wow) Closing-
Night Party and to People’s Choice winner The Modern 
 Honolulu Hotel's Holiday Campaign Submitted by Curate 
Decor & Design. Special thanks to BizBash for 
recognizing our efforts in setting a platform to celebrate 
Southern Makers.

A quick recap of the event industry competition:

Southern Makers made the cut – Approximately 

1,000 entries were submitted, from Alabama to 
Vancouver, California to Montreal and everywhere 
in between. Judges narrowed down their finalists in 
each category by pulling the best of the best from 
among this massive pool. The judging panel consisted 
of the BizBash National Advisory Board, along with 
BizBash editors.
  • Southern Makers scored in the top 5 - New this 
  • year was the People's Choice Award, which invited 
  • the public to vote for their favorite entries in the 
  •  eight most popular categories. Those in the running 
  • for the People's Choice Award were the five highest-
  • scoring submissions in each of the Event Style 
  • Award categories.

We are beyond thrilled to have made it so far in the 

competition, and can’t wait to go for the gold again 
next year!

Artists & Photographers Wanted To Show During Art Basel Miami

Artists & Photographers Wanted
To Show During Art Basel Miami

You are invited to participate in Art Takes Miami, one of the year's largest promotional events for art and photography.

Now in it's fifth year, Art Takes Miami is an art publication and digital exhibit which reaches 1.2 million viewers worldwide, 32,000 exhibition visitors at SCOPE Art Miami, and offers a $10,000 cash grant to one selected artist.

This is your invitation to apply.

For Full Details & Submission Information Visit:

Applications are reviewed daily.
Your final deadline for submission is:
Midnight Wednesday, November 19th.

For the first week in December,
the entire art world concentrates on Art Basel Miami.

From curators to collectors, press and celebrities, this one week in Miami is when careers are made and new artists are discovered.

You are invited to participate.
For the past five years, Art Takes Miami has been one of the largest promotions of art and photography during Art Basel Miami.

Millions of viewers around the world will experience the work online while tens of thousands will see the exhibition in person in Miami.

Twelve creators, six artists and six photographers, will be selected for publication and exhibition as part of Art Takes Miami.

One creator be awarded the ultimate prize: a $10,000 cash grant, a feature in the publication and a dream weekend at the Mondrian Hotel during Art Basel Miami.
For Full Details & Submission Information Visit:

Applications are reviewed daily.
Your final deadline for submission is:
Midnight Wednesday, November 19th.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet Micah Gregg of Drop Metal Studio

Art Walking Tour- Downtown Huntsville



Kickoff Saturday morning with an Art Walking Tour
Football to Follow!

Join us for a walking tour with artist Micah Gregg of Drop 
Metal Studio at 10 am on Saturday, November 15.  
Micah's metal sculptures are currently displayed in 
downtown Huntsville as part of the Secret Art Project, 
which places public art in unexpected places to add more 
visual interest to downtown spaces.

Micah's three space-themed sculptures, Beyond Neptune, 
are all within a short distance of the courthouse square, 
and folks can enjoy coffee, cider and doughnuts provided 
by Historic Huntsville Foundation as they walk along with 
Micah.  The tour will begin at Harrison Brothers Hardware, 
124 Southside Square.  

The Historic Huntsville Foundation is a nonprofit 
organization dedicated to the preservation of historic 
resources in Huntsville/Madison County.  The Foundation 
owns and operates the historic Harrison Brothers Hardware 
as part of our mission to promote the revitalization of 
downtown Huntsville.

Click here to read the article on the 
Secret Art Project.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ARTFIELDS- Call for Submissions Lake City, SC

ARTFIELDS- Call for Submissions 

Experience the South's most engaging art Competition & festival. Artists from 12 Southeastern states exhibiting 400+ works of art in Lake City, SC

Established and emerging artists residing in the Southeast are once again invited to compete for $100,00 in cash prizes. Deadline November 14, 2014 Submit online at

For the full list of rules and submission guidelines please visit or contact the Art Team at (843)374-0180 or

110 E. Main Street
Lake City, SC 29560