Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Studio Professions- a workshop for Emerging Artists

Studio Professions

A Workshop for Emerging Artists

Presented by The Arts Council

Have you ever wondered, how to price your art work? How to talk with potential customers? How to approach a gallery? Selling? Commissions? The list goes on and on!

This workshop is for you!

The Arts Council presents Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Dimensional Studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH, Curt Benzle who will offer a practical introduction to the business of making and selling art. Topics covered will include visual documentation, licensing and presenting yourself as an artist.

The fee for this workshop is $10.

Individual Members of the Arts Council are free.

Workshop will take place at The Arts Council office located

inside the VBC in downtown Huntsville.

For more information about this workshop and

other programs of the Arts Council please contact

Vicky Hinton at 519-2787 ext 206 or vhinton@artshuntsville.org

Thursday, March 18th

7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 6:30

Email vhinton@artshuntsville.org or call 519-2787 (ARTS) ext. 206

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


The City of Huntsville is highlighting local photographers and visual artists on town website

Celebrating the Artists in our City
Calling all Photographer's & Visual Artists


The City of Huntsville is highlighting local photographers and their images of Huntsville on the main city website, www.hsvcity.com.


The City of Huntsville will also be featuring local visual artists on their Facebook Page!  This will be a regular feature on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hsvcity/  which has now been highlighted in a study by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania as the national leader in municipal government integration with new media!  Artists featured will have a paragraph and link similar to the following:


The City of Huntsville is proud of the talent we have in our artistic community like Dustin Timbrook. Dustin's gallery is located on the third floor of the Lowe Mill Arts Center and more of his artwork can be viewed and purchased by visiting his website at www.happeninrecords.com."


If you would like more information on either of these new programs please contact:
Trent Willis, Chief of Staff
Office of the Mayor
City of Huntsville, Alabama
256-427-5006 w

Monday, February 22, 2010

Call for Entry, Art at the Mayor’s office

The Arts Council is now accepting entries to be included in the jury process for Art at the Mayor's office. Selected works will be hung by The Arts Council in the offices of Mayor Tommy Battle on the 8th floor of the Municipal building in Downtown Huntsville. For more information  contact Vicky Hinton at vhinton@artshuntsville.org

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Update on the The Dream Rocket Wrap Project

Rocket wrap takes time

Sunday, February 21, 2010
By Jon Busdeker
Times Arts Writer jon.busdeker@htimes.com

Saturn V quilt art project pushed back a year to spring 2011

The Dream Rocket has been delayed, but not scrubbed.

Artist Jennifer Marsh has announced The Dream Rocket - an ambitious art project to wrap the Saturn V rocket model with a quilt made of more than 8,000 fabric panels - has been pushed back to May and June 2011.

The $800,000 project, which had been scheduled to go up this May, will now coincide with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's moon speech in May 2011, which spelled out America's goals of sending a man to the moon before the end of the 1960s. Kennedy made the speech on May 25, 1961.

Marsh said the postponement will allow "people another year to work on the project" and her team more time to "get the word out."

So far, Marsh said she's collected roughly 1,000 panels from individuals and groups from as far away as Poland, Bangladesh and Kenya. Marsh needs another 7,000 panels to wrap the 363-foot tall, 31,000-square-foot Saturn V mock-up outside the U.S Space & Rocket Center. She plans to have participants from all 50 states and 100 countries.



For More Info about THE DREAM ROCKET project go to: http://www.thedreamrocket.com

The Kaffeeklatsch's dragon is flying again with the Help of glass artist Ron Hogan and his team

Glass artist Ron Hogan helps Kaffeeklatsch's stained-glass dragon fly again

February 19, 2010

HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Kaffeeklatsch's dragon is flying again.

On Thursday afternoon, Huntsville glass artist Ron Hogan and his team reanimated the downtown bar's famous green creature after a tornado left the window display in pieces.

For more than 30 years, artist Steve Ware's dragon has decorated the bar's window facing Clinton Avenue. The dragon - split into three 6-foot sections, head, body and tail - is made of intricately designed stained glass.

On Jan. 21, a tornado ripped through downtown Huntsville and Five Points. High winds blew in the Kaffeeklatsch's window, smashing the dragon's body. The head and tail sections survived the twister unscathed.

The day after the tornado, Kaffeeklatsch owner Grant Heath called Hogan, who owns a glass studio in Five Points. Heath wanted the dragon repaired.

"This is a part of our history as far as our business goes," said Heath, who owns the Kaffeeklatsch with his wife, Kathy.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

UAH to host an exhibit titled "Dora and the V-2: Slave labor in the space age

UAH sets V-2 slave labor exhibit

Monday, February 15, 2010
By Lee Roop
Times Staff Writer lee.roop@htimes.com

Photos, victims' art, posters tell ofmissiles' creation

The University of Alabama in Huntsville will host an exhibit titled "Dora and the V-2: Slave labor in the space age" this month.

The historical and art exhibit explores the history of forced labor in the construction of V-2 missiles at the Dora concentration camp and Mittelwerk underground factory near Nordhausen, Germany, during World War II.

The exhibit will be in UAH's Salmon Library beginning Sunday through March 12. It is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Currently featured print "Stone Face - Pompeii" at the OLDE TOWNE COFFEE SHOPPE

Currently featured at the

511 Pratt Avenue
Huntsville, Alabama
~ ~
Print by

Sam Tumminello

"Stone Face - Pompeii"

Original, limited edition prints are available in the
special "Visions Gallery"

HAL Gallery
located at

3005 L&N Drive
Huntsville, Alabama
9 AM - 6 PM Mon. - Fri.
12 PM - 6 PM Sat.

Sam Tumminello's website: http://www.knology.net/~samjt

Join the Museum now and get your second year of membership HALF OFF!

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The Huntsville Museum of Art is offering a fantastic deal this
February! Join the Museum now and get your second year of membership

To join by phone call Debbie Higdon at 256 535-4350 extension 203.

Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church St. S, Huntsville AL 35801
info@hsvmuseum.org www.hsvmuseum.org

Friday, February 12, 2010

Art events to help support local animal rescue groups

Art events to help support local animal rescue groups

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
From staff reports
Madison Spirit

To read the copyright article about Rebekah Sanders Bynum's workshop, Painting for Pooches, which will benefit the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation and the continued article about Tracey Greene's drawing to benefit Forgotten Felines of Huntsville visit: 

38 Ways to Improve Art Sales

Thanks to Walt Schumacher, Huntsville Art League's Gallery Director,
for sharing this art news!

38 Ways to Improve Art Sales
An excerpt from Chapter 21

• Set aside a specific day and time each week for marketing.

• Create a quiet office space for your business.

• Start collecting names for your mailing list.

• Call five to 10 art world professionals each week.

• Spend one day visiting local galleries.

• Subscribe to an art publication for one year and read it.

• Enter a competition.

• Sponsor a community event.

• Host a studio party.

• Donate time to some charity. Let people know you are an artist.

• Barter your art for services.

• Support your statewide arts organization by buying an art license

plate with your art-business name on it.

• Try to get an interview on your local radio station.

• What interior designer could you take to lunch?

• To what local business could you lease your artwork?

• In what cafe could you hang your paintings?

• Give out coupons with a Valentine’s Day e-mail blast.

• What special offer could you make on a postcard to your clients?

• What storyline can you create for the local art writer?

• What previous client would be able to give you a useful referral?

• What sign could you put on your car to advertise your work?

• What bumper sticker could you create to give to your clients?

• Create an e-mail newsletter to send to clients.

• How much would it cost to put up a billboard at the entrance

to town?

• Create an unusual, catchy name for your new group of paintings.

• Apply to the next local art fair.

• Start saying, “I am an artist.”

• Provide a specialized service that no other artist provides.

• Get a phone number that spells out something

(or figure out what your current one spells).
• Be friendly with a competitor.

• Place your artwork in model home displays.

• Work with a local chapter of American Society of

Interior Designers— give a talk at one of their meetings.

• Contact your local International Furnishings and Design

Association chapter affiliation.

• Place a display of your work at the local library, associated with a

talk you will give.

• Find a Realtor’s office that will let you exhibit. Offer agents a

commission on sales.

• Create a gift certificate form.

• Check out your local doctor, veterinarian, optometrist, emergency

room, hospital, medical facilities office. These venues often do have

a budget for “decoration.” If they are not in the position to buy,

offer a lease option.

• Smile at everyone today.

The list goes on! Read more, order Art Marketing 101, 3rd Edition ($19.95)

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Dora and the V-2: Slave Labor in the Space Age Exhibit

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We have a show coming up at UAH that may be interesting. I put together photos and drawings from the concentration camp where the V2 rocket was first built. It could be controversial to some because there will be a poster of Von Braun as being part of the V2 camp Dora.

Opening reception begins with a panel discussion Sunday the 21st. There will be guests from Germany and France.

More information can be found at http://www.dora.uah.edu.

Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.


José A. Betancourt
Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
Photography, WH234
301 Sparkman Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35899


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Conservation Picture Framing

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

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

· All materials used in the framing should be stable, non-staining, and acid-free.

· All attachments used to support art or objects in the frame must be completely reversible, with no harm to the art or objects.

· If glass is used in the framing, there must be space between the art and the glass.

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

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

Creating a Picture Wall

A picture wall displays a group of framed items in a coordinated design. The frames may all be the same style or the same color, but most often a picture wall includes a variety of different frames. The artwork may be united by a theme: vacation photos, a collection of sports memorabilia, family portraits. Or they may be connected by subject matter: coastal scenes depicted in photos, watercolor paintings, old engravings, and other media. Color can be the unifying factor, and color-themed picture walls have a lot of impact, bringing the coolness of blue or the vibrancy of red strongly into the room. Collectors of posters, etchings, photographs or watercolors can develop a picture wall to show the variety within their collection. But some of the best picture walls display a very eclectic mix of sizes, colors and styles that reflects a range of personal preferences and experiences. And it doesn't have to be limited to pictures: an arrangement can be enhanced by including mirrors, shelves, or objects in the mix.

When placing several different sizes of frames and art together, arrange each piece so that one outside edge is in line with another picture next to it, either vertically or horizontally. This technique helps bring a sense of balance to the grouping. Keep the space between frame edges fairly small, typically about two to four inches; this will visually "gather the group together". The grouping can build from the center and spread out in all directions. Or you can plan to have it develop into a rectangular shape. An irregular shape is very useful if you are likely to add to the wall after the first design is finished.

One thing about a picture wall: it involves a few nail holes. If you are a bit anxious about making those holes in the right spot the first time, there are a couple of ways to determine your spacing before hanging: try organizing the picture arrangement on the floor in front of the wall where it will hang, then hang the pieces one-by-one. To get a more accurate visualization, cut pieces of newspaper to the size of the framed items and tape them to the wall with removable tape.

When hanging pictures above a sofa, be sure that the bottom of the lowest frame leaves clearance for the head of a seated person. But don't go any higher, or the pictures will seem to be floating instead of visually attached to the sofa. If there is no furniture against the picture wall, and there are a number of frames, the arrangement can cover the entire wall from ceiling to floor for a dramatic presentation.

Light is necessary to enjoy the picture wall, but avoid direct sunlight or other strong direct light on the art. Keep track lighting and overhead picture lights away from close contact with artwork-heat from the bulbs can cause damage to the art, and fluorescent lights (including the new compact curly bulbs) may cause fading of
some artwork.

A picture wall can be a significant design element in your home or office and a great source of enjoyment. Choose a wall and gather a few of your favorite images and you will be on your way!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Calling all Painters!

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Art News from Walt Schumacher, Huntsville Art League Gallery Director

The Rotary club of Huntsville is looking for a few painters to attend their Gala this year (at no cost to you)!

This is a black-tie event with tickets going for $125. What they want is a few painters to “populate” their Paris street scene, and do some actual painting…!

Certainly you would have the attention of the attendees, and who knows where those contacts could lead?

For more info, see http://www.rotaryclubgh.org/Gala2010.cfm … to sign up, contact Ray Baker Ray.Baker@dynetics.com or 655-4964.

Alabama Radio Series: Featuring artist Randy Gachet

This week's program features Visual Arts Program Manager Georgine Clarke interviewing artist Randy Gachet, Individual Artist Fellowship recipient in sculpture from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and art faculty member at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. Gachet discusses themes of his work, much of which is constructed with wire and tire material he picks up along roadways. He talks about the process of teaching art to high school students and directions of contemporary art using non-traditional materials.

Each week, members of the Council staff will be visiting with Alabama's musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, and other special individuals who contribute to the state's rich artistic traditions. 

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 5:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  

  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix City) 

And every Saturday, broadcasting from Spring Hill College in Mobile, at 2:30 P.M. on:

  • WHIL 91.3 Public Radio (Mobile-Biloxi-Pensacola)

This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.state.al.us/actc/1/radioseries.html#gachet

If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov

Listen first hand using the links below.

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Friday, February 5, 2010


A Directory of Artists Who Blog- 


Submit your artist blog! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Restaurant 801 Franklin- Call for Art to display

801 Franklin is looking for artists to display their work at the
restaurant. Please contact Vicky Hinton at The Arts Council for more


Vicky Hinton
Art Education & Community Outreach Manager
The Arts Council
519-2787 ext 206

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Huntsville Photographic Society: "Farewell To Kodachrome - Another Look"

"Farewell To Kodachrome - Another Look" "Mama don't take my Kodachrome" - lyrics from "Kodachome" by Paul Simon

The Huntsville Photographic Society will have its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 8th, at 7 pm, at the Madison County Huntsville Public Library auditorium located at 915 Monroe Street.
Late last year Kodak announced they would discontinue the once widely popular Kodachome slide film. This prompted a special photographic event by members of the Photographic Society. They recently produced Kodachome slides as a special competition project and the results of the competition will be viewed at the next meeting. Members will also bring in samples of their favorite Kodachrome slides they made over the years and these will be viewed. Visitors are welcome - there's no admission charge.

For more info contact: Sam Tumminello at samjt@knology.net

Monday, February 1, 2010

Local Artist Cara Fuller helps create Alabama's National Championship Game Print at USA Sports

USA Sports print of the BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl.

Huntsville company USA Sports produces panoramic print of Alabama's BCS National Championship game

January 17, 2010

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Cara Fuller has stared at Crimson Tide defensive end Marcell Dareus for almost a week now.

Fuller is the digital image specialist at USA Sports, a 10-year-old wholesale company in Huntsville that sells collegiate sports art.

Since Alabama beat the University of Texas 37-21 in the BCS national championship game, Fuller, who's never watched an entire football game, has been at her computer creating a flawless panoramic print fit for the Tide's legions of loyal fans.

Shot by USA Sports owner Mickey Summerford, the photo depicts Dareus' run for a touchdown after an interception, which put Alabama up 24-6 at halftime and has since enshrined him into Alabama football lore.

Cara Fuller, employee of USA Sports of Huntsville, creates a panoramic print of the BCS National Champsionship game held recently in California.
The panoramic print of the national championship is now available for sale. USA Sports Operations Manager Jill Acklin expects big sales from Alabama fans who want to commemorate the team's title and its perfect season.

"Alabama fans are just nuts," Acklin said. "They love their school."



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