2019 Holiday Show at The Summit (old Charming Charlie space)

This will be our 12th annual Holiday Show and our third year with The Summit who graciously makes this possible. About one half of the store that was Charming Charlie will be ours for the Mountain Brook Art Association’s annual Holiday Art & Gift Show, and it is BEAUTIFUL. We could not have dreamed of a better location. Located between Soft Surroundings and the very popular Chuy’s, we will share the space with a couple of businesses and Santa. Overall the space will be called The North Pole!

This year we will have even more gift items, all made by our talented artists who come from around the entire metro area. All gift items are hand-painted or reproductions of the artists’ own paintings. We will have lots of ornaments, miniature paintings, cards, magnets, coasters, even scarves. We will have an incredible variety of paintings in all sizes and price ranges to fit every budget, from $10 to $1000. Each sale supports a LOCAL artist, and a portion of all sales will go to this year’s local charity, Studio by the Tracks, a gallery and working studio in Irondale for artists with autism spectrum disorders.

Dec 1 – 22 open daily. Mon-Thurs 11-6, Friday & Sat 11-8, Sunday 12-6. Our popular evening reception will be back December 3rd, from 6-8pm.

A fun feature of the show are the daily painting demonstrations in the window of the store. Customers are welcome to sit a spell and enjoy. Among the popular artists exhibiting will be Joan Curtis, Anita Bice, Toby Klein, Lynn Briggs, Michael Davis, Janet Sanders, Mary Mellen, Kendall Boggs, Kat Pilleteri.

We are very excited to have the extraordinary Rollina with us again to create 20 minute charcoal portraits directly from the subject. She does not work from photos as she much prefers to work with the person right in front of her, even if it is a wiggly child… or two. Dates and times for appearance for Rollina and other demo artists will be posted to our Facebook page and website.

Posted in Announcements, demos, Holiday Show, Photos

UPCOMING MEETINGS – Mark your calendars now!

Sept. 19, 10 AM -12 PM

by Chris Cruz, VP Programs

You’re in for a treat.  Meet awesome member MJ Venrick who will be sharing with you her experience and expertise on how to frame your art properly.  She will have great ideas, share experiences and answer your questions.

Bring some of your art and let her give you ideas. Ask when to frame under glass, floating frame, etc.  Bring all your questions on whether they are framed or not.  Share your awesome work with the group and tell us what made you use that kind of framing.

Here is a little bit about MJ, who I happen to call a friend: MJ loves to create. The process of creating is just as interesting as the artwork itself and just as revealing as its outcome. When it comes to her artwork, no matter what medium she is working in, her inspiration comes from her heart, head, eyes and then to her hand. She does not use projectors, light boxes, only what her eyes to hand can convert to an image. The age we live in you can create anything in digital form. That is great, and some day she says she will try it, but for now she likes the look of a little human imperfection. She feels artwork should not be a competition, but a true view of what the artist is feeling at that moment. Her paintings are her bio, and isn’t that what you really want to see and know about ……..Check out her website at https://m-j-venrick.pixels.com/

Sept. 24,  6 – 8 PM

Meet and Greet

by Chris Cruz, VP Programs

Have fun getting to know your fellow artists! Even if you attended the daytime meeting last Spring this will be a different format than what we had before.  We will continue to explore how you can make a best friend in 5 minutes and how that will help you in your art career.  Refreshments will be served.  Come out and meet new artists, share your experiences, successes and not so great learning experiences.  We will all grow at this meeting, we will all be leaving as friends.  This is the opportunity to connect with that artist you admire or that emerging artist that needs a little help and you can mentor.  ART is meant to be shared not only with our customers but with each other.

Posted in Announcements, demos, Education, Inspiration, Meetings

Award Winners from Our Fabulous Show at Lane Parke!

Best in Show – Professional Category
Troy Crisswell

Best in Show – Semi-professional
Janice Wood

Best in Show – Emerging Artist

Norton’s Floral Contest winner Janice Wood

Award of Distinction – Ron Lewis

Award of Distinction – Toby Klein

Award of Distinction – Rick Plasters

Award of Distinction – Kendall Boggs

Award of Distinction – Donna Martin

Award of Distinction – Susie Caffey

Posted in art in the village, Artist News, Competitions, norton's floral competition, Photos, Press, Spring Art Show