Artist Preview for the RIVERCHASE LOVES ART event … Kendall Boggs

Kendall Boggs

kendallbogg2018-01-15 at 2.06.39 PM … is known as a Southern innovative artist.  While staying “true” to her work, she is constantly evolving and creating new ideas in the art field.  Ten years ago, Kendall gave up a successful interior design business to become a full time painter.  Through that career change,  she has become known throughout the southeast for her peaceful, yet sometime feisty style.  Always using a type of texture in her work, Kendall loves to create movement in her pieces.  Whether it be paste or stain or watercolor or abstract, Kendall creates a dance on her surfaces.  As a wife, mother, and grandmother to 4 (almost 5), she loves to spend time with her family. When not painting, she enjoys traveling, tennis, golf, cooking, sewing and anything crafty!


Artist Sneak Previews for the upcoming RIVERCHASE LOVES ART Show – Anita Bice and Karen Dixon

Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 12.07.08 AM Anita Bice . . .  

. . . has worked as a freelance commercial illustrator for over 30 years from her home-based studio in Moody, Alabama. Anita received her BA degree in Art and Business from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, continuing on to Chicago, Illinois for further study at the American Academy of Art. There she majored in architectural illustration.

As a commercial illustrator, most projects are primarily digital. Samples of both traditional and digital painting can be seen on her website, and on Facebook – Anita Bice Art.

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Some of her most visible projects include a commission from Books-A-Million to illustrate the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. She painted the newest historical mural at The Bright Star Restaurant in Bessemer, Alabama. The mural includes several landmarks from early Bessemer, Birmingham and surrounding municipalities as well as depicting the growth of the restaurant throughout the years.

Most currently, Anita works with national clients such as Donald A. Gardner Architects, America’s Home Place, creating pen and ink/color renderings featured on their websites and in their quarterly and bi-annual magazines.

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In the past few years, Anita has been exhibiting in art shows and galleries as well as offering traditional and digital painting classes and workshops. Subject matter for the acrylic paintings on gallery-wrapped canvas include boldly colored metallic ‘pots and pans’, florals and landscapes.

Facebook Page – Anita Bice Art



Karen Dixon is an independent glass artist and freelance teacher specializing in classes for individuals with disabilities. In addition to her art career, she is the Assistant Director at the Horizons School, a post-secondary private school for young adults with learning difficulties, autism spectrum and developmental disorders. Dixon’s work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast at juried gallery and museum exhibitions. She has received numerous awards including the Maury Smith Award at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery Art Guild Fine Art Exhibition. Dixon was the founder of Dixon-Ballog Glass Gallery & Studio; a fine art glass gallery and kiln-formed glass teaching studio in Birmingham, AL from 2009-2013.  Dixon trained as a research scientist which has been instrumental in her commitment to fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. It is this love of experimentation that continues to driver her technical development in kiln-formed glass.


Award winning artist Toby Klein returns to the RIVERCHASE LOVES ART show on February 3, 2018

BIO: Like a real Kaleidoscope, Toby’s art is created with a burst of color, symmetry of design and motion all captured in “The Artists Kaleidoscopic World”.  Her goal in creating work is to intrigue each person by drawing their eye into the piece of art, while holding it there so they may see all of the intricate detail.  In developing her style, she has always been intrigued by different and unusual pieces of art and has strived to do the same in her work.  She is a mixed media artist, whose work is contemporary and ranges from different degrees of abstraction and experimental to representation.  Her images both representational and non-objective show the use of color, design & techniques as seen through the artist eyes.

Toby won the Top award at the 2013 Bluff Park Art Show ($3500.00 Purchase Award for their permanent collection.)  She was selected as the Artist for “Southern Voices” in 2010 and had a one person exhibit in the Hoover Library Gallery for 3 months.  Toby also had a one-person exhibit November 1, 2011 thru January 31, 2012 at the Universalist Unitarian Church Art Gallery. Some of her previous one-person exhibits have been at the Heritage Hall Museum, Cobb Lane Gallery, Memphis JCC Shainberg Art Gallery, Four Seasons Gallery, Levite JCC Fine Art Gallery & Arceneaux Gallery.  Among awards, locally as well as internationally, she was a Finalist in The Artist Magazine’s Annual Art Competition in 2006, 2005, 2003 & 2002. Toby is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters & Southern Watercolor, a Signature-Nautilus Fellow Member of the International Society of Experimental Artist, and Signature-Gold of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, where she served as President in 2003-2004.  She is an Elected Member of the National Association of Women Artist in New York.

Visit Toby’s website to view additional awards and images here:



Michael Davis returns to RIVERCHASE LOVES ART with a new roundup of outstanding watercolors.

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Michael Davis is a watercolor realist inspired by the beauty and timelessness of the southern landscape. His passion for nature is reflected in his many paintings of the Southeast from the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf Coast. Although he began painting in oils when he was young he quickly developed a love for the beauty and detail he could capture with watercolor.

His paintings have received numerous fine art awards and have been featured in many solo exhibits as well as galleries and museums. He was awarded Best of Show at the 2015 AWF Fine Art Exhibition, his work was juried into the 2016 WSA National Exhibition, and in 2017 a Solo Exhibition of his work was featured at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. Michael is a member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Mountain Brook Art Association, the Blue Ridge Art Association and the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance.  His paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

Visit Michael’s Facebook page here to view more of his fabulous art. Riverchase LOVES Arts … and we are super proud that great artist like Michael are exhibiting again in the 2018 RCLA show.



Feature Artists: Mary Ann and Larisa Brechun

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Mary Ann and Larisa Brechun are a mother-daughter team of painters that make up Lama Art Works. While they enjoy painting together and both paint primarily with oils, their styles could not be more different.

While Larisa’s forte is painting portraits and the human form, she has also found an enjoyment in painting birds that are found across the south. Her paintings are available for sale at Littlehouse Galleries in Homewood, AL.

Mary Ann enjoys the freedom that comes with painting in an abstract style. Her favorite paintings are “abstract landscapes” which tend to be scenes from her imagination.

Mary Ann and Lara have found success with their Etsy shop and have had sales across the world, including England, Australia, and Taiwan.

Feature Artist: Michael Davis

Michael Davis is a watercolor realist inspired by the beauty and timelessness of the southern landscape.  His passion for nature is reflected in his many paintings of the southeast from the mountains of Tennessee and North Georgia to the Gulf Coast.

Although he began painting in oils when he was young, he quickly developed a love for the beauty and detail he could capture with watercolor.  Influenced by the works of Hubert Shuptrine, John Carlson and Wayne Spradley,  Michael has spent his entire career developing his unique style of realism  with  watercolor.  While Michael remains primarily a watercolor realist his current works in acrylic offer a new dimension to his artistic vision.

He has been accepted into numerous juried art shows and exhibitions.  In 2012 his Realism in Watercolor Solo Exhibit was featured at the Hardin Cultural Arts Center in Gadsden, Alabama and the Leeds Arts Council Gallery in Leeds, Alabama. He was a participant in the 2012 Energen Art Competition in which his painting “Autumn on the Bayou” was purchased for  their permanent collection.   Recently his works have been juried into the 2013 Energen Art Competition, the Alabama Wildlife Federation Fine Art Competition and the 54th Annual GAA Fine Art Exhibition at the Gadsden Museum of Art.  Solo Exhibits for 2013 included the Art Gallery at Hoover City Hall in July and August as well as Amicalola Falls State Park in the fall as part of their Visiting Artist Series, and a Solo Exhibit at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham in December 2013.   He will be the featured artist at the Rosenzweig Art Center in Columbus, MS in July 2014 and will return to Amicalola Falls with a Solo Exhibit in October 2014.

Among his many awards are Best in Show in the 2012 Eufaula Art Show, Hoover Arts Alliance Award at Art in the Gardens 2011, Hannah LeMaster Watercolor Award in Arts Alive 2011, Best of Show in Painting at the 2011 Fountain City Arts Fest, First Place Watercolor in the 2010 Hoover Shelby Art Association Show and Best of Show in the 2009 Vestavia Art Association Show.     Michael  is a member of the Mountain Brook Art Association,  the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association and the Over the Mountain Plein Air Painters of Birmingham.  His paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the South.

Allison Bohorfoush to appear on Fox 6

Allison will help to promote Riverchase Loves Artists on Fox 6 on Thursday morning, February 6 at 8:30am.

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In 22 years as a jewelry artist Allison’s work has been described as whimsical and humorous. Faces, animals, mystical and natural images are what inspire her. All pieces are one of a kind. Techniques such as fold forming, repose’ and fine chisel work are used to enhance the metal. She even forges and cuts her own tools out of steel and ultra dense plastic.

When demonstrating at public events, people are always shocked to see how she uses a hammer and chisel to cut these elaborate designs into such a small piece of metal.

Allison’s work is made of recycled copper and sterling silver scraps from other artists as well as her own melted down and reformed. Looking at the negative space left after cutting something away from a piece of metal gives her new inspiration and pushes her in new directions she might not have otherwise thought of.

Her imagery tends toward realism but with an off-kilter twist. Often pieces have sides that don’t match but are visually balanced. Animal and human forms are a recurring theme but not always how you night have imagined. Allison’s work forces you to take a deeper look and question the intent. Tongue-in-cheek, spirit animals, protective talismans or healing stones….. Look deeper and ask questions, it is not always what it seems.

For example, her answer to Valentine’s Day gifts are puzzle necklaces. Each pendant is cut from the other, each piece completes the other. Two distinct necklaces are made using a piece that makes the other whole. Some have a piece from the center symbolizing Mother and child while others are simply two sides to the same thing.

Demonstrations:  Kentuck Festival for 5 years, Greater Gulf Coast Heritage Festival for 3 years and smaller festivals, markets and conferences for 20 years.

2013 Awards:

Award of Distinction at Three Foot Festival- Meridian, MS

Award of Excellence at Greater Gulf Coast Heritage Fest- Pensacola, FL

Purchase awards at Kentuck Festival and Mecca Fest

2012 Awards:

Merit Award at Mecca Fest- Carrollton, GA.

Purchase awards at Kentuck and Mecca Fest

2011 Awards:

Best of Craft Award- Three Foot Festival- Meridian, MS

Merit Award- Mecca Fest- Carrollton, GA

2009  Awards:

1st Place Craft – Troy Fest


2013 The LEAF  December 2013 Cover artist and article

The LEAF April 2013 article

2009  Birmingham News “Breathing Life Into a Dying Art” 9/13/09


Feature Artist: Alyssa Crisswell

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When you’re born into a family of artists there are only two options: pick your poison or go work in the “real world.” Growing up on an isolated reserve in the backwoods of Alabama with her award winning parents (clay artist Becky Bolton Crisswell and painter Troy Crisswell) Alyssa Crisswell learned about the creative process from day one. She attended her first art show when she was two months old and has been hooked ever since. In high school, she showed promise in painting and drawing but developed a keen interest in music and theatre instead. This led her to attend Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. For six years she made her bread and butter by painting scenery for over 50 operas, musicals, and plays in Boston, Providence, and eventually back home in Birmingham, AL. Crisswell began to develop her own compositions inspired by the art of natural history illustrators, the witty images of surrealist Rene Magritte, and Italian artist Luigi Serafini’s Codex Seraphinianus, an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world. She has built a collection of what she calls “natural and unnatural curiosities” – half flora and fauna from the real world and half imaginary subjects with a twist.

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Feature Artist: Don Estes

A famous playwright once wrote, “at times, the soul needs something that reason cannot explain.”  That defines art for me.  Art has always evoked a feeling that goes beyond explanation for me.  Beyond the beautiful colors, an interesting scene or a riveting portrait, art produces a feeling inside me.  I fervently hope that I might cause that feeling in others who take time to view my paintings.  If so, I am a very successful artist.

Growing up on a West Alabama farm in the fifties, I was not exposed to art, yet I cannot remember looking at a photograph or reading a good book that did not fire my imagination causing an image to form in my mind.  In later years I encountered a few people that helped develop my interest in art.  While in communication school in Chicago I was taken to some of the wonderful museums by a new friend.  What I saw and felt made a lasting impression on me.  From there I began my first feeble attempts to draw and suffered much frustration.  Several years later I tried again and in frustration enrolled in a painting class at the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation.  While there a mentor taught me some of the basics.  Still it was many years before I began to work at art seriously.

An exciting life of working in broadcasting and then in the music industry took my time and energy for several years.  I still found time to dream about becoming an artist.  After 10 years as Director of Promotion for Warner Brothers Records in Los Angeles and 4 years as founder and publisher of a music business trade magazine, I decided it was time to take the plunge into art.  Moving back to my home state of Alabama I have studied and worked steadily to improve as an artist.  I have been fortunate to study under Daniel E. Greene at his studio farm in New Salem, New York.  Daniel is one of the premier  portrait artists in the world.  He was a student, and is a teacher, at the famous Art Students League in New York City.  I have never regretted the decision to focus my life on the arts.

I love art and hope that you find something that stirs a good feeling when looking at any of my paintings.