Painter Sondra Barton returns to the Riverchase Loves Art show on February 3, 2018.

“Painting is my joy! It is the happiness I find in living each day.  Although I have worked with and been inspired by many talented artists I am mostly self taught.  I continue to experiment with texture, color, and mixing mediums aspiring to develop my own unique  style.  I hope to create art that catches the eye and brings forth a smile.”

~ Sondra Barton
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Artist Preview for the Febuary 3, 2018 RIVERCHASE LOVES ART show. Spotlight on award winning KAMI WATSON – fiber artist.

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 11.02.19 PM  A nomadic past with a focus on environmental conservation and humanitarian services has exposed Kami to global influences in design and culture and has fostered her desire to create functional and visual art with an ecological sensitivity.

As a second generation fiber artist, she freely explores the traditional art of wet felting, the fusing of raw fibers into a textile form with soap, water, and agitation, as well as the contemporary techniques of nuno (fabric) and laminate (multi fabric layer) felting.

​She combines renewable natural fiber resources, reclaimed silk sari and clothing fabrics, and her own hand dyed silk fabrics and fibers to organically create each of her works of art. She allows the materials she uses, and influences and experiences in her life, past and present, to guide her instinctively in color and design.

​An award winning fiber artist, Kami currently resides in Alabama, where she has been creating and teaching in her studio since 2014. Her work is available at juried fine art shows, and in galleries around the United States.

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Artist Sneak Preview for the Febuary 3rd RIVERCHASE LOVES ART Show – Helene Fielder – Sculptures

Helene was born in Rive de Geir, France. She became a naturalized American citizen when she was 10. Her path has led through Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Slovenia and Germany. She has resided in Booneville Mississippi for the past 15 years where she works out of her on premise studio.  She and Ray, her late husband of 27 years have one son, Mark.
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While she has maintained a full time studio for the past eighteen years her experience also includes teaching pottery and silversmith, semi-precious stone carving/polishing, marketing, illustration and advertising.
 
Her organic sculptures with their varied textures and colors echo the forms and colors of the earth. I love all colors and enjoy observing  forms in our existence here — a seed bursting from the earth, a fish alive with it’s glitter of color, a microscopic pattern. 
My wish is that my work transfers these precious miraculous moments of life.
      ~ Helene
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Helene Fielder – Sculptures

Artist Sneak Preview for the Febuary 3rd RIVERCHASE LOVES ART Show – Love Me Knots Designs — Suzanne Dabbs and Christie Evans

 

Love Me Knots Designs, as a company, started about 5 years ago. We enjoyed selling locally to family and friends in the Northport and Tuscaloosa area.
In 2015, we met each other through our children’s soccer involvement. Between the two of us, we have 5 children. Being great friends and business partners has been a wonderful blessing for both of us!

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Suzanne works full time as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the local school system and Christie is a stay-at-home mom in which she is very involved in the local schools and sports teams of her children. We enjoy traveling to local craft fairs and meeting new people. We currently have our merchandise in 4 stores in Alabama.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and our reasonable prices. We enjoy creating custom orders too! It is obvious that we love leather and pearls along with rustic metal and beads. Please contact us if we can make something special for you!

~ Suzanne Dabbs and Christie Evans
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Follow Love Me Knots Design here: https://www.facebook.com/lovemeknotsdesigns.dabbsevans

 

Artist Preview for the RIVERCHASE LOVES ART event … Kendall Boggs

Kendall Boggs

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https://kendallboggsfineart.com/

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, www.anitabiceart.com 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.

www.anitabiceart.com

Facebook Page – Anita Bice Art

 

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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.

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www.kdixonglass.com

Artist Sneak Previews for the upcoming RIVERCHASE LOVES ART Show -Danielle Portera and Joy Ledvina

 

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Danielle Portera is a Hoover based artist who has always had a passion for art from a young age. She primarily paints with oil and acrylic, focusing on portraiture. Danielle is currently pursuing an art degree from Samford University. “

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To view more of Danielle’s art visit her Facebook page here:

https://m.facebook.com/danielleporteraart/

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Joy Ledvina, Founder of Earth Creations

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Earth Creations

  • Environmentally friendly clay dyed eco-apparel
  • Learning by Wearing educational designs
  • Certified UPF 50+ for Sun Protection
  • Natural clay dyes and low impact dyes are chemical free and gentle to sensitive skin
  • High quality, all natural Organic Cotton and Hemp fabrics
  • Manufactured in our family owned factory in USA
  • Fair Trade practices

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See more here: http://www.earthcreations.net/

 

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: https://www.tobykleinart.com/

 

 

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.