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Mixed Media by Susan Shoemaker
A Birmingham native, I received my BFA from the University of Montevallo in 2000 with a double concentration in printmaking and sculpture (with painting not too far behind). However, after leaving UM, I found myself as a printmaker without a press, and returned to my first love of drawing creating a studio called “pencilpress”.
Current works include graphite drawings, acrylic paint, and photo transfers on wood panel, canvas, and paper. I prefer the wood panel as it can handle the several coats of under painting and several layers of drawing that I do to achieve the final look of a textural drawing.
Using animals as my primary subject matter can be tricky. I try to find a balance between straightforward representation and having a sense of humor about myself and my work. My goal is that the animals are well represented, funny when intended, and always portrayed in an interesting way.
Since fall 2011 I have exhibited for the first time at; Moss Rock Festival, Avondale’s Holiday Craft Bazaar, Art on R Mountain (where I was awarded their third place best in show, the Maystein Founders Prize) and Magic City Art Connection. http://www.birminghamartwalk.org/profile.php?cn=268
The Contemporary Art of Michael Willett
Michael Willett is an Assistant Professor of Art and director of the foundations program at the University of Montevallo. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning in 2009 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of Montevallo in 2006.
Willett’s studio practice primarily involves site-specific installations, collage, painting and screen-printing on canvas. His work has been exhibited internationally and acquired in both private collections and public institutions. Recent exhibition venues include: the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, IN, Part Time Studios in Philadelphia, PA, That Galley in Hong Kong, China, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery in NYC and Pratt’s Manhattan Gallery in NYC.
Willett is also involved in a four man conceptual artists collective know as SLAPface. The group’s recent exhibitions include solo shows Semantics Gallery in Cincinnati, OH and Backspace in Peoria, IL
Paintings by Wellon Bridgers
Truth may be found all around us. The difficulty is getting past our own limitations (of perspective or perception by choice, failure of discernment, clouded eyes) to see that which is unfailing, unlimited, and persistent.
For me, painting has become a means to see Truth firstly revealed through the natural world, imagination, people, and ultimately Scriptures, and then understood with a mind and heart “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord….” It is a journey of the ways that the Lord relentlessly pursues his beloved through time and place and calls us to intentional living wherein we hope, dwell, learn, and love.
My hope is that my paintings will speak Truth to you where, when, and how you need it.
Paintings by Mimi Boston
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Paintings by Matt Underwood
Statement of Artistic Creativity
I really discovered my love and passion for art as a child. During those years, the ability to be able to take all that was going on in my head and heart, filter it out through my fingertips and create a production of art brought peace to my life. It really created an escape from the real world and the constant babel that surrounded me.
I am constantly inspired from a myriad of things: conversations, fashion, music, color and form in the world that evokes emotion.
Primarily, I use acrylic, but I love to experiment with other materials and mediums to create texture on canvas. I have an on-going love affair with color and like my paintings to be bright and full of energy and passion. I am amazed by the creative process and I'm fascinated by what evolves on the canvas; the serendipitous quality of creating is very exciting to me. When people encounter my work, I am rewarded by the fact that this experience is not just a two dimensional experience, but can be a three dimensional by encompassing sight and touch.
My hope is that viewers of my paintings get as much pleasure from them as I get while creating these pieces. It is truly the love and passion of my lifehttp://www.underwood-art.com/gallery