Kentuck, Kent, and kindred spirits!

October 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

Last weekend was the 40th Kentuck Festival of the arts in Northport Alabama. As some of you know I am on the festival steering committee as the party thrower! I have the fun job of organizing the parties for our wonderful patrons and our beloved artists!!! This year I had the pleasure of working with the Black Belt Bamboost who decorated our courtyard along with Lewis Bamboo who donated all of the bamboo. My favorite friend Lee Wilson helped me decorate during the day on Friday as Marcy from the BBB put in the lighted bamboo poles.

Lighted Bamboo Poles

For the evening I had my best friends Cristalle and Brittany serve wine to the patrons as Marcy did double duty and take wine to everyone on a tray. I was opening wines all night long so much that we broke the wine opener!!! The patrons ate and listened to music by The Voodoo Saints. I thought that maybe my two friends were going to help with the artist party the next night but they made it clear they were exhausted!!! Understandable so!
Earlier in the evening as we were finishing up at the courtyard waiting for guests to arrive, Hunter dropped off some ice and then helped Mr. O.L. Samuels get to the park. O.L didn’t get to Northport til 5! He and his wife Gladys drove up that day from Tallahassee. Hunter got his art work to the park and got them settled into their hotel. The next day Hunter got up and drove to their hotel and made sure they got to the park on time. By the time Hunter got the “walls” down on Mr. Samuels tent, he was swarmed with well wishers and collectors thanking him for making the trip to Alabama.
For the artist party Lee helped along with another one of my best friends and his sister Steffani! aka Steffers. My main concern was icing the beer down so as I did that they re-set the tables and made sure all the candles were lit. The artists ate food catered by The Cypress Inn whose catering is class act!

Cypress Inn Catering Artist Party (notice the long line!!!)

They danced to the Red Mountain Family band and they ALMOST drank all the beer.

Red Mountain Family Band

Jennifer at Spirits Wine in Tuscaloosa furnished the alcohol for both parties and nailed it right on the head. What can I say? She’s good! I was worried that the artists were going to get mega cranky waiting in line for the kibbles but by some divine intervention Jan our director came up and handed us a box full of sausage biscuits so Steffers and Lee biscuited the waiting crowd!

A Family Act! Brother and Sister Lee and Steffani Biscuit the hungry crowd!

Meanwhile back at the ranch my friend and very very talented artist Kent Ambler was staying at my house. It turns out he is also a dog whisperer so he was fine sitting at the house for those few hours he wasn’t working at the festival selling his art just hanging out with the pups! If you didn’t get a chance to see him or his art work, I have got a few new things from the man himself so stop in and see his work!!!

I just want to thank one more time all the people who come out and support the festival every year. I want to thank Black Belt Bamboost and Lewis Bamboo! Marcy for being so particular and professional! Her design of the bamboo just brought the courtyard to life! My favorite volunteers, Lee Charles, Steffani Clemons, Brittany Caffiero, Cristalle Ford and Hunter Rayfield. I want to thank Valerie for asking me to volunteer three years ago!!! If it wasn’t for her then I wouldn’t get to have so much fun or be so tired for 72 hours! It was a real honor to meet and talk to Mr. Samuels and his wife. And I always remember why I love Kent’s art so much and what a great down to earth guy he is everytime he’s here. Thanks for reading my blog- please support the arts! Remember Alon Wingard has work in my gallery all month long!
And if you’re in DePalma’s you may have the great fortune to read a wine bottle that reads: WE HELPED OL SAMUELS AND HIS WIFE GLADYS ALL WEEKEND LONG AND LOVED IT!! KENTUCK 2011. HUNTER, JAMIE, STEFFANI, LEE, BRIT, CRISTALLE


Tuscaloosa Food Summit

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment


First pannel of the day-
Food Banks Food Security Food Banks.
Canterbury Church.  Come by!

Artist Alon Wingard

October 12, 2011 § Leave a comment


Come see Alon’s work in our gallery!

October First Friday

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment


Artist Alon Wingard goes over his notes in our gallery before his opening tonight!

Death Cab For Cutie

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment


At the Alabama Theater in Bham last night.  Merch Table. We sale luggage like that in the store!

Another satisfied customer!

October 3, 2011 § Leave a comment


INTERVIEW with artist LUMI9

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of the greatest things about owning a gallery is that I get to talk to artists one on one. I love to ask questions. My thirst on what makes people tick is insatiable! Here is my interview with artist Lumi9. His work is on display (and for sale!) in the gallery all month.

Lumi 9

What college did you attend? What was your major?
I received my B.F.A. in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.

What made you decide to choose that major?
I think I decided the major I would study after I painted my first few paintings in my first class solely dedicated to the subject in college. It seemed obvious to me that this denomination of creativity cast the widest net in terms of imaginative possibilities.

Were your parents supportive?
Yes, I believe my parents were always very supportive. But the awkward talks circling around the explanation of my future plans and why those plans wouldn’t mean disquieting financial uncertainty never ended.

How have you grown as an artist from graduating school to now?
I think the major difference is that I now actually see myself as one. When I was in school, I had no intention of ever being an exhibiting artist. Being in art school itself was my goal and the limit of my plans to that point. I think now, almost because of that perspective, my working habits weren’t wholly dedicated to the integrity of the final product.
Everything has changed now.

What inspired your body of work now hanging at Grace Aberdean? Explain the medium and basically how you feel/felt about the body of work you created. Feel free to elaborate.
There is a variety of work on display right now made over the course of over a year, so there are a variety of inspirations: biology, synaesthesia, comics, images found on the street. Some are as straightforward as the model I see during a figure drawing session, as can be seen in the assortment of small drawings I have. One big influence that had its affects on the later pictures was a trip to Belgium this summer where I was able to see a host of Early Netherlandish Painting, which I felt rhymed with my tendency to ornate the particulate.

Media-wise I use acrylic paint, markers that dispense India ink, technical pens and nibs, gouache, and watercolor on hardboard, canvas, paper and skateboard. The differences in media are meant find breaks in the impediment of habit disgising artistic essence.

How do I feel about the work?

I enjoy the works I have on display.

I believe it to be a diverse body of art that bespeaks a developed individuality attempting to avoid loss of democratic value. Hopefully I’ve maintained that.

What are you working on now? What is inspiring you right now?
Right now I’m working on a group of paintings on canvas following up with the final two pictures of this show.

Inspiration-wise: graffiti, the Flemish masters, travel photos from Belgium, delta blues, bad art, and the book “Paths to the Absolute” by John Golding has been my most recent library check-out.

Any words of encouragement for the general public?
Art puts hair on your back, then shows you how to comb it. I find that encouraging.

One last question. Everyone asks about your name lumi9. Would you care to explain or let us come to our own conclusions?
I don’t actually know what it means, but it describes me perfectly.

Thanks, Darick!