Ramey Channell Exhibit

Ramey Channell is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in June.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm to view her beautiful artwork.  Admission is free.

Ramey Channell began her love of painting and drawing early in life, studied art in high school, majored in journalism at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky, and majored in art at UAB.  She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, and Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA).  Her artwork exhibit includes oil portraits, multi-media illustrations, still life acrylic paintings, Native American art, wildlife portraits, and whimsical drawings.

Ramey became interested in poetry and creative writing in elementary and high school, and has had poetry, short stories, and children’s stories published.  Her two published novels are Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge, and The Witches of Moonlight Ridge, works of fiction based on her rural Alabama childhood.  She is currently working on illustrations for two of her original children’s books.

Ms. Channell’s paintings will be on exhibit through July 4, 2019.  The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Maura Davies and Kevin Wheeler Exhibit

Maura Davies and Kevin Wheeler are the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artists in May.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, May 5, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm to view their beautiful photography.  Admission is free.

Maura Davies is a Leeds resident, originally from Huntsville, Alabama.  She has enjoyed photography as a hobby for many years, beginning as a teen and taking photography courses in college.  Her photography often highlights her other interests, such as plants and gardening, nature, and history.  Documenting her children’s activities has led to opportunity for photographing for others.  Maura has enjoyed taking photos for the band programs at Leeds High School and Leeds Middle School, and for Leeds High School Soccer. 

Upon moving to Leeds about 10 years ago, Maura began to explore local history, eventually joining the Leeds Historical Society.  Photographing old places has sparked curiosity about the stories and people behind these places.  As a member of the Trussville Photography Club, she has exhibited at Leeds Arts Council, St. Vincent’s East, and the Genesis Gallery of the Cahaba Springs Church. Her photographs are also displayed at the Trussville Public Library and have appeared in print in the Leeds Tribune.

Originally from Connecticut, Kevin Wheeler is an avid photographer living in Odenville, AL.  He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1995 after serving over 21 years and from pastoral ministry in 2016, when he and his wife, Roxanne, moved to Alabama.  In his youth, Kevin’s passion was drawing and oil painting, copying the masters and doing nature and landscape scenes.  In recent years, he’s taken up photography as an art form, still passionate about nature and landscapes.  His website entitled Glimpses of Glory to indicate his desire to capture and share glimpses of God’s glory as revealed in nature.  

Kevin has photographed such glimpses of glory in various locations around the world, including England, Ireland, Guatemala, Tanzania, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, New England, New York, Tennessee, the Smokies, and more.  Some of his work, including two murals, is permanently displayed at The Chateaus at Montclaire, an assisted living facility in Shreveport, LA, and in the Trussville Public Library, as well as in the homes of family and friends.  As a member of the Trussville Photography Club, he has displayed at the Trussville Public Library, the Leeds Arts Center, the gallery at St Vincent’s East Hospital, and the Genesis Gallery of Cahaba Springs Church in Trussville. 

Their photography will be on exhibit through June 1, 2019.  The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Joella Connell Exhibit

Joella (JoJo) Connell is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in April.   The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm to view her beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

Joella was born and raised in Walnut Grove, Alabama.  She attended Jacksonville State University, where she majored in English, minored in physical education, marched with the Southerners as a ballerina, and met her husband-to-be.  She later earned her master’s degree with a concentration in physical education.  Joella lives in Saks, Alabama with her husband, W.E. (Duck) Connell, Jr., where they attend First Baptist Church of Saks.  Their son Scott and his wife Cannon have two girls, Sara and Emma. The Grands are the sunshine in their lives. 

Joella taught physical Education at Saks High School for 25 years, sponsoring cheerleaders for 16 of those years. Retiring at the young age of 45, Joella was ready for the next phase in her life.  She joined a hiking club and has backpacked many times in the Smokies, but her first big adventure was backpacking from the North rim of the Grand Canyon, down into the canyon, and back up the south rim.  She backpacked up to base camp on Mt. Rainier, spending the night on the snow at 10,000 feet.  Joella has also ridden in the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (400 miles in 7 days) twice and has ridden the Cheaha Challenge once.  Besides sports, her hobbies include gardening, reading, traveling, and camping with her husband.  Joella has traveled with her church on mission to Honduras.  She and W.E. have traveled to New Zealand, Alaska, and have taken many shorter trips with the entire family.  Their latest trip was to Lake Tahoe, where the grand girls learned to snow ski. 

At the age of 60, on a whim, Joella decided to join a painting class taught by Carolyn Morris, in which everyone painted the same thing. She had always declared that she could hardly draw a stick figure, much less paint, but she LIKED it!  Later she joined a class with Paulette Parks, and learned to sketch from her own photographs and then paint them. She works mostly in watercolor but has done a few oils.  Many of her subjects are from her travels, a favorite place being New Orleans. Joella likes to tell a story with her paintings.  You will find people or animals in most of her paintings

Joella has entered pieces in ARTS ALIVE!, a juried show held in Florence, Alabama.  She enters the juried show at the Gadsden Art Museum most every year, where she has won two honorable mentions, one 2nd place, and one 1st place.

On April 6, Joella will reach the young age of 75 and she’s still going strong.  When she’s not painting, gardening, or traveling, she’s doing Zumba and Yoga and hiking whenever she gets the opportunity. 

Ms. Connell’s paintings will be on exhibit through May 3, 2019.  The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Emma Carter Brooks Exhibit

Emma Carter Brooks is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in March.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm to view her beautiful photographs of still life and Alabama landscapes.  Admission is free.

Emma is a lifelong resident of Leeds.  Photography became her passion after an early retirement from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.  In her pursuit for peace in the midst of pain, Emma found it behind the lens of a camera in 2007. 

“I believe everything was created by God and given to us to enjoy and respect.  “Art by I AM” is my signature name because He is the author and creator of all the images that I capture. He’s the master of the piece and therefore, I give him all the glory,” says Emma. 

Emma is the author of Southern Quotes.   She is a member of the Alabama Wildflower Society, Leeds Arts Council, Friends of the Leeds Library, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, and the Sierra Club. She has dedicated many volunteer hours to helping keep the city of Leeds clean.  She also organized the Leeds and Moody Police appreciation in 2016. Emma continues to travel throughout the southeast to capture the beauty of God’s glory.

Ms. Brooks’ photography will be on exhibit through April 5, 2019.  You may view examples of her work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyiamStudio

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Jonathan Williams Exhibit

Jonathan Williams is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in December.  The public is invited to the opening reception on December 2, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view his beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

“A good painting has meaning behind every brushstroke.” Jonathan started with art when he was a young child, always drawing and being creative.  When he was about 14, he developed a true passion for art and wanted to paint portraits of himself and family members to hang around the house.  He started to dabble in oil paint and charcoal, learning from free lessons on YouTube.  These ideas helped him to expand his technical skills.  Being only 19 now, he can see how his artwork has progressed over the few years that he has painted.  Jonathan loves to render wonderful realism in oil paint and charcoal that represents a person, feeling, and meaning.  That is what he strives to achieve in every piece of artwork from allegorical figurative art and still life.

Jonathan won 1st place in district and county for the Young American Patriotic Art Competition.  He also won 1st place in the Southern Museum of Flight’s art competition.  He exhibited his work in Cahaba Springs Lutheran Church’s Art Show of Forgiveness.  He was also glad to participate in the National Art Honor Society.  Having achieved these accomplishments at such a young age leaves Jonathan thankful to God for His kindness in gifting him with this talent.  Mr. Williams’ paintings will be on exhibit through December 29, 2018.

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Reception – Moody High School Artists

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Moody High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center in downtown Leeds. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.

These talented artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.

Their art will be on display through December 1. For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit http://www.leedsartscouncil.org

In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Leeds Area Visual Artists Exhibit

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, September 9, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds. You are cordially invited to meet our talented local artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Additional art work, prints, cards, and books will be on display and available for purchase in the theater during the reception. Admission is free.

Participating artists include Ramey Channell, Nancy Cole, Nelda Faulkner, John Gregory, Jonathan Harris, Scott Harvey, Tina Miller, Grady Sue Saxon, and Sherry Whisenhunt of Leeds and William Darby, Tanna Rose, and Cindy Schmidt of Moody. These local artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; graphite and pastel drawings; and photographs.

LAVA’s art will be on display through November 3. For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit http://www.leedsartscouncil.org In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Margaret Nicole Blevins Exhibit

Margaret Nicole Blevins is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in August.  The public is invited to the opening reception on August 5, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

Born in the deep south, Margaret Nicole Blevins was raised in a traditional home whose ideals centered around knowledge through inquiry and extensive travel, which cultivated a spirit of empathy and observation. Margaret obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art.  Exploration of ideas, cultures, and people continue to inform her life, art, and creative process.

Inspired by her travels, Margaret became interested in a single idea and how it fit into her global outlook. This idea was simply, home.  What was it?  Where was it?  Who was it?  As an adult living back in her childhood home, these questions seemed especially relevant.  For a child, home is something tangible:  a pink house nestled by a creek, surrounded by sweet gum trees.  But the word “home” could no longer remain concrete and the adult mind demanded a new definition.  Instead of being the foundation that held days together, “home” became a symbol for shared ambitions.  It still holds a permanence in life, but is altered from a geographical place to a transcendent one.  No longer is it a physical part of life’s chronology, but a liminal moment, a threshold, a portal, through which one can pass when in need of rest or resurgence.

These large paintings serve as illustrations of this new idea of home:  golden archways that carve themselves into the fortresses of the psyche, standing tall, as new beginnings, as well as studies in pink that become compilations of humanity and divinity, existing in transcendent compositions.  The process of painting becomes part of a sacred rite, a journey towards sanctification, carrying home as a talisman and guide.

Ms. Blevins’ art will be on exhibit through September 8, 2018.  You may view examples of her work at:  http://www.margaretnicoleblevins.com/

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Trussville Photography Club Reception – July 8, 1:30-3:30

The Trussville Photography Club began in the summer of 2016 when Mike Gardner, an avid photographer and current club president, wanted to have a local club of photographers who could meet together, learn from and encourage each other, and grow in their craft.  He gathered together a handful of like-minded photographers and they held their first meeting in July of that year.  Since then, the club has grown to 168 actual members, as well as many others who attend meetings periodically, and over 1600 Facebook members.

The club currently holds monthly meetings at the Trussville Civic Center, providing training on various photography topics, using both members and outside photographers.  They also hold regular training sessions called Tech Topics at the Trussville Public Library for more specialized, hands-on training for beginning, intermediate and even advanced photographers.  They plan monthly field trips to places like Noccalula Falls, Sloss Furnaces and Huntsville Botanical Gardens to practice their photography together while having fun socializing.

Membership is required for some meetings, field trips, and small instructional classes.  Membership dues are $25 single, $35 family, $15 student/youth.  Included in the membership is a personal SmugMug gallery on our website to display photographs for family, friends, clients, etc.  (A membership form can be obtained from our website at trussvillephotographyclub.com.)

Participants in this exhibit include:

Laura Brayman:  

A gardener, Laura enjoys taking photos of God’s beauty.

Rebecca Brayman:

Now retired, Rebecca sees the world in light, shapes, colors and patterns.  She tries to capture the ever amazing beauty that God has given us to share with others.

Maura Davies:

Maura grew up in Huntsville, AL, and started taking photos as a teen. She took a few photography classes in college (but slept through the technical parts). Her favorite photo subjects are nature, plants, old things, my dog, and my kids. She is particularly drawn to details and macro images.

Teri Dunlap:

Teri was blessed with her first digital camera 13 years ago, little knowing that her camera would become an irreplaceable extension of herself.  She is from the small town of Oden Ridge, Alabama. Never did she dream of seeing all the places photography has taken her.  Teri’s best influences are her friends. They are her partners in the photography world. They challenge her and lead her in different directions outside her box.  “Without them I wouldn’t be anywhere near the level of photographer or person that I am today.”

Pam Falbo:

Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Pam relocated to Alabama in 2015.  Her favorite genres are street photography, fine art, macro, nature and food.  She works part time at the Odenville Public Library.

Mike Gardner:

Mike Gardner, founder and President of the Trussville Photography Club, has lived in Trussville for 29 years and has been interested in photography since 1972.

Jim Georgeson:

Jim started taking photographs at an early age and became more serious after finishing his schooling in the 70’s.  He had a 35mm camera and shot mostly slide film.  He had his own darkroom and learned to print slides using the direct reversal process taught to him by pro photographer Marvin Wax.  Jim and Marvin took many photographs from the air of salt evaporation ponds in California.  Jim has had several photographs published in R/C Modeler and Model Aviation magazines.  He also photographed a calendar of dolls for a Lenci doll collector. After retirement, Jim and his wife Mary joined both the Shades Valley Camera Club and the Trussville Photography Club and are learning digital camera techniques.  They enjoy traveling, camping, and photography together.

Mary Georgeson:

Mary’s father, a part-time professional photographer, gave Mary her first camera when she was about 9.  Growing up in Maryland, she took several art classes but had no formal photography training.  Mary bought her first 35mm camera in 1978 after meeting Jim, and they went on several photographic outings.  When she retired from nursing, she bought a Nikon 3200 and joined the Shades Valley Camera Club, then the Trussville Photography Club.  Photography has become her creative outlet and she is always learning and making new friends along the way.  Mary’s favorite subjects include nature scenes, birds, flowers, and her 2 cats.

Lara Gowder:

Lara is a wife, mom, and hobbyist photographer.  She loved taking pictures as a kid and has taken classes and studied photography for the past 9-10 years.  Lara is a member of Click Pro and has been published in Me Ra Koh’s “Your Child in Pictures” book (2013) and Click Magazine (July/August 2015 Issue).  She has had her work included in the following gallery exhibits: The Kiernan Gallery: Contemporary Portraits (March 2014), A. Smith Gallery: Animalia (Sept/Oct 2017), and The Black Box Gallery: Black & White 2018 (February 2018).

LaTrelle Grayson:

Photography has always been a hobby and after semi-retirement it has become a passion.  Having grown up in the age of film cameras, LaTrelle found a new interest in the digital format and all the options for editing.  She has taken classes from local photographers and through Samford University, but is for the most part self-taught.  She is really enjoying the learning experiences through Trussville Photography Club.

Deb Hendrick:

A long-time resident of Sylacauga, Deb’s love for photography started with the family Brownie Hawkeye camera, and has progressed to her current digital SLR Canon 60D.  American bald eagles are her favorite subject. Yellowstone National Park in 1995 was the beginning of her love for photographing eagles. It keeps her always searching for that one great shot.

Anna Houser:

Anna started studying photography in high school.  She has taken 2 years of beginning and intermediate photography.  Her photographs have been selected in juried art shows with the Shelby County Arts Council and the Homewood Library.

Tina Houser:

TPC Communications Director, Tina has been studying photography for 2 1/2 years.  Her favorite genre is landscapes, with a focus on boats, waterfalls, and abandoned structures.  She is currently focusing on expanding to portraits.

Art Hummel:

Art took up photography to replace his passion for SCUBA diving when he moved to Alabama from Florida in 2006.  He took classes and eventually earned a Certificate in Digital Photography from the Birmingham School of Photography.   Sports/action, portraits and maritime subjects are his favorite areas of interest.  He is a retired Professional Engineer, manager and self-identified “techie”.  His work can be seen at arthummelphotography.com.

Neal Kelsoe:

Neal has had the privilege for more than 11 years now of learning digital photography from some of the most talented people.  When collaborating he has always loved the project that starts with the words “THAT SOUNDS GREAT! … How do we do it?”

Mike McGary:

Mike has been involved with photography for almost 50 years, working as a studio owner and teacher, but always creating images that say something.  When he makes an image that brings a smile to a face, it makes him happy.  Mike’s goal is to show the world’s beauty to others as he sees it.

Pato Nerome:

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pato is a chemical engineer by profession and a self-taught photographer who enjoys capturing the moment with her camera. Her passion for photography started with her vacations trips around the world, where she wanted to bring home her travel experience in pictures.  Most of her art works are landscapes inspire by nature which reveals her love for adventure.  More of her work can be found on her Instagram account (www.instagram.com/pato_nerome) or the Trussville Photography Club members Gallery.

Laura Parker:

Laura has an appreciation for nature and sharing it through the art of photography. She is from Bessemer, AL, and is recently retired.  She is now pursuing her dream of photography as more than a hobby.

Rob Stamm

Rob started his photography adventure in the mid 50’s or so with his Brownie box camera and helping his father develop film from his old Busch-Pressman large format. He progressed to a range finder 35mm camera and continued from there to newer 35mm cameras: Exacta, Nikon F3, and others.  He received a lot of help from his father.  He reluctantly entered the digital age with a Nikon D300 several years ago, though still enjoys using a Bronica medium format film camera.  Most of his images are nature-oriented and are minimally processed, if at all.

Kevin Wheeler:

Kevin sees photography as an expression of his artist’s heart and love of beauty.  His goal is to capture glimpses of God’s glory in nature and share it with others.  Originally from Connecticut, Kevin spent over 21 years in the Air Force and another 19 years in pastoral ministry before resettling in Alabama two years ago.  He currently works part-time at the Trussville Public Library.  Some of his work can be seen at 1-kevin-wheeler.pixels.com.

Barbie Williams:

Barbie loves to take pictures of unusual things and places, but her grandbabies are currently her favorite subject, along with the beach.  She thinks photos are a great way to show others what she loves and to have memories to share.

Roger Williams

Carrie Nenstiel Exhibit

Carrie Nenstiel is the featured artist in June.  The public is invited to the opening reception on June 10, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

Carrie Nenstiel is a Birmingham area artist who works in oil and watercolor. Carrie began painting as a teenager and went on to receive her BA in Art from Auburn University in 2009. Her work is on display in various galleries in Alabama and at The Market at Pepperplace.

Carrie incorporates thick texture and thin layers within the same work to accomplish an ascetic that helps her paintings feel accessible yet unique. She is known for both abstract works in oil and watercolor paintings that reflect her southern surroundings through the use of flora and landmarks. Carrie also enjoys incorporating elements found in nature into various small works such as wood or oyster shells.

Ms. Nenstiel’s art will be on exhibit through July 7, 2018.  You may view examples of her work at:  https://carrienenstielart.myshopify.com/

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.