Saturday, April 18, 2009

Craig Reynolds, Featured Artist

Sometimes local artists are overlooked when searching for that special painting; but don't miss Craig Reynolds from Gadsden. Craig's late father was a quite successful watercolorists in the Southeast, and his sister is a successful artist in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Following in the family tradition but coming into his own when he pursued his art full time, Craig brings his paintings to life with the use of strong contrast, perspective and color combinations. His style of loose brush strokes and soft edges bring out the impressionistic side of realism. Whatever the subject, Craig brings his own original style and interpretation to his work and his paintings portray pleasant memories and a sense of peace.

Deborah Pellock, Featured Artist

Growing up in Michigan, Deborah won several awards for her drawings and studied at both Macomb and Oakland Colleges. Presently she lives with her husband in Suwanee, Georgia, and says that plein air painting has enhanced her ability to understand color and light, shadows, edges and atmosphere. "I feel a real joy and satisfaction when I capture beauty in the ordinary. My goal is to not just create art, but to create a feeling. I want pwople to see the unseen in my paintings. It is my prayer that you will enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoy the feelings I have while creating them." Deborah

Time is getting close for Plein Air Festival. The banner across Broad Street was put up yesterday; all hands and the cook seemed to have been involved. Mike Hilton, Superintendent of Public Works, and Kristin Sherman Cantrell, President of Sherman Group, LLC, stopped traffic while City crewmen Tim Kimbrough and Beau Griffith operated the bucket truck and hung the colorful PLEIN AIR Banner.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Historic Downtown Shots

Among the interesting features of Historic downtown Gadsden are wonderful period Churches with quiet alcoves, buildings constructed in the early 1900s, and delightful street vendors. Plein air artists will be painting in the downtown area on Friday, May 1 during Gadsden's - First Friday - the liveliest day of the month in downtown!

Scenes Round Town - Before the Rain!

Thought you might like to see some of the streets where Plein Air Artists will be painting on Wednesday, April 26. These photographs were taken the week before Easter - Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Featured Artists & Rack Card for Welcome Centers

Just discovered our original blogs have been "archived" and list of participating Featured Artists is no longer available. So, here is a repeat with a few additions.


Ronald Bayens- Auburn, AL http://www.ronaldbayensportraits/

Larry Bishop - Birmingham, AL

Donna Chieves- Birmingham, AL

Greg Little - Oakland Park, FL

Deborah Pellock - Suwanee, GA

Brenda Plunkett - Cave Springs, GA

Jan Polk - Southgate, KY

Dmitriy Proshkin - Chattanooga, TN

Rick Reinert - Charleston, SC

Craig Reynolds - Gadsden, AL

Robin Roberts - Decatur, AL

Linda Steed - Huntsville, AL

Anne Stickney - www.renaissanceartgallery/annestickney.htm

Tommy Thompson - Florence, AL

V...Vaughan - Round Rock, TX

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Photo of Rick Reinert - Featured Artist

Just keep trying if at first you don't get it done!
"Nature and sunlight have provided me with the ultimate reference library. I believe that it is possible to study painting for a lifetime and never have to venture more than one square mile for constant challenges and a wealth of subject matter. Every day offers unique and exciting opportunities for the artist who follows the light."

Featured Artist Rick Reinert - South Carolina

Sometimes you just get a chance to have a "do-over" so here is mine! I was trying to edit Rick's paintings to add his photograph and inadvertently removed the blog! I'll try again --

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wills Creek Vineyards/Duck Springs Community

The Plein Air Festival Artists will paint in the Duck Springs community at Wills Creek Winery and Vinewards on Tuesday, April 28. I rode out to vineyards this week and discovered that Spring is really on its way! The greens of the hillsides are gradually masking the bare trees and warming up the atmosphere. The photographs here include some taken at the vineyard sales room, the