Tuesday, August 5, 2008



There has been great coverage on The Birmingham Sketchbook.

Dave Baird visited me at home and did a great job showing the faces of the artists and may of the paintings in the book.

I hope you will take a quick peek.


So Much History- So Few Words

As the author of this book, I am asked all of the time, "Why is so and so listed, why isn't so and so listed?" I don't know that I have an answer. It is a challenge, at best to weave a story about the history of such a diverse city. Especially challenging to do that in only 2400 words.

I learned so much about the people behind the city that I tried to use INDIVIDUAL'S VISION as the thread that weaves the events together, while trying to include the reader as the NEXT VISIONARY of our city's future.

I hope that I was able to motivate readers to be the visionary that keeps Birmingham in the limelight, for arts, culture, a cooperative spirit and technology.

We are so blessed with an incredible medical community. I recently wrote about a women with cancer who chose UAB over all of the clinics in the US...she rests in knowing that some of the cutting edge research is occuring in our own back yard.
(The article was published in Southern Beauty Magazine, a Birmingham publication).

I ended that story telling about my step sister, who lived in Washington, DC, and moved here with hope of a cure for a very similar brain tumor. My sister did not survive the third operation, but she was full of life until the day she let go...almost willingly, to our amazement and with a complete peace.

Being the person that she was....she donated her body to science...in the very organization that attempts to find a cure for brain tumors for people such as the person in my story. A circle completed, as one counts on a cure and one gives doctor's hints by sacrificing her body to science.

I tell this story after a letter I received from a reader of the book, who asked that same question..."why was our organization not listed".

In researching, I somehow overlooked the name of this particular organization, but trust me....what you do lives in my heart as I long for my step-sister, whose purpose was to provide insight to those like you who dig deeply for the answers. Thank you for that dedication and for putting Birmingham on the map for cancer research.

Allison Puccetti Adams

Ms. Adams
I have just recently finished your book "Birmingham-Hoover Sketchbook" which I enjoyed very much and thought it was very well done. However, I can't help but wonder why you failed to include Southern Research Institute anywhere in this book. SRI has played a major role in cancer research, not only in screening for anticancer agents but also in developing new drugs for cancer treatment. It was founded in 1941, had its beginnings in the Morris-Cartwright home on Southside and now employs approx. 500 people. I noticed you included the Quinlan Castle-right next door to SRI, UAB down the street (and incidentally, they now own SRI) and several other sites in the Five Points area. I hope if you should produce another book of this type that you will include SRI in your list of historic sites. In addition to cancer research, they have made a multitude of contributions in other areas of research and are certainly worthy of recognition.
Jackie Tubbs

Sunday, June 1, 2008

John Shadrick

John Shadrick
is pictured at the booksigning on the far right side

716 Sage Circle
Trussville, AL 35173
(205) 542-0723


John B. Shadrick is an award winning photographer and artist living in Trussville. His work is bright and bold. He works in landscapes, still life, and larger format florals, using acrylic, pen and ink and graphite.

View This Artist's Work
His work is shown regularly at The Coffeehouse of Trussville. He has also shown in the 2005 Energen "Wonders of Alabama Art" show and ArtWalk 2006 in Birmingham. He was accepted into the Mountain Valley Arts Council 2006 juried show in Guntersville. He has shown in various Birmingham Art Association venues such as the Tutwiler Gallery, The First Presbyterian Church of birmingham, and The Frank Setzer Gallery.

Find more about this artist at
or by clicking on this link

Warren creates paintings of places across Alabama. Originally from Andalusia, Warren makes his home in Birmingham.

We hope you enjoy getting to know more about the artists in Birmingham Sketchbook!

Jonathan Benton Booksellers

Thanks for joining us for the booksigning at Jonathan Benton Booksellers in Mountain Brook Village. We had a great time together.

It was in the middle of a day of tornado warnings and exciting weather!

Thanks to those who weathered the storm!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Melanie Morris

Melanie Morris paints with a pallette knife and is one of the selected artists featured in Birmingham Sketchbook.

Click on the link above to go to her website.

Melanie Morris is an award-winning acrylic painter whose work can be found in galleries across the southeast. A featured artist in regional and national juried shows, she is often invited to lead painting workshops.
A native of Mississippi, one of Melanie’s earliest memories is sitting with her mother in the backyard sketching a pear tree. This fascination with nature is revealed today in her colorful landscapes and florals. A graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Alabama, Melanie is married to novelist Michael Morris and resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

Juried Exhibitions
• Eastern Shore Art Center’s 36th Annual Outdoor Show – Fairhope, AL 2008
• Spotlight on Art – Atlanta, GA 2008
• 33rd Annual Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival – Pensacola, FL; 2007
• 44th Annual Bluff Park Art Show – Birmingham, AL; 2007
• 36th Annual Cellular South GumTree Festival – Tupelo, MS; 2007
• Eastern Shore Art Center's 35th Annual Outdoor Show – Fairhope, AL; 2007
• The Wonders of Alabama Art - Energen Art Competition; Birmingham, AL; 2007
• 2006 Birmingham Art Association Juried Show – Art in Bloom; Birmingham, AL
• 2004 Eastern Shore Members Juried Show; Fairhope, AL

To see more events and awards, visit the website

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Janet Sanders- ARTIST

Janet Sanders Fine Art

Artist Bio

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of drawing constantly and contentedly. For many years I was part of the gifted art student program through the Detroit school system. Through this program, every Saturday would be spent at the Detroit Institute of Arts, sketching from the work of the world’s great artists and of course, as a child, taking it all for granted. Later studies in industrial and environmental design at the now renamed art college, The Center for Creative Studies, honed a talent for perspective and composition that still dominates my paintings. While moving around the country I have studied with several well-known regional artists and am fortunate to have studied with Cheng-Khee Chee who has now become a world-recognized watercolorist.

Several times through the years I quit work as an interior designer, or my work in display, to paint full time. However, I found painting alone so solitary that I would return to outside work. I have finally realized that I most enjoy painting in the company of other artists where I can pass the hours laughing and sharing techniques. Time spent on complicated perspective work can just fly by and I finally can produce enough paintings to share beyond my family and friends. In addition, I frequently travel in a motor- home, where I can carry all my painting supplies, and capture wonderful images from around the country.

Beyond painting, I spend as much time as possible as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art, where I especially enjoy sharing my love of art with blind visitors in a special hands-on tour. Working with newly blind patients from the Veterans Hospital who are learning to "see" art with their hands, or touring with children blind from birth, gives one a greater appreciation for the wonders of an art museum. I no longer take for granted being able to enjoy the world’s great artists.

Etta Yeary- Birmingham Sketchbook ARTIST

Etta grew up in a household that promoted her creativity, from building circus trains out of cardboard to life-size mini golf putt-putt. She’s spent twenty years studying new techniques in drawing and painting through a myriad of art workshops and classes. Her artwork includes photography, pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Etta’s work has been displayed at St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Cultural Alliance Center, Mountain Brook Art Show, and featured in the Birmingham-Hoover Sketchbook.


AFFILIATIONS Mountain Brook Art Association

EMAIL ettayeary@aol.com

PHONE 205.980.9322

Photographer for Sketchbook

Let us introduce you to some of the people who made this book possible.

Photography by Barry Wilson



Barry is a native of Birmingham, Alabama with a love for God’s creation. His immediate family consists of his wife, Faye and one grown son, Guy. He is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs Colorado. After spending most of his life in the refrigeration and controls field, he began to play around with his camera and decided this was a good hobby. Many people began to tell him he needed to sell his photography and he now enjoys doing art show and has a permanent exhibit at Sylacauga Museum of Art in Sylacauga. He is a member of Vestavia Hills Art Association and Cahawha Art Club in Trussville. His great love is to take photo of God’s great display of beauty and wonder all around us everyday. Often people are too busy to see and enjoy this so he brings it to us in his photography.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Allison Puccetti Adams

Allison, the author, and a group of artists are available for signings/ demonstrations at your event.

We will be at Johnathan Benton Booksellers

in Mountain Brook Alabama on Thursday, May 8, from 5-7 PM
Just in time for you to purchase one as a Mother's Day Gift!

Or if you have the book, get it signed and buy a painting.
There will be artists on hand who have work represented in the book.

We welcome you out for refreshments, wine and inspiration.

For more information, contact us or Jonathan Benton Booksellers.
(Click on their name above for contact information)
They are located in Mountain Brook Village next to the Post Office.

We look forward to meeting you!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Birmingham Sketchbook, Allison Puccetti Adams

When you open the pages to this book you are taken on a creative journey through the city of Birmingham, past and present.

Artists from around the region, with different styles of implementation, different views of the looking at the place they call home, with unique personalities of their own, join together in one collection called BIRMINGHAM SKETCHBOOK.

Some of the favorite places include:
Birmingham Terminal Station
Sloss Furnace
Birmingham Museum of Art
16th Street Baptist Church
Legacy Leadership Sculptures
Pepper Place Market
UAB Medical Center
City Stages
Red Mountain
Ross Bridge
Rickwood Field
Highlands United Methodist Church
Samford University
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Southside Baptist Church
Statue of Liberty
McWane Science Center
Carver Theatre
Whistle Stop Cafe'
Quinlan Castle
Cobb Lane Restaurants in Five Points
280 Corridor
The Tutweiler
Munger Mill
Moss Rock Preserve
Gees Bend Quiltmakers
Highlands Bar and Grill
UAB Health Systems
Crepe Myrtle
The Club
The Birmingham News
J.T. Massey Mercantile
Birmingham Southern College
St. Mary's On the Highlands Episcopal Church
Temple of Sibyl-Vestavia
The First Methodist Church
Oak Mountain State Park
Birmingham Zoo
Aldridge Botanical Gardens
Donnelly House
First Presbyterian Church
The Moon Bridge
Pete's Famous Hotdogs
Caldwell Park
Cahaba Lily
Electra- Alabama Power Building
Legion Field
Alabama Wildlife Refuge
Oak Mountain Park
Lake Purdy
Birmingham Barons
Hoover Met
Shoal Creek Golf Course
Temple Emanu-El
Homestead Hollow in Springville
Hoover Public Library
Trussville Train station
Homewood Forest Preserve
Cathedral of St. Paul
Highland Park Golf Course
Peanut Depot
Horton Mill Covered Bridge
Barber Vintage Motor Sports
21st Street
City Federal Building
AmSouth building
Riverchase Galleria
Frank Fleming sculpture, fountain
Five Points South
Sloss Furnace
Samford University
John Wesley Hall
Childersburg Indian Festival
Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Alabama Theatre
Linn Park
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Buck Creek Dam
Birmingham Race Course
The Bright Star
Kelly Ingram Park
Virginia Samford Theatre
The Cathedral Church of the Advent
Arlington Antebellum Home
Perryman's Mill
James Alexander Bryan statue (Brother Bryan)
Hoover Randle House
Mountain Brook Village


Birmingham Sketchbook is a new book by Indigo Publishing that features the work of over fifty artists in the Birmingham Community.

These artists were selected out of hundreds of submissions from around the region and include a cross section of paintings that depict the rich heritage of Birmingham, past and present.

The book was written by Allison Adams and is an account of its history, but also an invitation for every reader to immerse themselves as a visionary in the future of this incredible city.

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