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.


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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!