Well-made objects never go out of style. This is evident in two ways this summer — an artist’s repurposed old farm tools, leather and frames are on display downtown at Fourth Friday, and a bazaar in July offers china, crystal and other elegant treasures to be passed on to new owners. In both cases, the old finds new life for those with an eye for the truly unique.
Art display at the Peerless
Julie Baxter and her series of works, “Bumps to Peace” is on display through August in Annie’s Attic, upstairs at the Peerless Grille in downtown Anniston. During Fourth Friday weekend everyone interested is invited to enjoy the exhibit and a wine-tasting Friday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. According to owner Kristy Farmer, 15 percent of the sale prices will go to charities.
Baxter explains her show’s title as “the realization that bumps and bruises along life’s way make us who we are, and that they can finally lead to peace,” which is her own philosophy, she said. “I say, ‘Just keep trying, keep dreaming. You’ll find beauty in the end.’”
The 21 three-dimensional assemblages are rustic and classic with both rough and smooth textures. Discarded frames make up one piece, scrap metal and leather combine for others.
“Irish Love” is a study in geometric shapes formed from a variety of frames carved with Celtic designs. Light from a nearby window illuminates “Between the Skyscrapers,” a contemporary piece inspired by poetry by Tupac Shakur. Another piece features a coastal scene, an oil, done on old rusted steel.
Her series “Tools of Our Fathers” is represented in “By Hammer and Hand Do All Things Stand,” which honors the hands that built our country, Baxter said. Some of her larger works hang from old iron and metal hinges from farms, places with which she is very familiar.
One of seven siblings, Baxter grew up on a farm in Osmond, Neb., making the things she needed instead of buying them. She moved to Jacksonville in 1981 and has remained here with her children, working as a home health aid for a World War II veteran who also lives on a farm.
Her art career, including a recent exhibit at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden, she says has been gratifying — “even if I have to get up at 4 a.m. to accomplish everything.” She also has a few pieces hanging at Cheaha Brewing Company in Anniston.
A trip to Rome on her 50th birthday increased her appreciation for timeless treasures and influenced the direction of this show.
“The art atmosphere in ancient Rome was so intense that I could feel it,” she said. “Everything was huge in scale and the sculptures were so expertly hand carved, without the tools we have today. The artists saw beauty for what is was … This is the message I hope visitors to my show will discover.”
Vintage Bazaar welcomes vendors
Exhibits at the Berman Museum emphasize the interests of the museum’s namesakes. Farley L. and Germaine K. Berman spent a lifetime acquiring, preserving and sharing their collections in art and history. The museum’s annual Vintage Bazaar, July 26-Aug. 2, will again live up to the Bermans’ goal of bringing people and history together. China, crystal, jewelry, small furniture and other collectables from yesteryear will be offered for sale in the museum auditorium. Vendors may bring in treasured items they are ready to pass on to new owners; each is a piece of history in itself, reflecting a facet of the vendor’s taste, travels and experiences.
To be a vendor contact David Ford by July 18 at 256-237-6261 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.