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December 26, 2014

Down Art Avenue: Art exhibit at Nunnally’s Noble Street Framing & Art Gallery

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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:28 am

One thing for sure, this exhibit will make an art lover out of anyone. The East Alabama Artists, Inc.  is currently displaying an exhibit at Nunnally’s Noble Street Framing & Art Gallery  at 1014 Noble Street.  The show has a special charm in every imaginable way and newcomers to visual art and experienced artists alike will find themselves in lush, colorful surroundings once inside. The featured display is Sarah Cavender’s Metalworks. About 13 Jacksonville artists have work there, too  and it’s interesting to see their personal achievements; these are, after all, performances with pen, brush and lens and the variety of mediums used make the display even more worth the viewing. 

The event of seeing this assortment of works can be summed up by repeating  one of Marsha Nelson’s water colors: “A Place for Reflection”. 

Nelson, a self-taught artist, has enjoyed art all of her life.  Last year, she was awarded Signature Membership in the Watercolor Society of Alabama. It’s been rewarding to her, she says, to have received recognition for several of her paintings juried into the WSA exhibits.

Betty Mills Groover has also loved art and thought of herself as an artist for her entire life so far. Her style is abstract landscapes and color is the single most important element to her in her paintings. “How Green is My Valley” is one of her large scale works in the gallery. Now retired, Groover works in her studio and garden. 

Max Norton’s works are also large, but his communication with viewers results from a different journey.  The Jacksonville native, an abstract expressionist, has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Anniston.  Some of his paintings are on permanent exhibit in Classic II restaurant on Noble Street.  Landon Shirey’s abstract is placed  above the couch on the second floor of Nunnally’s , a retreat of sorts, and his painting to this viewer, brings to mind a city scene  seen from a river’s opposite shore.

A bit of history goes along with Sara Rutledge’s calligraphy. This form is described in reference books. It is “the art of elegant writing”. It dates back to the Middle Ages when monks wrote texts in books before the advent of the printing press. Calligraphy survived after this after the reintroduction of the flat-edged pen. The writing in this style is popular today for addressing wedding invitations and poems to be framed.  

For Rutledge, working at Anniston Army Depot after graduation at University of Alabama was a very significant training ground, she said, because her work there was in printing and illustrating for brochures and publications—on deadline. 

Artistic penmanship is especially appreciated in this age of technology. Diane Cadwallader echoes this feeling in conversation about the abundance of design available today.  “People really like the hand-made touch,” the retired JSU instructor commented.  She is known for her color pencil works and has recently become a self-taught print maker. 

Jauneth Skinner also creates prints.  She is also a graphic artist known for her drawings, portraits, hand-pulled prints, and illustrated journals. Her works have been shown in more than 135 exhibitions in six different countries including The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. and in  the Smithsonian National Museum of Art Print collection. She currently teaches printmaking in the JSU Art Department. 

Craftspeople in the display include Meredith Aderholdt, a furniture maker, and Robiin Hopkins, who creates pearl jewelry. Hopkins has a full display in the gallery with freshwater, Tahitian, and Golden South Sea pearls strung on a high grade leather. Her company is Norman Christina Jewelry. 

Anita Stewart is known for her photography but in this display she has made book assemblages.  Pete Bernstein, a retired Spanish teacher, has painted a grist mill scene with colorful flora and now enjoys art full time. 

Handmade greeting cards have been defined as “a hug with a fold in the middle” according to artist Fran Kennedy who does decorative cards. She teaches card making and scrapbooking in her Piedmont craft house and has done card ministries for three churches in the past. Her students also learn techniques for making small gifts for senior citizens.  “It’s the little touches in gifts that people really like,” said Kennedy. 

The exhibit is on through June 30. Everyone is invited to come in and browse.

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