This year’s Winter Market art fair and sale, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, features homemade and homespun wares and visual art, all original, created primarily by area artists and crafters.
Dianne Adams, a first-time exhibitor, will display her wreaths. Creating the decorative rings started for her as a hobby but now fills her days.
“Wreaths are so expensive commercially,” she explained. “I decided to try making them on my own for holidays and special occasions for my friends. Now I’ll try selling them.”
Larry K. Martin’s intricately detailed acrylic paintings not only capture moments in nature, they allow the viewer to observe the respect with which he treats his subjects.
“We don’t take time to appreciate all of nature,” he reflected, “and none of us have seen all of nature. Art is my means of sharing its beauty.”
In recent years, Martin — the artist of Wren’s Nest Gallery — has traveled to remote wildlife locations in South America and Africa to photograph his subjects. His collection includes familiar subjects from the Southeast, too, as well as some unusual, sometimes eccentric people.
There is no admission fee to the Winter Market. Sara Rutledge and Beverly Shelley will give a basket weaving demonstration at 2 p.m. Friday. The museum is offering half-price admission to its regular exhibits on Saturday.
Foothills Piano Festival concert
Sharing an interest in new and creative music, three guest artists will perform in recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the third floor of Jacksonville State University’s Mason Hall.
Kris Carlisle, piano, Adam Hayes, trumpet, and John David, percussion, all teach music courses at Berry College in Rome, Ga. They will play individual pieces as well as pieces written for three instruments.
Carlisle and Hayes are currently promoting their album “Current,” which includes innovative compositions for solo trumpet and piano.
All three maintain busy performing schedules in the U.S. and Europe. One of Hayes’ most interesting engagements was a solo trumpet fanfare in Atlanta for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The concert is free to the public.
Tribute to veterans by DeArmanville author
Americans can never fulfill their obligation to the men and women who have served our country in war, writer Danny J. McCarty tells his audiences. “But we can certainly try,” he is quick to add.
McCarty has made the effort using the written word. His latest book, “Gallant Men and Women: Stories of American Wars,” allows us to read first-hand accounts of war experiences told to McCarty by 63 veterans. The book includes narratives from people who lived in — or are now living in — Anniston, Alexandria, Lineville, Munford and Piedmont. Their stories are further told by photos they supplied.
The book can be purchased at Faulkner Brothers Grocery in Choccolocco and Oxford Tire and Just Frame It in Oxford.