Autumn is emerging with a blaze of colors, but the oranges, yellows and reds came earlier at Nunnally’s Framing and Gallery, 1014 Noble St. in downtown Anniston.

There are frames in fall colors, an earth-toned picture and two farm harvest scenes on the wall, all of which signal the hues of the season. There’s more to come as artists bring in their works for the next exhibit, which opens with a reception Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The featured artist will be Jauneth Skinner of Jacksonville. She is a graphic artist who creates drawings, portraits, hand-pulled prints and illustrated journals.

Her works have been displayed in more than 150 exhibitions in six different countries, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Art print collection in Washington, D.C.

Skinner currently teaches printmaking in the art department at Jacksonville State University.

Her new series of work, which she titles “A Quiet Corner,” will be seen at Nunnally’s through April 30.

OPAC exhibit features Oxford artist

Ann Bradberry Robertson, Oxford artist, can’t remember when she didn’t have a pencil in her hand. Even before she started the first grade, she drew objects around her.

Her exhibit in the Martin-Lett Gallery at the Oxford Performing Arts Center opened Monday, drawing a large crowd. It will continue through Dec. 30.

Robertson’s display includes primarily pencil works of adults and one child. In her home studio, she does portraits of people in pencil as well as pastels, charcoal and oil. Graphite is her favorite medium, she said.

As an adult, it was only after completing a sketch of her son that she realized she had something to work with. “Before that, drawing had simply been fun. But from then I studied techniques and styles of seasoned portrait artists and created my own style and technique.”

A local frame shop commissioned her to draw a sports collage in 1988 and, to her delight, more commissions followed, as well as requests for book covers, a trucking magazine cover and CDs. Wherever she has worked or met people at arts and crafts festivals, she has sold her portraits. Now her works hang in homes throughout the United States and Canada.

In her studio, she also teaches classes for women, teens and young children. Two of her pencil works are on view in the Anniston City Hall art exhibit in the Stewart Building, 1021 Noble St. in downtown Anniston.

Calhoun County Historical Society meets Nov. 14

The next meeting of the Calhoun County Historical Society will be Nov. 14 in the Ayers Room in the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. A hospitality mixer is at 5 p.m. and the formal meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

The guest speaker is Mike Abrams, a retired U.S. Army Public Affairs officer. He will discuss the history and significance of the Fort McClellan military cemetery, which was established in 1917 and is the final resting place for military and family members. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

Abrams, an Alabama resident since 1982, volunteers to help with a variety of different McClellan projects. One project — the Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony — is the reason he has a particular interest in learning more about the 99- year-old Fort McClellan military cemetery and its significant role in Fort McClellan history.

For additional information, contact Judy Draper at 256-237-5657.

Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 19

When thinking about the holidays, don’t forget the Community Thanksgiving service Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 1000 W. 18th Street in Anniston.

The service will offer thanks for blessings through the spoken word and sacred music. It is a time to draw people of all faiths together for worship to the Lord.

A combined choir is being formed by singers in area churches. The anthems will be “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Richard Shepherd and “Great is the Goodness of God Almighty” by Robert Greene.

The banner procession will begin at 3:30 p.m.

James D. McLeod Jr., pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, will give the message. Christopher Henley of First United Methodist Church in Anniston will serve as organist, and Patricia Corbin of St. Michael’s will serve as music director.

Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at