Barbara Adams

Barbara Adams with her painting of cherry trees on a snowy day at Thai One On in Anniston.


Re-live happy moments at the beach without feeling the heat. Feel the chill of a winter’s day without a coat. Discover that heavy rain seems lighter when you’re under the umbrella on a date. These encounters with Mother Nature can be seen in the comfort of a gallery at Thai One On restaurant in downtown Anniston.

Two Pell City artists, Barbara Adams and Virna Settle, have been painting for only five years but the passion of self-expression through visual art runs deep with these two friends. After taking classes in Birmingham and Riverside and exhibiting their work in various places.

They are displaying their work currently at Thai One On. A reception Saturday from 1-3 p.m. will showcase their work at the restaurant at 911 Noble St. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited.

Adams’ adult life involved raising children and teaching biology and chemistry at Lincoln High School, but recently she felt the urge to go beyond her comfort zone and explore her creative side. “I love nature and the colors and shades it shows us. Using this, the challenge was to try to learn to paint,” she said. “I am still trying to find my style, but I’m enjoying the search and the journey.”

Her acrylics reflect oceanside sun and fun, sunshine breaking through the trees on a cloudy day as well as a cherry tree looking very much alive on a stark, quiet winter’s day. Texture is a strong point in this painting, and so is the message. “On a snowy day, this is an example of an unexpected contrast and pleasure that you find sometimes in nature,” Adams said.

Virna Andres Settle is a native of Caloocan, a city in the southern Philippines. She moved to the United States in 1987 and became a naturalized citizen. She located in Birmingham in 1993 and only recently developed her art interest.

After beginning lessons with Beth Bradley five years ago, as Adams also did, she has been spending most of her time with brush and canvas. Andres paints in acrylic and impasto (which makes light reflect in a certain way) and her style is impressionistic.

Andres’ favorite subjects are flowers, the female figure and some landscapes. Her paintings are notable for their outstanding use of vibrant color. She resides in Pell City with her husband, Harold Settle, a recently retired cardiologist. 

Choral music again from JSU

It’s a welcome sound, these voices in song coming from Jacksonville State University. It’s a sign of recovery after the tornado. The Calhoun County Civic Chorale is getting started again with an organizational meeting Sept. 10 at 7:15 p.m. in the choir room of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Everyone interested is welcome, according to Keith Moore, interim director. A Christmas concert is being planned for Dec. 2.

Historical Society meets Sept. 11

The speaker for Sept. 11 meeting of the Calhoun County Historical Society is Clay Calkins, training specialist at the

Center for Domestic Preparedness. He will speak on the CDP’s impact on the community and the nation’s readiness since 9/11.

Calkins has spent 20 years in the U.S. Army and has been stationed all over the world.

Since his retirement from the Army in 2001, he has lived in Calhoun County. In 2002, he began working for the CDP, serving in many positions. He has presented lessons on 9/11 at numerous conferences and national level organizations.
The program contains essential guidelines for everyone, he said. “It is important to be prepared at all times for natural and man- made disasters.”

Knox concert season begins Sept. 13

The Old Crow Medicine Show will open the Knox Concerts season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Anniston Performing Arts Center. Individual tickets are $60 general admission and $80 reserved seating. To purchase these as well as season tickets, call Mandi King at 256-235-2553.

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