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Art at the Garden


Dana Anderson
March 1st, 2018 – April 30th, 2018

Dana is a twenty-five-year-old with Down syndrome and autism. She does not bathe or dress herself, she cannot brush her hair or teeth, she does not read, write, or speak, yet she can paint museum-worthy art. A talent only recently discovered due to the Inside Out Studio at Lowe Mill, which offers art to adults with all disabilities for free. Like many special education students, Dana was denied art in the public school system grades 6-12. Painting, however, has become her voice in the world, and she is prolific at it, creating 4-6 acrylic pieces each time she is in the studio. She has painted over 150 canvasses within the past year. The sale of her art goes directly to the Inside Out Studio in order to enable others with disabilities to endeavor in the arts.
Dana was featured on the Art of Autism website which is an international community. She had four pieces accepted into ArtAbility’s annual national art exhibit in Philadelphia which runs November 5, 2017-January 22, 2018. She will be featured in the Alabama Magazine Jan/Feb 2018 issue. Her exhibit at HBG runs March 1- April 30 and will attract national media because she is the country’s first-ever “low-functioning” or “most-challenged” artist to have her own art gallery exhibit open to the public. Dana is becoming a hero of change, and her exhibit entitled “Beyond Barriers”, will provide a great example of how someone society normally overlooks, not only contributes to her community, but make a difference as well.

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Pamela Sue Keller – Mezzanine Gallery
October 19th – December 31st

Pamela Sue KellerEach work is a page from my daily sketchbook journal. My sketchbook is autobiographical so each piece represents a mood, thought, or an idea from that days drawing session. The immediacy of a sketchbook is vital to my creative process of role.
I still want to work on my sketches even after the sketchbook paper has absorbed all the ink and pen tension that it can. So I photograph the page and continue to create by digitally manipulating the photographs. Generally, that means manipulating color balance and saturation. Afterward, I have the pieces commercially printed on canvas and I continue the creative process further using acrylic paint. All these ways of working on the piece help me develop the sketchy ideas into more realized imagery. Many of the titles for the pieces are from poems. I have been reading E.E Cummings, Wallace Stevens since high school, and more recently, Mary Oliver.

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Herb Lewis – Carriage House Gallery
Permanent

Herb LewisHerb Lewis, a retired engineer, has a passion for gardening and birding and a joy for sharing his knowledge and experiences.  Herb shares his success and techniques for attracting birds through presentations, workshops and training events.  His birding interest has expanded into the establishment of the Lewis Birding Trail at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.  These birds were photographed at the Garden.

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Melanie O’Keefe – Heritage Gallery
August 18th – December 31st

profileAward winning artist Melanie O’Keefe’s realist paintings were among those of artists chosen to be featured in the 2017 Huntsville Museum of Art Auction Gala. Ms. O’Keefe was interviewed by and published in the regional magazine The Weld regarding her unique ability to see detail and light. Other accomplishments include appearing on the ABC/33-40 morning show. She has done numerous commissions for clients here and abroad, including one for a retired senator from the country of Panama. She has been invited to and participated in shows around the country. She also teaches classes and workshops.

Ms. O’Keefe excels at painting detailed and realistic landscapes in acrylics and oils. She especially loves painting trees and water. She spends time in the detail of the bark and leaf patterns to make the trees come alive. Also, she is able to paint different scenes of water by grasping the multidimensional aspects and patterns from the source and reflections on the water. Her love of nature and her love for painting merge to give viewers the feeling they could walk right into the painting.

Melanie says this about her art, “I’ve never had any formal training, except drafting in design school. I dabbled in art over the years but never for any length of time. It wasn’t till I painted murals in two nursery halls at church in Birmingham in 2011 and 2012, that I then decided it was time to try painting on canvas. In 2014 I decided to make the plunge and go fulltime and pursue art as a career. I am very passionate about my work and spend longs hours to achieve the results I’m looking for. I have experimented with other styles but my passion is realism. My goal is to always grow as an artist. This includes taking workshops and some classes. I strive to make each painting better than the last.”

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George Sherwood – Throughout the Garden
September 1st – February 28th

George Sherwood

Wind, Waves, and Light: Kinetic Sculptures

American sculptor George Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. His work is usually made of stainless steel, the reflective qualities of which integrate the sculpture into its environment. For his outdoor works, wind speed and direction, shades of light, time of day, precipitation, and seasonal color transform the qualities of light and movement of the sculpture.
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Coppersmith Robert Taylor – Throughout the Garden
On display now

Robert TaylorCoppersmith Robert Taylor is a Roycroft Master Artisan. He is one of only five Roycroft Master Coppersmith’s in the country to hold that title. On the bottom of each piece you will find two special marks, or stamps; one with his initials and one that denotes his work is made in the Roycroft style.

One must pass a stringent jury process to become a Roycroft Artisan. After five years of growth, an Artisan is eligible to apply for Master status by submitting five flawless master level pieces to a Master jury.

Robert began working with metal as a blacksmith about 28 years ago. Through the years he has studied with many blacksmiths, but fell in love with copper. Robert started copper-smithing by making whimsical critters and weather vanes. His work will be on display at the Garden from April 1 – June 30. Fifteen pieces will be available for purchase.

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Shelby Aesthetic – Conservatory Gallery
Personal Pics

ShelbyShelby is the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Assistant Horticulture Director. She has the unique opportunity to see and photograph the Garden as it awakens in the early dawn. Shelby brings her knowledge and expertise in plants and turf management to the Garden. She is also a very creative and passionate artist in other mediums.


Mike Gibson – Conservatory Gallery
Personal Pics

MMG Mar10 2017 n1Mike is the Curator of the Huntsville Botanical Garden and has a vast and thorough knowledge of plants.  Mike is interested in ethnobotany and the history of plants. He has been carefully archiving plant species with photographs and mapping. In addition to his love of photography, he creates intricate wood engravings.


Melissa Riley – Conservatory Gallery
Personal Pics

MelissaMelissa is the Vice President of Guest Experience and has been a member of the Huntsville Botanical Garden staff for 13 years. She has a very creative sense of composition that she translates in her photographs. “I love what I see through a camera.”


Wade Wharton – Throughout the Garden
Displayed Indefinitely

Wade WhartonWade was born in Tyronza, Arkansas and lived in Huntsville, Alabama for roughly 40 years. He was a member of the Huntsville Art League and the Arts Council, Inc. He was also a founding member of the Huntsville Fern Society here at the Garden. Wade was an incredible volunteer and though he is no longer with us, his artwork is located throughout the Garden to remind everyone how creative and beautiful the world truly can be. Wade had the undeniable ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! The Garden was very lucky to have several of his late works donated and we display them with an immense sense of pride.

 

 

 


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