Abstraction in Realism: Watercolors by Yuri Ozaki

Join us for the GALLERY TALK for Yuri Ozaki’s exhibition of watercolors, Abstraction in Realism, February 19 at 6PM.

Yuri Ozaki grew up in a small town in Mie Prefecture on the Kii Peninsula of Japan. The area is known for its unique wet climate and mystical history. This area also features UNESCO World Heritage registered sacred sites and pilgrimage routes. The beauty and mystery of her home region has been a strong influence on Ozaki’s work.
Her favorite subjects have been woodland scenes in the Tennessee Valley as well as her coastal hometown in Japan. Most recently, she has been experimenting with her own imaginary world based on scenes of decay and renewal in nature.
She feels connected to her subjects through the texture of watercolor on paper.
Ozaki has been accepted to several national juried shows since 2010 where she has garnered several awards. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama and North East Watercolor Society.
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Eric Bagwell presents “Just Maybe…” at Kennedy-Douglass Art Museum

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will feature a new body of work called “Just Maybe…” by Huntsville artist, Eric Bagwell, January 8 – February 9. The new work is a series of contemplative abstracts centered in spiritual meditations of hope, grace, and longing. As the new year begins, this series of vibrant ,yet quiet visual relationships challenge the viewer while putting them at ease in consciously designed spaces.

 

“Using abstract form, color, and texture, I try to capture the holy moments found in everyday life. I most often work in oil – occasionally in en-caustic, watercolor, or even sculpt in clay or stone. If we are indeed made in the image of the one who created everything, then creating is an elemental part of what we are meant to do. I believe creating art connects us to our elemental human identity,” Bagwell says.

 

Bagwell is a former Methodist minister and graphic designer. He has created several series that have been presented in art festivals across the state, including Arts Alive. To learn more about Eric Bagwell’s artwork visit ericbagwellart.com .

Eric Bagwell Presents “Just Maybe..” at Kennedy-Douglass Art Museum

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will feature a new body of work called “Just Maybe…” by Huntsville artist, Eric Bagwell, January 8 – February 9. The new work is a series of contemplative abstracts centered in spiritual meditations of hope, grace, and longing. As the new year begins, this series of vibrant ,yet quiet visual relationships challenge the viewer while putting them at ease in consciously designed spaces.

 

“Using abstract form, color, and texture, I try to capture the holy moments found in everyday life. I most often work in oil – occasionally in en-caustic, watercolor, or even sculpt in clay or stone. If we are indeed made in the image of the one who created everything, then creating is an elemental part of what we are meant to do. I believe creating art connects us to our elemental human identity,” Bagwell says.

 

Bagwell is a former Methodist minister and graphic designer. He has created several series that have been presented in art festivals across the state, including Arts Alive. To learn more about Eric Bagwell’s artwork visit ericbagwellart.com .

Kennedy-Douglass Monthly Meeting

The Kennedy-Douglass monthly meeting will be Friday, January 12, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.,

at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street.

Light refreshments will be served.

At Noon, Bill and Betty Maloney will speak on “The Art of Tango.”

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, please call 256-760-6379.

The Gift Shop is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshop: Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor with Judy Mudd

3-days of painting various rural and urban scenes in watercolor. Starting with a photographed subject, we will pick and choose, deciding what to leave in and what take out. Then arrange and change to make our artistic vision happen! There will be an emphasis on various technique effects, brushstrokes for interest, making corrections, general composition and art content. Come learn how to be more creative and expressive with painting atmospheric landscapes. Fee is $325 for all three days. Call 256-760-6379 for more information or email cbritten@florenceal.org.

The Al Hausmann Collection

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit a newly acquired body of work donated by local artist and educator, Al Hausmann. This grouping of etchings, woodblock prints, paintings, and sculptures were indicative of the works he produced as an working artist in the Shoals area. The newly acquired artwork will be on display from August 20 through September 21 with an opening reception and gallery talk August 20 from 2pm – 4pm.

Hausmann’s artistic contributions to the Shoals include the life-size bronze sculpture of W.C. Handy in Wilson Park and the famous graphic for the first W.C. Handy Festival (1982), the hand-carved walnut doors to the Temple B’nai Israel, and bronze busts at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His influence is unparalleled as an art educator at the University of Mississippi and the University of North Alabama. Hausmann worked as an art consultant in Alabama public schools and several non-profit organizations.

Please join us as we exhibit Al Hausmann’s work and celebrate his artistic contributions to the Shoals through this colorful collection.

The Al Hausmann Collection

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit a newly acquired body of work donated by local artist and educator, Al Hausmann. This grouping of etchings, woodblock prints, paintings, and sculptures were indicative of the works he produced as an working artist in the Shoals area. The newly acquired artwork will be on display from August 20 through September 21 with an opening reception and gallery talk August 20 from 2pm – 4pm.

Hausmann’s artistic contributions to the Shoals include the life-size bronze sculpture of W.C. Handy in Wilson Park and the famous graphic for the first W.C. Handy Festival (1982), the hand-carved walnut doors to the Temple B’nai Israel, and bronze busts at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His influence is unparalleled as an art educator at the University of Mississippi and the University of North Alabama. Hausmann worked as an art consultant in Alabama public schools and several non-profit organizations.

Please join us as we exhibit Al Hausmann’s work and celebrate his artistic contributions to the Shoals through this colorful collection.

Southern Scapes: Gallery Talk with Michael Davis

Watercolor artist from Birmingham, AL Michael Davis is presenting a solo exhibition of landscapes at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts August 17 through September 28. Southern Scapes are watercolor paintings representative of the most colorful aspects of the American Southern landscape that evade the passage of time. Join the artist Sunday, August 27 from 2 pm – 4 pm for a gallery talk in the main gallery.

Michael Davis is a watercolor realist inspired by the beauty and timelessness of the southern landscape. His passion for nature is reflected in his many paintings of the southeast from the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf Coast.

Although he began painting in oils when he was young, he quickly developed a love for the beauty and detail he could capture with watercolor. While his current works in acrylic offer a new dimension to his work Michael remains primarily a watercolor realist and teaches watercolor classes and workshops throughout the southeast.

His paintings have received numerous fine art awards and have been featured in museum exhibitions as well as solo exhibits at art centers and galleries. He was awarded Best of Show at the 2015 Fine Arts Exhibition at the Alabama Wildlife Federation and has been a repeat exhibitor in the Watercolor Society of Alabama’s Member Showcase. In 2016 his watercolor painting “Old Cotton Field Back Home” was juried into the WSA’s 75th National Exhibition.

Michael is a member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Mountain Brook Art Association and his art is available through the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Gallery in Gulf Shores, Alabama. His paintings hang in private and corporate collection throughout the United States.

Opening and Gallery Talk: The Al Hausmann Collection

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit a newly acquired body of work donated by local artist and educator, Al Hausmann. This grouping of etchings, woodblock prints, paintings, and sculptures were indicative of the works he produced as an working artist in the Shoals area. The newly acquired artwork will be on display from August 20 through September 21 with an opening reception and gallery talk August 20 from 2pm – 4pm.

Hausmann’s artistic contributions to the Shoals include the life-size bronze sculpture of W.C. Handy in Wilson Park and the famous graphic for the first W.C. Handy Festival (1982), the hand-carved walnut doors to the Temple B’nai Israel, and bronze busts at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His influence is unparalleled as an art educator at the University of Mississippi and the University of North Alabama. Hausmann worked as an art consultant in Alabama public schools and several non-profit organizations.

Please join us as we exhibit Al Hausmann’s work and celebrate his artistic contributions to the Shoals through this colorful collection.

Play Music on the Porch Day!

The Shoals Front Porch Storytelling Festival is excited to invite everyone to come out to play music on the front porch of Kennedy-Douglass Center of the Arts on August 26, 2017 from 5pm-7pm for Play Music on the Porch Day! Grab any instrument, even if it is your voice, and come join us for a spontaneous community jam session and refreshments on the front porch! All ages are invited to this free event!

“Throughout history it was common to hear live music on porches, in yards and on street corners. Musicians would regularly surround themselves with friends and family to sing and play music together. This tradition is being lost as more people only experience music as passive entertainment instead of as a participatory celebration of life.

PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY invites musicians to revive the tradition of gathering, singing and playing music outside with friends and family… Share your talent. Share your passion. Share your music!” Find out more about the world-wide initiative on playmusicontheporchday.com or follow PlayMusiconthePorchDay on Facebook and Instagram!

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. and is open, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 256-760-6379 for more information.