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Gallery Hopping

This holiday, add a little extra decoration to your home.

Gallery 1930 is housed in a former 1900s gas station. Transformed, the chic, airy space has just enough remnants of the original architecture to add a bit of cache. The adjoining restaurant Vino, makes this gallery stop an afternoon event. - Photo by Jean Allsopp

Gallery 1930 is housed in a former 1900s gas station. Transformed, the chic, airy space has just enough remnants of the original architecture to add a bit of cache. The adjoining restaurant Vino, makes this gallery stop an afternoon event. - Photo by Jean Allsopp

Deck your walls with some of the amazing art offerings in Birmingham. Here we feature 17 of our area’s finest galleries featuring two dimensional works by local and regional artists. Curators and gallery owners are more than happy to share their knowledge on collecting, framing, and choosing that perfect piece.

ARCENEAUX GALLERY

1830 29th Street South • Birmingham, AL 35209 • 205.802.5800

Located in Soho Square, Homewood, Arceneaux Art Gallery has graced the Birmingham landscape for 18 years. Explore beautiful and unique art including: oil and acrylic paintings, antique maps and natural history prints from the 17th- to 19th-centuries, as well as drawings and watercolors from 19th-century artists. Visitors will also enjoy the old school charts, animation art, and ephemera. Anyone wanting to take a little art home with them will appreciate the antique accessories for home, lake, beach, and mountains—all offered at reasonable prices. The gallery also offers custom framing.

ART ALLEY

109 Broadway • Homewood, AL 35209 • 205.879.1105

Art Alley was originally little more than an enclosed alley. Today it has tripled in space by expanding into an adjoining building. In a boutique atmosphere, works on display include paintings and sculpture as well as pottery and drawings. There is a tremendous variety in terms of style and technique as Art Alley represents the work of local, regional, and national artists. The gallery works closely with each customer to choose the right artwork at a fair price and without pressure. If Art Alley is not on your gallery hopping list, add it and visit a very select gallery that may just surprise you.

CLARK ANTIQUES GALLERY

2717 Second Ave. South • Birmingham, AL 35233 • 205.325.1999 • clarkantiquesgallery.com

Clark Antiques Gallery offers fine European antiques as well as accessories and heirloom silver while specializing in original art.  Contemporary abstracts, impressionistic landscapes, still life paintings as well as prints are among some of the unique works you will find throughout the gallery. Clark Antiques Gallery is also the exclusive representative in Birmingham for Edelman Fine Art. Mr. Edelman, a New York art historian and curator, offers a collection of works from artists around the world such as Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Gallery owner Dianne Clark Hinson and her staff are ready to help you select the perfect piece of art to incorporate into your own collection.

FOUR CORNERS GALLERY

4700 Highway 280 East, Birmingham, AL 35242 • 205.980.2600 • fourcornersgalleryonline.com

Four Corners Gallery, located in Inverness on Highway 280, is a woman-owned business serving commercial and residential clients nationally. The art selection contains originals, limited editions, and prints to support all budgets. Four Corners has the largest selection of fine moulding in Alabama with over 3,500 frame styles. Our designers and craftsmen average 18 years experience in custom, conservation-based framing. Although we recognize that not all works require the exacting attention that preservation framing requires this is our true specialty. Other services include art searches, award design, restoration of art, photography, documents and frames, green design, in-home consultation and home installation.

GALLERY 1930

1930 Cahaba Road  • Birmingham, AL 35223 • 205.870.1930 • artgallery1930.com

Birmingham’s newest addition to the art scene, Gallery 1930, inhabits the sleek, modern space at 1930 Cahaba Road in the heart of Mountain Brook’s English Village. Home to artists: Meredith Keith, Rebecca Tully Fulmer, Marcia Unger and Lucy Smith, the gallery also hosts exhibits of visiting artists.  Gallery 1930 is the brainchild of sisters, Laura Vogtle and Meredith Keith and is managed by Amanda Morrissette and Kathryn Keith. The gallery seeks to promote the arts, community and neighboring businesses. 

Exhibitionists

Amanda Morrissette of Gallery 1930 gives tips on the best way to choose and display your collections.
What comes first? The art or the wall? Art evokes emotion. A collector can begin with a work of art that they love or they can start with a particular space and then look for a piece that draws them.
Are there specific things you should keep in mind when hanging artwork? Hanging art is about proportion and appeal. Sometimes there is an intimacy created by hanging smaller pieces on larger walls, and you feel their importance. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Sometimes the unexpected is the most interesting.
Could you give a little advice how to display my artwork? Should I group it or let it stand alone? A good thing to consider when hanging art is that the each piece should sing alone or speak to each other as a group. Paintings communicate…to the viewer as well as with each other.
Interview by Candace Barnett

GRIFFITH ART GALLERY

109 Hilltop Business Drive • Pelham 35124 (3 miles south of the Galleria on Hwy. 31) • 205.985.7969 • griffithartgallery.com

Celebrating 25 years in their original location, Rick and Dave Griffith cordially invite you to peruse more than 2,500 original paintings by over 100 different artists perfectly complemented with more than 10,000 handcrafted frames, all under one very flat roof. In addition to the most wonderful art and frames at the best prices, the twin brothers offer expert custom framing, all acid-free matting, and framed mirrors for every situation.   Come enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while viewing the greatest selection of original art and frames to be found. As always, toys for children and chocolate for husbands will be provided.

Frames

Rick Griffith of Griffith Art Gallery shares his tips for framing and protecting your investment.
What should a collector know about caring for more ‘fragile’ media such as pastels and watercolors? We sandwich fragile art between non-reflective glass and acid-free board. We use all-cloth matting and cloth tape that is acid-free and specifically designed for conservation framing. Conservation glass protects from ultraviolet light that will fade these types of media—sometimes very quickly. Humidity is another enemy of paper. Art on paper is especially vulnerable in bathrooms, kitchens, and places that are exposed to moisture as well as extreme temperature variations.
What is the best way to choose a frame? Are there specific types of frames for different styles or mediums of artwork? Properly coordinating frames with art is an art in itself. Sometimes the frame should not even be noticed when viewing the art, and in some cases the frame can be more of a partner in bringing out an artwork’s merits. An example is in matting, where a border is put around the artwork to separate it from the frame. A frame should not be conspicuous in its presence. Obvious examples are the choice of ornate French frames on impressionistic paintings, contemporary frames on abstract art, and plein-air styles on minimalistic pieces.
How do I choose appropriate matting for my artwork? How do I know if matting is even necessary? Are there ‘rules’ for when to mat vs. when to not mat? Choosing what is appropriate is more a matter of personal taste and preference.  I have found that simpler is often better. Matting provides some basic necessities: it keeps the artwork from touching the glass, it separates it visually from the frame, it can be used to bring out particular colors, and, if desired, it adds size to the overall finished piece. We use all acid-free mats instead of paper.
What are the different types of glass used when framing artwork? How do I choose the type of glass most appropriate? The common types of glass used in framing are regular clear glass, conservation clear, non-reflective, non-reflective conservation, museum glass, and then there are clear plastics like Plexiglas. We hardly ever use clear glass, even on posters. Plexiglas is hard to clean at home, and just looks cheap. Museum glass is crazy expensive. Regular non-reflective glass is fine unless the art is going to be exposed to direct sunlight.
What types of work do you represent? We carry all original art and our specialty is in oil, but we also love acrylic, encaustic, and mixed media.  We offer everything from old master realism, iconic, impressionism, post-impressionism, portraiture, non-objective abstract, and cutting edge works that are yet to be labeled.
Interview by Candace Barnett

INCUBATE GALLERY

130 41st St. South, Suite 104 • Birmingham, AL • Hours: Tu-Sat 11-6 • incubategallery.com • 205.202.4558

Incubate Gallery seeks to place more of Alabama’s talented emerging artists in the limelight. We have bi-monthly ‘Hatch’ exhibitions to showcase a wide variety of unique works found in the Birmingham area. On the third Friday of the month we host neighborhood-wide events. We offer art classes for all skill levels. With generous space and versatile seating options, Incubate Gallery makes an excellent venue to host your next meeting or social event. Call or drop by to your upcoming event or set up a private art class for your group.

INSKY'S ART

Patton Creek Shopping Center • 181 Main Street, Suite 225 • Birmingham, AL 35244 • 205.733.4893 • inskysart.com • Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm

Insky’s Art offers quality original and limited edition art at fair prices.  Opened in 2001 by Robert and Jo Ann Holder, Insky’s Art Gallery houses Alabama’s largest selection of Thomas Kinkade art as well as a unique and diverse selection of original and limited edition art.  You’ll find works from a group of very talented artists including Mark Keathley, Jo Ann Holder, Andy Thomas, David Fernandez, Gladys Morante, Stephen Lucas, and sports art by Rick Rush. The gallery has over 200 paintings in inventory, featuring a variety of art styles including modern, realism, abstract, impressionism, and plein air.  Insky’s services include in-home showings, free delivery and hanging.

“Art is the jewelry of your home. It is one of the few things that is still created one piece at a time by one person. Art is something that will be treasured and passed down through generations.” ­—Rick Griffith, Griffith Art Gallery

LITTLEHOUSE GALLERIES

2915 Linden Avenue • Homewood, AL  35209 • 205.879.7022 • michael_lhg@bellsouth.net • littlehousegalleries.com

Littlehouse Galleries is a premiere fine art gallery in Homewood, Alabama, offering a variety of art ranging from traditional to contemporary in both two dimensional and three dimensional media. Our art is one-of-a-kind originals or signed original limited edition pieces. Both are well suited for the discriminating collector in corporate or residential environments.

In business since 1960, we are pleased to offer our expertise and experience in providing art, custom framing, and art restoration services. Littlehouse Galleries looks forward to the opportunity to work with you to find the best solutions for your artwork needs.

On the Scene

Michael Bradley of Little House Galleries shares his experience with the art world in Birmingham.
Could you tell me a little about your stable of artists? How did you cultivate them? In choosing artists to be represented by Littlehouse Galleries, the first criteria is the natural artistic ability of the applicant. Secondly, we have to decide whether we feel that our particular clientele would receive this new talent. Every art gallery has a particular clientele base, even though some clients shop with other galleries as well. If we feel an artist, despite being talented, would not sell in our gallery to our clients, we often try to guide them towards a place more suited for them. Thirdly, it’s helpful if the artist and the gallery are able to work together on an amicable basis.
What are some of the changes that have taken place in the Birmingham art world over the last decade? Good art is still good art, whether one collects traditional, abstract, impressionism etc… the major style trend we see lately is a shift from framing art in elaborately ornate frames to more sleek, contemporary style frames incorporating beautifully elaborate finishes.
How would you characterize the art market now in Birmingham? I think the art market in Birmingham currently is stronger than ever. We have a large percentage of our clients who are truly discerning collectors, who know their own tastes, revel in the pursuit of art, enjoy their collection, and show their collected works with pride.  However, now almost anything can be considered art, as long as it is presented artfully…. We see framed collections of cigar bands, walls covered with empty antique frames, and recycled items made into sculpture. Anything goes—as long as the collector enjoys it and is able to display it with style and confidence.
Interview by Candace Barnett

MONTY STABLER

1811 29th Avenue South • Homewood, AL 35209 • 205.879.9888 • montystablergalleries.com

Monty Stabler Galleries is a contemporary art gallery that has been located in the heart of Homewood, Alabama for over 25 years. Featuring local, regional, and nationally-recognized artists we will work with any budget and taste. Director Langston Stabler Hereford is the daughter of Monty Stabler and has been raised in the arts environment. She and her professionally trained staff will help educate you and guide you through the process of building your fine art collection. We also provide museum quality framing services. Mention that you saw us in Birmingham Home and Garden Magazine and we will give you a 20% discount on any single purchase in the gallery, including framing, good through May 2013.

Don't Miss the Show

Artist Lila Graves recently opened a show at Monty Stabler Galleries. Not only were guests wowed by her art, she provided plenty of entertainment with a cotton candy machine and colored hair spray. Be sure to catch the next exhibits.


Photograph by Major Adam Colbert

Amy Crews / Solo Exhibit
Opening Reception: November 1st, 5pm - 8pm • December 6 - 27, 2012
Christine Alfery​/ Solo Exhibit
Opening Reception: December 6th, 5pm - 8pm • ​​January 10 - 30, 2013​
Nall / Skidmore / Mossa
Opening Reception​: January 10th,  5pm - 8pm​ • ​​February 7 - 27, 2013​
Stutts Everette​
Opening Reception​: February 7th, 2013 / 5pm - 8pm • ​December 6 - 27, 2012

MULBERRY HEIGHTS ANTIQUES

2419 Canterbury Road • Birmingham, AL 35223 • 205.870.1300 • mulberryheightsantiques.com

Mulberry Heights is your source for antique furnishings, accessories, art and unique gifts. And Mulberry Heights is pleased to announce their new exclusive representation of the works of three nationally recognized artists: Sonya Shinn Edwards, Lauren Dunn and Melissa Payne Baker. Their art works beautifully into today’s fresh new home designs. For leather gifts, Old Clutch iPad and laptop cases are in high demand. Mulberry Heights is so much more than a gallery of art. You can view extraordinary art alongside furnishings and accessories, just like it will be in your home. Swing by Mulberry Heights to see what’s new (and what’s antique)!

NAKED ART GALLERY

3831 Clairmont Avenue • Birmingham, AL 35222 (in historic Forest Park) • 205.595.3553  • nakedartusa.com • Facebook Naked Art Gallery

No nudity here, but a desire for everyone to enjoy original art without being intimidated. Naked Art features 60 local and Southern artists. Focusing on untrained artists makes the gallery a breeding ground for new art enthusiasts who have made Naked Art their favorite destination for original gifts year round and especially during the holidays. Recycled materials are found in most of the gallery’s handmade wonders. The online store is updated daily. It offers shipping or pick-up options. Many after hours events are held year round in the gallery, including the popular Third Fridays in historic Forest Park. These events can be followed on the website and Facebook.

RAINBOW PAINT & DECORATING

1450 Montgomery Highway • Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 • 205.822.3548
5479 Hwy. 280 Ste. 116 • Hoover, AL 35242 • 205.991.9692 • rainbow-paint.com

Rainbow Paint & Decorating in Vestavia Hills and Greystone have always been the hotspot for paint but now the paint’s on canvas, too! Rainbow Paint in represents local artists who work in a variety of mediums: oils, acrylics as well as custom furniture designed from reclaimed wood! Make your home uniquely yours with paint, wallpaper, window coverings, and now local art from Rainbow Paint & Decorating.

SEIBELS

2927 18th Street South • Birmingham, AL 35209 • 205-879-3558 • seibelscatalog.com

Stop by Seibels and appreciate local creativity covering a wide range of mediums. Our rustic walls and showroom floors are full of work made by the area’s most innovative craftsmen and women. From original art on canvas to vintage fish prints, framed area lake maps, custom-crafted furniture, retro iron lighting and more, there’s no shortage of unique artistry in our shop. The most recent addition to our collection is a piece we call the Beer Pallet Bed. Made exclusively by Seibels using reclaimed wooden pallets from local breweries, this ingenious creation is a testament to our mission to provide customers with original pieces that would be hard (if not impossible) to find anywhere else.

THE RETRIEVER

3024 3rd Avenue South • Birmingham, AL 35233 • retrieverbham.com • 205.601.8900 • Facebook: Karen Arant • Mon-Tues by appointment, Wed-Sat 10am – 5pm

Not only does The Retriever antique shop have very cool finds, your hunt for them gets a real treat upstairs in the loft art and design gallery! Owner and artist Karen Arant, decided to open the gallery to support other new and upcoming artists. “Someone believed in me when I was getting started and I want to pass it on.  Having a wide range of styles and mediums is what I wanted for the gallery.” It has it! Artists shown in photo have used recycled materials for their work. Angel: Charlotte Carroll, Painted vintage furniture and accessories: Peggi Freeman, Glass and Stone windows: Peggy Johnson, Tile Masks: Luanne Bondarenko. If you’re an artist who would like to be featured in the gallery, call Karen 205-601-8900.

BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE

Durbin Gallery • 205.226.4928 • 900 Arkadelphia Road • Birmingham, AL 35254 • bsc.edu/academics/art/durbin.cfm

The Durbin Gallery at Birmingham-Southern College showcases the work of regionally and nationally recognized artists and of BSC faculty and students. All exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 pm. Through Nov. 29, the gallery features recent photographs by Benjamin Montague, an associate professor at Wright State University whose work is in the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The Durbin Gallery will host the juried Birmingham Schools Art Competition Jan. 18-30 and exhibit works by faculty in February and by students in March.  To learn more about visiting the gallery or about Birmingham-Southern’s outstanding Visual Arts program, which offers a BFA, BA in Studio Arts, and BA in Art History, visit bsc.edu/academics/art/durbin.cfm.

TUSCALOOSA MUSEUM OF ART

Open Tues. - Sat., 10:00am-6:00pm; Sun. 1:00pm-6:00pm. • For more information contact Kathie Thurman or Will Hawkins at 205-562-5280, 205-562-5286 or 205-562-5296.

The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art encompasses primitive, fine and decorative arts from around the world. You will experience history anew as you travel from the heart of the Americas to the Far East in original masterpieces.

Featuring such artists as: John Singer Sargent; George Luks; Edward Potthast; Andrew  Wyeth; Jamie Wyeth; Edward Hicks; Thomas Moran; Albert Bierstadt; Basil Ede; Duncan Phyfe, and  Charles Lannuier. Guided tours available.

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