I was born and raised in Mississippi and have resided in Alabama since 1984. My husband and I currently share homes in both Hoover, AL, and Mentone, AL. I have an undergraduate degree in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Alabama and worked in advertising, PR and sales for most of my career. I have always been involved in art in some form or another, most recently furniture finishing, jewelry making and oil painting. I studied oil painting with a couple of Birmingham artists before landing in painting classes with noted Birmingham artist David Nichols where I feel I have finally found my niche. My mostly shadow-and-light paintings are inspired by the beauty of nature and other subjects that speak to me through color, composition, uniqueness and even nostalgia. I also enjoy plein air painting and am experimenting with mixed media. I am on the Board of Directors of the Mentone Area Arts Council and am a member of the Shelby County Arts Council and the Mountain Brook Art Association.
Cal Breed/Orbix Hot Glass
Cal Breed is owner of Orbix Hot Glass, located at the southern end of Little River Canyon. Specializing in hot glass, Breed leads a team of glass artists that make both functional and sculptural glass art that is represented by galleries around the country.
Don W. David, Jr
I'm an artist and architect located in Mentone in summer and Destin, FL in winter,
and enjoy devoting my time and talents to selected architectural projects and pen & ink sketching.
I've worked in a variety of art media over the past 40 years, including pen & ink, acrylics, oil, and watercolors, and now operate the Art Gallery @ Mentone.
I'm a precious metal jewelry artist working in sterling silver, gold, and copper, and a sculptor casting my own bronze works, welding large steel artworks, and working in clay.
I started working in glass in 1980, creating mosaic art and kiln fused glass jewelry, bowls, and using dichroic glass in some of the mosaic panels.
I operate Cloudland Stained Glass Studios and have 30 years experience in galleries, residential, religious, and government, design and installation of stained glass panels and unique three-dimensional stained glass sculptures.
Scott Thomas is a self-taught artist that works predominately with acrylic paint on 3 dimensional objects as well as canvas. Growing up in a mill village in Northwest Georgia, Scott credits his grandmother’s quilt making as the inspiration for his unique style. Scott turned to painting as a creative outlet at the age of 58 and has been passionately pursuing this art form for the past 8 years. After gaining confidence as well as recognition through regional art shows, Scott’s work is now available through galleries.
Originally from Birmingham, I spent 40 years in the mountains of Colorado and moved to Mentone in 2013.
I worked as a graphic designer for 25 years before going back to my fine art, painting with watercolor, oil, pastel, etc. While in Colorado, I also worked with Interior Decorators and did customized work for individuals and businesses. I developed a Bas-Relief technique that I first put directly on walls in homes and businesses, then later, started creating relief designs as individual hanging art forms.
My works are part of private and public collections, including: Galatyn Lodge/Vail, Colorado; Ellefson Park/Vail, Colorado; Vail Valley Hospital/ Vail, Colorado; Vail Integrative Medical Group/Edwards, Colorado; Harold W. Mary Louise Shaw Regional Cancer Center/Edwards, Colorado; Westin Hotel/Vail, Colorado; Montana Designs/Big Sky, Montana; The Aspen Institute/Aspen, Colorado; Ritz Carlton Club/Snowmass, Colorado. I am represented by Kamama's Gallery/Mentone, Alabama.
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