6 Birmingham artists inspired by COVID to make incredible art

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Masks on, but make it art. Photo via Michael Acuff

It’s no secret Birmingham is brimming with talented creatives. And despite the state of the world over the last year, these six local artists have turned uncertainty into creativity—continuing to make art that inspires, educates and uplifts. Get to know them here.

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9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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Why Vogue just named this Mountain Brook shop a ‘Must-Visit’. [PHOTOS]

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Maison founder and owner Pam Evans (right) with “Maison’s hype-girl” Shelby Dooley. Photo via Claire Hancock for Bham Now

Small and stunningly curated, Maison is something of a hidden gem, nestled among the design stores in Mountain Brook Village. But that could change soon following a recent mention by Vogue, which featured it as one of 17 Southern small retail businesses to support.

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PHOTOS: An inside look at the Valley Hotel, opening in Homewood Feb. 16

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The Valley Hotel is Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We’ve been impatiently waiting for this moment for months, and it’s finally here—we toured The Valley Hotel and it’s jaw-dropping.

While still a work in progress, the opening date is set for February 16. So mark your calendars, Birmingham, and keep reading for a visual tour, plus info on how to book your next staycation.

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Fox News video of Vestavia native Bennett Smith flipping his kayak down waterfalls goes viral

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Bennett Smith upside down. Photo via Peter Holcombe Photography

I’ve got to admit, I’m still picking my jaw off the floor. 

This week, the FOX News program “The Five” showed a video of Vestavia Hills native and U.S. Freestyle Kayak team member Bennett Smith flipping and tumbling down local waterfalls… on purpose.

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PHOTOS: Bham Now’s top nine Instagram posts in 2020

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From supporting Black-owned businesses in Birmingham to beautiful lights making our city brighter, these are our top nine posts of 2020. Screenshot via Top Nine

One thing I look forward to each year is seeing people share their Top Nine on Instagram. On the last day of a year where so much has happened, we want to take some time to look back at our own top nine and reflect on some of the year’s most defining moments.

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A visual recap of Fall 2020 in Birmingham—see our 9 buzziest videos

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We love fall in Bham. Photo via @objectivityrach

Another season come and gone… it’s hard to believe there are only a few days left in 2020. As we wrap up fall and head into winter, we wanted to take a look back on the season—and we’re sharing it with you. Read on to see what’s been buzzing in Bham!

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From in the ground to in your kitchen—an inside look at Alabama Marble

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Want to see it for yourself? Make plans to attend the Sylacauga Marble Festival in the spring. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Some of the finest marble in the world is found right here in Alabama—in fact, it’s just an hour from Birmingham. We got an inside look at the process from start to finish, and now we’re taking you with us. Tag along on a behind-the-scenes look with the experts at AM3 Stone.

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Our 2020 tour of town square Christmas trees in and around Birmingham

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Birmingham Christmas Tree at Linn Park, December 19, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Back in 2016, on a whim, about a week before Christmas, I drove around Birmingham and its surrounding communities and took snapshots of Christmas trees in front of town squares and city halls.

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57 years of holiday tradition—a look at the Gardens’ poinsettia tree

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A display of living color. Photo via the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The poinsettia tree has been a beloved holiday tradition at Birmingham Botanical Gardens since 1963. Each year, a living poinsettia tree is assembled for the public to admire and enjoy. We dove into the history and got an inside look at how it’s built today. Check it out!

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Calling all home chefs! 5 stunning kitchens in homes on the Birmingham market

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Drooling over this beauty. Photo via Greater Alabama MLS

In my opinion, a great kitchen truly makes a home. Especially here in the south, food is so often how we show love and hospitality to our friends, families and guests. These gorgeous kitchens are currently up for grabs in Birmingham, and they fit all kinds of budgets. Check it out!

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A Birmingham tradition. Regions Bank holiday lights are back! (Photos)

The annual lighting began in the 1970s when the building that is now the Regions Center was shared by First National Bank of Birmingham and Southern Natural Gas. Regions Bank has kept the tradition going. Photo via Regions Bank

It is one of my favorite Birmingham traditions – the Regions Bank Holiday Lights.

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A little magic right here in the city—autumn in Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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The gorgeous ginkgo. Photo via Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This time of the year is full of all kinds of magic in Birmingham. From watching the tree lightings around town to crunching on ginkgo leaves, there’s something beautiful around every corner. There’s no place in town more magical than Birmingham Botanical Gardens—and we went to go check it out.

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5 things you never knew about Alabama Marble, the “finest marble in the world”

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Hello, gorgeous. Design by GCI Design; photo via AM3 Stone

Did you know that some of the finest marble in the world is mined right here in Alabama? Alabama Marble Mineral & Mining Co. (AM3 Stone) is the exclusive purveyor of Alabama Marble, and they’re headquartered here in the Birmingham area. Keep reading to learn more about this state treasure—the facts might just surprise you.

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