Behind the scenes of the Children’s of Alabama art collection

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A hospital curated like an art gallery. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

Hospitals are a scary place for everyone—especially children. The art at The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children serves a special purpose to help patients and their families feel more at ease. Keep reading to learn more about the hospital’s artwork and just a few of the touching stories behind it.

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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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A Birmingham gift guide for the art lover, including galleries, supplies + classes

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Sometimes you know the artist in your life better than Santa. Photo via Unsplash

Birmingham’s a gem when it comes to art. It’s the perfect spot for the artist on your gift list to flourish. While they’re busy becoming the next Monet, here are some gift ideas including where to get art locally, art supply stores and classes to help them brush up on their skills.

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New grant gives Alabama artists much-needed support through pandemic

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“Infantree Project” by Larry Thompson, 2015 featured at Space One Eleven. Photo via Space One Eleven

The creative community suffered great loss in 2020, but the Verdant Fund provided a welcome relief to Alabama artists. The new initiative distributed $76,000 in emergency grants to creatives across the state affected by COVID-19. Learn more about how this impacted Birmingham and beyond, as well as future plans for the fund.

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This local art group is bringing a boost to every corner of Birmingham

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An art group formed mid-pandemic is continuing to make Birmingham beautiful. Photo via BHM Artist Collective

If there’s a blank canvas, BHM Artist Collective is here to fill it. Take a look at who’s holding the paintbrushes that are bringing some of Birmingham’s walls to life.

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Take a tour of 6 public art installations in Birmingham

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“Altruistic Visionary” by Cordray Parker & Brad Morton. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everywhere you look, Birmingham presents each viewer with some form of art, whether it’s a colorful mural with an empowering message or a sculpture paying tribute to a significant time. Take a tour with us to discover six diverse public art installations throughout the city.

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Swing into Spring; Local Brands for Sustainable Living

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Liz Lane Gallery is proud to present a home market with a curated election of vendors that share our vision for a more beautiful, sustainable home and world!
Sweet Peas Garden Shop will be here for all your plant needs!
Clean Up Products for body care and kitchen ware to reduce your plastic.
Breaking Bread, local, handmade bagels and specialty breads.
Gachi Tea for ethically sourced organic teas.
Artist Kellie Newsome will also be live painting her bright, springy florals!
Sierra Club will also be present to share information about local environmental action and how to get involved!

My Heart Through Art

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Join us for an evening featuring a collection of small works carefully curated, perfect for Valentine’s gift giving! 100% of proceeds benefit the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. A portion of the sales from our permanant collection will also be donated. Our neighbor, Thomas Andrew Art will also be open and contributing. Wine & small plates to be served!

Shop A BIT Holiday Extravaganza

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December 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am 5:00 pm

On December 8th from 11am to 5pm, our annual Shop A BIT Holiday Extravaganza will feature local crafts, vendors, and artisans. We want to promote shopping local by supporting our local artisans right here in Birmingham.

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December 8, 2019
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11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Free
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Website:
bhamimprovtheatre.com
2208 7th Ave S
Birmingham, Alabama 35233 United States
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Deck The Ham

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Brookwood Village is an official destination for “Deck the Ham” – a contest where local Birmingham artists paint holiday-themed murals on windows throughout Birmingham. Shoppers are encouraged to post a picture with their favorite mural on Instagram using #DeckTheHam to help the judges decide on the winner.

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December 1, 2019
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December 31, 2019
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780 Brookwood Village
Birmingham, AL 35209 United States
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Art Alive!

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Mark your calendar for AIDS Alabama’s  Art Alive! event on Saturday, July 27th from 6pm-9pm at Canary Gallery! Watch local artists create unique, original artwork during the event. Enjoy scrumptious food from El Barrio and complimentary beer, wine, and sangria. Works created during the event will be available through a silent auction, and other completed pieces of work from the artists will be available for purchase as well.

Featured Artists:

Anna Lyle

Chris Davis

Claire Godbee

Jon Osborne

Michael Molay

Paul Cordes Wilm 

Roger Torbert

Tim Blanton

Work by Eric Johnson Art and jewelry by Hunter Bell will be available in our gallery.

Art Decor Exhibition

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A regional fair for the world of beautiful things with the themes garden, home and lifestyle, that will also be held in many other places in Birmingham. Characteristic of the Lifestyle are the impressive venues creating unique meeting places and harmonious settings for the products.

10 reasons every post-grad should move to Birmingham

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Here’s a picture of me walking across a stage, shaking hands with my university’s President (hey Dr. Bennett), and being handed the most expensive piece of paper I’ll ever hold. I had no idea what I was doing with my life starting the next morning. Can you see the joy and fear mixing in my eyes?

I graduated from college in May 2019. Starting approximately June 1, 2018, I was asked this question over, and over, and over again. You know the one: “So, what’s next?” Now, this was certainly well-intended and asked out of genuine curiosity. However, for a senior in college with no clue what they’re doing for spring break, much less with the rest of their lives, it can be a bit panic-inducing. College students, post-grads: have no fear! I’ve got your answer to the dreaded question right here- keep reading to find out!

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5 reasons not to miss Trove’s Grand Opening this Saturday in Woodlawn. Hint: massage is one of them.

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Looking for something to do this Saturday? Make sure you add the grand opening of a new Birmingham business to your calendar! On Saturday, June 22 from 9AM to 2PM at 5532 1st Avenue N, Birmingham, AL 35212, Trove Design Shop and Melissa Jane, LMT will celebrate a joint grand opening.  Here are 5 reasons not to miss it.

The cutest flower truck. Photo via Trove Design Shop on Facebook
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