3 local artists making stunning stained glass art in Birmingham

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Stained glass ornaments from Sway Design Studio. Photo via Sway Design Studio

Searching for a one-of-a-kind gift? Looking for more local makers to support? These three stained glass artists are creating stunning pieces right here in the Magic City. Keep reading to see photos of their work and to find out how to purchase a piece yourself.

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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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How to get & give help in 2021 for Birmingham creatives, including grants

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Don’t forget to support our local art shops, museums and galleries. Photo via Forstall Art Center

The past year has been a devastating blow for many Birmingham creatives as theaters closed, shows were cancelled and art was put on hold. As we trudge into the next month of the pandemic, find out how you can keep your creativity afloat and how others can support you.

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5 stunning works you need to see from “All Things Bright and Beautiful” at the BMA

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“All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Amy Sherald serves as inspiration for the exhibition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

In a year marked with sadness, All Things Bright and Beautiful seeks to celebrate the joy you can find even in the darkest of times. Learn about this stunning exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) and why it serves an important purpose.

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New grant gives Alabama artists much-needed support through pandemic

“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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5 things you need to know about MOSS MAGIC, a hybrid art event Nov. 7-8

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Celeste Amparo Pfau is one of the many local artists who will be presenting and selling their work at MOSS MAGIC. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection is joining Moss Rock Festival for a never-before-seen hybrid art event—MOSS MAGIC. Purchase tickets for the festival happening Saturday, November 7 through Sunday, November 8 in Birmingham.

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7 local artists’ Instagram accounts you need on your feed

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Art created by Micah McKenzie and Derrick McKenzie Jr. Photo courtesy of Micah McKenzie

As much as we love seeing ice cream and doughnuts while we’re going through the ‘Gram, it doesn’t do much to inspire us—just our hunger. Birmingham has art in every corner of the city and the most accessible way to find unique styles is through social media. Start scrolling with us.

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Welcome to the Thomas Project—6 artists making a home at an unusual oasis

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Don’t worry—he doesn’t bite. Dinosaur created by Jimbo Smith of the Thomas Project. Photo via Bham Now

Just three miles from downtown Birmingham a portal into another world exists. When you arrive, prepare to be greeted by giant metal dinosaurs, mountains made of gravel and a collection of artists who’ve found a home under the towering Thomas Coke Works furnaces. Take a tour with us through the Thomas Project and meet six of the nine artists currently creating there.

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5 Birmingham artists to keep on your radar + what they’ve been up to in quarantine

Where have you been finding inspiration during quarantine? Photo provided by Micah McKenzie

Now it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and makers. While local artists would typically be showcasing their art at the Birmingham Art Crawl right about now, it’s postponement has led to new avenues for artists to share their work. We asked five local artists how they’ve been creating during quarantine. Here’s what they’ve been up to. 

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Commission a pet portrait from 5 Birmingham artists—no treats required

The definition of a good boy. Photo via Tim Blanton Art’s Facebook.

If you come from a house like mine, your pets probably get treated better than most human companions. Hey, those little guys deserve it even when they make you get up at 3AM to let them out in the rain and hog half the bed. Why not take a cue from mid-century monarchs and commission a pet portrait from Birmingham artists.

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5 Bham photographers using creativity during isolation to stay connected

I can’t wait to spend my weekends back with the girls at Queen’s Park, but for now those curbside cocktails work just fine. Photo via Mary Fehr’s Facebook.

Where there’s a will, there’s a creative way. That’s how these Birmingham photographers look at life, as they navigate COVID-19 precautions while still trying to continue their livelihood and passion.

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6 simple ways to support local musicians in Birmingham right now

Missing the Bham Loft Show, a monthly showcase of local musicians and artists, very much right about now. Preston Lovinggood + and the band performing at a Loft Show last year. Photo via @bhamloftshow on Instagram

With live shows postponed and our local music venues closed, local Birmingham musicians are being hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some simple ways to support your favorite local acts right now.

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