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Bookends | Art Walks

Bookends | Art Walks This morning I began arranging various images, pinning them to the studio wall which flank my latest works in mid-progression. For each new work the studio undergoes a new and different metamorphosis before the painting can begin. Through this “nesting phase,” I collect articles, compose sketches and print selections from my photo journals, and establish a series of related images, all of which appear on this altar of art,.. Read More

Original Writings | Art Worthy of a Listen

The records are significant. Drop the needle and the first six songs spin. Universally they evoke resonant sentiments for the listeners. Blessed are the songwriters, who wear their heart in their sleeve, also the poets, the artists, and any who sacrifice their own vulnerability for honest artistry. It was Ernest Hemingway who said, “there is nothing to writing, all you do is sit down to a typewriter and bleed.” As a writer, I.. Read More

Jim Avett | Original Writings

Jim Avett Original Writings | Premiere Exhibition A rare exhibition of original writings honoring the release of Jim Avett’s highly anticipated new album,”For His Children and Ours.” On behalf of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, I’m honored to present the first exhibition of its kind, celebrating Jim Avett and his masterful gift of storytelling through song. Visit the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art in May 2017 for this premiere glimpse.. Read More

The Chef’s Table | Where Art Lives

The light of the sunrise is softened by sheer curtains; it bathes the ceiling, painted in a hue of powder-blue. Beneath it I feel immersed. The air is cool and the silhouette of nearby ridges are just greening. Winter came and went a week ago. Snow and ice halted Spring’s early blooms. Naked trees expose ground cover, last season’s leaves are dry umber. I toss back the crisp white linens, stretch and greet.. Read More

Restoring Sunlight | Revisited

Tulip borders are abloom, scarlet petals compliment yellow daffodils. Cherry Blossoms and Japanese Magnolia’s lace garden paths. Azaleas proclaim signs of Spring are evident, and I cannot resist this opportunity to savor them. Early days of March are unpredictable. The sun invites one to disrobe, shed the layers and drink in the warmth; while chilling breezes send us right back indoors, reaching for sweaters and coats. Much like the seedlings who slumber within.. Read More

Restoration of Compassion & Freedom

Restoration of Compassion & Freedom   “There is no art without contemplation” -Robert Henri The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art is honored to announce renewal and resurgence in Michele West’s contemplative works in flow painting. Through varied realms of media and application, Michele renders reflections of mindfulness, strength and fulfillment. With appreciation for the complexities of current human existence paired with the near cataclysmic layers of historic past, she considers and renders.. Read More

Signed Prints in Support of Haiti

The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art is honored to announce prints by Michele West for Art Auction in Support of Haiti Relief. In collaboration with biddingowl.com, Michele West has produced fine archival prints of “Hibiscus” (2017) Watercolor on Paper. Proceeds from auction print sales will directly benefit St. John’s Lutheran Mission Team who provide relief to Haiti through mission work in the region. Each museum quality archival print in signed and accompanied.. Read More

An Evening with Jim Avett

The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art presents An Evening with Jim Avett –Album Release Day Show– As part of the The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art’s 3rd Annual Cultural Arts Enrichment Event, we are honored to host a return show for our dear friend, and songwriter extraordinaire, Jim Avett. We welcome our community and fellow arts appreciators to join us for An Evening with Jim Avett, Friday May 12th, 2017. This.. Read More

Art Walks, Studio & Sanctuary

Art Walks  Studio & Sanctuary It is with tremendous joy and appreciation that the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art is honored to announce a new page in the book that our Art Life is writing. Introducing, Art Walks, a CTV BEAM production in collaboration with Sarah West and The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, Smiths Station, Alabama’s destination for Continued Fine Arts Education. Join Art Walks for a journey into the studio and.. Read More

Fine Art Classes | Winter Spring 2017

Fine Art Classes Winter | Spring 2017    The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art announces New Fine Art Classes for the Winter/ Spring Season. Join Artists of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art in the New Year for Continued Education Fine Art Classes, tailored to foster artistic furtherance through exploration and studio education. Our Classes provide an individualized experience in hands-on learning, paired with skill development, and cultural/ arts history enrichment… Read More