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

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

Time Traveler

  Another trip around the sun, a planetary orbit shifts. Stars align as I work feverishly into the night. At a frantic pace I write of things as they come. An impending deluge of thought, ideas pour in and I attempt to record them all before they are gone. They are all tied together. Like the magician’s silk scarf, one idea lends itself to another. Seemingly endless is this renaissance. I piece particles.. Read More

Navigating Sun Tides

Have you ever tried to photograph a sunset only to find that the still image doesn’t near capture the essence of the moment as it is lived? In the recent year, I almost given up the notion of photographing a sunset. Instead, I savor the westward drive home. As the sun dips nearer to the horizon, exhilarating hues streak the sky and kiss the trees like Parrish’s brushwork. This time of year, almost.. Read More

Atelier Portrait Program, hosted by the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art

Atelier Portrait Program Fine Art Courses for Continued Education in the Arts The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art Study traditional portrait composition in atelier with instructor, Michele West. Learn the fundamental principles for sketching portrait, refining structure, emphasizing perspective pose, shading and capturing the subject. Increase your strength in portrait drawing ability and establish greater confidence in your pencil/ brushstrokes. The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art Atelier Portrait Program offers these.. Read More