Wonderland | Current Works

Wonderland It was a cold night in the mountains. Like many nights, I turned the car and headed south along the Tuckaseegee River. The last of the evening light paled in shades of blue. The air was thin and balmy, and laced with chimney smoke from nearby cabins. Near the river basin in Soco Gap, I looked up and saw what appeared to be another wildfire. I was driving. So I asked mom.. Read More

Cultural Arts Initiative |the Sarah West Artistic Mentoring Scholarship

The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art is honored to announce the launch of the Sarah West Artistic Mentoring Scholarship for Continued Fine Arts Education. In the Fall of 2017, Sarah West & Michele West of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, will begin a long awaited endeavor as an extension of the gallery’s continuing Cultural Arts Enrichment Initiative Program. The Sarah West Artistic Mentoring Scholarship will afford area educators with the.. Read More

Living History |revisited

Living History along America’s Scenic Byways originally published via The Citizen of East Alabama | 2013 Autumn leaves began their parade as the car hugged each curve along the Crooked Road. The Crooked Road is in fact a crooked road which winds its way through Virginia, crossing the Tennessee line near Damascus. In my opinion, it’s one of the best places to take in early fall colors. The colors drift down from the.. Read More

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

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