Photo courtesy of Bluff Park Art Show
Bluff Park Art Show 2015 Cindy Cail booth
Artist Cindy Cail's booth at the 2015 Bluff Park Art Show
The Bluff Park Art Association is gearing up for the 53rd annual Bluff Park Art Show Oct. 1 at the Bluff Park Community Center.
The show will feature the works of 145 artists from 10 states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas) and Washington, D.C., said Trish Hoover, an art enthusiast from Crestline who is one of three main organizers of this year’s show.
Most of the artists have been in the show before, but this will be the first time for 38 of them, Hoover said. Ninety-one are from Alabama.
The artists were selected by a screening committee after submitting samples of their work in May, she said.
The show will include paintings, jewelry, clay, woodworking, fiber arts, sculptures, metalworking, digital imagery, glass and mixed media, Hoover said. Artists will get a 10-foot-by-10-foot tent to showcase and sell their art.
Admission to the show is free, but the Bluff Park Art Association gets 20 percent of all sales, with proceeds going to support the arts in the greater Birmingham community.
The Bluff Park Art Association will be giving out 15 cash awards totaling $12,000 to the top pieces of artwork selected in the show, including a $3,500 grand prize and a $500 Popular Vote Award.
This year’s judge is DeeDee Morrison, a sculptor who operates out of a studio in the Wade Sand and Gravel quarry off Arkadelphia Road in Birmingham.
The association also chose to use a painting of historic Bluff Park by Hoover artist Jayne Morgan on this year’s T-shirts, brochures and advertisements, Hoover said.
The picture includes some Bluff Park businesses, Bluff Park Elementary School and other iconic places in the community, she said.
Bluff Park Art Show 2016 card
Hoover artist Jayne Morgan painted a historic scene from Bluff Park as the featured image for the 2016 Bluff Park Art Show.
Food vendors for this year’s show include Taco Tech, Moe’s Original BBQ, Tip Top Grill, Urban Pops and the Bluff Park United Methodist Church women’s group.
There is no parking available for guests at the community center on the day of the show, but free shuttles are available from Shades Mountain Independent Church, the Bluff Park Village shopping center, Bluff Park United Methodist Church and Shades Crest Baptist Church.
For more information, go to bluffparkartassociation.org.