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@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Julie Gill can remember as a kid, that she always tried to sit at the end of the pew at church. That way, she could play in the colored light the stained-glass windows provided. She’d stretch her leg out in the aisle to make the color dance across her skin. She rolled her fingers in waves letting the warm red light change their form. She was amazed by the warmth and richness of the light. Of course, she had no idea stained glass would become her language of expression, but she knew she wanted to drown herself in it. And so now, all these years later, she is on a journey to explore and share the beauty and light of stained glass.

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Huntsville Originals: There's No Place Like Home

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Christina Wegman is a Huntsville artist and small business owner who splits time between Alabama and Rosenheim, Germany.  After running a gallery in Downtown Huntsville for over four years, she has grown particularly fond of painting local scenes.  In her presentation, she discusses the irresistible pull of her beloved hometown and the art that it continues to inspire.

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A Rolling River

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

River Phanco is a 14-year old, yellow belt, Jiu Jitsu fighter. He also enjoys Muay Thai kickboxing and wrestling.

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Porcelain: Color and Light

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Curtis Benzle is a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Dimensional Studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH).  He is the President of the Alabama Craft Council and a former Trustee of the American Craft Council, past Board President and Co-Director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen and on The Board of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Curtis Benzle’s signature artworks are translucent, porcelain sculptural vessels and architectural lighting.  They are represented in major museums and collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art/NYC, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Seto(Japan) Cultural Center, the Racine Art Museum, Taipei(Taiwan) County Yingge Ceramics Museum and the White House Collection. Curtis has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. 

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BLINDSIDED: Moments of impact

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Amy McBroom is a self-taught, Southern painter, who explores contrasting symbiotic relationships in cities: skyline, grids, cultures, daily lives and conversations, with a look at how long-standing norms and change coexist. Greatly influenced by 20 years in the District of Columbia, Amy’s work pursues contrasting colors, shapes, movements and energies. Amy’s paintings are in private collections throughout the United States and Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and available in the HAL Gallery at Lowe Mill and at 

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From notes, to dots, to field

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Shannon Jeffreys is truly one of the up-and-coming stars in the marching-band-design world. His drill designs bring to each show a great understanding of voice staging, placement, and guard integration.

Since 2002, Mr. Jeffreys has been instructing and consulting for numerous marching bands across the nation, while bring forward a more progressive style of drill design to the Alabama region. For the 2009 season, he became the visual caption head with Decatur High School in Decatur, AL. He went on to become their drill designer for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. During the 2010 and 2011 season, the band earned Best in Class awards at every single contest they entered including back-to-back Class A wins at the prestigious Contest of Champions in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; they became the first Alabama based band to win a “Best in Class Award” in the events 49-year history.


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The Secret Life of a Graphic Designer

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Crisy Meschieri is a freelance graphic designer specializing in branding, advertising, and illustration. In her presentation “The Secret Life of a Graphic Designer,” she will reflect on the story that unfolds when your passion becomes your profession.

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Passion, Training, Artistry

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Cathy Curry is the Director of Outreach and Education for Huntsville Ballet Company and School.  She wears many different hats for the organization- grant writer, teacher, curriculum designer, choreographer, arts-integration specialist, toddler-wrangler, modern diva and broken ballerina. She possesses the ability to create dance technique metaphors that mostly relate to food and occasionally have to do with movies starring Steve Guttenberg. Cathy is a kinesthetic learner and communicator who is excited but fairly intimidated about having to speak to a crowd without rolling around on the floor once.


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Closer In

@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2018

A photograph lends itself to many interpretations. Suezy Proctor likes to get “closer in” to her subjects, then records her first impressions, which sometimes are expressed by a quote from a poem, a song, commercial, television show, artist, someone or something. Ordinary things become extraordinary when your focus is closer in. 

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Print Making: Passion, Process & Serendipity

@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2018

Rachel Lackey is a Huntsville native and founder of Green Pea Press community printmaking studio. She's a lover of texture and detail and running off to faraway lands whenever she has the chance.

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(Un)Conventional Wisdom – Going Against the Grain

@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2018

While researching 18th century mechanical tables by J. F. Oeben [pronounced O-Ben], J. Leko has been nearly kicked-out of such notable museums as the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Cognacq-Jay, Musée de Nissim de Camondo, and the Louvre (Paris), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). Actually, the Louvre did turn him away, come to think of it…

He occasionally teaches others and accepts commissions to build things for people that require far too much time!

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Finding My Paintbrush

@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2018

María Camp creates abstract paintings on Ampersand Hardbord, Gessobord, and Claybord, with acrylic paints, inks, and mediums. She enjoys incorporating texture into many of her pieces. She also creates stylized drawings and enjoys photography. Additional interests include: writing, editing, and attending plays.