Congratulations TONIGHT to MELANIE MORRIS for being the official artist for the Southern Voices Festival, taking place this weekend.
Tonight is the reception, rain, snow or ice!
She will unveil her newest work and it will be displayed through the next month at the Hoover Public Library following the event.
Visit her facebook page to get the current pics!
Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone will be the main speaker and hopefully will share his experience with his volunteer facilitation at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison located it Niantic, Connecticut. With his guidance, women were able to express their frustrations and craft the experiences into something unexpected and beautiful. Those publications are Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away.
The full syllabus for the event and the authors who will be sharing their expertise on Saturday, February 28 from 9:30-4:00 pm is located at http://www.hooverlibrary.org/sv
Nearly ten years ago Melanie started a Christian small group for artists when it was all we could do to claim the phrase, “I am an artist” while blushing showing us that ANYONE WHO CREATES IS AN ARTIST, as taught in the books we studied over the course of six years.
Some of those are listed here:
The Creative Call, Janice Elsheimer
If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat
Scribbling in the Sand, by Michael Card
Other inspiring books on creativity:
The Vein of Gold A Journey to Your Creative Heart, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way
Unlocking the Heart of the Artist, Matt Tommey (Purpose Driven Life for Artists)
Walking in This World, Julia Cameron
Finding Divine Inspiration, J. Scott McElroy
Melanie paints using a palette knife. She layers vivid color masked with muted tones that create vibrant landscapes and some of the most vivacious trees I have ever seen.
If you haven’t signed up for Southern Voices and want some tidbits from the festival, you can watch for my summary on my website, www.allisonpadams.com
Speakers will be:
Wally Lamb (author of She’s Come Undone, I Know this Much is True and We are Water)
Karen Abbot (American Rose)
Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Sweetheart, NPR’s list of top 100 thrillers ever written)
Amy Greene (Bloodroot, Long Man, 2010 Tennessee Writer of the Year.
James Scott (The Kept)
Jon Sealy (The Whiskey Baron)
Thrity Umrigar (Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, The Weight of Heaven)
Meg Wolitzer The Ten Year Nap among others, and two that became movies, This is My LIfe and Surrrender Dorothy starring Diane Keaton.
Whether you attend or not, the books mentioned will surely fuel your creativity. Simply celebrate and explore the work of these writers with published works. Let that inspire you to press on with your blog, poetry or whatever creative endeavor is inside you. Let it burst forth to life!
And if you want to jump into painting and are in the Birmingham area, try one of her workshops!
She is the one who taught me to undercoat in red for every painting and to use the palette knife! You are sure to have some fast and furious FUN!
Fast & Furious Florals with Melanie Morris
Alabama Art Supply
Cost – $100
Saturday, March 7 (Full with wait list)
10AM – 4PM
Saturday, March 21 (New)
10AM – 4PM
Happy Creating and Blessings for Unleashing your Creativity!
Coco Love and painting “Dock of the Bay” by Allison Adams
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