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Winter 2013

Volume 8

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Young Artists shine

Ross Bridge "Art and Music on the Green" was the setting for an art show which featured young artists from Bluff Park Elementary, Deer Valley Elementary, and Rocky Ridge Elementary. Mr. Steve Cole, professor of art at the University of Montevallo judged the competition which included drawings from over 30 young artists. Art teachers Ms. Shawn Argo, Bluff Park, Ms. Christine Collier, Deer Valley, and Ms. Judith Davidson, Rocky Ridge submitted their students work for judging. Sponsored by the Hoover Arts Alliance the 6 winners were presented with recognition certificates and also gift certificates in amounts of $50 and $25. The HAA also provided a $100 "Rising Star" award to the young adult artist at the Ross Bridge event. The winners of the children's art awards are: Maisie Seltz ­ Bluff Park $25.00 Jordan Rochford- Deer Valley $25.00 Leslie Nguyen Le- Rocky Ridge $25.00 Mathew Bransdorf- Rocky Ridge $ 25.00 Mallory Dean- Deer Valley $50.00 Lila Zellman- Deer Valley $50.00 The awards were presented to the students at their respective schools. This is an annual event which the HAA sponsors to promote the arts in Hoover Schools. All elementary schools in Hoover are encouraged to participate. The arts are an important part of any great city. Hoover Arts Alliance mission is to support the arts in Hoover at all levels.

Above left, from L to R: Mallory Dean and Jordan Rochford. Left, from L to R: Leslie Nguyen and Mathew Bransdorf. Above: Maisie Seltz.

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HAA SUPPORTS HHS JAZZ BAND TRIP The Hoover Arts Alliance presented Assistant Band Director, Ms. Sallie White and Hoover High School Band Director, Ryan Fitchpatrick a check for $1,500 recently. The HHS Jazz Band had been working raising funds for their trip to Chicago to perform for the International Music Educators Conference December 19th. The conference had over 16,000 attendees from all over the world. This is only the fourth time in the 66 year history of the conference that a band from Alabama has been selected to perform for the group. The 23 members of the band include 9 seniors. The current Jazz Band members are the latest in a tradition that spans over 35 years from W.A. Berry High School to present day Hoover High School.

the alliance . . . supporting the arts

The Band has played for the Hoover Service Club, Hunter Street Baptist Church, Southern Company Retirees, the Plaza in the Hoover Library, the Bluff Park Art Show, and other venues in the City. The Hoover Arts Alliance's mission is to support and encourage the arts in Hoover at all levels. Presenting this check to these talented young people and their dedicated teachers was such great fun. I hope they know that everyone in Hoover is so very proud of them!

A VERY SPECIAL ARTIST We have recently had the opportunity to see some very special art work. You may have read about Annabelle DiCamillis, a senior at Spain Park High School. Her work is amazing and the pictures in the Hoover Sun, Over the Mountain Journal and other publications do not do the work justice. While we at the Art Alliance do not promote for profit business you need to visit Creekside Tavern in Patton Creek. Annabelle has 9 large chalkboard paintings displayed throughout the dining area. They are scenes from the Hoover area and Gulf Shores. You feel you are dining in an art gallery. Annabelle recently returned from Miami where she was a finalist in the Young Arts National Arts Competition. She is one of 15 finalists selected from 10,000 applicants. In April of 2012 she was in New York to accept the National Scholastic Art and Writing gold medal for her painting "Rococo Renovation". This gifted artist hopes to pursue her art career at the Pennsylvania School of Art upon her graduation from Spain Park this spring. 2013 ARTIST GUIDELINES FOR SHOWING AT HOOVER CITY HALL GALLERY The Hoover Arts Alliance announces the grand reopening of the Hoover City Hall Art Gallery, which will be located in the main lobby. We are anticipating the first show to be hung near the end of January 2013. The following guidelines are required from each artist in order to be considered for selection to show work at the Gallery. The committee requires the following: 1. A recent CD containing ten (10) to twelve (12) examples of the artist's work; 2. A written biographical sketch of the artist; and 3. A written artist statement.

She is a community treasure. Thanks to a business (Creekside Tavern) that appreciates the arts and makes it possible for all of us to enjoy her work in this informal venue.

Each show will remain in the gallery for a two month period. Monies will be collected at the information desk adjacent to the gallery. The building is secure. Artists wishing to submit the above items for consideration can mail them to the address below. Please submit a self addressed envelope for return of the CD. Deadline for submission is January 21, 2013. MAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: Mrs. P. S. Bendall - 3236 Dundale Road - Hoover, Al. 35216 QUESTIONS: E-MAIL TO [email protected] THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

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BLUFF PARK ART SHOW TURNS 50 Mr. Lee Sentell, Alabama State Director of Tourism announced recently that the Bluff Park Art Show has been named one of the 10 top events to attend in Alabama in 2013. Rep. Paul DeMarco announced this honor on the 50th anniversary year of the Bluff Park Art Show. Some of the founding members of the group were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Sara Perry, Sally Johnson, Cary Moore, and Beth Albright Johns, daughter of Lois Albright have been a part of this group over the years. The State will publicize this year's event throughout the United States and abroad. A special logo in honor of the 50th Anniversary was unveiled and the poster was presented to Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey. The Hoover Arts Alliance is working with the Bluff Park Art Association to provide promotional advertising and will also provide prize money and other assistance for the event which always takes place the first Saturday in October.

Photo courtesy of Hoover Sun/Jeff Thompson From L to R: President Beth Albright Johns, Rep. Paul DeMarco, State Director of Tourism Lee Sentell, member Anna Price, and Mayor Gary Ivey

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It's Membership Renewal Time! Do your friends and associates know about the Alliance?

President's rePort

We are off to a great start this year as you can see from the stories and pictures in this issue. October was filled with Hoover art events. The Bluff Park Art Show and the Art and Music on the Green were smashing successes. More people are turning out for events like these and the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the BMA. I worked several weekends at the Rockwell exhibit and the crowds were awesome. In December HAA presented a check for $1,500 to the Hoover High School Jazz Band for their trip to perform in Chicago. They are a wonderful group of young people with a truly inspired director. In January several art galleries announced that they will be closing because of the tight economy and that is sad. The Bluff Park Art Show will turn 50 this year and has been recognized by the State of Alabama Tourism Board as one of the 10 best destinations to visit in 2013. High praise and well deserved. The City of Hoover had a ceremony at City Hall to recognize this honor. We appreciate the support of Mayor Ivey, Councilmen Gene Smith, John Green, and John Lyda as well as Representative Paul De Marco and Representative Jack Williams at this event. In the coming months the HAA will be partnering with Aldridge Gardens and the Bluff Park Art Show on several exciting projects. March will bring Signature Homes/Hoover Arts Alliance Scholarship applications for seniors from our two high schools. The Gallery at City Hall will be up and running in February with what can only be termed as a breathtaking exhibit. You can see this will be a busy and exciting year for the arts in Hoover. We will keep you informed so you can be a part of the fun! Linda Chastain

To become a member or to renew your membership, simply fill out the membership application and mail to:

Hoover Arts Alliance P. O. Box 26187 Hoover, AL 35260-0187

Hoover Arts Alliance P. O. Box 26187 Hoover, AL 35260-0187 Return Service Requested

Permit No. 259 PRST STD Pelham, AL 35124

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The Purpose of the Hoover Arts Alliance is:

· toservetheCityofHooverasanorganizationforthepromotionoftheartsandartists. · toprovideinformationonartshows,arteventsandgalleryexhibitstothepublic, event organizers and the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. · topublishadirectoryoflocalartistsandtheirmedia. · topublishinformationaboutthelocationofartgalleriesintheCityofHoover. · toprovidearteducationopportunitiesthroughscholarships.

We need your help in promoting the arts in Hoover!

Hoover Arts Alliance Membership Application

(Please use the form below to become a new member or renew your existing membership)

Name _________________________________________New Member?_______ Address ________________________________________________________ City_________________________ State _________ Zip __________________ Phone ______________________ Cell Phone ___________________________ Email __________________________________________________________ Are you an artist? _______ If so, what medium? ____________________________ Would you like to give to the scholarship fund?_______ If so, amount ___________ ___ Would you like to volunteer? __________ If so, in what capacity? ________________ Membership ______ Publicity ______ Special Events______ Other ______ Please mail your check for $10 to P O. Box 26187, Hoover, AL 35260-0187 .


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