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Artful Weekend July 16, 2009

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I’ve been a busy artist lately, playing with spray paint, electricity, and, naturally, ink and paper. But this weekend I’ll be around town enjoying a couple of art events that are also bringing attention to two of Birmingham’s intriguing neighborhoods.

First up is the beginning of the annual summer sale at Naked Art, which begins tomorrow (Friday) night at 5:00 as part of Forest Park’s inaugural Third Friday event. Every month on the–you guessed it–third Friday, the galleries, shops, and restaurants of Forest Park will stay open late with specials and surprises. And like I mentioned, this first one will feature Naked Art’s sale, which is a great deal–10 to 50 percent off everything in the gallery! I’ve put big discounts on several pieces, including some of the large pieces now on display at Roly Poly in Vestavia (available through Naked Art.)

I also want to stop by a new gallery I’ve never visited, DanielDay Gallery for the opening of its group show. My friend Jill Marlar will be showing her intricate intaglio prints, which seem like they want to tell you some secret story, as part of the show.

On Saturday afternoon, the Woodlawn community is hosting a big open house of sorts, and you’ll be able to check out local artists and potential office/studio spaces at the same time. That last bit might sound a little boring, but you’d be surprised. The last time Woodlawn had an event like this, I had a great time exploring some historic Birmingham structures, including an office building that made me feel like I had stepped into a classic 1930s movie (with a fantastic event space on its top floor). The arts portion of this event is part of the effort to draw more artists into Woodlawn and the eastern sections of the city, and I wholeheartedly support that. Woodlawn has a great little business district that feels urban and small town at the same time; it would be great to see it hopping with people and businesses and creativity. Usually artists lead the way in revitalizing areas like that.

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