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At The Gallery

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November 1 - 30
Mountain Valley Arts Council is excited to announce the next exhibit in our 2018 lineup featuring Jodi & David Nuttall. The exhibit opens November 1st and runs through November 30th.

Jodi is a native Huntsvillian who has also lived in Tennessee and England. She met her husband in England and brought him back to Huntsville in 1996. They share Studio 308 (3rd floor) at Lowe Mill. She also teaches pastel painting classes.

In 1979, she was encouraged by a professional artist teaching a painting class at UAH to get a degree in fine art and paint for a living. But instead, she planned to work and just paint on the side. Painting was always there in the back of her mind and after nineteen years at a local company, she quit to paint full time, cutting their household income in half. It wasn’t until three years later that she tried pastels. After two workshops and a little experimenting on her own, she was hooked.

Her current passion is painting landscapes and still lifes with soft pastels on “Pastelbord”. She also dabbles with abstracts and takes commissions. The immediacy and the velvety texture of the soft pastels and the directness of moving the pigment around with her fingers is what she likes most. An oil painter for several years, she got tired of mixing paint and mediums to get the desired colors and consistency.

She is mainly self-taught and chooses what to paint based on the mood or feeling of a subject and how well it resonates with her. Unlike most pastel artists, she does not alternate cool and warm layers of color. Her focus is on local color and her technique usually involves a lot of blending, although after taking a master pastelist class in 2016, she is starting to experiment with adding more non-local color. She paints from reference photos of places she and/or her husband has been. Having an English husband means going to England every few years, so a lot of her landscapes are English scenes.

Originally from Aberfan in South Wales. David lived in Addlestone, Windsor and Datchet in southern England. He has lived in Huntsville since 1996. David’s work includes the unique artwork of hand-drawn plausible fictitious maps which he has been creating since the age of five. They have significantly improved the detail, quality and plausibility over the years. He considers himself lucky to still have some of his earliest maps, from about the age of 8 onwards.

The fictional maps can be inspired by real places and include research into that area to ensure plausibility. While he is not trying to fool people that the places are real, he is trying to create the feeling that they could be..

The maps are created on a variety of mediums, including paper, wood, board, canvas and most recently directly on skin (as temporary art).

He does sometimes create maps of real places that are “re-imagined” maps that look at the familiar in a different way. David offers custom maps and some full commissions that are unique and involve consultation with the customer to be able to include significant aspects, places and events of their life into a map. All family members, pets and places lived are often included in some form.

David was trained as a cartographer by the British Government’s Military Survey mapping agency from the age of 16 and has worked in GIS, software implementation, customer training and software design (within Public Safety) for Intergraph/Hexagon in Huntsville and InterAct (North Carolina). He still performs Public Safety GIS consulting services in addition to the artwork.

There will be an artist reception showcasing their work at the MVAC ART Gallery on Thursday November 1st from 5-7pm. Afterwards, join us at Errol Allan Park from 6:30-8:30pm for our final 2018 Fall Concert – featuring Barefoot Blues.

MVAC is in dire need of art supplies, and we are calling on the people of Marshall County to help us. These supplies will then be utilized by county agencies such as the Crain Court Youth Center, the Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates, Guntersville Child Development Centers of Marshall County, Kelley’s Rainbow Shelter, the Child Advocacy Center, and many more. Some of the supplies needed include but aren’t limited to: pencils, crayons, coloring pages, and cardboard.