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Mountain Valley Arts Council Features Woodcut Prints in August Exhibit

Bogdan Ghita took an art class as an elective while he was a student at UAH in 2008.  He became interested in woodcut prints, a relief printmaking technique that became very popular in Europe in the latter half of the 15th century. As a self-taught artist, Bogdan's artwork is influenced by his childhood memories of Romania, his personal ideas and struggles, and whatever he finds of interest at the time.  

Bogdan fell in love with woodcut prints' surface textures and many possibilities for design. Woodcuts can be bold or subtle, crude or refined. He especially enjoys the process of carving the wood blocks because it provides hours of meditation. Working with wood is challenging though because it is not forgiving; with one wrong cut, the desired outcome is changed. His studio is at Lowe Mill Studio #323 in Huntsville. 

His exhibit at the MVAC Gallery at 300 Gunter Avenue Guntersville will run from August 6 – 30,. The exhibit will include woodcut tools, woodcut blocks, and the actually prints, so you will learn about this centuries-old art medium from start to finish.

Join us for an artist reception for the public to meet Bogdan Ghita and ask questions about his techniques will be held there August 8th, 5 – 7 PM. 


Child advocacy center Art auctioned at corks & Chefs

Innerweave, 24” wide x 20” tall

The children of the Child Advocacy Center met for Art Camp, sponsored by Mountain Valley Arts Council, in early June. They painted two abstract, acrylic paintings on watercolor paper, which they cut into strips. They wove personal pieces for themselves and shared the rest of their creation to make the art work, “Innerweave.” Bright primary colors mixed with drawings and dark tones entwine into a rich symbol of life and how we are all united. As we spend time with each other, our lives merge together to surround each other with love and support.

The primary colors in this work speak to emotions and feelings. Dark values of blue, blacks, reds and purples merge and then emerge as the sun on the right side of the art. 

The solid base provides support as children reach into the world to make a difference in their lives.

The artwork was auctioned off at Corks & Chefs July 22nd, the annual fund raiser for CASA of Marshall County and Child Advocacy Center of Marshall County. Micky Gaines was the winning bidder at $500. Thank you for your generous bid, Micky!

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Planning for the September 2019 Exhibit

This exibit will showcase the favorite art of MVAC members. It can be art you made and want to sell, bought, or were given. Participants will be first come/first serve, so send us an email (info@mvacarts.org) if you will participate, so we can know when the Gallery is full. We need this info:

  • Art piece name

  • Medium

  • Dimensions

  • Artist

  • Owner

  • For sale or not for sale

  • Digital image of the art piece (phone photo is fine)

You’ll need to drop off the art Saturday, August 31st during gallery hours. The reception will be Thursday, September 5th and will also be the annual MVAC members meeting with election of new board members. Pickup after the exhibit is over will be Saturday, September 28th.

Let’s share and celebrate the art that truly speaks to us!


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New or Gently Used Art Supplies Needed

MVAC is always collecting new and gently used art supplies. These supplies are distributed to agencies such as the Crain Court Youth Center, the Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates (CAJA), Guntersville Child Development Centers of Marshall County, Kelley’s Rainbow Shelter,and the Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

Art supplies such as these are needed: pencils, crayons, coloring paper (not coloring books), and unprinted cardboard for free-form art activities.

Bring the supplies to the concerts or to the MVAC Gallery (and see the exhibits while you’re there!).


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Past Events

The July 6th Watermelon in Watercolor by the Water art workshop at Riverview Campground

Thanks to our hosts, MVAC Members, Denise and Craig Cornwell, owners of Riverview Campground!


PICTURES FROM ART CAMP DAY AT CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER - MAY 2019

Note that an acrylics weave art piece by all the children who participated was part of the silent auction at the Corks & Chefs event July 22nd at Guntersville Town Hall. This year’s piece was auctioned off for $500 for this important agency to Marshall County children.