From July 5, 2007...
Bare Hands art gallery in downtown Birmingham is bustling this week, in anticipation of Wearable Art 2007 - a multi-artist exhibit that opens this weekend. But all the action belies a simple truth: the gallery is hurting. Bare Hands is a non-profit gallery, meaning it survives on commissions it gets from art sales and on donations from patrons and volunteers. In the past year the gallery has experienced several challenges - from crime to the economy. Bare Hands director Wendy Jarvis explains to WBHM's Tanya Ott.
Bare Hands Gallery presents Wearable Art through the month of July.
Have you ever been walking down the street, noticed something in the trash, and thought - you know, in the right hands, that junk could "BE" something? That's the inspiration for the "found art" exhibits at the Southern Environmental Center on the campus of Birmingham Southern College. The center's director - Roald Hazelhoff - takes us on a tour.
See the "found art" Hazelhoff describes and take a virtual tour of the making of the Environmental Center.
The 500 miles from Nashville to New Orleans is fertile ground for musicians and artists of all stripes - and in the 1990's the Oxford, Mississippi-based band Blue Mountain pioneered what became known as alt-country. Cary Hudson and his then-wife Laurie Stirratt produced critically-acclaimed tunes that melded gospel, country, bluegrass and rock. By 2001 the couple had divorced and the group disbanded. But now they're reuniting for a series of "gigs" - they're not calling it a "tour". They perform tonight in Birmingham. Cary Hudson talked with WBHM's Hunter Bell.
Blue Mountain plays the Bottle Tree - tonight (Thursday, July 5).
Cary Hudson talks about the challenges of writing music and touring with his wife - now his ex-wife - in an extended interview.
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Birmingham rapper Shaheed says his love for rhyming and rhythmic words began as a child, when his mom would make him write his thoughts down in a journal. Later, he would take some of those thoughts and put them to music. After converting to Islam in high school, Shaheed says he began a spiritual journey that allowed him focus through the ups and downs in his life. He stopped by the Tapestry studio to tell us about his passion for words and poetry and the music with which he'd like to inspire others.
This is called "Sovereignty." (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Hunter Bell - and this week, Steve Chiotakis. Islara Vazquez tracks community events and we had help this week from Rosemary Pennington and Robert Brooks. I'm Greg Bass... see you next week.