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Bham Events: H2 Does Art Crawl

Image via Melissa Shultz-Jones

We’ve featured the Loft District’s Art Crawl before, but we’re extra excited to be participants this go-round. We have a sparkling new space to share, and we’ll be using it to showcase the work of local artist Melissa Shultz-Jones.

Shultz-Jones had formal art lessons as a child, but she also pored over the work of classic artists in a coffee table book for a self-directed style of discovery, she told artsBHAM.com in August. That early experience with books continued to shape her art, finding inspiration in all sorts of printed pages so long as they contained “a good story,” she told the site. “It’s difficult to stay in one genre when there are so many things I want to say.”

That focus on story over genre is clear in her impressive stylistic range. There are colorful, rounded characters that are begging to dress up a nursery or kid’s room. There are moody, graphic novel stylings, realistic character portraits drawn in India ink, and coloring book pages that would make for awesomely minimalist loft-style art.

One of our favorites in her portfolio is her take on the classic Terminal Station Birmingham sign. The clean, graphic lines of India ink appeal to our modern tastes, while gray-tinged clouds of watercolor and gouache add a more fanciful touch. Her colorful abstraction of the Alabama Theatre is another favorite, offering a great alternative to the many charming but literal representations of our city icons.

We also love her series of gouache scenes on salvaged paper — everything from children’s books to old hymnal pages. Pieces like this one incorporate original details into the new design and bring a historic, handcrafted touch to any space.

You may have noticed, we tend to focus on the home applications of art, and that’s part of what we love about Art Crawl. It’s a chance to discover local artists doing affordable work you can actually imagine hanging in your home. It’s art for everyday life, which is our very favorite kind.

But don’t take our word for it. Come say hello and see for yourself.

Bham Events: Art Crawl

We’re always fans of Art Crawl – the monthly loft district event highlighting local artists and venues every first Thursday from 5-9 p.m. – but never more so than when the holiday season is upon us. The local artists at Art Crawl have you covered, with affordable goods from prints to pottery to handmade jewelry. And if the thought of shopping makes you feel faintly itchy, remind yourself that Art Crawl allows you to enjoy fine adult beverages while you shop, and your attendance will be rewarded at the after-party hosted by Pale Eddie’s Pour House.

To whet your art appetites, we’re previewing some of our favorite items from the artists’ online portfolios:

Contemporary folk artist Kunkle crafts his colorful pieces on scrap wood, specializing in pop culture and literary references. We love his A Clockwork Orange head, Honest Abe, and “eat a book” series. Our current favorite is this special commission piece he made for a friend with a misbehavin’ cat.

Image via Art by Kunkle

Stoneface Ceramics creates small storage items that look pretty on a dresser or desk. This one probably needs to store our office candy.

Image via Stoneface Ceramics

Chris Davis creates pieces we buy for all the kids in our lives, then secretly keep for ourselves. His work has the kind of simple, bold shapes and colors that feel kid-friendly but hold their appeal at any age.

Image via Christopher Davis

Ever wondered about the trippy, anthropomorphized Miss Fancys on the back wall at Avondale Brewery? Paul Cordes Wilm is the guy who’s responsible. Besides larger works and the occasional art print tee, he tends to offer postcard prints of his work.  Pair these with small frames for your own budget art accents – we’ve seen a loft dweller use a framed bienvenidos print to dress up an otherwise generic condo door – or as small holiday gifts.

Image via Paul Cordes Wilm

When it comes to wearable art, you’ll find great copper pieces from Kat Griffith. This coiled copper bracelet feels modern and fun, especially with the soldered detail at the ends.

Image via Funky South Gallery

Silver Cicada Designs also makes wearable pieces, though maybe not in the way you’d imagine. We’d most likely use this soulful fox as wall art, but we can imagine repurposing it for next year’s Halloween costume.

Image via Silver Cicada Designs

And of course, some of the venues are great shopping spots in their own right. What’s On Second has all the vintage treasures you never knew you needed, until you did. Sojourns, which stocks gorgeous fair trade items from around the world, is our go-to for handmade greeting cards, children’s toys, and housewarming gifts. Charm is the very best costume jewelry store in town. Plus, we like to visit the semi-toothless small cat taxidermy, and we daydream about buying the hand-beaded deer head.

Go forth and crawl (handy event map here). Let us know what you saw/loved/bought.