TONIGHT: Dia De Los Muertos!


November 2, 2003

2115 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration for the dead held once a year in the midst of life. Each autumn, the living invite their dead to join them in a festival of communion-to return home again and, for a few hours, to sit by the hearth and warm their cold bones before returning to the land of the dead.

Birmingham’s annual Day of the Dead Festival is very much a celebration of life and a joyful and beautiful event where we pay homage and respects to our dearly departed by celebrating their lives with music, dance, art, food, spirits, laughter, joy and tears…REMEMBER!

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Willie Cole Lecture at UAB

Thursday, November 3 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Artlab at the Visual Arts Gallery presents Willie Cole, 2011 Juror for the Student Annual Juried Exhibition. Mr. Cole will present a talk on his works. His visit is a partnership with the UAB Printmaking Program of the Department of Art and Art History and beta pictoris/Maus Contemporary.

The UAB Department of Art and Art History, The Visual Arts Gallery through its artlab editions project, and beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary are pleased to announce a lecture and limited edition print by groundbreaking artist Willie Cole.

Cole will be in residence at the University between October 31 and November 6, working with Professor Derek Cracco and students from the UAB Printmaking program to complete a new, limited edition work, that will be sold to benefit the gallery and the printmaking programs, respectively.

“We are fortunate to have the facilities to undertake such a work, but more importantly we have a dedicated, professional, skilled printmaker in Derek Cracco,” remarked Gallery Director Brett Levine. “Professor Cracco has the ability to work with artists who push printmaking beyond its natural means.”

Cole, based in New Jersey, is visiting Birmingham in part to jury the 36th Annual Student Exhibition at UAB. He will give a free lecture on his works on Thursday, November 3rd, at 6 PM in the Hulsey Recital Hall. “Both Willie Cole and Guido Maus, of beta pictoris gallery, have worked tirelessly to ensure that this project provides opportunities on a variety of levels,” remarked Department Chair Erin Wright.

The Edition will be launched in conjunction with Cole’s exhibition at beta pictoris gallery, which opens Friday, December 9th. “Willie Cole and Bayeté Ross Smith will be exhibiting in raumZWEI, our second gallery,” Guido Maus explains. Information regarding the print will be made available at that time. For now, Cole and Cracco will focus on producing a complex, new, unique work that embodies the innovation and skill of the artist himself, and of the UAB Department of Art and Art History.

For further information about the lecture, please contact (205) 934-0815.
For information about Willie Cole’s works generally, or about his December exhibition, please contact Guido Maus and beta pictoris gallery, (205) 413-2999.

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Opening Thursday Night: PHANTASM

Join us Thursday the 27th at dusk for PHANTASM, an art show presented in the dark. Bring a flashlight and a friend and discover dark themed artwork from some of Birmingham’s favorite artists. Costumes are encouraged!

Thursday, October 27 · 6:00pm – 10:30pm
213 24th Street North
Birmingham, AL

Featuring the darkest artwork of:
Daisy Winfrey
Doug Baulos
Alicia Roden
Paul Cordes Wilm
Jennifer Wallace
Jonathan Purvis
Kara Hall
Sean Pathasema
Byron Sonnier
Merrilee Challis
Olga Mendoza
Veronique Vanblaere
Wes Frazer
Rebecca Davis
Brian Francis
Aaron Lockhart
Sarah Heath
James Edward Williams
Sara Cannon
Bo Hughins
Beth Ragland
John Lytle Wilson


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Also Opening Friday: “a violent thought of love in” group show beta pictoris gallery’s raumZWEI

a violent thought of love in” beta pictoris gallery’s raumZWEI

 opening reception Friday, October 28 (6-9pm)

webs, doilies, dots and grids : patterns of comfort

Peter FOX (NY)
Deborah KARPMAN (AL)
Susanna STARR (NY)

October 28 – December 3, 2011

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Opening Friday: Shana Robbins “Come in – Out of the Darkness” solo show at Beta Pictoris Gallery



Sound collaboration with ALBERTO ROMAN

Shana Robbins is an Atlanta-based artist whose work integrates concepts of “feminine” power, natural and supernatural phenomena, and experimental body movement into a multi-media / multi-sensory exhibition. One-time performance, Snakesandlace, will debut at the show’s opening, Come In—Out of the Darkness, on Friday October 28, 2011 @ 6:00 P.M. This five-hour endurance driven piece incorporates a 17-foot lace installation for which Robbins collaborated with the Shipibo women of the Peruvian Amazon. During her collaboration, Robbins learned the Shipibo women’s unique stitching and patterns that represent communion with healing forces within their handmade works of art. Elements of body movement are also incorporated in the performance in reaction to the sounds, scents, and patterns of her experience with the native people.

In this exhibition, Robbins includes multimedia pieces — from lace, mirrors, sound, crystals, video, sculptural installation, woven and hand-stitched textiles, to photographs and works on paper. Viewers will encounter mannequins dressed in hand-fabricated costumes for characters known as “Tree Ghost” and “Axis Mundi.”
These garments are worn by Robbins in performances—some for the public, others done for the camera and the natural environment—in Iceland, Mexico, New Mexico, and rural Georgia.
“Ronin”, a painting inspired by her experience in the Amazon jungle with the Shipibo people, portrays the spiritual visions of the “Cosmic Anaconda” as it radiates and forms intricate patterns within Shipibo songs and visions. Snakesandlace performance will debut one-time only at the opening on Friday October 28. The installation will remain until the show ends on December 3, 2011.

Robbins has exhibited her work or performed at Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center; Monkey Town, Brooklyn; Mobius, Boston; BECA gallery in New Orleans; Rowan University Gallery, New Jersey; and Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta. Robbins exhibited her solo performance/exhibition, Supernatural Conductor, in 2010 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and will be included in the forthcoming Biennial publication (book) entitled Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape in 2011.

show goes from Friday Oct 28th at 6:00pm – December 3 at 9:00pm

beta pictoris gallery

2411 Second Avenue North (between 24th and 25th Street)
Birmingham, AL

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Opening: “the Figure” 21st street studios – October 21

21st Street Studios presents the Figure
group exhibition opening October 21, 2011, 6-10 pm

exhibiting artists include:

Sara Graden Armstrong, Catherine Cabaniss, Jean Cecil, Amy Crews, Elizabeth Farr, Tia-Simone Gardner, Barbara Hirschowitz, Emily Johnson, Angela Karen, Hunter Prewett, Leah Thornton

21st street studios
109 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard
Birmingham, Alabama

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Affordable, Creative Spaces for Creative Professionals

55th Place Arts offers customizable workspace for artists at affordable prices. Main Street Birmingham takes a broad view of the “artist” – from visual and performing artists to architects or designers – anyone who uses their talents to make a living. Located in historic Woodlawn, between studio-rich Avondale and East Lake – which many artists call home – 55th Place Arts is in the center of Birmingham’s emerging creative district.

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55th Place Arts combines affordable workspace with Main Street Birmingham’s Arts Incubation program to include business assistance to include one-on-one coaching, workshops, access to resources and a link to city, state and federal government programs. Contact Main Street Birmingham at 205.595.0562 or by email at

Friday and Saturday: Birmingham Artwalk 2011

Don’t miss Birmingham’s own artwalk!!! Support your local artists!

Ten years ago, a small group of artists, residents and businesses in the Historic Loft District came together with a good idea – to showcase local art in a way that encouraged people to experience downtown Birmingham in a new and exciting way. With the support of a few visionary investors, Artwalk was born. The first year featured less than 60 artists in a handful of locations. A decade later, Artwalk has grown into a popular destination street festival showcasing more than 120 artists throughout a vibrant neighborhood of residential, retail and entertainment establishments.

Artwalk, scheduled for Friday September 9, 5-10 p and Saturday, September 10, from noon-6 pm. and will showcase regional artists in the unique setting of Birmingham’s downtown loft district, using the architecturally rich environment of area businesses to attract visitors to a one-of-a-kind festival. What began as a modest art tour through the emerging loft district has become a highly anticipated, must-see annual event drawing more than 15,000 people downtown and showcasing more than 170 artists and performers. Area businesses host the artists, offering a fresh, exciting way for the public to experience art— and Birmingham.

The mission of Artwalk is to

• To promote Birmingham’s regional artists with an emphasis on introducing emerging artists; and
• To promote Birmingham’s downtown loft district as a viable economic and residential neighborhood.

The family friendly event is FREE to the public and will feature 3 entertainment areas, a KidZone on Saturday, multiple opportunities for food & drinks and more than 100 artist displays all within 9 city blocks. Wander the loft district on Morris, 1st & 2nd Avenues North between 22nd and 25th Streets to take it all in. Be sure to visit our new pedestrian avenue on Morris with our Main Stage and more than 20 artists on the sidewalks.

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Friday: “It’s not my first time” solo show by Joel Ross at beta pictoris gallery

beta pictoris gallery is excited to invite you to this amazing IL-based artist’s first solo show with the gallery.


It’s not my first time

September 9 – October 22

opening reception Friday, September 9 (6-9pm)

new works on paper and photographs