At the Magic City Art Connection

With BBVA Compass presenting the 29th Magic City Art Connection over the weekend, it seemed like a good occasion to add a few pieces to the decor at the club.

And, as the following scenes show, the festival — spotlighting the work of local artists and others from Oregon to Florida — didn’t disappoint.

Jeannie and Sam Maddox of Dothan provided the Connection with one of its most striking visual displays.  “Naples Swimmer” is an oil painting that vividly demonstrates their photorealistic style.

“Colleen” is also an example of how a Maddox painting provides “the ultimate in photorealism.”

“Taxi,” another amazing Maddox painting.  Put the Harry Chapin song of the same name on repeat, and I could look at this all day.

Here’s an atmospheric entry in Claire Cormany‘s terrific Magic City After Dark series.  The Birmingham artist, who works with oils and acrylics, is also a successful graphic designer and illustrator.

It was a busy weekend for my friend Christy Turnipseed, whose Lil’ Seeds creations were quite a hit.  By the end of the first day of the festival, patrons had even bought the jewelry she was wearing.

As shown by this selection of rings, Christy draws inspiration from Art Deco, classic literature, and vintage sheet music.  Lil’ Seeds transcends jewelry.  It’s art.

Jennifer Ivory’s 3D Insectworks displays are so lifelike that her exhibit includes disclaimer signs assuring that no insects were harmed during the creation of her art.  They’re so impressive that they earned a Magic City Art Connection Award of Merit.

A resident of Oregon, Ivory says she stumbled across the idea for Insectworks by accident while designing butterflies as a wedding present for a friend.  She was pursuing a graduate degree in architecture at the time and now is a full-time working artist.

The laid-back and personable Francisco Adaro describes himself as a painter of life’s pictures.  In his kaleidoscope shirt, jeans, and paint-stained loafers, he looked the part as he brought his colorful wood and canvas paintings to the festival.  Adaro is a native of Argentina who currently works in Florida.

“Out of the Box,” a painting on wood by Adaro Art.  The out-of-the-box portion is painted on a remnant of wine crate.  “My wife is a wine expert,” Adaro said.

Take some time to check out the soft, smooth sounds of international crooner Michelet Innocent.  Like the festival audiences, you’ll be glad you did.

Birmingham-based singer Jen Moody and her band had 20th Street North rocking during the festival’s second afternoon.

Up-and-coming artists were represented by such works as “Geometry.”  Created by art students at Mountain Brook High School, it was awarded second place in the High School Sculpture Project.


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