Pell City artist Wayne Spradley is coming to conduct a workshop and space is limited to 12 maximum for the event, said Kelly Williams, director of Heritage Hall Museum.
“We’re so thrilled to offer this opportunity for people who love art to learn from Wayne Spradley,” she said. “This is a very special occasion for us.”
The visit was arranged following Spradley’s recent Gallery Talk at the museum in June.
There was an exhibit of his students’ work, which included Mary Fountain, Melinda Freeman, Laura Gentry, Carolyn Morris, Annie Laurie Porter, Frances Ross, Beppy Tyler and pieces from Spradley himself.
While at the museum, Spradley mentioned to Williams that he would like to hold a workshop at Heritage Hall, Williams said.
“We’ve just been working together to set a date,” she said.
Spradley is an internationally acclaimed landscape artist and has worked as a professional artist since 1968.
He has been invited and exhibited in the prestigious Waterfowl Festival, in Easton, Md., and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, S.C. He has won over 300 awards nationally including Arts in the Parks, the National Park Academy and the Alabama Duck Stamp. Wayne is noted for his contemporary realistic paintings of animals, game birds, fly fishermen, sporting art and landscapes. His style and talents are well recognized by many resulting in frequent commission requests. His paintings are on display at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, the Alabama State House and Senate floors and are in the collections of former Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush. Two of his paintings are in an edition of Art in the Parks, published by North Light Books. Many of Wayne’s paintings are in corporate, private and museum collections in the U.S. and abroad.
He teaches a monthly watercolor workshop in Columbiana at the Shelby County Arts Council, weekly classes in Trussville and Anniston, an annual workshop at Camp McDowell, north of Jasper, and several other workshops around the Southeast.
A native of Pell City, Spradley is recognized worldwide, primarily for his exceptional watercolors, many of which depict the scenery of his native Alabama.
He is the recipient of well over 300 honors and awards.
Spradley said he will approach the class with a specific project to paint.
“I will lead, and they can follow me,” he said. “It will be something everyone can do.”
Because each student is usually different in their approach or level, Spradley said he just adapts his instruction to meet the students’ needs.
With more than 40 years perfecting his techniques, Spradley said he doesn’t mind a bit sharing what he’s learned along the way.
Spradley speaks in an easy going, inviting manner about his art.
Now 75-years-old, he’s still busy painting and just recently did the portraits for the Walk of Fame Inductions for Talladega Superspeedway.
Recalling his background in art, Spradley said his most influential art teachers include those at the old Avondale School, a Mrs. Armstrong and the principal, Iola Roberts, who was a big promoter of the arts for her students.
He also said he had very good training in art at Pell City High School with Dottie Mays.
He and fellow ninth grader Joe Ed Boss were granted early admission to art classes at Pell City High School because of the talent they showed.
Spradley later attended art school at The Drawing Board School of Art in Birmingham for three years and worked with teacher Bill Yeager.
These days, Spradley said probably about 75 percent of his work is related to the outdoors.
“I stayed in the outdoors most all the time,” he said.
Spradley describes his artistic style as contemporary realism.
Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Spradley served in the U.S. Navy and was a steelworker.
The cost for the workshop at Heritage Hall is $150 for museum members and $175 for non-members.
The deadline to register for the workshop is Thursday, Aug. 22. You may call Heritage Hall at 256-761-1364 to reserve a place in the event.
In order for the workshop to take place, a minimum of eight students is required.