And as far as distinctive?
Definitely, you can count on it.
Pell City’s Artscape Gallery has nine new and returning artists with their work in place in the gallery in its downtown location, plus the long standing artists who offer their work.
Nada Boner specializes in her creations made from clay, with the majority of her pieces done to reflect people and personalities.
She has prepared seasonal sculptures for fall and Halloween and is now moving into her Christmas holiday creative mode, making large sculptures for decorating and gift giving that are truly one of a kind.
Her high hatted Santas stand a little over three feet tall, and there are figures of witches named “Trick” and “Treat” to enhance your setting for the Halloween season.
Bonner will also take your own ideas of people you know, family or friends, and turn them into custom creations to reflect their personalities.
For artist Debbie Skinner, it’s her handiness with stitching that brings her work to the gallery, and you name it, if it can be embroidered or stitched, even sketched on glass, she’s got the touch.
Skinner has created holiday tea towels with messages to speak to folks of all kinds, from the light at heart to the more serious side of Christmas celebrations.
Skinner pointed to a Santa design, saying it took 60,000 stitches to complete, but that’s not the top stitch count for her creations.
One of her angel inspired pieces involved more than 90,000 individual stitches to call it complete.
Skinner also turns her stitching to handmade picture frames and Christmas ornaments enhanced with embroidered designs, and her glass etching can be done on decorative glass pieces as well as jewelry or usable glassware.
All can be personalized for special designs, and Skinner will even work on glass pieces that are already parts of individual collections.
Ashville painter Brice Day has been focusing on acrylics and particularly likes landscapes, but has branched out into painting detailed work that includes studies of species of fish and birds that enhance the region.
One of Day’s favorite landscapes in the Artscape Gallery collection was inspired by a tiny photograph of a winding pathway through the woods used in a magazine.
Day expanded on the forest view, and the result was a full sized painting that delivers you right down a gorgeous forest trail.
Painter Julie Funderburg has joined the list of artists at Artscape, and her contributions include several large and colorful paintings of fanciful roosters on perch, along with a large canvas study of a horse head done in a rainbow of pastels.
Funderburg paints in a loose but realistic style that enhances her subjects with unexpected colors and brush strokes.
For Steve Smith, a returning artist to the gallery, he’s been busy turning scenes from nature into glass work, wall hangings and pieces of jewelry.
One wall piece features a stately tree against a bright background and another captures a moon rising from the horizon.
Smith is also known for his bottle art and chime creations, usually made from recycled glass he collects.
For painter Laurel Darnall, there are impressions of animals and lots of other subjects and also pieces with spiritual elements done with variations of soft color and smooth brush effects.
Darnell is also teaching at the gallery, with classes for both groups and for individuals. You may call the gallery at 205-884-2787 or Darnall at 205-405-8112 for arrangements.
Ellen Justice has joined the artists at the gallery, and works in pastels in an assortment of subjects.
Wood carver Tom Goodwin is back in the gallery, and his pieces include people, wildlife and plenty of other subjects as well.
Sundi Hawkins is also among the list of new artists at the gallery; her paintings are in place and ready to take home to any décor.
Retired art teacher in the Talladega County School System, Teresa Bussie, is among the artscape artists, and her interests range for multi-media to paintings and just about anything in-between.
She likes to stay busy with plenty of projects in progress at any given time.
All the artists at Artscape Gallery are busy preparing for their upcoming Artscape Festival, which will be held at Celebrations on U.S. 231 South in Pell City Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The artists will have their traditional pieces, along with many created just for the special event that are seasonal and decorative for the holidays.