Blacksmithing Demonstration - THIS Saturday!
Please join Southern Accents this Saturday, June 20th, at 10:00 am for a blacksmithing demonstration by artist Berry Allen. Berry will be joining us in the back alley demonstrating how he turns iron into hardware and decorative pieces for the home. Berry will be bringing with him a variety of his iron creations that will be available for purchase. We will also be grilling hotdogs and burgers around noon which will make for a fun, exciting event!
Berry is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He specializes in hand built clay figures, free form platters, and large metal sculptures. Berry spent four years in Birmingham specializing in blacksmithing and stone and fountain restoration before returning to Huntsville in 2006. He has been a featured artist at the Panoply Arts Festival and has had his work exhibited at the Von Braun Center Visual Arts Achievement Program. He has been project manager and part of the fountain installation team for Bridge Street in Huntsville.
Berry's interest in blacksmithing was peaked in college when he saw liquid iron for the first time. He was introduced to it by an adjunct professor from Sloss Furnaces. Berry said that he likes having the ability to take a material that is rigid and cold and transform it by fire into something that has movement and warmth. Berry is living a lot of young boy's dreams... he gets to play with fire every day!
When asked about his connection with Southern Accents Berry said, "I've been an avid shopper with SA for years. As an artist, I appreciate hand crafted products. I am intrigued by all the items that are salvaged and saved by Southern Accents. I love how so many of their salvaged goods are fashioned by hand into useful items and works of art".
This Saturday you will have the opportunity to watch Berry demonstrate his skills as he turns metal into decorative items. The demonstration will begin at 10:00am and end around 2:00pm. You can also visit Berry at his studio located between Walker Avenue and Howe Street in Huntsville or online at www.baughart.com.
June 17, 2015, Vol. 156
Jam in the Ham
Music and Arts Festival
You can catch Southern Accents team member Josh Howe at "Jam in the Ham" this weekend. Jam in the Ham Music and Arts Festival is an event that will showcase talent only from this great city and state. There will be 197 bands performing throughout the day in 3 different locations. In addition to great local music, there will be several art vendors and food trucks. This event is located at Zydeco on 15th Ave South in Birmingham. Visit Jam in the Ham on Facebook for more information.
Here's a peek at some of Josh's artwork that will be available this weekend at the Birmingham festival!
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