Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BFT and Monty Stabler Galleries featured artist: Bethanne Hill

The Haden Gaines Marsh Gallery in the lobby of BFT features works from Monty Stabler Galleries for the production run of Jane Martin's Talking With..., directed by Chris Lawson. Five paintings by Bethanne Hill are on display.

Bethanne Hill was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on October 12, 1966. She was raised in Birmingham, the youngest of 6 children. She is a 1985 graduate of the visual arts department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and holds a BFA in painting and sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College.... Bethanne and her husband Darius Hill (also an artist and Chair of the Art Department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts) and their children live in Birmingham. (Excerpt from "Artist's Bio 2004")

"As a young artist, my first great influence was primitive art, specifically Australian Aboriginal art. The bold outlines, patterns and simplified shapes seemed to me to directly convey the power of the animals depicted. Their energy was there to see. Often, in what is called “x-ray style”, the Aboriginal artist will show the insides of the animals, as well. Their way of filling every inch of the format with mark-making was very appealing to me. As I read through Joseph Campbell’s The Way of the Animal Powers and Sir James George Frazier’s The Golden Bough, the imagery leaped out at me." (Excerpt from "Artist's Statement," by Bethanne Bethard Hill)

You can find Bethanne's work at Bethanne Hill—Painting & Illustration on the web and on Facebook.

Monty Stabler Galleries is also on the web and on Facebook. Christine Alfery is featured in the current show at the galleries, located at 1811 29th Avenue South: (205) 879-9888.

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