Homewood artist Don Stewart with his Uncommon Valor print of the history of the Marine Corps. Photo by Rick Watson.
By RICK WATSON
Don Stewart’s mother died unexpectedly when he was five years old, and it was then he knew he would become a doctor. But it wasn’t until the Homewood resident had completed medical school and was training as a surgeon that he realized practicing medicine did not make him happy—drawing did. So he walked out in the middle of his rounds.
That was 25 years ago, and he’s never regretted walking away. He had no idea how he would support himself drawing pictures with a ballpoint pen, but he knew he loved the work and believed he’d find a way. And he did.
Trying to categorize Stewart’s art is difficult. “I draw funny pictures that are made of puns that make people smile,” he said. “My job is to increase the endorphin levels of everyone that sees my pictures.”
An example is a golf bag made up of a set of clubs (playing cards that are all clubs), shooting iron (a pistol), trap (rat trap), driver (a hammer) and it’s all carried by a caddie (a Cadillac). The longer you look at the drawings, the more puns you see. Continue reading
Kevin Webster stands by his favorite painting at Monty Stabler Galleries in downtown Homewood. Photo by Katie Stewart.
By KATIE STEWART
A retired military man, a police dispatcher and an artist—not just anybody can boast about being all three, but Kevin Webster does with great pride.
Originally from Gardendale, Webster now dispatches for the Homewood Police Department and displays his artwork in Monty Stabler Galleries in downtown Homewood.
During his Army career, he painted military-themed pieces, but now his subjects are dogs, horses and other wildlife. He considers himself a contemporary realist and paints with oils.
“I love painting ordinary things,” Webster said. “Sometimes objects will strike me, and I just have to paint them. It’s hard to explain. The way the light hits it, the look in an animal’s eyes, the shadow…something in the image stirs me and I have to paint it. There isn’t any political or religious reason why I do it; I have no agenda. I paint because I love to create.” Continue reading
By MADOLINE MARKHAM
On May 14 and 15, artists will set up displays of jewelry, representational art, and more both outside and inside Colonial Brookwood Village as part of the first The Village Art Festival, sponsored by Birmingham Art Association (BAA) and Brookwood Mall. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with chef demonstrations 12-2 p.m. and children’s art projects 2-4 p.m. The event will go on rain or shine.
“We hope to create access to broad array of arts experiences through the event,” show co-chair and BAA member Frank Holden said, noting that the organization anticipates it will become an annual festival.
“We hope it will be as important to Homewood, Mountain Brook and Vestavia as ArtWalk is for downtown,” Holden said. “We are excited about that prospect.”
All artwork, including representational art, abstract art and handmade jewelry, will be for sale; prices will range from around $50 to $200 or higher. “There will be something for everybody,” Holden said. Continue reading