St. Clair News Aegis (Pell City, AL)


April 24, 2013

Opening reception for Odenville Art Club's exhibit is Sunday

Pell City — Eight members of the Odenville Art Club will have a variety of beautiful art work on exhibit during May in the Leeds Arts Council's gallery.  The gallery is in the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center,  8140 Parkway Drive, downtown Leeds.  The opening reception is Sunday, May 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.   The public is invited.  There if no charge; however, the art work will be available for purchase.  The gallery is also open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and during arts council events.

 Artists participating include the following:

Lois Armstrong is a native of Birmingham  who has lived in Odenville since 1976,  She is retired from Bell South and pursues art as a hobby. She has had instruction with London Bridges and John Coppock but is largely self-taught.  She enjoys a variety of media including colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and oils.

Robin McBeth-Bell  is a native of Oklahoma who has lived in Alabama for thirty years.  She studied oil painting with Marie Barber but is otherwise self-taught.  Robin uses a variety of mediums including oils, colored pencils, photography and altered art.  She is a charter member of the Odenville Art Club and is the current president.

Vinetta Kemp Blow is a photographer and lives in the Friendship community.  She also enjoys creating altered art .  She is currently exhibiting  in the Gadsden Museum of Art's Photography Exhibit.

Al Corley started painting in  2005 after retirement.  He enjoys Plein Aire painting with his wife.  His favorite mediums include watercolor, pencil and acrylics.  His style is representational landscape and architecture painting .  He is a charter member of the Odenvillle  Art Club and is currently the vice president.

Betty Corley has enjoyed painting and drawing most of her life.  He husband and she enjoy Plein Aire painting when they travel.  In the studio, she enjoys  oil painting and pen & ink drawing.  She is a representational landscape painter having studied under Lila J. Wells, Wayne Spradley and John Sachs.

She has exhibited in the galleries of St. Vincent's downtown and East, the Riverchase Country Club, Aldridge  Gardens, Leeds Arts Council's gallery, Unity Gallery and with the Odenville Art Club.  She is also a charter member of the club.

John Foust studied art at UAB and with Alvin Sella.  He is retired from counseling and living in Odenville.  Earlier, he painted large landscapes but now, due to physical limitations, he works with smaller acrylic landscapes.  He has recently become  interested in oil pastels and ink.

Ellen Justice was born in Minnesota but now lives in Trussville with her husband, Thomas. Ellen's art education began with drawing cartoons from comic books when she was about eight years old. She never gave up dabbling in art off and on by drawing, painting, and reading every book she could get her hands on about color, composition, famous artists, etc.  She began painting in acrylics, moved on to the slower drying oils, then watercolors  and recently discovered the vibrancy of soft pastels. She is an associate member  of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Alabama Pastel Society and numerous local art clubs including the Cahawba Art Association,  Vestavia Hills Art Association,   Mountain Brook Art Association , Odenville Art Club and the National League of American Pen Women - Birmingham Branch.  Ellen  has won several awards for her pastels, including three for Best of Show . She exhibits her work at The Blackwood Gallery in Springville .

Carol Lane, originally from Atlanta, currently lives in Pell City.  Her earliest art influence was her grandmother, Jewel Simon, who was  a multi-talented artist.  Carol is a graduate of Oakwood University  with degrees in both Commercial  Art and Communication.  She received her masters at the University of Alabama  in Advertising Public Relations. Carol is a member of the Cahawba Art Association  in Trussville and the  Odenville Art Club. Carol's art works consists of acrylic painting, charcoal and pencil drawings,  photography,  and mixed media collage.   


For more information regarding the reception, exhibit or upcoming Leeds Arts Council events, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 or go to  In case of inclement weather, call ahead for re-scheduled dates.

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