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B-Sides Art Show, Tuscaloosa, May 6

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"The B Side" Exhibit


Exhibit Dates: May 6-27

Reception: May 6 from 5-8 p.m.


"The B Side” group exhibit will be hosted by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center during May. The display, composed of works by 18 Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Nashville artists, will open with a reception on May 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday and will conclude on May 27, 2016. The band, Really Really Big Man, will be performing live during the opening reception.

The subject matter in this third annual B Side exhibit will be composed of artists' visual music-themed interpretations, covering all genres from country to rock and jazz. Tony Brock, B Side founder and organizer, asked each artist to produce art of their choice and style, interpreting songs, designing faux album covers, painting portraits of musicians or anything music-related. The title of the exhibit originated with the B Side, or flip side, of vinyl albums and 45s. At times this was an undiscovered gem, with little airplay but a good alternative to the more mainstream. The show provides an art alternative in the visual sense.

Artists whose works will be included in the exhibit are JenX, Tony Brock, Chris Davenport, Tony Bratina, Tony Tavis, Anjeanette Illustration, Shweta Gamble, Bruce D. Andrews, Jeff Bertrand, Tingler, Joe Rossomanno, Charles V. Bennett, Matt Daugherty, Kunkle, Kevin Ledgewood, Sharron Rudowski, Ruth O'Connor and Julie West.


Tony Brock
Tony Brock is a visual artist who specializes in painting pop-culture themed images with a retro feel and has participated in several art shows and festivals in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas. He was the recipient of a 2015 Druid Arts Award for Visual Artist of the Year. He resides in Tuscaloosa with his wife Tina, and their son, Matthew.

Tony Tavis
Anthony "Tony" Tavis is a self- taught artist who works from his home studio in Helena, AL. He has participated in over 40 festivals and exhibitions throughout the southeast. With his vibrant creations, Tony has declared a ruthless and unforgiving war on all that is monotonous and visually mundane. This artist works hard for his fans and is always cooking up something in his imagination to paint for you.

Kunkle is a self-taught, contemporary folk-pop artist with singular style. A native of Birmingham, Kunkle uses acrylic, paper, aerosol & house paint on salvaged or discarded materials with vibrant colors often dominating his palette transforming trash into unique works of art.

Tingler is an artist living and working in Tennessee who is heavily influenced by outsider and kustom kulture art. His high energy art focuses on social discord and cartoon violence. From a young age Tingler had a fascination with cars. When he isn't working on actual cars, he's often making images of them, especially hot rods.

Matt Daugherty
Matt Daugherty received his BFA from The University of Alabama. He teaches drawing and color theory classes at the Tuscaloosa Magnet School. Daugherty resides in Tuscaloosa with his daughter Olivia.

Kevin Ledgewood
A native of Mississippi, Kevin Ledgewood resides in Northport and serves as the Publicist for The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. With a primary background in music/clarinet, the B-Side enables him to combine two of his favorite things, music and art. His primary media include watercolor and pen & ink.

Anjeanette Illustration
Anjeanette Illustration knew since about 5years old she wanted to be an artist. Primarily a portrait and mildly surreal artist, she has created everything from logos to oil landscapes to commercial illustrations and caricatures. At an amusement park. Sometimes in the rain. Her preferred mediums are charcoal, acrylic paints and digital paintings and photography. When she’s not awkwardly writing about herself in the third person, she is praying, painting, reading, and exploring the world with her husband and children and her trusty National Parks Passport.

Joe Rossomanno
Joe has been trapped in the technical side of graphic design, but once upon a time, he indulged in fits of illustration that went on for months, at one point owning his own small publishing business that produced three issues of the graphic magazine Apocrypha Now in 1995 . . . before having to earn a living. On occasion, he is unable to suppress his illustrative tendencies, and he creates images that hint of the supernatural in whatever medium is close at hand.

Jeff Bertrand
Jeff Bertrand is a nationally showcasing artist from Nashville, TN who is heavily influenced by graffiti and tattoo culture. His super colorful palette and fluid brush strokes create movement and depth and invokes emotions of the good and not so good that we all face in life. Bertrand is widely known for painting on found objects and untraditional canvases and can be found displaying in galleries and private collections all across the country.

Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport A compulsive doodler and art fiend, Chris Davenport is a Los Angeles resident but a southerner at heart. Her sculptures, drawings and paintings celebrate our quirky, mad world.

Shweta Vora Gamble
Shweta Gamble is a graphic designer with a love for paint and color. She enjoys painting the world in the odd and happy way she sees it  and has the most fun when she is breaking conventional aesthetic rules.

Tony Bratina
Tony Bratina is an illustrator/graphic designer/fine artist/skateboard enthusiast with a passion for conceptual painting. He enjoys giving his subjects an edge and making the viewer dig deeper to uncover meaning.

Bruce Andrews
Bruce Andrews is currently the Executive Director of the Shelby County Arts Council, a non-profit arts organization in Central Alabama. Mr. Andrews is a singer songwriter and roots music enthusiast with the band 2BLU. As a visual artist, it would be fair to say that his love of music is reflected in his drawings and paintings. As Bruce would say: "I can only hope to capture a bit of the spirit of the music or musician in my work. I do consider my art representational and symbolic; that said, "realism" is not my goal...making art with soul is."

Sharron Rudowski
Sharron Rudowski is the Education Director and Gallery Coordinator at the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. After retiring from a law enforcement career, she attended the University of Montevallo where she earned her BFA in Painting. Her favorite subjects to draw or paint are people, but she also enjoys pet and home portraits and the occasional composite drawing for law enforcement.

Ruth O’Connor
Ruth is a visual artist and art educator that lives and works in Tuscaloosa.  Together with her husband, they run a downtown art studio where she teaches art classes to kids, young adults and adults, brings in visiting artist workshops and organizes special events.  When she's not running around with their two children or keeping busy running the business, Ruth tries to get some "creative" time in the studio herself, sometimes to draw (charcoal being her favorite medium) but mostly to create new and exciting art lessons for her students.  Personal website: Studio website:

Julie West
Julie West is an art director and graphic designer currently living in Birmingham, AL with her husband, kids, dogs, cats, fish and bunny. In her spare time Julie searches for reclaimed objects at thrift shop, junk stores and sometimes the side of the road, to assist in the creation of her art. She adds texture, movement and dimension by embracing an impasto style of painting, while also using a palette that includes copious amounts of color to create vibrant exciting pieces of art. Her art is not for the lover of beige.

A self-taught artist. Loves to paint and draw and make handmade crafts.

Really Really Big Man is a Tuscaloosa-based cover band focusing on mostly 90's rock and alternative music. With many years of performance experience between the individual members, they provide a fun, high-energy show. Upcoming show dates and booking information can be found on

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What are you? Some kinda freaky deeky artist?

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Every time I do a show or a festival, at least one person walks into my tent and tells me they make art, but are scared to show it. Many ask me how I got started.  If you already make lots of art, and enjoy attending art festivals and openings, you are an artist already, the only obstacles in your way is filling out the paperwork, and fear of humiliation. I hope this can help you see that fear in a different light.

The thing about being an artist is, you really have to put yourself out there to the world.  It’s like your imagination is on display.  Some people love it, some people cringe, but either way, at an art festival or gallery show, it’s there for the whole world to see. That’s the fear you have to overcome to make the transition from a person who makes stuff in their basement for their own amusement, to a working artist in a professional sense.  Art can be very intimate and personal for many artists, including myself.  Showing your art can feel like you are jumping your motorcycle over snake river canyon while never fully believing you are going to live to tell about it.  If Evel Knievel survived so can you!

Sometimes, it’s easy for an artist to feel alienated.  There are these ideas that are constantly bouncing around our heads that sound completely ridiculous to some people if we dare share them.  We all are born with these great imaginations, and the ones who leave it behind become adults, but the people who can’t let it go?  Well we become artists (yeah, I got that from the Picasso quote but, it is still true!) I feel many artist put their guard up, and assume that after years of being the “weird” one, or the guy that “marches to the beat of his own drum” as some people like to say, that rejection is eminent and those ideas are best kept under wraps.  I’ve been called a dreamer, a weirdo, I’ve been told I have my head in the clouds throughout my childhood and so on, but I’ve learned to embrace it.

I recently watched the movie “Wedding Crashers” the other night starring Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.  The movie was hilarious, and lampoons certain extreme stereotypical personalities; the raging jock; the dysfunctional rich folks; and of course the tortured artist who wants to play “tummysticks” with Vince Vaughn.  This caricature is quite funny and entertaining, but of course, most artists that I’ve encountered aren’t at all like that, but it often is the kind of sterotype that comes to some peoples mind when they hear the word “artist”. Growing up in the Providence area, the home of the prestigious and notoriously expensive Rhode Island School of Design (also referenced in the Wedding Crashers movie), I actually feel like I’ve seen that guy walking down Thayer Street, or even sold him a ticket to the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Avon Cinema (before I got fired for sleeping through some bizzaro Lars VonTrier flick I had to endure for the zillionth time).      

The truth is, that our artist brains are indeed wired a bit differently than most people.  It’s not an act, or were not trying to be different, and I promise, many artists I know can’t stand the attention. I feel like some people fear that difference, and are too quick to judge. Maybe it’s all in my head, but this feeling of fear and alienation occasionally wells up inside me, especially when I’m in a room of people who feel really strongly about something (especially when it comes to politics, religion and sports).  After all, who are the first to go in the event of authoritarian dictatorships pop up?  Sometimes we might get a complex about it, I know I do.  In a world where art and music takes a backseat to the football team, it’s easy to see why.    

I think one of the most important tools in my art box, the one I use before I even get out the paint or a brush, is the ability to laugh at myself.  I grew up in a place where it’s a cultural imperative to take it with a grain of salt when someone is “busting your balls”. The ability to laugh at my own absurdities and mistakes is probably the number one reason I ever decided to show my art in the first place.  Finding my place in the world has been a challenge at times, and even an adventure.  Whether it’s a customer, a kid, or a fellow artist, I can testify, the best feeling comes when someone sees your art, gathers insight into your soul, and likes what they see.

Upcoming Events

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Hey Everybody, It's a busy spring and 2015 has been great so far.  I made it up to the Jerry Brown Arts Festival in Hamilton, Alabama earlier this month and had a fantastic time.  Hamilton is a wonderful place with some amazing people serving up some good ol' southern hospitality.  This was my second time attending Jerry Brown which is annual indoor show held the first weekend in March. The venue changed since 2014, and is now held in the Tombigbee Electric Coop at exit 14 off of I22.  The artist line-up was pretty impressive with some notable star power including Maurice Cook, Jim Weaver, Marian Baker, Brian and Meghan Bohanan, Charlie Lucas, Mike Williamson, and of course,  Jerry Brown.  For those of you who are not familiar with Jerry Browns work, he is a potter and makes highly collectable face jugs in a unique Northwest Alabama tradition. 

I have more shows coming up this spring including: 

I also have some good stuff cooking up including new pieces, drawings, signed prints, greeting cards. And more great news, you will soon be able to wear my art!  The first edition May Fighter tee shirts are in production and will be available March 28.  Thank you so much, and I hope to see you at one of these great events!

Welcome to My World!

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Hello, welcome to my new blog and website.  I previously used as my blog, and it still exists, however, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet.  This is the inaugural new blog post and I want to tell you what I'll be serving up here.  I am a people person by nature.  The fun part about being an artist, and doing all these art festivals is that I get to meet some really amazing people and go to some interesting places along the way.  I will be sharing those experiences, past and present here with you my readers.  I will also post information on what I'm working on and what events I will be participating in in the future. In regards to making my art available for purchase online, that is coming soon! (I have some things to iron out before I go live with that).   I encourage my readers to subscribe, and comment as often as you like.  Thank you all visiting