On December 2nd, we hosted the First Annual Local Artists Holiday Art Sale in conjunction with the monthly First Friday. We invited a dozen or so artists from the Tuscaloosa area to showcase their work in our studio. Each one who participated had never shown their work at O'Connor before, and one hundred percent of sales went directly back to the artists to support their work.
Many of the pieces will be on display and for sale in the studio until this Friday, December 16th. If you're still looking to find the perfect Christmas gifts for the special people on your list and you'd like to shop local and support artists in our area we invite you to stop by and browse these unique pieces of art! Call us at (205) 396-9892 with questions about what may be available or for hours.
To see more from the participating artists view their individual websites or Facebook pages through the links below.
Maggie Tanski came to O’Connor Art Studios as a young, homeschool student interested in art and looking for an outlet to explore that interest. She began taking private lessons from Ruth on a weekly basis. However, as her schedule grew busier she had to take a break from art. After a time, Maggie’s mom contacted Ruth to see if Maggie could pick her art studies back up, but this time with a group of homeschool friends also looking for a place to receive a serious art education. This is where the O’Connor Art Studios ARTistic Adventures homeschool curriculum was born!
For two years, Maggie was able to study at the studio under Ruth’s guidance. She began in the core classes learning the basics and made her way through higher level courses which prepared her to take the step into college. During her time in the program, Maggie was dedicated in her pursuit of knowledge and her commitment to learning. “There was not one homework assignment I gave, that she did not come back the following week with a carefully studied and executed response. She took advantage of every situation presented to her... a great student, a true learner! Maggie was also kind and considerate to her peers, often offering help and giving support where needed,” said. Ruth.
Maggie also worked as Ruth’s teaching assistant during the two JUST FOR KIDS Summer Art Camp and was efficient in the time and responsibilities given to her. “The kids loved her,” Ruth said. “She would just as easily get down on the floor to build something with them, as supervise a new activity.”
Maggie’s hard work has paid off in a major way. This Fall she began studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and is pursuing a degree in Industrial Design. She was awarded several notable accolades including the Homer M. Lloyd, Jr., Georgia Tech Club of Birmingham Scholarship, Steven Ehrensperger Memorial Scholarship, and the Mercedes-Benz US International Scholarship.
Congratulations, Maggie, and thank you for letting us be a part of your journey!
Last year, Seth started at O'Connor Art Studios. He worked long, hard hours and showed much determination. Yes, he is a talented young artist, but this young artist also showed an eagerness to learn and a great dedication to move forward... So proud of him!
Watch out Alabama School of Fine Arts, here comes Seth Evans!
Participants in the new curriculum "ARTistic Adventures" specifically designed for the home schooling family, has completed it's first year of study. Lead by art educator, Ruth Jatib O'Connor, these young ladies (not all pictured here) have completed over 120 hours of study at the studio and independent study. Congrats to all the families for their support and to these wonderful young students for their perseverance and dedication to their studies in the visual arts.
Visiting artist, Kaitlin Redborg, teaches a lesson on printmaking to a small group of homeschool students at O'Connor Art Studios. This is just one of the many lessons taught in the new curriculum "ARTistic Adventures" developed and taught by Ruth Jatib O'Connor, co-founder of O'Connor Art Studios.
Artist in residence at the University of Alabama
Last year, O'Connor Art Studios brought out the clay and plaster. This year, it's marble. Marble?
For those of you that already know, Caleb is mostly known for his painting, but his true passion brings him back to sculpture. (For images of Caleb's earlier marble carvings, visit his personal website HERE and see what he did learned during his Fulbright Grant in Italy.) This project: A bust of Dr. Peter Bryce in marble, along with a marble column and capital. See his progress below.