The Beginner’s Guide to #ShopHSV this Holiday Season

This holiday season Arts Huntsville encourages you to skip the big box stores and turn to your local artists, creators, makers and entrepreneurs for unique gifts and life-long treasures. Not sure where to start? Read on for our beginner’s guide to shopping local in Huntsville.

Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr. SW
Wed & Thurs 12pm-6pm

Fri 12pm-8pm,
Sat 10am-6pm

11206800_10153285289034153_8162099415641846490_oIf you really don’t know where to start for the best local finds, Lowe Mill has you covered. With three floors of artist studios and artisan shops specializing in everything from comic books to jewelry, painting, pottery, clothing and tea, you’ll be hard-pressed to walk out of Lowe Mill without something for even the most hard-to-buy-for member of your family. Saturday’s Flying Monkey Arts Artist Market brings in even more local craftsman and artists for you to explore.

The ARTery
816 Wellman Ave NE
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

The ARTery’s funky vibe comes from the mix of artistic disciplines displayed in their shop. From feltwork to handmade soaps and beauty products, local baked goods, as well as jewelry, hand-carved pens, paintings, prints and a diverse record collection, the ARTery provides another one-stop-shop to help you check off your Christmas list.

The Little Green Store
820 Monte Sano Blvd SE
Mon-Sat  10am-5pm


Reindeer Ornament Michael Aram The Little Green Store & Gallery

Sophisticated and chic, the Little Green Store represents local and regional artists and jewelers in their shop nestled on Monte Sano Mountain. You’ll find witty and whimsical jewelry, home goods and artwork for your mom, best friend, sister or wife. The Little Green Store also sells hand-crafted Christmas ornaments and stocking stuffers.


Church Street Wine Shoppe
501 Church St. NW
Mon-Sat 11am – 10pm

For the wine connoisseur in your life, Church Street Wine Shoppe boasts an impressive selection of wines from across the globe. Buy a bottle or two, a gift basket, or sign your family or friend up for Church Street Wine Shoppe’s Wine Club. The Wine Club offers members access to exclusive events throughout the year, 5% off wine purchases, discounts on beer-tasting events and more!

Art & Soul Inspired Home
2313 Whitesburg Dr S
Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm
Fri & Sat 10am-4pm

Art & Soul Inspired Home will bring all your Southern Living dreams to life. This home decor and local art boutique offers  furniture, home goods, workshops, gifts and more. Grab a gift card for the new home-owner, inspirational artwork, jewelry or a crafting class for the creative in your life.

iHeartHSV Collection
500 Church St NW

Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm 

ihearthsvornament2016 is the Year of Alabama Makers, and to celebrate, Arts Huntsville partnered with the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau on a collection of items by local artists that are both beautiful and so Huntsville. From Saturn V mugs by Teri Hartman to hand-carved wine stoppers by artist Jack Rogers and ornaments featuring Huntsville landmarks by Carrie Alderfer, explore the collection and stop by the visitors’ center to purchase these unique, locally made items that you’ll be proud to display and proud to buy!


Clinton Row
100 Jefferson St N
Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm
Individual Hours Vary

Boasting a variety of small local businesses, Clinton Row serves as an incubator for local entrepreneurs. You’ll find clothing boutiques, record shops, artists, wood-workers and more in this one-of-a-kind shopping space located inside Downtown Storage. Artist Christina Wegman‘s studio features her colorful paintings of Huntsville landmarks, as well as mugs, pillows, candles, soaps and more from other local artisans.

Panoply 2017 Food Vendor Application

A weekend of art, music, STEAM interactive activities and community art projects make it easy to work up an appetite, so apply today to feed the crowds at Panoply Arts Festival! Our 2017 food vendor application deadline is January 13th, 2017. Questions? Email


Arts Huntsville and LHS Creative Writing Magnet Students bring Invisible Poetry to Streets of Huntsville

sidewalk-poetry-3Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville and the Lee High School Creative Writing Magnet are teaming up to bring invisible poetry to the streets of Huntsville. Original poems by Michelle Sisson’s creative writing students have been painted on the sidewalks of two Huntsville communities and the Lee High School campus. The poetry, however, will remain invisible until made wet.

“The temporary nature of these artworks creates an exciting way for people to engage with the arts as we move into the fall and winter, “said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “Through this project, we’re also able to celebrate Huntsville’s arts magnet programs and the great creativity we find in schools across the region each day.”

Arts Huntsville worked with the City of Huntsville Department of Landscape Management to identify central locations for the students’ work. The poems were painted using biodegradable water-repellent spray paint and can be found around the downtown Huntsville Square, intersections around the Huntsville Hospital District and on the Lee High School Campus.

“I am so very excited that the entire Huntsville community has the opportunity to experience my students’ talent,” said Michelle Sisson, teacher of the Lee High School Creative Writing Magnet. “We loved working with Arts Huntsville coupled with the chance to get out of the classroom and enjoy the city.”

The biodegradable water-repellent spray paint gradually fades over the course of four months. Arts Huntsville encourages the public to snap a photo of the poetry when they see it, post on social media and tag @artshuntsville on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Panoply 2017 Performer Application and Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in performing at the 2017 Panoply Arts Festival! Here’s what you need to know about our deadlines, stages, and other details.

Performer Applications for 2017 are now closed.

General Festival and Selection Process Info
The festival will be held April 28-30, 2017 in Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville, Alabama.

Festival Hours are:
• Friday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Sunday, April 30 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Panoply Performer Timeline
• January 20, 2017 – Application Deadline
• February 2017 – Accept/reject letters emailed the second week of February (includes Performer Stage Diagram Form)
• March 3,2017 – Performer Tech Forms due


Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Selection Process
Programming for Panoply 2017 will feature local and regional performers selected for the festival by our Stage Management committee.
This committee consists of staff and volunteers experienced in all forms of the performing arts. Entries will be evaluated on:

  • Artistic quality of work
  • Technical suitability for an outdoor stage
  • Content suitability for a family audience
  • Performer’s ability to attract and hold an audience
  • Compliance with Call for Entry guidelines



Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Staging Information
There are three stages at the festival. All stages are fully equipped with sound and light systems and operators. We also welcome applications from street performers.
Call for Entry General Criteria
All entries must comply with the following
• Submission of entry is not a guarantee of an invitation to perform at Panoply.
• Each performer must be age 13 or older. This is not an average age.
• Content of performance must be acceptable for general audiences; no preaching or dissemination of political or religious views is allowed.
• Costumes must be suitable for family audience.
• The purpose of the performance must be to entertain an audience rather than to train the performer (i.e., no recitals).
• The entry form must be completed in full and submitted by the deadline.
• The performers/groups MUST be cooperative in working with Festival management and volunteers.
• Photographers will be in the park taking pictures throughout Panoply. Submission of an Entry Form shall constitute permission for Panoply to use photographs of the festival performers in Arts Huntsville publications and for other publicity purposes throughout the year.
• Festival performance is expected to be similar to submitted entry.
• Variety of entire weekend’s programming will be a consideration by Festival management in the final selection.
• Any material submitted for judging must not be more than 2 years old.
• Due to the volume of entries, the selection panel will only be able to review the first five minutes of a performance, so make sure your best performance is at the front of the DVD or CD.

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Rick Kress

Criteria for Music
• Taped music is not allowed.
• All performers must submit a link to a video, or a DVD of a RECENT performance or dress rehearsal of work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival if selected.
• If a DVD is not available, an MP3 or CD of a RECENT performance plus a large, clear color photograph of the whole group in performance attire will be an acceptable substitute.
Criteria for Theatre & Musical Theatre
• Taped music is allowable backup music for performers, but piano or band is preferred.
• Use of set pieces is encouraged. Sets must be easily setup and struck in no longer than 10 minutes. Panoply has no fly capability.
• Costume changes must be done in the 10×10 tented dressing area provided.
• All performers must submit a link or a DVD of a RECENT performance or dress rehearsal with work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival if selected. DVD must be labeled with date and location of performance.
Criteria for Dance
• Taped music is acceptable.
• Costume changes must be done in the 10×10 tented dressing area provided.
• Description and photo/sketch of all costumes to be worn must be included.
• All performers must submit video of a recent performance or dress rehearsal of work of comparable quality and type to that which will be performed at the festival. The video must include a sample of at least three dances.
• Video must be labeled with date and location of performance.
• Panoply reserves the right to limit the number of pieces performed in a 30-minute block.
• MUSIC MUST BE FAMILY-FRIENDLY and Panoply retains the right to stop the performance if the presentation is deemed unsuitable for family viewing.

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Cliff Loehr

Panoply 2016. Photo Courtesy Cliff Loehr

Criteria for Strolling Performers
• Taped music allowed on portable (battery-powered) player.
• Costume and performance material MUST be family-friendly.
• Strolling performers will be provided a weekend pass and be free to come and go; no firm schedule will be built for most strolling performers.
• Kid-centered strolling performers may be booked for slots in the performance areas as well as free to roam the park.
• No dressing rooms are provided for strolling performers.
Don’t Forget…
• Submission of entry is not a guarantee of an invitation to perform at Panoply.
• Performances juried into Panoply will be mailed a stage diagram form that MUST be returned by email or mail to Arts Huntsville by close of business Friday, March 3, 2017.
• Photographers will be in the park during Panoply. Submission of an Entry Form shall constitute permission for Arts Huntsville to use photographs of festival performance for publicity purposes throughout the year.


Performer Applications are now Closed.

Panoply 2017 Artist Application

The Panoply Arts Festival weekend features an art marketplace consisting of more than 80 of the finest artists from across the United States, three performance stages, hands-on art and STEAM interactives, demonstrating artists and delicious food.

Photo courtesy Stephanie Jennings

Photo courtesy Stephanie Jennings

Our artists will enjoy fine Southern hospitality throughout the weekend in our Artist Hospitality area as well as $2,500 in Art Marketplace Awards including The Pat Flynn Kyser Best of Show, an Award of Distinction and five Merit Awards.

We’d be thrilled to welcome you to the Rocket City!

Applications are now closed.

If you have questions about Panoply Art Marketplace or the application contact Lisa Bollinger at


Monte Sano Art Festival Returns September 17th & 18th, 2016

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville is pleased to announce that for the first time in its 17 year history, the Monte Sano Art Festival will expand to two days. On Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, Arts Huntsville will welcome more than 140 visual art exhibitors from 8 states, local food vendors and music to the annual fine arts festival at Monte Sano State Park. Thirty-five of this year’s exhibiting artists are new to the festival. This year’s festival is presented with support from Simple Helix.

Monte Sano Art Festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 18th. The festival is free to attend with a $5.00 parking fee to benefit Alabama State Parks. This year the festival will welcome both new artists and festival favorites to fill the park woods adjacent to Monte Sano Lodge with shopping opportunities, as well as food trucks and musicians.

“Monte Sano Art Festival is a Huntsville tradition and we are excited to once again welcome the community to the beautiful Monte Sano State Park to celebrate our region’s talented fine artists,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “Due to the tremendous response from the community in 2015, we chose to expand the festival to two days to give shoppers more opportunities to explore our region’s talented fine artists, in mediums varying from painting to photography, pottery, sculpture, wool felting, jewelry and more.”

Founded in 1999, the Monte Sano Art Festival was created for the cultural benefit of the community by volunteers who lived in the mountain neighborhood surrounding the state park. In 2015, Arts Huntsville joined with the local volunteer team to manage the programming and logistics of the art show.

This year’s festival will once again feature local food trucks and vendors, including: The Big Easy Mobile Food Trailer, Rollin Lobstah, What’s Popp’N, Iceworks Shaved ice, Piper & Leaf, Suzy’s Pops , Fire & Spice Tex-Mex Food Truck, Valentine’s and Chupper Time. Throughout the weekend, performances by Chip Gulbro and Rob Noneman, The Beasley Brothers, Reginald Jackson, Jimmy Henderson and Winslow Davis will be featured at the pavilion. Other local talent, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Morgan Sloan, Steven Massey and Milltowne will entertain on the bluff.

Special thanks to this year’s presenting sponsor Simple Helix, and our supporters Torch Technologies and Siniard, Timberlake and League.