Concerts in the Park 2017 Food Vendor Application

Bring your local tastes to this year’s Concerts in the Park! Join us in Big Spring Park every Monday night June 5 through August 7 for this free concert series. Applications closed for the 2017 series on Monday, March 20th. Applications for the 2018 series will be available on this website in January 2018.

We will have food vendors located in the park, on Williams and on Church Street.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Bollinger, Events Manager at


Apply to Perform at Concerts in the Park 2017

Thank you for your interest in performing at the Concerts In the Park!

Concerts in the Park takes place every Monday night in downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park. This year, the series will begin June 5th and run through August 7th. The concerts are held in Huntsville’s beautiful Big Spring International Park, on the Huntsville Museum of Art stage.

Each year we strive to provide our community with a wide variety of musical entertainment.

Concerts in the Park 2016. Photo courtesy Jeff White Photographer.


Applications are now closed. Applications for the 2018 series will be on our website in January 2018. If you have any questions, please email Lisa Bollinger, Events Manager at

Between Imagination & Invention: the Art of NASA in the Space Age

Huntsville, AL – What happens when imagination meets innovation? The public can discover exactly that when they explore the latest exhibit at the Arts Huntsville Gallery @ the VBC. Arts Huntsville and Marshall Space Flight Center have partnered to bring the community a first look at original artwork by NASA Artists. The exhibit, Between Imagination and Invention: The Art of NASA in the Space Age, features more than 40 original pieces by NASA artists, many of the pieces are never-before-seen beyond NASA’s walls.

From the Gallery of Marshall Space Flight Center.

The pieces, by more than 20 artists from the 1960s through the 1990s, conceptualize the organization’s vision for space exploration vehicles and unseen planets, while others document historical events.

This exhibit is the first in Arts Huntsville’s year-long celebration of the Alabama 200 Bicentennial Celebration. The “Exploring Our Places” project will feature four gallery exhibits throughout the year showcasing the places that make Huntsville stand out in the state.

“We can think of no better way to kick off a celebration of ‘Exploring Our Places’ than to showcase the art of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and pieces from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s collection here at Arts Huntsville’s Gallery at the Von Braun Center,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “These works celebrate the intersection between art and science – the place where art and invention come together to inspire its viewers to dream about the next boundaries we’ll cross in space.”

Title Unknown, Renato Moncini. From the Gallery of Marshall Space Flight Center.

“This art collection is a representative sample the type of creative work produced by NASA resident artists in the early years of the space program,” said Brian Odom, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center historian. “The intention was to provide the public with an idea of the kinds of work being done across the space agency. Turning what was then thought of a science fiction into reality was difficult in those early years. This art was an important part of that process.”

Between Imagination and Invention: The Art of NASA in the Space Age was made possible with the support of the Alabama State Council of the Arts. The exhibit will be on display in the Von Braun Center through March 2017 and can be found between the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall and the VBC Playhouse. The gallery is free and open to the public and can be viewed during VBC hours seven days a week.

For more information about the exhibit call Arts Huntsville at (256) 519-2787 or email

Art Tour of Homes 2017: Meet the Homeowners

For the five homeowners featured on this year’s Art Tour of Homes, presented by Legend Realty, art is an extension and expression of self. We asked each of the homeowners to share how they came to appreciate collecting art and to offer advice for the novice art buyer wanting to start their own.

What is your favorite piece of art in your home and what is the story behind it?

A corner of Beth Grigg’s Jones Valley home.


Beth Griggs: That’s kind of like asking if you have a favorite child! If I have to pick one it would have to be a piece by Carlton Nell that I saw

years ago at his exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. They used the piece for the exhibition announcement postcard and I kept it on my fridge for years….I was finally ready to see if it was available and I contacted the artist. He had just gotten the piece back from a gallery and seemed happy to hear that I had loved it all that time.

Pat Ammons: This isn’t an easy answer because we both have a favorite piece. My favorite is a lithograph of three red birds I bought at Pike Place Market in Seattle. I love everything about the piece, from the modern lines of the birds and their vibrancy to the white over black background on which they are painted to the blue dot that stands in contrast with the other colors. Lee’s favorite is a large watercolor of leaves falling into water by Huntsville artist Yuri Osaki. We saw the work at Monte Sano Art Festival several years ago and walked away and back again three times before deciding we couldn’t leave without it.

Donna Castellano: My favorite piece of art is a gift from the late Bill Nance. I had the privilege of getting to know Bill when he helped with my book, Through the Garden Gate: The Gardens of Historic Huntsville.  Bill was an artistic genius and an incredible teacher.  Months after we finished the book, Bill showed up on my front door, dangling this exquisite piece of art from his finger.  It is a multi-media representation of our family in a garden, framed by a stunning garden gate.

Home of Chuck Vaughn on Monte Sano Mountain. Photo courtesy Bob Gathany – The Huntsville Times

Chuck Vaughn: I have an ongoing friendship with many of the artists I collect, and the pieces are as different as the artists. Very often, I have acquired pieces after I have gotten to know the artist and come to appreciate his/her way of looking at some part of the world or his/her aesthetic sense.  I define art in a broad sense, and include utilitarian objects that have been created not only for function, but with beauty in mind. I tend to value those objects for what they reveal about the maker

Sharon Doviet:  My favorite piece is a fantastical portrait purchased recently called “Pink Bride.”  The color and details are beautiful, but there are tiny details signaling trouble and decay — that I interpret to remind us youth and beauty do not last forever.

How did your design aesthetic come about – organically as you went along or did you have a pre-conceived vision? How does it continue to evolve today?

Beth Griggs: No pre-conceived vision here. My house is pretty eclectic. My parents taught me to love antique furniture, but my art taste tends toward whatever moves me, whether it be landscapes, folk art or anything created by local or southern artists. A few “weird” pieces thrown in.

Pat Ammons & Lee Roop: We buy what we love. We have everything from traditional landscapes to outsider art and mix them together to

Lee Roop’s favorite piece, by Huntsville artist Yuri Osaki, from his and Pat Ammon’s Medical District home.

suit us. I would say we have evolved in the sense we’re bolder in what we purchase, making no excuses for what we like. We are also more willing to take the plunge on more expensive pieces because we know how much joy we will ultimately get from them.


Donna Castellano: Initially, I had a fairly simplistic view of art and purchased pieces because I wanted to see pretty paintings hanging on our walls.  But as I became more educated, went to art shows and festivals, talked to artists and familiarized myself their methods and motivations, I became drawn to art that spoke to me on a deeper level.  I connect to landscapes and pieces that reflect the southern experience, and I have a serious addiction to pottery.  Mike and I collect artwork by southern contemporary artists, which is a fancy way of saying we buy local.

Chuck Vaughn: I think it is important that we continue to see, to learn, and to grow. I believe my aesthetic continues to change, and I hope it always will. I don’t think I’ve ever bought any object knowing clearly where it would land, or worrying about how it would fit in with the rest of my things. I tell people that my design aesthetic is this:  I think that walking into a room should be like going to a family reunion.  You know that everything or person in the room is related, but the objects in a room shouldn’t look alike any more than every member of a family would.  And there should be a bit of tension in the room (just like at a reunion, LOL). One or two odd pieces of furniture or paintings should look “not quite at home”–just like the crazy uncle or cousin that everyone fears might make a scene when the family gathers. I’m only being a bit tongue in cheek.

Chris Russell and Sharon Doviet’s Blossomwood home. Photo courtesy Bob Gathany – The Huntsville Times

Chris Russell & Sharon Doviet: Our design aesthetic comes from our travels.  We love to see new places and experience new ideas.  Art is the same.  A painting can instantly make you feel like you’re in another time and place.  Magic!

What advice would you have for homeowners who are new to art-buying? What would you to say to people who have pre-conceived notions about what it means to be an “art collector” and that buying art isn’t for them?

Beth Griggs: I have never considered myself a “collector”. I buy what speaks to me. I would tell people to just do the same. I have found a lot of what I have at local events and galleries. Panoply, Monte Sano Art Show, Lowe Mill, Little Green Store and Gallery are great places to start.

Pat Ammons: Trust yourself and buy what you like. Huntsville is full of incredibly talented artists working in all kinds of media. You don’t have to have a lot of money to start collecting original art, either. We have pieces we love that cost less than $25. Don’t be afraid of color – you might be surprised how well the most abstract piece can fit in a traditional living room. Support your local artists and always check out Panoply, the Monte Sano Arts Festival and other venues and take time to talk to the artists. When you know the person behind the painting it can mean so much more.

Art & repurposed old architectural items in the home of Donna Castellano. Photo courtesy Bob Gathany – The Huntsville Times.

Donna Castellano: Explore! This is an adventure with no end date.  Every time I think I’ve no reason to buy more art, I will visit a gallery or walk through an arts festival and see something that touches me.  Art is personal.   If it doesn’t make you feel something, if you don’t recognize some part of yourself in a piece, don’t buy it.  If you do, then do not hesitate.  Don’t get caught up in where it will go; it will find a place.  Buy what you love and the collection creates itself.

Chuck Vaughn: If you’re just getting started collecting, you may be more comfortable beginning with pieces that are relatively inexpensive. You might consider starting with utilitarian objects that are handmade, like pottery. Generally much more affordable than painting or sculpture, pottery is still made by hand, aesthetically pleasing, and useful on a daily basis.

Sharon Doviet:  I don’t consider myself to be an “art collector.”  That sounds so fancy.  I just know when I see a painting I love, I can’t stand not to have it.  It’s like it’s yours already and if you don’t buy it, YOUR painting will go to someone else’s house!  I still have regrets for art I didn’t buy.


The Art Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, January 28th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Additional information and tickets for event can be found here.

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