Allen Ham of Black Belt Treasures

Allen Ham of Black Belt Treasures

ALLEN HAM

Allen Ham is a sixth generation pottery and the youngest member of the Ham-Millers family of potters. The Miller family pottery history has been documented on film, in books, magazines, and newspapers. Often using ash glaze clay from Perry County, Allen makes each piece by hand. His family has been sourcing clay locally for six generations, using the same old fashioned method of producing wheel thrown stoneware pottery.

Andrew and Etta McCall of Black Belt Treasures

Andrew and Etta McCall of Black Belt Treasures

ANDREW AND ETTA MCCALL

Andrew and Etta McCall are self-taught basket weavers and furniture makers. They say they are following a divine guidance by creating items using methods taught to them by God. The McCall's have been making their artwork for more than twenty-five years. Their children have all been involved in the business over the years, and Andrew and Etta feel that this has been an important part of their family values.

The McCall's use all recycled or naturally harvest materials. The heart pine lumber comes from old houses that are being torn down and the vines are collected from the woods. They mix the pine and vines to create unique tables and chairs that are always unique. Wisteria, grape, and some kudzu vines are twisted together by hand to make baskets and furniture that reflect the McCall's respect for and enjoyment of nature.

Betty Bain of Black Belt Treasures

Betty Bain of Black Belt Treasures

BETTY BAIN

Betty Bain has always been enthralled with basket weaving. Using woods such as ash, cane, reed and white oak, Betty creates baskets that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are useful. She gives each basket a name in order to personalize and describe the use of the object. Betty uses dyes and uses acrylic paints to enhance her designs and stains or waxes the finished products.

Cameron Strouss of Deep Roots

Cameron Strouss of Deep Roots

Deep Roots Apotheke and Clinic

Cameron Strouss is a clinical herbalist, medicine maker, wild crafter, and teacher. The Homewood native is dedicated to educating and empowering people in reclaiming their health through herbal medicine and whole foods.

Always ready to consult with folks about their health, Cameron keeps two offices for her business, Deep Roots Apotheke and Clinic - one in the Birmingham area and one in Calera. She also enjoys teaching and can be found at various venues around the area such as Petals From The PastThe Golden Temple, and Organic Harvest.

Cameron prepares and sells tinctures, teas, salves, medicinal jams, glycerites, and other lovely medicinal products.

Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas of Black Belt Treasures

Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas of Black Belt Treasures

CHARLIE "Tin Man" LUCAS

Charlie Lucas has been creating art work from discarded objects since he was three years old. He began by making small toys for himself and his siblings and progressed rapidly into building large scale works before he was a teenager. Watching his great grandfather create in his blacksmith's shop, Charlie felt the bubble of an artist about to burst from within him. Finding himself unable to work later in life, Charlie asked God to guide and direct him. His art is what God told him to do.

Charlie's art comes to him through his dreams and is created using discarded items, a welding machine, and a cutting torch. The recycled objects that he uses influence the shape and size of his sculptures, but the finished product is truly his own. Born of an adventurous spirit and a desire to create, Charlie's art is a reflection of his belief in God and the power within.

Charlie's work is also available for sale and display in galleries and showrooms around the world.

David Diodate of Diodate Studio

David Diodate of Diodate Studio

DAVID DIODATE

At the age of 21, after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Art History, David Diodate accepted an opportunity to study in Paris under the condition that he would pursue photographic studies while there. With little knowledge of the photographic process, he began studying and soon found inspiration in the work of Doug and Mike Starn. With his interest piqued, he began photographing the vast and beautiful cemeteries he found around Paris, which began a 10-year documentation of cemeteries around the world.

Born and raised in the South, Diodate now photographs a variety of subject matters that are indicative to a Southern feel or place. He creates photographic collages from C Prints, which are torn, scratched, and folded. The prints are then stained in a variety of substances from oil paint to dirt and charcoal. They are scraped, sanded, and painted before a final coat of wax is applied. Diodate also incorporates old books, found text, old photographs, and tintypes into his pieces to create a truly captivating and unique work of art.

Deborah Carter of Black Belt Treasures

Deborah Carter of Black Belt Treasures

DEBORAH CARTER

Deborah Carter learned basic quilting techniques from her mother. After Deborah's husband retired from the military and they moved south, she took up her needle and began creating her own works of art using the same method as her ancestors. She recalls picking cotton and removing the seeds so that her mother could use the soft white blossoms as batting in such quilts as the "britches quilt", which was pieces from old denim trousers. Deborah uses scrap fabrics that she cuts in strips and squares depending on the design she sees in her mind.

Deborah Stone of Botaniko Skin

Deborah Stone of Botaniko Skin

Botaniko Skin

After over 30 years of experience in the aesthetic, cosmetic, and medi-spa industries, Deborah Stone founded Stone Hollow Farmstead.

The farmstead began as a small European Horse Breeding facility. When not busy with the horses, Deborah was developing her skills in product formulating, creating a line of skin and body care products while growing her own organic botanicals to include in her formulas. By growing, harvesting, and processing her own natural ingredients, she would be assured of the quality of products being produced.

Botaniko Skin was born from this desire to produce pure, natural skincare products. Deborah takes her herbal and floral extracts and further enhances them with the inclusion of cosmeceuticals such as Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy, DMAE, Vitamins A, C, and E and other powerful antioxidants.

Botaniko Skin is the perfect balance of botanicals and cosmeceuticals. Botaniko Skin is luxurious, effective, and beautifully aromatic.

Elizabeth Culpepper of Black Belt Treasures

Elizabeth Culpepper of Black Belt Treasures

ELIZABETH CULPEPPER

After her first child was born, Elizabeth Culpepper wanted a job that let her stay at home with her son. Embroidery just kind of fell in to her lap, so to speak! After a couple of months, her past time developed into a small business called Cotton Blossom Embroidery and has continued to grow ever since. Elizabeth is grateful that she was able to find a way to express her creativity and, at the same time, produce income to help support her growing family.

Eric Meyer of Cahaba Brewing Company

Eric Meyer of Cahaba Brewing Company

ERIC MEYER

Eric Meyer was raised in Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is currently a managing partner and a brew master at Cahaba Brewing Company. When not brewing beer, he maintains a full-time job as a firefighter, which he has done for the past 12 years. Eric has been married for 11 years and has three children.

Extemporaneous Theatre Company

Extemporaneous Theatre Company

EXTEMPORANEOUS THEATRE COMPANY

The Extemporaneous Theatre Company (ETC), is a repertory-style company of professional artists in theatre and comedy. Their goal is to provide the Birmingham community with quality improvised theatre, work with other artists to bolster the art of live theatre, offer quality improvisational training workshops to students, the community, corporations, and to have a mighty good time doing it!

ETC creates improv comedy scenes on the spot based on suggestions given by the audience. This means every show is completely different. ETC's style of comedy is fun in the theater, your office party, or wherever you'd like us to be!

Gabe Harris of Fairhope Brewing Company

Gabe Harris of Fairhope Brewing Company

GABE HARRIS

Gabe Harris' love of craft beer led him to become one of the first members of the Alabama craft beer advocacy group, Free The Hops. Gabe served as Vice President when the ABV increase was signed into law, and was President for four years during which the bottle size increase and brewery taproom reform were signed into law as well. Gabe and his wife, Julie, have a daughter named Cecilia who shares a birth with the brewery (though they consider their rescue dog, Doji, to be their first child). Gabe lives in Birmingham, and the best place to find him is sitting at the bar in one of Birmingham's many craft beer friendly haunts.

Garlan Gudger of Southern Accents

Garlan Gudger of Southern Accents

Garlan Gudger

Garlan Gudger's earliest memories as a little boy are of following his father around in muddy junkyards, antique, and salvage stores throughout the Southeast. What began as a part-time hobby for his father in 1969 has now turned in to one of the premiere architectural salvage businesses in the nation. Thriving on the family's passion for rescuing, restoring, and preserving items of historical significance, Garlan has been the owner of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques for the past 15 years.

His work has been commissioned by names such as Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill, Chris Hastings of OvenBird, and country music legend Marty Stewert. Garlan also collaborated with fashion icon Billy Reid during New York Fashion week and has created backdrops for CMT country music videos. Garlan enjoys utilizing his artistic ability, coupled with his years of hands-on knowledge of the salvage industry, to create a new life for found objects.

George Jones of George's Broom Closet

George Jones of George's Broom Closet

George Jones

George Jones loves tradition. In order to create his one-of-a-kind brooms, he uses techniques that date back to the early 1800's, tools from the beginning of the 20th century, and broomcorn - a long-fibered version of sorghum - that he grows himself.
George carves the handles, winds or ties the broomcorn, hand stitches it into place, cuts the broom to size, and even finishes it with a leather thong at the end of the handle to use as a hanger. His brooms are handmade from start to finish and each one is truly a work of art.

Harris Stewart of TrimTab Brewing Company

Harris Stewart of TrimTab Brewing Company

HARRIS STEWART

Harris Stewart founded TrimTab Brewing Company in 2012. Harris originally attended law school at the University of Alabama, but found that he was researching new hop varieties during lecture and talking more about during work events than case law. A different calling was calling. The journey to create the brewery would require over two years, hundreds of conversations, and a persistent vision that great things were possible through this new company. Harris now oversees production planning, sales, strategic development, and future planning of the business. And when the mood strikes, it's not uncommon to find him DJing in the Tasting Gallery on the weekends.

Heidi Elnora of heidi elnora

Heidi Elnora of heidi elnora

Heidi Elnora

From a humble beginning to bridal boutiques across the world, Heidi Elnora has become one of the premiere bridal dress designers through the success of her bridal gown company, heidi elnora.

Her journey began upon graduation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002 where Heidi was taught the couture techniques of the fashion industry. Heidi's passion for couture and the creation of timeless pieces resulted in the establishment of heidi elnora in 2006. Following the footprints of great designers before her, a heidi elnora wedding dress is recognized by the quality in construction, fine attention to detail, and feminine relevance.

Based in Alabama, the heidi elnora brand is focused on being a personal and honest company, helping brides-to-be find or design their dream bridal dress, while staying true to their Southern roots. Today, heidi elnora wedding dresses can be found in more than 20 bridal boutiques worldwide.

The spring of 2015 unveiled a new chapter for heidi elnora with the launch of her reality show, Bride by Design, part of TLC's bridal lineup. As of March 2016, Heidi opened her first flagship bridal boutique, the heidi elnora Atelier, located on historic Morris Avenue in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Heidi is married to Jeff Baker and they have two sons, Jack and Bo.

Jake Carnley of Great Bear Wax Co.

Jake Carnley of Great Bear Wax Co.

GREAT BEAR WAX CO.

Jake Carnley has a mission. He wants to provide customers with the highest quality products while fostering a healthy and inclusive local community.

Jake's process is simple. He takes high quality American-grown soy wax, and all-natural braided cotton wick, and the highest quality essential and fragrance oils on the market, and combines them to make a candle that will add ambiance to any room.

His inspiration behind each fragrance ranges from old memories to his passions such as the great outdoors.

Jared Fulton of Plenty Design Co-op

Jared Fulton of Plenty Design Co-op

Jared Fulton

Plenty Design Co-Op is a select group of designers in Birmingham, Alabama with a common goal: to craft modern objects that are simple, useful and true. It is their desire to fabricate and sell locally made goods that are affordable. To achieve this, they strive for a minimalist design approach with efficient construction techniques and use of materials. The name "Plenty" speaks to the need to never stop developing new ideas, new solutions, and new products that are innovative and resourceful.

Jessie LaVon of Black Belt Treasures

Jessie LaVon of Black Belt Treasures

JESSIE LAVON

Jessie LaVon's folk art paintings reflect the disappearing scenes of the South from her childhood. In her art, she captures her family's way of life from the early 1900s through the 1970s. LaVon began painting as an adult after spending a month in a coma. When she awoke, she had memories from age 11 to her early teens. She began painting as therapy. In her paintings, LaVon recalled the stories of her childhood, such as the process of making moonshine, when Pa traded the cow, and when kind and neighbors killed a snake.

Presentation on Saturday, July 16 at 10 am.

Kathy Nelson

Kathy Nelson

KATHY NELSON OF BLACK BELT TREASURES

Kathy Nelson fell in love with the delicate craft of pine needle basketry after attending a class in 2012. She harvests her own long leaf pine needles, brown and green, and makes them in to functional and beautiful baskets. She doesn't usually start with a pattern or plan, but allows each basket to develop on its own as she is coiling. Most recently, she has begun dying her pine needles, which is expanding her color pallete even more.

Presentation on Saturday, June 18 at 10 am.

Keith Cochran of Wood Studio

Keith Cochran of Wood Studio

Photo credit: Goodwin Photography

Photo credit: Goodwin Photography

KEITH COCHRAN

Wood Studio is a family of craftsman in North Alabama that specializes in fine, handmade wooden furniture. The Studio is a custom woodworking company, offering design and fabrication services, who works with design professionals individuals to produce a broad range of high quality furnishing that are both aesthetically pleasing and technically functional. 

Wood Studio's signature selections are hand-made using select air-dried southern native hardwoods. Their signature piece, the Lookout Mountain Rocker, has been recognized by Garden & Gun magazine as the "Overall Winner of the Made in the South Awards" in 2012! Each piece is made by the hands and hearts of Wood Studio is built to provide many generations with enjoyment.


Kraig Torres of Hop City

Kraig Torres of Hop City

Hop City Craft Beer and Wine

Kraig Torres is an experienced beer tasting professional with over 8,000 beer ratings. A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Kraig has an entrepreneurial background.

An avid beer enthusiast, he has traveled the world drinking beer in pubs and breweries all over. His specialty is beer/food pairings. In 2009, Kraig made the leap from amateur imbiber to professional drinker by founding Hop City Craft Beer and Wine.

Hop City is craft beer heaven - home to the East Coast's largest selection of sudsy fun - over 1,900 unique ale and lager opportunities every day. Hop City is not just a beer destination - with over 1,100 wines, most from small producers, Kraig has a passion for helping his customers find their new wine favorites.

Kraig expanded to the Magic City in 2012 and opened the premier beer and wine destination in Alabama. In addition to cans, bottles, and growlers, Birmingham can now enjoy a pint at the bar from their 66 constantly-rotating choices.

Presentation on Saturday, August 6 at 11 am

Lillis Taylor of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Lillis Taylor of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

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Lillis Taylor

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is a 501c3 non-profit with the mission of cultivating skills for those who sew or want to sew, ages 9-99, where participants can be both teachers and students. We have the vision of creating a cottage industry of textile manufacturing in Birmingham that would create flexible income opportunities for single parents.

The Sew-Op was co-founded by Lillis Taylor and Ms. Annie Bryant. Taylor and Bryant met in 2010 and have been getting together weekly to sew, dream, and give back to the community ever since. The organization has attracted some of Birmingham's most talented fiber artists, all of whom enjoy putting their talents to use in community projects. As Ms. Annie says, 'our doors are always open and I don't meet strangers' - those interested in joining are encouraged to visit one Tuesday to learn more about what the Sew-Op is doing for Birmingham and beyond

Presentation on Saturday, August 13 at 10 am

Marshall Christie of Sloss Furnaces Metal Arts

Marshall Christie of Sloss Furnaces Metal Arts

Marshall Christie

Marshall Christie is the leading Senior Artist in Residence at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in downtown Birmingham. Marshall creates his own metal art works and also leads weekend workshops, commissions and demonstration iron pours for school children and groups from around the southeast. In his presentation at Makers Village he will talk about the history of iron making at Sloss and his process for creating art from cast iron.

The presentation will be located in SCENE Gallery at Pepper Place on 28th Street South, next to Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery and OvenBird.

Presentation on Saturday, June 25 at 10 am

Mary Margaret Pettway of Black Belt Treasures

Mary Margaret Pettway of Black Belt Treasures

MARY MARGARET PETTWAY

Like so many young women growing up in Gees Bend, Alabama, Mary Margaret Pettway's inspiration and knowledge of quilting came from her mother, Lucy Pettway. She says that making quilts, clothes, aprons, and bags was a necesity as well as a way of life because you were "using what you have to make what you need." She has spent the past 39 years using this motto as her guide.
Quilts begin with a design and colors are chosen from materials that are available or sometimes purchased. Then, pieces are cut and the sewing begins!

Mary uses cotton as well as other natural and synthetic materials. Mary's rewards for her work come when she sees "the joy in people's faces when they see what can be created from scraps and pieces of material - all it takes is a little time."

Presentation on Saturday, August 20 at 10 am.

Mary Virginia and Dannie Pettway of Black Belt Treasures

Mary Virginia and Dannie Pettway of Black Belt Treasures

MARY VIRGINIA AND DANNIE PETTWAY

The art created at "Anvil Forge" is a collaborative, twenty-year effort from the husband and wife team of Mary Virginia and Dannie Pettway. They use many different materials in their work, such as wrought iron, wood, fabric, and more.
Mary Virginia recalls, "As a team, we started by creating different items for our home. Years back we purchased an antique iron bed and couldn't find two connective rails to fit, so I came up with the idea to split the foot end of the bed and had Dannie weld the two pieces to the headboard to make a settee... and we haven't stopped creating since."

Presentation on Saturday, June 18 at 10 am.

Matt Chambers of Confederate Motorcycles

Matt Chambers of Confederate Motorcycles

Matt Chambers

Matt Chambers is a serial entrepreneur with an interest in constitutional law, politics, small business free market economics, rebel theory, and American motorcycle design for rough and free hand craftsmanship. Mr. Chambers is from Baton Rouge by way of New Orleans, transplanted by way of Katrina to his new home in Pepper Place and Mt. Laurel.

Never compromise passion, intensity, time or money. Specify only the finest materials, components and methodologies. Create an American Way Industrial and Mechanical Design culture. Perfect a balance of technology and the primitive. Celebrate American Hand-craftsmanship. Promote heirloom quality. De-emphasize volume.

Presentation on Saturday, July 2 at 10 am

Michael Sellers of Good People Brewing Company

Michael Sellers of Good People Brewing Company

MICHAEL SELLERS

Michael Sellers, a native of Birmingham, is co-founder of Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, Alabama. Good People is the oldest and largest brewery in the State of Alabama. Good People Brewing brews traditional styles while always experimenting with the best beverage in the world!

Nadene Mairesse of Idyllwilde

Nadene Mairesse of Idyllwilde

Idyllwilde

Nadene Mairesse is a designer and maker living in Florence, Alabama. After working in Los Angeles as an apparel designer for over a decade, Nadene returned to school to study architecture. She worked as an architectural designer and community development intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio before moving to Florence.

She founded Idyllwilde, a clothing and home provisions company, in 2013. Named for a small mountain town in California where Nadene spent her childhood summers, Idyllwilde is a collection of domestically produced apparel and home provisions. Hand-dyed natural fibers, such as cotton, wool, and linen are mainstays of the collection, which fuses traditional textile arts with modern design.

Presentation of Saturday, July 9 at 11 am

Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin

Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin

NATALIE CHANIN

Natalie "Alabama" Chanin is the owner and designer of Alabama Chanin.
She has a degree in Environmental Design with a focus of industrial and craft-based textiles from North Carolina State University.
After graduation, Natalie worked in the junior sportswear industry on New York's Seventh Avenue, before moving abroad. For over a decade, Natalie worked as a stylist and costumer designer, traveling the globe.

In 200, Chanin returned to her home to begin the sustainable work that has become Alabama Chanin. Since 2000, Alabama Chanin has expanded to include a family of businesses: the Alabama Chanin collection, The School of Making, The Factory Store + Cafe, and Building 14 Design + Manufacturing Services. All facets work together to create a collaborative community and idea exchange, healthy growth, and a love of quality goods that last.

In 2013, Chanin won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award competition that identifies and celebrates the greatest American designers working in the realm of sustainable fashion. Chanin continues to learn and to teach craft traditions, using them to bridge generational, economic, and cultural gaps. Chanin is also a mother of two, an avid gardener, and an enthusiastic cook from her home in Florence, Alabama.

*Presentation on Saturday, September 3 at 10:00 am in the Pepper Place Pop-Up Shop.


Nate Darnell of Avondale Spirits

Nate Darnell of Avondale Spirits

Avondale Spirits

Avondale Brewing Company opened its doors in November of 2011 brewing a wide range of Belgian and American style beers. In December of 2015 they launched a distillery as Avondale Spirits that is operated by head distiller Nate Darnell.

Nate began brewing beer around eight years ago and professionally for the last four years. As a brewer and lover of spirits it was a natural move for Nate to begin distilling with the dream of producing local spirits in Birmingham.

As with all their beers, Avondale Spirits' goal is to make high quality craft spirits, grain to glass, with a focus on experimentation and creating unique spirits.

Presentation on Saturday, June 25 at 11 am

Pam Dorr of HERObike

Pam Dorr of HERObike

Pam Dorr

An as entrepreneur living in rural Alabama, Pam Dorr runs two non-profits and five small businesses. Pam grew up outside San Francisco and enjoyed a successful 18-year career in the apparel industry prior to dedicating herself to community development work. After joining Auburn University's Rural Studio in 2003, she studied innovations in architecture as an Outreach Fellow. After her year-long fellowship, Pam stayed in Hale County to found the Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, Inc. (HERO) Housing Resource Center. HERO creates affordable housing and economic development to provide jobs and job training. Working in partnership with all levels of government, community organizations, service providers, and volunteers to ensure community development opportunities, Pam has led completion of over $15,000,000 in community development assets. Pam's work celebrates the unique character of rural communities in Alabama's Black Belt.

The young designers with Project M lead by John Bielenberg began HERObike in partnership with HERO in 2009. With the support of Bamboo Bike Studio, HERObike has grown.

Presentation on Saturday, July 9 at 10 am

Pete and Lindsay of Harvest Roots Ferments

Pete and Lindsay of Harvest Roots Ferments

Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment

Lindsay and Pete have known each other since fifth grade having both been raised in Harvest, Alabama. After another 15 years of formal education, farming and traveling, they reunited to begin Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment.

They love foraging, fermentation and each other. Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment is dedicated to southern fermentation culture as well as the preservation of heirloom fruits, and sourcing through foraging wild plants.

Today, Pete and Lindsay call Mentone, Alabama home.

Presentation on Saturday, September 3 at 11 am

Randy Shoults of Black Belt Treasures

Randy Shoults of Black Belt Treasures

RANDY SHOULTS

"Green Chair Clay" is the studio name of ceramic artist, Randy Shoults, who currently lives in Montgomery, Alabama. Shoults works primarily in clay, but sometimes in inspired to work in a combination media. The theme of his work is about function, good design, and a unique use of color and texture. All of his work is made from very durable stoneware clay - and all glazes are developed and made by Shoults, then fired to cone 6 (high fire). This leads to strong work that is dishwasher safe and microwave safe. While most of his work is part of a limited series, no two items are exactly alike!

Presentation on Saturday, June 18 at 10 am.

Stephen Watts of Redmont Distilling

Stephen Watts of Redmont Distilling

Redmont Distilling Company

Redmont Distilling Company is Birmingham's first distillery since prohibition. Distilled in the Lakeview district, Redmont Vodka is made from 100% corn resulting in a smooth, slightly sweet taste.

Jake Hendon, Stephen Watts and Jonathan Guidry are the guys behind Redmont Distilling Company. They plan on releasing their second product in the summer of 2016, Alabama Cotton Gin. The Alabama Cotton Gin a light bodied, juniper-forward vapor infused gin that includes Alabama-grown cotton along with other botanical.

Presentation on Saturday, June 25 at 11 am

Sheri Schumacher Designer

Sheri Schumacher Designer

Sheri Schumacher

Sheri Schumacher is a designer and educator whose current work focuses on new ways to understand craft in relation to design, and creating sustainable local economies. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Associate Professor Emerita at Auburn University, her research and teaching is at the interface of architecture, public interest design and craft industries in contemporary culture. Her investigations aim to expand design toward greater relevance: design that responds to the needs of society, supports environmental responsibility and improves the quality of people's lives.

Presentation on Saturday, August 27 at 11 am

Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs

Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs

Sybil Sylvester

Sybil Brooke Sylvester has made a name for herself creating stunning flower arrangements and orchestrating take-your-breath away events. Always culling greenery and flowers from the abundance growing in the gardens and forests of her surroundings. Sybil has been about local and natural since her start some forty years ago.

Over the span of her career, she has operated out of a storefront and more recently a behind-her-house studio designing and planning weddings and parties that are both personal and original and, of course, beautiful. A former contributor to the now-shuttered Southern Accents magazine, Sybil had a Flower School column for three years, inspired by her floral demonstrations and philosophy of empowering people to create their own magic from the natural world. She now contributes to flower magazine and is called upon to assist local and national publications with their flower arranging and event coverage. Sybil is the quintessential Southern woman, with a sense of style that comes to life in everything she touches and an unflappable love of all that the earth provides.

Presentation on Saturday, June 11 at 11 am

Tena Payne of Earthborn Pottery

Tena Payne of Earthborn Pottery

Tena Payne

Tena Payne began collaborating with Chef Chris Hastings to design and create plating for his now-famous Hot and Hot Fish Club in 1997. After years of trails, the final product emerged and Earthborn Studios began offering design and creation services for chefs nationwide. First among these was Martin Heierling, the executive chef at The Bellagio Resort and Casino. Chef commissioned Tena to create a new line for Bellagio banwuets and comprehensive plating for Sensi, newly opened in the Spa Tower in 2004.

In 2012, Tena created a special line for the Iron Chef competition in which Chris Hastings defeated Bobby Flay on creativity and plating. Distinctively organic, Earthborn Pottery is not only restaurant sturdy, but beautiful in its own right, demonstrating randomness under control, each piece a unique work of art, elevating even the most mundane fares to the extraordinary.

Presentation on Saturday, June 11 at 10 am

Trey Culpepper of Black Belt Treasures

Trey Culpepper of Black Belt Treasures

TREY CULPEPPER

Welding is a trade that Trey Culpepper learned from his father, and all of his art is made from old parts found on his family's farm. With much of his inspiration from his wife and mother, Trey creates dragonflies, cats, birds, dogs, necklace holders, stocking holders, coffee tables and horseshoe gun racks.
Most recently he has begun making vintage farm tractors. He dedicates the limited edition tractors to his grandfathers and father, all of whom were farmers and who cultivated his love of agriculture. Trey says that the most rewarding part of his work is seeing people enjoy something that he has made - something crafted from machine parts and old things he sees every day.

Presentation on Saturday, July 16 at 10 am.

Tripp Collins of Back Forty Beer

Tripp Collins of Back Forty Beer

TRIPP COLLINS

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Tripp Collins moved to Gadsden, Alabama in 2008. Hired in 2010 as Back Forty Beer Company's first employee, Tripp now serves as Chief Operating Officer overseeing a group of 25 dedicated employees. An active member of the Gadsden community, Tripp serves as President of Downtown Gadsden Inc.'s Board of Directors. In his spare time, Tripp can be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife and daughters, while enjoying local craft beer wherever he may be.

Will Abner of OvenBird

Will Abner of OvenBird

WILL ABNER, MIXOLOGIST

Will Abner recently moved to Birmingham to assume the beverage program at Chef Chris Hastings' OvenBird. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Will has been mixing drinks for over five years now. He crafts unique, approachable cocktails that are simple and fresh - often highlighting fresh or foraged produce. He has a great appreciation for wine as well, and currently works towards his certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Presentation on Saturday, June 25 at 11 am.

Alabama Craft Distillers Panel

Alabama Craft Distillers Panel

ALABAMA CRAFT DISTILLERS PANEL

Discover the secrets of 21-century craft distilling in Alabama in a Makers Village presentation in SCENE Gallery at Pepper Place. A panel of experts: Nate Darnell of Avondale Spirits (Birmingham), Jimmy Sharp of John Emerald Distilling (Opelika) and Stephen Watts of Redmont Distillery (Birmingham) will be moderated by OvenBird mixologist Will Abner.

Panel Discussion with Black Belt Treasures

Panel Discussion with Black Belt Treasures

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH BLACK BELT TREASURES

See the extraordinary work and meet an amazing group of makers from Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 am!

A panel, moderated by BBTCA outreach coordinator, Judy Martin will include basket weaver Betty Bain, quilter Deborah Carter, folk artist Jessie LaVon, metal artist Trey Culpepper and embroiderer Elizabeth Culpepper. Listen to their stories, hear about their processes and discover why the Black Belt is considered one of the most soulful and purely creative regions in the South.

The panel discussion will take place inside of Scene Gallery at Pepper Place. The gallery is located on 28th Street South, between 3rd and 2nd Ave. South.

Panel Discussion with Alabama Craft Brewers

Panel Discussion with Alabama Craft Brewers

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION WITH ALABAMA CRAFT BREWERS

Find out why craft beer has become the most popular beverage in America!

Meet brewers from six of the top Alabama craft breweries, as they will be featured in a Makers Village exclusive presentation.
The panel will include brew owners, masters and representatives from TrimTabCahabaGood PeopleFairhope, Back Forty, and Ghost Train Brewing.

The discussion will be hosted by Kraig Torres, owner of Hop City Craft Beer and Wine.
Join us at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 6 in SCENE at Pepper Place on 28th Street South.

Betty Anderson of Black Belt Treasures

Betty Anderson of Black Belt Treasures

BETTY ANDERSON

Wilcox County born and raised, Betty Anderson grew up surrounded by heritage arts that were created out of necessity. From making their own soap and clothing, to furniture and quilts – Betty was ingrained with the heart and soul of an artist, but didn’t know it. In addition, Betty’s father was a successful entrepreneur, who ran the longest open business by an African American in the Black Belt – The Camden Shoe Shoppe.                        

After over twenty years of a professional career in New York City, and living through being trapped in the subway under the World Trade Center on 9/11, Betty moved home to Wilcox County. Drawing from her childhood memories and learning, Betty began to make traditional lye soap. In addition, she made it her mission to honor her father’s hard work and memory by creating the Camden Shoe Shoppe Museum – which showcases her father’s historic tools, family quilts, Wilcox County Civil Rights educational materials, a large collection of quilts, and more.

In addition to her many creative ventures, Betty does historic lye soap demonstrations and educational programs and gives guided tours of her museum. 

Sam Williams of Black Belt Treasures

Sam Williams of Black Belt Treasures

SAM WILLIAMS

Sam Williams was exposed to pottery in his father’s farm store. The elder Mr. Williams had begun a collection of crocks and jars that Sam still has.  Together, father and son took pottery classes at a Brewton junior college where Sam is still enrolled so many years later. His utilitarian pottery is made to be admired and used. Sam’s natural enthusiasm for life is expressed in his work with clay, and his boundless energy could keep him creating every day.

Using the traditional technique of a potter’s wheel, Sam creates high temp stoneware that he likes to glaze in natural earth tones. His pottery is so precisely made that when a piece is thumped with a finger; the clear tone of a bell rings out.  Sam calls his interpretation of a face jug a Devil Jug. A whisky jug base provides the background for the horns, eyes, nose, mouth, and fangs of the unworldly devils.  Face jugs were first created by slave potters in the 1840s. Unable to determine their exact purpose, historians know they were cherished by their creators because many were found on the long, arduous journey along Underground Railroad trails.