There is nothing more compelling than entering the mind of an artist, and Birmingham’s local artists and galleries consistently produce unique, moving and intriguing work. We are so inspired by Birmingham’s creatives, in fact, that today we are excited to bring you another installment of SB Local Art Gallery! This month’s art celebrates the incredible and unique three-dimensional works of art created by Birmingham’s local artists. From abstract animal sculptures to one-of-a-kind woodwork, these masterpieces will spark your imagination, move you or capture your heart with their eye-candy appeal. Here is our July SB Local Art Gallery!

SB Local Art Gallery: 3D Works of Art

Four Seasons Gallery

“Spike”

“Nada’s work is as diversified as her busy life. Influenced by people and the world around her, Nada aspires to capture a humorous glimpse of the human spirit — a story told through the figurative art form,” explains Four Seasons Gallery.

"Spike" by Nada Boner at Four Seasons Gallery

“Spike” by Nada Boner at Four Seasons Gallery

“Sea Love”

This rough-hewn mermaid holding a shell exudes a sense of coexistent sorrow and beauty and the inherent mystery of the underwater world.

"Sea Love" by Nada Boner at Four Seasons Gallery

“Sea Love” by Nada Boner at Four Seasons Gallery

Artists Incorporated

“Cut-Out Bowl”

Most of Larry’s designs are inspired by African and Native American work. “After the 9/11 event, I saw it as a unifying moment in this country, so I developed the ‘Unity’ motif that I incorporate in all of my designs,” he explains.

  • Artist: Larry Allen
  • Title: “Cut-Out Bowl”
  • Medium: Larry uses a technique called Sgraffito, which is a sophisticated method of incising designs onto leather-hard clay that has been completely covered with a colored slip.
  • Available at: Artists Incorporated

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Cut-out bowl by Larry Allen at Artists Incorporated

“Cut-Out Bowl” by Larry Allen at Artists Incorporated

A Sailing-inspired piece

Laurens tells us, “The finials for this piece were inspired by a love of sailing. The mortised frame is made from salvaged walnut. The panels are spalted pecan from Shelby County. The legs and ‘wave’ in the finial are cherry, and ebony was used to frame the panels, as well as the ‘boat’ in the finial.”

  • Artist: Laurens Cotten
  • Title: Sailing-inspired piece
  • Medium: Wood
  • Available at: Artists Incorporated
Sailing-inspired woodwork by at Artists Incorporated

Sailing-inspired piece by Laurens Cotten at Artists Incorporated

“Open Segmented Vase”

“The ‘Open Segmented Vase’ contains over 1,000 pieces of wood and measures approximately 8 inches in diameter by 10 inches tall. The pattern was obtained by varying several species of wood in the correct sequence. There is a gap between the individual pieces making it a challenge to shape on the lathe,” explains the artist.

  • Artist: Pete Marken
  • Title: “Open Segmented Vase”
  • Medium: Wood
  • Available at: Artists Incorporated
Open Segmented Vase by Pete Marken at Artists Incorporated

Open Segmented Vase by Pete Marken at Artists Incorporated

Grand Bohemian Gallery

“Bouquet”

“I never run out of inspiration for my hand-built ceramic creations. My ideas can come from anywhere: the mood of a baroque painting, a passage in a novel I’m reading, wet moss on a spring day or the latest trend in a decor magazine. My work is a fusion of the myriad sources that inspire me, integrating organic shapes and found objects into an unexpected mélange,” explains Ginger.

  • Artist: Ginger Baker
  • Title: “Bouquet”
  • Medium: Ceramic on wood pedestal
  • Available at: Grand Bohemian Gallery
"Bouquet" by Ginger Baker at the Grand Bohemian Gallery

“Bouquet” by Ginger Baker at the Grand Bohemian Gallery

“Uprooted”

“My work involves reclamation and recontextualization of materials. Profusions of decaying sunflowers cascade from a dubious horn of plenty. All suggest the return of the industrial materials to nature,” explains Randy.

  • Artist: Randy Gachet
  • Title: “Uprooted”
  • Medium: Mixed metal and tire
  • Available at: Grand Bohemian Gallery
"Uprooted" by Randy Gachet at the Grand Bohemian Gallery

“Uprooted” by Randy Gachet at the Grand Bohemian Gallery

“Ballerina” and “Two Fish”

“Fran is attracted to materials that are natural, and [she] often incorporates naturally found objects into her work. She utilizes the carbon markings from the horsehair in her ceramics and embraces a random application of oils on wood canvases in her miniature paintings as an inspiration for the design. She refers to this process as ‘Apophenia Process,’ like cloud watching. Often the design is apparent. Other times, Fran will study a piece for days until the design reveals itself,” explains Molly Johnson, Gallery Sales Consultant at the Grand Bohemian Gallery.

  • Artist: Fran Nagy
  • Title: “Ballerina” and “Two Fish”
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • Available at: Grand Bohemian Gallery
"Ballerina" and "Two Fish" by at the Grand Bohemian Gallery

“Ballerina” and “Two Fish” by Fran Nagy at the Grand Bohemian Gallery

Studio by the Tracks

Ceramic House

This fun and colorful home created by Herman at Studio by the Tracks is sweet and simple, yet striking and unique.

  • Artist: Herman at Studio by the Tracks
  • Title: Ceramic house
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • Available at: Studio by the Tracks
Ceramic house by Herman at Studio by the Tracks

Ceramic house by Herman at Studio by the Tracks

Abstract Sculptures

These abstract sculptures by Tynesha at Studio by the Tracks are one-of-a-kind examples of that artist’s creative mind.

  • Artist: Tynesha at Studio by the Tracks
  • Title: Abstract Sculptures
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • Available at: Studio by the Tracks
Abstract sculptures by Tynesha at Studio by the Tracks

“Abstract Sculptures” by Tynesha at Studio by the Tracks

Abstract sculptures by Tynesha at Studio by the Tracks

“Abstract Sculptures” by Tynesha at Studio by the Tracks

Canary Gallery

“The Imagineer”

“This is an ancient character. He is full of wisdom and childish whimsy. He has traveled many roads to get where he is. Ask him and he will lead you into your imagination,” explains Nelson.

  • Artist: Nelson Grice
  • Title: “The Imagineer”
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Available at: Canary Gallery
"The Imagineer" by Nelson Grice at Canary Gallery

“The Imagineer” by Nelson Grice at Canary Gallery

Naked Art Gallery

“Wine Rack”

“I wanted to work in a different media instead of just welding chains and copper sleeves. We found some great wood during our travels out west, and I wanted to use the wood and used railroad spikes for the base. It was this that inspired me to make the ‘Wine Rack.’ I also wanted to bring together nature and industry,” explains Reuben.

  • Artist: Reuben Halpern
  • Title: “Wine Rack”
  • Medium: Copper, wood and railroad spikes
  • Available at: Naked Art Gallery
"Wine rack" by at Naked Art Gallery

“Wine Rack” by Reuben Halpern at Naked Art Gallery

Helene Fielder Sculptures

“Angel in the Room”

“Working with sculptural abstracts and small pendants of various shapes brings back memories of being a young student in art class — all these shapes before my eyes, pencil and paper drawings of shapes that enjoy a story of their own. As an artist, I hope that every day I continue learning in my craft and hopefully never find myself sitting still on small shards of a successful piece that can trap one into repetition. Reinvent … Progress … Grow … Mature … Fail without fear … Succeed because of the failures … Come tomorrow, may I be bolder than today,” says Helene.

"Angel in the Room" by Helene Fielder

“Angel in the Room” by Helene Fielder

“Reef”

This gorgeous sculpture is the kind of art piece you can spend hours admiring. It is innovative, thought-provoking and visually striking and appealing.

"Reef" by Helene Fielder

“Reef” by Helene Fielder

“The Coconut Crab”

“Inspiration was the largest crab in the world, the coconut crab. I wanted to capture the peaceful stillness of the crab, all the while conveying its underlying speed and power,” explains Helene.

"The Coconut Crab" by Helene Fielder

“The Coconut Crab” by Helene Fielder

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Kevin Irwin Studio

“The Party Boat,” “Dag Nab It,” “Make Mine A Veggie Burger,” and “Primping For My Audience”

Kevin gave us a short description of each piece, saying, “‘The Party Boat’ represents awareness in life; while ‘Dag Nab It’ represents revenge — the squirrels have the bones! ‘Make Mine A Veggie Burger’ represents a peaceable kingdom. and ‘Primping For My Audience’ showcases cats — it’s all about them.”

  • Artist: Kevin Irwin
  • Title: “The Party Boat,” “Dag Nab It,” “Make Mine A Veggie Burger” and “Primping For My Audience”
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • Available at: Kevin Irwin Studio
"The Party Boat," "Dag Nab It," "Make Mine A Veggie Burger," and "Primping For My Audience" by Kevin Irwin

“The Party Boat,” “Dag Nab It,” “Make Mine A Veggie Burger,” and “Primping For My Audience” by Kevin Irwin

Yellow Dog Home

“Star Bench”

“By using the strength of two elements, stone and steel, I utilize a whimsical way of fashioning rock art into functional pieces of sculpture. All can be used indoors or out. We have become a throw-away world, and I just wanted to create something that could be passed down from generation to generation,” says Joe.

  • Artist: Joe Dumas
  • Title: “Star Bench”
  • Medium: Local quarried stone and steel
  • Available at: Yellow Dog Home
"Star Bench" by Joe Dumas of Yellow Dog Home

“Star Bench” by Joe Dumas of Yellow Dog Home

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