The Crew Leaders….
April Howton resides in Florence, AL with her husband Jason and their seven children. YES seven, all from the same baby daddy. April has been an entrepreneur since the age of seven and was raised with the motto “See a need. Fill a need.” Her passion for building things came very easily for her. When you needed to find her, all anyone had to do was look in the garage or tool shed, and April was there, building something and playing in the power tools. That passion still burns in her today and she’s honored to be a part of the crew.
On Instagram: @blessedagain23
Donna Gray is no stranger to imagination. Her love of creativity stems from her love of making others smile. Donna lives in TN currently in her newly built log cabin dream home that we all have dubbed “the Spa resort” with her husband and two of her children.
Donna’s pottery was been seen across the Shoals and TN and can easily become a habit for anyone. Her talents don’t stop at just pottery but we’ve all decided she’s by far the pro at it.
Trina Ross is a bonafide Shoals native. Being raised on the tunes of Muscle Shoals and lullaby of the TN river, Trina still calls The Shoals home along with her husband and two boys.
Her passion for creativity stems from the love of working with her dad and drive for helping others comes from memories of others helping her with her start in art. Mission work continues to be on the forefront of why she does what she does. Trina is well known for her local photography of the Shoals and it can be seen in many area business’s.
On Instagram: @artbytrinaross
The Crew Members….
My name is Anthony Tavis and I make art. I create paintings and assemblages out of discarded items, salvaged wood, cabinet doors and whatever else I can find. My soulful and vibrant offerings include angels, demons, creatures from the bayou, visitors from outer space, gastronomical delights, and legends that never die. My work is influenced heavily by Delta blues music, Non-Western art, and American culture. I love making art, attending art shows, and having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people along the way.
On the Web: www.anthonytavis.com
On Instagram: @anthonytavisfolkart
On Facebook: facebook.com/Metakomet
Jim Weaver is a memory painter…meaning he paints things that he remembers from his childhood. He was born in 1943 in the small town of Sheffield, Alabama. He started painting at the age of 60 (2004).
He expresses his gratitude to be able to do what he does because he had no formal training in art and hopes he can inspire others that “If I can do it, you can too!” He says people have different reactions to his paintings. Some describe it as simple, naive and childlike. He gets smiles, tears and outright laughter. Jimmy says he wishes somethings were the same as his early childhood days….when kids played outside, made up games, made do with what they had, knew their neighbors and cared about people like the neighbors did back then. He recalls most houses had porches with swings. And the neighbors would sit out on those porches and relax on their swings. He wants his works to convey some of those simple things from back then.
On Facebook: facebook.com/jim.weaver.71
“Be Different, Be Unique”
Hello! I’m Mary Okelly and I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t want to wear the same things as everybody else. I like different and unique jewelry. Pieces that will get noticed and start a conversation. I know some of my pieces are a little out there, but it’s what makes me happy and apparently others like it as well. I like to think they are unusual but not something that will scare people.
I’ve been designing jewelry for 10 years and enjoy doing fairs and festivals where I get feedback from my customers. In fact my customers inspire me to create new designs and pieces.
If you are in the Memphis area, my products can be found at Book Juggler, 548 S Main and at Found Studio at 2491 Broad Ave.
On Etsy: www.Marokel.etsy.com
On Instagram: @marokel
It’s not really about me. It’s all about God and what Jesus sacrificed for us to pay for our sins. If you want to know about me though, here it goes. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My goal in life is to glorify Him. Each day I want to get to know Him more and more through His word, the Bible. I am a self taught artist. I am inspired by God’s creation and His word. The paintings that you see come from studying God’s word and envisioning word pictures as I do so. I am married to a wonderful man who loves God and I have 2 sons and a daughter-in-law. My heart is for missions and telling others about Jesus because He has such an awesome gift that He has given me and I want others to know.
On the Web: www.artbycandyt.com
On Facebook: @ArtByCandyT
“Additions by Addie Williams” offers a wide selection of hand-made jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. All products are available for purchase at Studio 23. You can also visit our booth at First Fridays in downtown Florence, AL!
On the Web: additions-studio.com
On Instagram: @additions.jewelry
Dean Diane Childrens Wear has 32 years of children’s apparel design experience. They have owned and operated a retail children’s boutique for 26 years. They closed the retail site in 2014 and are now designing and creating beautiful clothing and hair accessories from home.
On Facebook: facebook.com/pg/Dena-Diane-Childrens-Wear
On Facebook: @fickleheartdesigns
On Instagram: @fickleheartdesigns