Anne Herbert, Claire Lewis Evans, and Virginia Eckinger are the founders of THE GROCERY, an artist-run studio, exhibit, and performance space based in downtown historic Northport in 2014-15. Conceived as a site for interdisciplinary experimentation and collaboration, the Grocery was a thriving hub in West Alabama's creative community and a popular stopover for performers touring the Southeast during its twelve-month run.
PRETTY, MUCH is a regathering of the three partners in the first show to focus specifically on the trio and their work.
PaperWorkers Local is located at 3815 Clairmont Avenue S, Birmingham, Al 35222.
The opening is from 5:30 to 8:30.
ANNE HERBERT works as a visual arts instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She received an M.F.A. in studio art in 2013 from the University of Alabama. She maintains a strong creative practice and exhibits regularly. In addition to teaching and painting Anne has worked in galleries, museum education, and co-operated an artist run studio and event space. Sincere dedication to her personal research is matched by an enthusiasm for teaching and staying engaged with contemporary art issues.
CLAIRE LEWIS EVANS is an artist, writer, publisher, and producer whose sculpture has been the focus of several solo shows including "Passages," "Recent Sculpture," and "Signs of Life," a series of outdoor sculptures installed at Black Belt Bamboost's bamboo park in Northport. Her work has been featured in numerous juried, invitational, and group exhibits throughout the U.S., and has received awards from jurors including John Henry, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, and Miranda Lash. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Alabama, as well as an MA in communication and a BFA in studio art from Georgia State University.
VIRGINA ECKINGER is an Artist-in-Residence specializing in clay at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. She received her BFA in Sculpture at Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from the University of Alabama where she continued to teach post-graduation as an Adjunct in the Department of Art and Art History in The College of Arts and Sciences as well as the University's Honor's College. Originally from Birmingham, Eckinger currently resides in St. Louis, where she teaches Craft Alliance’s community outreach and educational programs and is the Clay Studio Manager at Craft Alliance's Grand Center location. Eckinger is currently exhibiting nationally.