Creative Souls

Inventive Artistry for April Fools Day

The Barnhart and friends gallery show will grant you a moment of peace

Toni Crowe
Mar 31 · 3 min read
Space Force: Poured Iron by Deb Barnhart / Image Source: Deb Barnhart

On Thursday, April 01, at 4 pm a new showing will debut at the Little Green Store and Gallery. The gallery at 820 Monte Sano Blvd in Huntsville, AL, shows the Heavy Metal Dog and Pony Art starting at 4 pm starting on April 1st and continuing through the rest of the month.

The show’s images will cause you to pause and make you think because they invoke the feeling of our everyday lives without being ordinary. There are multiple types of media, from heavy metal to wood to paintings. The details (or the lack of details, depending) cause a plethora of thoughts on these ordinary objects.

My Father’s Hand: Poured Iron by Deb Barnhart / Image Source: Deb Barnhart

Deb Barnhart is a retired corporate executive who took up metal pouring. Her work is intuitive and heartfelt, the creation of a person who has opened up a creative place for everyone. She is not trying to be anything but her authentic self. Originality is a critical component of Barnhart’s work.

“Per Barnhart, “When people ask me, “what’s your media?” I must respond that it can be anything, but I love the feel, look, and the durability of the metals. Perhaps as we age we seek longevity, and the metals have that advantage. “

Tribute to Julie: Poured Iron by Deb Barnhart / Image Source: Deb Barnhart

Deb thought it would be interesting to show her and her friends originality starting on April Fool’s day playing upon the built-in emotion associated with the imagination required on the day known for pranks. The art being shown is serious yet not stodgy…. inventiveness calling forth fantasy. Heavy metal pouring is not a creative tool for the unsure.

Iron Pour at Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham / Image Source: Deb Barnhart

Joining Barnhart at the exhibit are her friends: Joan Potter, Cathy Zapp, Dr. Kathy Chan, Sarah Byrnes, and Robin Wade.

Bauhaus Horse: Etching by Joan Potter / Image Source: Deb Barnhart
Ketch: Etching by Joan Potter / Image Source: Deb Barnhart
Maharaja: Etching by Jone Potter / Image Source: Deb Barnhart
Golden BFF: Woodcut by Jone Potter / Image Source: Deb Barnhart
Need Someone to Dog: Etching By Joan Potter / Image Source: Deb Barnhart
Cadence: By Cathy Zappe — 1908 UK Carousel Horse Restoration / Image Source: Deb Barnhart
Torii Table: By Live Edge Wood Artist Robin Wade / Image Source: Deb Barnhart
Mad Chair: By Live Edge Wood Artist Robin Wade / Image Source: Deb Barnhart

Make time to visit the gallery. You’ll see inventiveness applied in unique ways. Enjoy a few moments of peaceful thinking as you stroll the gallery.

Toni Crowe retired to pursue her dream of being a writer. Toni has written six books. Her bestselling business book, ‘Bullets and Bosses Don’t Have Friends’ won a Gold Readers Award.

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