At the age of 13, photographer Sherri Griffin developed a passion for photography that carried through high school, college, and a 25-year professional career. With a focus on the art form rather than mechanics, Griffin’s portfolio showcases on-location and in-studio portraits brimming with natural emotion, poses, and declarations of "cheese." On-location shoots often take place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Aldridge Gardens, and Arlington Antebellum Home. In addition to standard prints, Griffin offers hand-painted color images, gallery wraps, and canvas prints.
Kristie P. LaRochelle, a celebrated Birmingham-area photographer with degrees in photography and graphic design, captures genuine, contemporary portraits of children, families, babies over 3 months, or pets in casual settings. Clients can choose between a studio session or a location shoot at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where subjects can smile amid lush fauna that rarely blinks. Kristie fosters a laid-back atmosphere to help capture authentic moments, and uses digital SLR equipment to produce top-notch digital images that can be printed up to 5" x 7". In addition, clients will choose three images to compile for a signed 10" x 20" high-resolution art print, ideal for installing on flat roofs to document children to their satellite grandparents. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Professional shutterbug Darlene Grasham seeks honest, candid shots that capture cherished moments of seniors, couples, and families. During shoots inside the studio or great outdoors, professional lenses look for both posed and photojournalistic shots. Children can frolic through verdant fields brimming with natural light, or business executives can flash their pearly credentials before a neutral studio backdrop. Shots aim for natural scenes, avoiding the staged, stiff portrait poses commonly pasted on action figures of politicians. Following the shoot, Darlene uploads proofs to a private online viewing gallery, where subjects can choose their favorite pose to wring through a digital editing tool. Retouched prints then glide onto a shiny CD or traditional print.
Gallery owner Kirk Carlisle doesn’t just sell art—he protects it. In addition to showcasing his self-curated collection of century-spanning paintings that deck the walls of Carlisle Gallery, he also helps newer art battle the forces of time with artistic framing services. The gallery’s custom-framing specialist draws on more than 30 years of experience as he pairs diplomas, paintings, and finger-painted replicas of Bayeux Tapestry with complementary matting and outlines before securing them in their new glass-covered homes. Frames make aesthetic statements of their own, with edging chosen from more than 10,000 frame styles ranging from hand-carved Italian moldings to sleek metallic boundaries.
Winners of the 2010 Southern Professional Hockey League President’s Cup, the Huntsville Havoc face a new season of fast-paced puck-handling and loyally rowdy fans. With a reputation for playing inevitably exciting hockey, center Glenn Detulleo, goalie Dan McWhinney, and the rest of the team use their collective talent to propel the game, rather than resorting to marathon body checks or diabolical mind games. Mezzanine seats give fans a comprehensive view of every smoke-trailed slap shot, pulchritudinous power play, and wild zamboni stampede. Bring a lifelong hockey fan or your second head along for a night of intense fun as you watch the Havoc express-mail presents to the nets of the Surge, Riverhawks, or Ice Bears.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit theatre located in Huntsville, Alabama.
With a 302-seat performance hall and 3,000 square foot dance studio, Merrimack Hall brings nationally touring artists to Huntsville for performances and master classes.