Hoover Arts Council
HOOVER ARTS COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT
The Hoover Arts Council was established by the Hoover City Council in 2017 to advance, promote, advocate, and foster the arts and arts culture. The mission of the Arts Council is to ensure that the goals and needs of the city leadership and citizens they serve are being met as they relate to the arts.
The Mayor and Council select the six members of the council who serve in staggered terms of 2, 4, and 6 years. Councilman Curt Posey is the City Council representative to the Council. Matina Johnson, Fine Arts Director of the library, is consultant to the Arts Council. The current members represent the visual arts, the performing arts, the education community, and organizations that promote arts events in the city of Hoover. The goal of the Hoover Arts Council is to provide art experiences to our citizens at all levels and establish a center where these various art disciplines can be displayed and enjoyed by the people of Hoover.
CURRENT HOOVER ARTS COUNCIL MEMBERS
PAULETTE PEARSON: Paulette served 32 years as a College Admissions Counselor for Hoover schools. She was appointed to the Hoover School Board and served on that board for several terms. Paulette comes from a family that appreciates and participates in the arts. She is a member of a number of Hoover organizations which include Aldridge Gardens, Hoover Service Club, and the Autism Association. Many of Paulette’s family including children and grandchildren currently reside in Hoover.
SANDRA FULLER: Sandra is a professional artist and an art instructor. She taught art at UAH, Huntsville High School, Randolph School, and the Huntsville Art Museum before moving to Hoover. Sandra’s paintings have been honored in 25 juried national exhibitions and over 40 one woman and group exhibitions. Sandra has worked with the State of Alabama on billboards that have displayed her images through the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
LINDA CHASTAIN: Linda has been a resident of Hoover for over 50 years. She is a co-founder of the Hoover Arts Alliance which has for the past 10 years provided scholarships to graduating seniors of both Hoover high schools who plan to major in an art discipline at the college. The HAA also provides grants to Aldridge Gardens, the Fine Arts Department of the Hoover Library, the Combat Veterans Center for art therapy classes, and local schools to encourage and support art events and programs. She brings 10 years of experience in working with local art groups to provide art experiences at all levels to the citizens of Hoover. Linda has been a vocal advocate for the building of a performance/art center in the city for over 15 years.
JULIE PRESKITT: Julie is the current president of the Bluff Park Art Association. They just completed one of the most successful art shows ever.
PAM SAYLE: Pam has been devoted to the dance for the past 23 years when she opened her dance studio, The Alabama Dance Academy in Hoover. Many of her students have gone on to perform with professional ballet and contemporary companies throughout the country. Pam herself has danced professionally with a number of recognized dance companies. She brings a wealth of experience in the performing arts and has over the years cultivated contacts with those at the forefront of dance. Her oldest son is an actor in New York City and her other two children are currently enrolled in Hoover Schools. Pam serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Dance Council. She is the Council’s ‘go to person’ for dance and performance information.
TRICIA SIMPSON: Tricia is the Operations Manager for the Birmingham Boys Choir. She also serves on her church’s student ministry and is on the Board of the Hoover High School Choir Boosters. Tricia has lived in Hoover for 18 years and their children are members of multiple choral programs through their schools, church, and community.
CURT POSEY: Curt is the City Council Liaison and has been a strong supporter of the arts in Hoover. He is a graduate of Hoover High School and has children involved in local dance and drama programs.
MATINA JOHNSON: Matina is the Fine Arts Director of the Hoover Library. She has extensive experience in marketing both visual and performing arts. The library is the cultural center of Hoover and has the only city owned theater which is open to all the citizens of Hoover. She is responsible for the 5 art galleries which are a part of the Hoover Library as well as bringing shows and performers to the Library Theater. Matina serves as Fine Arts Consultant to the Hoover Arts Council.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The Hoover Arts Council is asking the public to contact us with suggestions or questions concerning current art projects and enhancing the art experiences for the residents of Hoover. Also if you would like to volunteer to work greeting people for any of our events please contact us. We need your support as we work to make spaces and opportunities for visual and performing arts a reality in Hoover.
The Hoover Arts Council meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is invited to attend. You can also follow the meeting on YouTube.
COME AND JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THE ARTS!
ARTS COUNCIL MEMBERS AT THE BLUFF PARK ART SHOW & MOSS ROCK FESTIVAL
Congratulations to Rocky Ridge Elementary Art Teacher Daniel Vann – New Professional Art Educator of the Year (AL Art Education Assn)!
Sonja Rieger: Pink Chairs and Neon Skies: Photographs of The Club
January 4 – Feb 28, 2019
Please join us at the Artist Reception on Wednesday, January 30th (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
This event is free and open to the public.
The Hoover Public Library Galleries are thrilled to announce this exhibition by Alabama photographer and educator Sonja Rieger. This survey of her work will be shown in both the Southern Voices and Friends Galleries during the month of January and will be exhibited in the Plaza Gallery for the month of February.
Sonja Rieger received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her MFA from Rutgers University. In 1979, she became a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she has served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History. Her work is in the collections of the Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Madrid, the International Polaroid Corporation, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art and other corporate and private collections. Recipient of two Individual Artist Grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Rieger has also received grants for projects from the Polaroid Corporation, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has exhibited widely at regional and national venues and most recently at the Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in Denver, Colorado during Denver's Month of Photography; the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston Salem, North Carolina; the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Photography for Sonja Rieger is about the examination of place through the study of its inhabitants, the empires they build and the monuments of daily life that they celebrate and endure. It is also very much about the poetry of image, the collage that color, movement and form build and about events and people that shift the trajectory of history. Rieger states: “When I moved from the Northeast to Birmingham, I began photographing the South, which has a look defined by its own peculiar growth and development. There is a proximity of the urban and the rural that can only occur because of the confluence of certain events. What I have photographed – lightning, shotgun houses, social clubs, children on Halloween and the view of the city from the base of the Appalachian Mountains – epitomizes the growth and development. The cultural and political history of the place has left its mark on the look of the city."
For more information please contact:
Hoover Public Library Fine Arts Department
200 Municipal Drive Hoover, AL 35216