Moss Rock Festival to showcase animals, nature, art


Animals and nature are recurring themes in Jane Marshall’s work, so it was only natural that the organizers of the Moss Rock Festival chose her as their featured artist this year.

Marshall, an 85-year-old artist who has homes in Birmingham and Michigan, will display a collection of her wood paintings, woodcuts and ceramics at the Moss Rock Festival, which is scheduled for November 5-6 in the lower parking lot next door of the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

The festival, now in its 17th year, is billed as an “eco-creative” event designed to celebrate art, nature, creative designs and ways people can live wisely to preserve the natural environment.

Marshall said art has been a focus and anchor for her throughout her life, providing opportunities to observe things people often consider mundane and translate them into “rich visual vocabulary”.

She started drawing animals when she was 3 or 4 years old and is intrigued by the connection between animals and humans, she said. “We perform them, and they’re important to us,” Marshall said. “If they don’t survive, we won’t survive.”

Marshall said she often uses animals in her art that are sometimes irritating to humans, such as deer (who eat people’s flowers), beavers (who destroy things to build dams), and raccoons ( which end up in the garbage and can ruin gardens or crops). Although they can be annoying at times, they really are beautiful animals, she said.

She often relies on her immediate surroundings to stimulate her art, from birdwatching on her back patio to the greenery of spring and fall colors.

Marshall has been a teacher in one form or another since the age of 21 and has spent many years teaching at colleges, such as the University of Wisconsin, Albright College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Kansas State University, Marshall University, and University. from Alabama to Birmingham. But she also spent time selling art supplies and running art supply stores.

Moss Rock Festival co-director Alex Kunzman said he’s known Marshall for years. She was part of Magic City Art Connection’s “Movers and Shakers: Celebrated Women Artists of Alabama” exhibit, and he has his own personal collection of her works.

His pieces involving animals are very whimsical and full of personality, and they reflect how animals relate to both nature and people, he said.

“They are really very colorful and beautiful,” Kunzman said. “She’s just a very talented artist that we have in Alabama. We’re thrilled to be able to spotlight her this year at Moss Rock. nature and wildlife.

In total, there are expected to be around 100 artists at the festival whose work represents nature, is influenced or inspired by nature, uses natural materials, or uses recycled or repurposed objects in art, Kunzman said.

The design portion of this year’s festival will feature Storyteller Overland’s modernized vans for adventure travel. “They’re really cool,” Kunzman said.

smart life market

The “Smart Living Market” will offer everyday items including fresh, organic, locally made and sustainable products and consumables in the areas of food, home decor, body and health products and technology.

For example, Jean’s Apothecare offers herbal seasonings, candles, aromatherapy, infused honey, lip balm, body butter, and paper goods such as stationery. All of the company’s plants come from certified organic farmers, and its partners are ethical in their growing decisions and working practices, Kunzman said.

Chicken & Sweets Southern Yardbird offers artisan jams and preserves using local fruits and vegetables whenever possible, as well as pickles, candied jalapenos and squash relish, zucchini and corn relish, chow chow , fresh peaches, crispy cornbread, ginger snaps, lemon fried pies and more.

There will also be honey from the apiary at Ivy Brook in east Birmingham and Gitts Bajan pepper sauce made with fresh habanero and scotch bonnet peppers to a real Caribbean family recipe.

The Hoover Public Library will have used books for sale, and the Grace Klein Community will have information to share about their food scraps recovery program and share with those in need.

Nature and gastronomy

Additionally, Colin Williams, art professor and director of new media at the University of Montevallo, will have 200 to 300 saplings available for people to take home and plant, Kunzman said. Each sapling will be traceable so Williams can tell where it ends up on a project, Kunzman said.

The festival will also include a Wonderkid studio with interactive workshops for children. One of the workshops will allow children to create three-dimensional butterflies using string, thread, raffia, beads, pipe cleaners and jewellery, and another workshop will allow young artists to explore all the stages of the development of a butterfly.

At least five Hoover schools are participating in an art project to creatively showcase the endangered monarch butterfly and the habitats that help it survive, Kunzman said.

The Birmingham Quilters Guild will display quilts from its Quiltfest 2022 as well as other quilts chosen especially for its Autumn Festival showcase.

There will also be a “confectionery” with treats from award-winning pastry chef Susan Notter of Elizabeth Moore Chocolates and designer chocolates by Kathy D’Agostino of Chocolata.

The Café by the Woods area will include Rae Rae’s Catering, which offers Polish sausages, jumbo hot dogs, chilis and coleslaw dogs, burgers, cheeseburgers, Philly beef and cheese chicken sandwiches, nachos, pulled pork and chicken, fries, lemonade and fruit. punch.

There will also be plenty of food trucks including Cousins ​​Maine Lobster (Saturday only), Nawlins Style Po’boys, Tamale Queen, Corazon Mexican and D&M Snow Cones.

For those who want booze, the festival for the 11th year will include a beer garden with around 50 craft beers to sample, as well as a group of home brewers called Car Boy Junkies, wine from Plenty of Vino and snacks to beer, Kunzman said. .

The beer garden will have three sessions (12:30-2pm Saturday, 2:30-4:30pm Saturday and 1-3pm Sunday). Tickets to the beer garden are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, but the Beer Garden ticket includes festival admission and a commemorative beer glass sponsored by The Beer Hog.

Festival goers will also have live music and dance performances throughout the day.

For a list of artists registered to come see a sample of their work, or for tickets or more information, go to or call 205-595-6306.

Moss Rock Festival 2022

WHERE: Hoover Metropolitan

Lower stadium parking lot, 5310

Trace Stadium Walk

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COST: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; children 15 and under enter free

PARKING: Free at Hoover Met Stadium


Crescent Stage Performances


► 12:30-12:50 — IAmGreatness

► 1-2:10 p.m. — Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble

► 2:15-3pm — Urban Sounds

► 3pm-3:15pm — IAmGreatness

► 3:15-4:10 p.m. — MUAD

► 4:15-5:15 p.m. — CHEYLOE

► 5:30-7pm — Kamal (VIP event)


► 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.— Urban Sounds

► 12:10 p.m.-12:30 p.m. — Dala

► 12:35 p.m.-1:30 p.m. — NKOSI

► 1:45-2:15 p.m. — Rhea and Michael

► 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Bob Marston


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