Born in Clevleland, OH in 1971, Merrilee Challiss lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, where she shares an artist's loft with three cats. Over a varied career, spanning several decades, she has shown work in far-flung places such as San Francisco, Portland, Phnom Penh, Miami, and regionally in New Orleans, Birmingham, Nashville and Huntsville, etc. She holds a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Winnie K. Cooper was born in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 1966 with a BA in Art. While living in Portland, Oregon she studied calligraphy and, in 1981, she founded Winsomes Designs and published her own line of note cards that were sold nationwide. In 1983, she returned to Alabama and began a long career as artist.
The Hoover Public Library and the Bluff Park Art Association have been collaborating for over 20 years to produce the annual Bluff Park Preview Show. This year’s exhibition runs through the end of August and includes artists Jamie Carnathan, Diane Hathcock, Dan McDaniel, Eric Poland and American Road Trip Photography - Sara Beck and Craig Roderick.