Trés Taylor: Alabama Folk Artist in a Revolution of Joy

    By Cara D. ClarkPhotos by Cara D. Clark and Marc Bondarenko Trés Taylor is a revolutionary in the finest sense of the word, from overturning his own career path to establishing a sense of harmony and healing in communities in the South. Armed with paint cans, brushes, and a sense of wonder, the Mountain Brook native’s mission now is one of hearts and … Continue reading Trés Taylor: Alabama Folk Artist in a Revolution of Joy

The Music Man : The Story of Fairhope Native Chauncey Packer

  By Jessica DeesePhotography by Nathaniel Thompson, Pensacola Opera, and John F. Martin   If Fairhope were a person, Chauncey Packer would pretty much be it.  A 2019 New York Times article about Fairhope described it as “a place for artists… and people of outsize character.”  It goes on to recount the influence of progressive educator, Marietta Johnson, and share the founding vision that Fairhope … Continue reading The Music Man : The Story of Fairhope Native Chauncey Packer

Towne + Beech: Where Inspiration Meets Imagination

  Story by Sabe Fink and photos by Kate Reali   When Suzanne Winston enters a room, things happen. The very air seems charged. There is excitement, but it’s serene excitement, if such a thing exists. It’s a heightened awareness of light and beauty and possibility. Winston, a former television reporter turned home décor maven, plus entrepreneur and budding philanthropist, says, “My experience renovating homes … Continue reading Towne + Beech: Where Inspiration Meets Imagination

Mardi Gras The Eastern Shore Way

  Story by Robin Fitzhugh and photos by Kate Reali and Stephen Savage The celebration of Mardi Gras has ancient roots but in the modern world was widely celebrated in France before there were European settlements in North America. When the French government sent Jean-Baptiste LeMoyne,Sieur de Bienville to begin a colony at 27 Mile Bluff on the Alabama River in 1702, 14 years before … Continue reading Mardi Gras The Eastern Shore Way