October 15 BAA Meeting with Debra Riffe

Join us for our member meeting next Monday, October 15 at 6:00 at Homewood Library to find out more about what is happening in the BAA! We are very pleased and fortunate to have artist Debra Riffe presenting. Just this past weekend, Debra won the grand prize at Bluff Park Art Show here in Birmingham!

A Mississippi native, Debra Riffe has called Birmingham her home since 1996. She has travelled extensively, and absorbed many different flavors of art, ultimately combining them with the flavors of the South to create her brilliant artwork. Beginning with needlepoint, Debra eventually converted her needlepoint into “designs for linoleum block relief prints.”  Her website continues to say:

She has taught linoleum block printing, locally and regionally, and she has received the honor of many juror awards. Debra was a 2008 recipient of the Grants to Individual Artists (GIA) award funded by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.


National and regional publications have featured Debra’s needle art and linoleum block relief prints including Needlepoint Now, Portico and Lipstick. Additionally, she has been profiled in The Birmingham News and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Debra was a featured artist in Southern Living Magazine: Alabama People & Places, August 2009.

Find out more about our guest speaker at http://www.debrariffe.com

“My linoleum block relief prints reflect my love for the south and all things southern. The majority of my compositions depict singular, figurative images of African Americans placed in rural settings of the American South. Individuals are represented at work or at play performing everyday tasks in timeless, solitary, reflective moments; tasks which represent concepts of social status and identity. I appreciate the ordinary and I try to introduce a setting or an experience that will stir an emotion that the viewer can respond to. At first glance, my figures appear to be anonymous. However, upon closer examination one will quickly recognize an activity or a place long forgotten.” -Debra Riffe

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