OLLI at UAH invites the public to free Art Festival on March 29, part of 30th anniversary celebration

mural of a girl against a blue sky.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will present acclaimed local artists John “Jahni” Moore, Jennifer Stottle Taylor and Katrina Weber discussing their works and careers on March 29 during a daylong Art Festival. The event also will showcase artworks by OLLI members and instructors. This mural section is part of a work titled “In Deed” by Jahni.
Courtesy John “Jahni” Moore

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) invites the public to a daylong Art Festival on Friday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of UAH, a part of The University of Alabama System.

The festival is part of OLLI’s 30th anniversary celebration of lifelong learning at UAH and is open to the public free of charge. However, registration is required. Visit osher.uah.edu for details.

The OLLI Art Festival begins in Chan Auditorium in the Business Administration Building with an Artists Forum featuring three accomplished painters. John “Jahni” Moore, Jennifer Stottle Taylor and Katrina Weber will present examples of their work, share their journeys as artists, and discuss the paths of their careers. Steve Johnson of WHNT-TV, Channel 19, will moderate the artists’ talk.

The event continues in Wilson Hall with an exhibit of works by OLLI members and instructors. Refreshments will be served.

Moon Horses by Jennifer Stottle Taylor.

“Moon Horses” by Jennifer Stottle Taylor.

Courtesy Jennifer Stottle Taylor

Jahni works primarily in paint and charcoal but often makes use of assemblage and red clay as homage to his Southern, Afro-indigenous roots. He is a graduate of Alabama A&M University with a B.S. degree in graphic design, an M.Ed. in art, and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also holds certifications from Savannah College of Art and Design and Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught art from kindergarten to the university level.

Taylor is an award-winning internationally known impressionist artist. She has travelled to Europe, Guatemala, Mexico and India for art residencies and to paint plein air as well as teach art. She has always been an artist, drawing from life as long as she can remember, but chose it as a profession in 2010. She has painted subject matter with animals, landscapes, figures and still lifes, participating in competitions and shows across the country.

Dunes, St. George Island by Katrina Weber.

“Dunes, St. George Island” by Katrina Weber.

Courtesy Katrina Weber

Weber has drawn and painted since childhood but did not make the transition to full-time artist until 2002. She has taken many workshops from nationally acclaimed master artists. She has had more than a dozen solo exhibits and has been accepted into numerous national, regional and local juried shows, where she has won many awards. Her paintings hang in homes across the country.

Johnson has been a familiar face at WHNT for nearly 47 years as sports director, news reporter and anchor. He is the current co-anchor for the weekday Morning News. An avid art collector, he has served two terms on the Arts Huntsville board of directors.

OLLI at UAH began in 1993 as The Academy of Lifelong Learning. In 2005, the Bernard Osher Foundation asked UAH to join its network. OLLI at UAH is one of 125 institutes across all 50 states. Membership in OLLI is open to anyone age 50 and up. Register online at osher.uah.edu.

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Kristina Hendrix