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AATG with Sean Anderson

Antiques in the Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens with Sean Anderson Design.

Sean, one of four taste makers designed a space for the event. His space featured upholstery pieces designed by Sean, carefully curated antiques and accessories sourced from around the country as well as the fine craftsman ship and the uber talent of Grant Trick, a stunning large scale plaster piece in white which stood boldly in contrast to the dark walls of the space making a beautiful impact on the space by McKenzie Dove, and 48” x 84" “Running in the Shadows” by Ashley Finnemore layered among the texture of worn leather, movement of burled wood, and reflected the light bouncing so delicately. Working with professionals who leave room for creatives to expand their thought process, giving us a platform to broaden our reach, isn’t something I think any of us take for granted. Sean is always a pleasure and if you could bare witness to the synergy of his team, you’d know how lucky I feel to be a small part.

Interior :  Sean Anderson Design  Photo :  Hector Manuel Sanchez  Upholstery :  Grant Trick

Other tastemakers include Tippet Sease Baker, Hundley Hilton Interiors, and Amy Berry Interior and Decoration.

Lectures and discussions with The Martha Stewart, Suzanne Kasler, Meg Braff, Richard Keith Langham, Nick Olsen, Keith Summerour,

Proceeds from Antiques at The Gardens support educational programs at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $4.6 million for The Gardens.

Mom to mom

portrait of Travis by Ashley Finnemore in ballpoint pen


I don’t often taken on commissions to produce work in someone’s likeness. Travis is the exception. I didn’t know him personally but I do know and adore his family. You see Travis’ mom shares a parallel with me in her journey through life. Her baby was epileptic. Any parent with a child who has an illness classified as life threatening shares the parallel stride that we all wish we could just hand over to the big guy. Reality is the weight becomes some sort of backpack and the concern kind of fades, the whatifs never dissipate but, you know for goodness sake, you must continue so that your baby has the normal most people take for granted. For Travis’ mom, she has experienced the greatest loss. One of those whatif moments took her son. My heart can’t handle what she has experienced so, I say yes to remembering the joy Travis brought to this world and celebrate this brave mom with this gift to her. I look forward to meeting her and having lunch soon. The most sincere gratitude fills my heart for his loved ones who have trusted me with this thoughtful gift. They also allowed me to try a new medium I’ve admired for some time. This sketch entirely in ballpoint pen.