Art comes in many forms . It is inspired by a variety of real
and imagined muses. The Sanctuary Artists are a group of dedicated
artists of various kinds, who have discovered muses in the beautiful,
300+ acres of the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Huntsville,
Alabama. Attracted by the unspoiled beauty of this preserve, individuals
representing the visual arts, natural sciences, history, literary,
musical and oral traditions have joined creative forces. For these
kindred spirits, a shared vision continues to unfold. This website
is dedicated to them.
feeding and clothing us, the land shapes our personalities, our
goals, and our connections to others, both close by and far away.
It speaks many languages; artists, in turn, translate what it
tells us into artifacts in their own languages -- painting, photography,
ceramic and wood creations, poetry and fiction, music, and other
media. The results of their individual journeys and their shared
experiences have been combined in their first traveling exhibition,
The Art of Nature. Its central, collective mission is to stimulate
the awareness, interest, and loyalty of residents and visitors
who, on their own, might remain less aware of their connections
to the land that we inhabit.
Sanctuary is a gift to the city from one of Huntsville's old families,
and in turn a gift from Huntsville to all others. It is but a
metaphor for our entire planet Earth. Visit it, enjoy it, learn
from it, care for it, and pass it along intact to future generations.