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Painting For A Purpose – The Auction Begins!

Southern Accents would like to thank everyone who joined us on Saturday, October 5th to “Paint For A Purpose”. We would especially like to thank artist Mellissa Meeks for organizing this fun event which is serving as a fund raiser for Southern Accents new children’s charity.

Mellissa pre-sketched two over sized works of art and invited everyone to stop by and add a few brushstrokes! At the end of the day, Mellissa returned to her home in Huntsville, Alabama, taking the two pieces with her. She spent the next few days adding the finishing touches. Both works of art are now back in our showroom and on display. We are accepting bids on each work through October 31st.

The first work of art is Mellissa’s rendition of Southern Accents infamous 1955 Chevy. This work which was retitled “Wild Blue Yonder” is painted on a 4′ x 4′ canvas of framed salvaged wood. Current high bid on this artwork is $550.

"Wild Blue Yonder"

“Wild Blue Yonder”

The second work of art titled “Looking Out My Back Door” is a sketch that reflects downtown Cullman, Alabama. This piece is painted on a salvaged “Shabby Chic” style wood door. The door has a rustic, salvaged ceiling tin panel attached to the top that served as a canvas for the downtown scene. Current high bid on this artwork is $150.

"Looking Out My Back Door"

“Looking Out My Back Door”

Each work of art will be awarded to the highest bidder. ALL funds will go towards Southern Accents newly established children’s charity with funds used to help children in our community who are in need. To place your bids please stop by our showroom during regular business hours, give us a call at 877 737-0554 or e-mail info@sa1969.com. Bids will be accepted through the month of October. Winning bids will be contacted and announced during the first week of November. Both works are currently on display in the front window of our showroom.

Southern Accents showroom is open Tuesday – Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.


Meet Artist Mellissa Meeks

Saturday, October 5th, is going to be an exciting day at Southern Accents and we want YOU to come join the fun! Artist Mellissa Meeks from Huntsville, Alabama will join us for a Community Art Project titled “Painting For A Purpose”. Mellissa will be painting two large works of art that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the sale of this artwork will go towards a charity that we have started to help needy children in our community. Please visit the EVENTS tab on our Facebook page for details on how you can participate in this FUN event!

This work of art was created specifically for Southern Accents by Mellissa and her daughter Caitlin. Caitlin came up with the concept and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome!

This work of art was created specifically for Southern Accents by Mellissa and her daughter Caitlin. Caitlin came up with the concept and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome!

Mellissa Meeks is a self-taught artist whose work reflects warmth, spontaneity and a whimsical nature. She currently has two large scale works of art “Will Run With Help” and “A Few Dusty Miles” featured in The Art Council (TAC) Exhibit at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This artwork will be on display through December of 2013. Mellissa also has art products featured in prominent businesses throughout the United States including Goose Feather’s Cafe in Savannah, Georgia, Another Broken Egg in Destin, Florida, The Blue Giraffe on 30A, The Good Cup in Franklin, Tennessee and more!  Her work includes many commercial and private commissions including illustrations for a children’s book. Her over sized art murals permanently adorn Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama as part of the community art project she launched in 2008. As the Director for Murals to Promote Community Awareness, she was featured in the November 2008 National Art Calendar Magazine in “Artists Making a Difference.” Most recently she was granted a Minor League Baseball licensing agreement for her work with the Huntsville Stars!

Mellissa's work "A Few Dusty Miles" is featured in The Art Council (TAC) Exhibit at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama through December of 2013.

Mellissa’s work “A Few Dusty Miles” is featured in The Art Council (TAC) Exhibit at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama through December of 2013.

Mellissa firmly believes in giving back to the community, actively seeking opportunities to use her talent to help others. She donates her time as well as art materials to host parties and instructional workshops to recovering cancer patients and their families. She has created exclusive artwork for multiple charities including the AMA, Arthritis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, National Children’s Advocacy Center, The Humane Society and others.

Mellissa loves to travel and often scours the local boutiques, quaint bakeries and coffee shops looking for mementos to remind her of each trip. After leaving many a shop empty handed and disappointed, Mellissa came up with the concept of “Inner Expressions”. Her idea was to create a product line of unique items using limited edition artwork specifically designed for each business. Each work of art would be a reflection of the specific business and/or the community and only available through that business for a limited time. A business was born and Mellissa, along with her business partner Daphne Beer, went to work creating one-of-a-kind art products for shops in many high-end shopping and tourist districts.

After a recent visit to Southern Accents showroom where she fell in love with our unique and artful mix of architectural elements, Mellissa approached us about hosting a community art project.  The objective was two fold: promote the arts in Cullman and raise money for a good cause. Her timing could not have been more perfect as Southern Accents was in the process of setting up a non-profit charity to aid needy children in our community. Southern Accents team members Heather Gudger and Lisa Jones collaborated with Mellissa to come up with a working theme. A date was set, details ironed out, and all went to work to turn this community event into reality! Lisa said, “Heather and I are excited to be working alongside Mellissa on a project that will benefit a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of the Southern Accents team. We absolutely fell in LOVE with Mellissa’s work. Her enthusiasm for what she does is beyond contagious! We are thrilled with the artwork that she and her daughter Caitlin created specifically for our event, Painting For A Purpose.”

To learn more about Mellissa, her artwork, and “Inner Expressions” visit her Etsy shop  or look her up on Facebook! We hope to see many of you at Southern Accents on October 5th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Make plans now to join us and come Paint For A Purpose!

This painting, along with the work that she has done with the Huntsville Stars baseball team is one of the reasons Mellissa was recently granted a Minor League Baseball licensing agreement.  for her work with the Huntsville Stars!

This painting, along with work that she has done with the Huntsville Stars baseball team, was instrumental in Mellissa recently being granted a Minor League Baseball licensing agreement.


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