Artist Returns To Panoply Two Years After Tornadoes Damage Home

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – At the Panoply Arts Festival, the artists come to share their passions with the public.  Glass work, crocheting, jewelry making, painting – you name it, it’s probably found in the Art Marketplace.

For many art is catharsis.

“I have a pretty stressed out job, so I think when I get home, and I have 8-year-old twins, who are very demanding. So when they go to bed I can just sit and work on these,” said Jennifer Redstreak, who is spending her fourth year selling her watercolor paintings at Panoply.

Sharing their art with the public is a joy. But two years ago, instead of share their passions, vendors stayed home. Panoply was canceled, as tornadoes tore through North Alabama.

‘We were all packed up and ready to go to Panoply and then we got tornado warnings,” said artist Paul Fulda.

While others returned to Big Spring Park in 2012, the Fuldas were busy rebuilding their home.

“Our house was not totally destroyed, but damaged bad enough that we spent the next year rebuilding it and we lived in an apartment. ‘

This is their first year back since the tornadoes.

Even when life throws road blocks and destruction in their way, Fulda says, he comes back to art because of all things, he loves the challenge. Taking his place at Panoply reminds him why he picked up his brush years ago.

“It`s a great feeling to have people come in and look at the art, talk about it, or recognize places they see in the art,” said Fulda. “It’s an even better feeling when they walk out with something in their hand.”

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