Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary
YouTube video of Sanctuary history)
the 1930s the land that is now the Sanctuary was acquired by
the Goldsmith and Schiffman families, who continued to farm
it. Then during the 1990s Huntsville began to expand its boundaries
over Monte Sano Mountain into the valley near the Sanctuary.
As subdivisions and shopping centers developed in the area,
the current generation of the family realized the need to preserve
greenspace, not only for the welfare of the community, but also
to provide a safe haven for the wildlife. They donated 300 acres
along the Flint River for a park, which is named the Goldsmith
Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary, in honor of their ancestors.
Sanctuary Artists group
YouTube video about Sanctuary Artists
February 2009 the idea of the Sanctuary Artists was formed over
coffee shared by Margaret Anne Goldsmith, philanthropist and naturalist,
and Clayton Bass, artist and former President and CEO of the Huntsville
Museum of Art. Attracted by the beauty of the Goldsmith Schiffman
Wildlife Sanctuary, a recent gift to the City of Huntsville by
the Goldsmith family, their hope was to raise awareness of this
resource, locally and regionally, by introducing it to artists.
idea and group quickly evolved to include individuals from many
disciplines, including the visual arts, natural sciences, literary,
oral, and musical traditions. Together they continue to explore
Huntsville's newest green space, sharing their creative responses.
Their group exhibition, "The Art of Nature," made its
debut at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in May of 2010,
and has shown at several different venues throughout North Alabama.
Over 60 paintings, photographs, and pottery by about a dozen artists