getting for that painting! We have a lot of
LaKind Gallery in Santa Fe opened earlier
ing, Bibb remains a proud son of Alabama
stuff just like that lying around. You could
this year to very positive reviews. Bibb’s
and the South and he very much wants the
do that yourself.”
art, often featuring quintessential Southern
same for his children. “I enjoyed Santa Fe
themes, thoroughly captivated quite a few
but I can’t imagine raising my kids there.
with a Fine Arts degree with a Graphic
Santa Fe art lovers, a group that includes
Then they wouldn’t be Southerners. I know
Arts focus, Bibb landed a job with CNN in
many Europeans with second homes there.
most people are proud of where they come
Atlanta. He soon found out that big city life
So it shouldn’t be too surprising that the
from and I guess I’m no different.”
and repetitious work was not for him. “I
first piece sold now hangs in Athens, Greece
hated it after about six weeks. I did the little
on the office wall of the president of an
banners that pop up behind the anchors
olive oil company.
After graduating from Auburn University
heads and a lot of maps. I got so sick of
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Despite his now international follow-
making maps, I didn’t ever want to see one again.” He soon landed back in his hometown of Decatur. Now he designs museum exhibits for a firm in Huntsville by day, creating personal art at night. His work has been featured in galleries in Birmingham, Fairhope, Nashville, Tennessee and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pursuing a career in art was a huge departure for a male in the Bibb family.
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Sloane Bibb comes from a very long line of lawyers, politicians and judges. His father was a judge in Morgan County, Alabama where Sloane grew up. Ancestor William Wyatt Bibb was a member of the first Alabama legislature. Sloane’s grandfather, William “Bill” Bibb, was a prominent judge in Calhoun County for many years. And, surprisingly, it was that same Judge Bibb, Sloane’s Papa, who paid for his six year old grandson’s first art lessons. It could have been the influence of Judge Bibb’s wife, Jean, that led him to encourage young Sloane’s artistic development. “Grandma Jean was an amazing artist. She was partially paralyzed in a car accident when my dad was ten and because of that she had to learn to paint left handed,” Bibb remembers. “She painted
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beautiful portraits that were kind of stark. She’d leave the canvass partially blank, painting only part of a face and maybe a little bit of the clothing. I remember spending many hours in the basement of their home on Coleman Drive destroying her discarded oil paintings.” His one man show, Heart of Dixie, at
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The Summer 2010 issue of Longleaf