Birmingham, Alabama - Bare Hands Inc. (Bare Hands Gallery Inc.) is pleased to welcome Samantha Kelly and Mary Lyn LaRussa to its Board of Directors.

Kelly and LaRussa bring collaborative and executive skills which will enhance Bare Hands' artistic, cultural and educational community involvement.

Bare Hands Inc. would also like to express appreciation to outgoing board members Franklin Biggs and Karen Duvdevani, who have given countless hours and energy in service to the organization. Biggs and Duvdevani emphasized that they will continue to be active volunteers and support the mission of Bare Hands Inc.

"This year Bare Hands celebrates 10 years as a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. The past ten years have been a rewarding and challenging journey. Our next decade is off to a great start with a talented Board of Directors, a strong volunteer structure, and a new website ( These are exciting times at Bare Hands!" says Wendy Jarvis, Executive Director.

Adding to the excitement and organizational growth at Bare Hands Inc., board members selected Robert Hernandez, who helped establish a new message and marketing structure in 2013, as Communications Director. Jennifer Gowers will continue as Festival Director for Bare Hands Inc.’s annual Día de los Muertos event. Julie Watters will continue to lead the Bare Hands Art Club, the organization's afterschool outreach at the downtown YWCA. 

The Board of Directors, and the directors, staff and volunteers at Bare Hands Inc. are looking forward to a vibrant 2014 and beyond!

Board of Directors:
Kim Strifert - President
Matt Layne - Vice-President
Dariana Dervis - Secretary
Scarlett Bradford - Treasurer
Jorge Castro
Alex Castro
Susan Coan
Kim Graham
Samantha Kelly
Mary Lyn LaRussa   

Executive Director - Wendy Jarvis
Communications Director - Robert Hernandez
Festival Director - Jennifer Gowers 

Those interested in volunteering with Bare Hands can email
Bare Hands Inc., A 501(c)(3) community-supported, non-profit arts organization, is dedicated to developing creativity and innovation in metro Birmingham and the region by creating opportunities and providing favorable environments in which artists and audiences play an active role in the creative process and engage in cultural dialogue.