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James Randall Chumbley

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Background

Employment History

  • Local Artist and Author

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    ArtCare
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ARTvision-6 | Randy Chumbley: Suicide Survivor Opens His Heart, Gives Freely
www.artvisionatl.org, 29 Dec 2011 [cached]
Artist and writer James Randall Chumbley comes out of hiding after three years since his last bestseller with his most revealing book ever, Alabama Snow. The author has written a tender, heartbreaking story of how his mother lost her dreams-growing up poor, the daughter of a sharecropper cotton farmer in rural Alabama-and his attempts of trying, for years, to save her from mental illness and alcoholism. Plus, his own struggles with facing the break-up of the love of his life, whom he met just a month after his mother's death, which almost pushed him to suicide. Find out how a message of hope from her saved her beloved son from meeting the same end as his father. Anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness will find something worthwhile in this narrative. James has opened his heart and soul, holding nothing back for the reader.
His follow up, "Winter Flesh," to be released in 2012, will be as personal and revealing as its predecessor. (read the press release) In 2009, he did a reading of this book at Outwrite Bookstore and donated one of his paintings to Youth Pride. As he describes in his press release:
"YouthPride's Evolve! program is very important to me as a survivor of attempted suicide myself," he said.
James Randal Chumbley will read ...
jamesrandallchumbley.com, 2 Oct 2009 [cached]
James Randal Chumbley will read from his new book Alabama Snow
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ATLANTA, October 2, 2009 - Local artist and author James Randall Chumbley will read from his new book, Alabama Snow, at a benefit for YouthPride’s suicide prevention program known as Evolve! The event will take place at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 PM. This special fundraising event is also being staged to raise community awareness of the risks of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and young adults in metro Atlanta. Chumbley will be donating to Evolve! his portion of the proceeds from all copies of Alabama Snow sold at Outwrite during the month of October.
Chumbley is also donating one of his original mixed-media contemporary landscape paintings, valued at $3000.00, which will be raffled off to benefit Evolve! Raffle tickets are available from October 7 -14 for $5.00 each at Outwrite, where the art will be on display. The winning ticket will be drawn during the October 14 event.
Having survived his own attempted suicide earlier this year, Chumbley is finding new strength after a long struggle with depression by speaking out publicly. He plans to use his art and writing, and the release of his new book, as instruments of hope and support to individuals and organizations battling issues of suicide within the LGBTQ community. As he embarks on his book tour for Alabama Snow, Chumbley will host similar book events across the country, each benefiting local market LGBTQ suicide prevention programs.
“YouthPride’s Evolve! program is very important to me as a survivor of attempted suicide myself,†confides Chumbley. “The crisis of suicide is an important yet often a misunderstood issue, one that many people in Atlanta struggle with daily, including members of the LGBTQ community. I was brought back to life after lying dead in the emergency room of Grady Memorial Hospital, having being worked on for five hours. Now, I want to do what I can to make a difference so others can get the help they need and avoid the choice I made.â€
At Outwrite, Chumbley will be reading excerpts from Alabama Snow, which deals with depression and suicide. He will also be frankly discussing his recent suicide attempts.
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About James Randall Chumbley James Randall Chumbley, known to his friends as Randy, is a nationally respected artist, author, and activist who divides his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Alabama Snow, is the tender yet heartbreaking story of a woman, Chumbley’s mother, who lost her dreams. The author recounts his years of struggle to save his mother from mental illness and alcoholism. He also tells of his emotional break-up with the love of his life, a man he met shortly after his mother’s death, which pushed him to the brink of suicide. Find out how a mother’s message of hope from beyond the grave saved her beloved son from ending his life as his father had done. Anyone whose life has been touched by alcoholism and mental illness will find something worthwhile in this narrative as Chumbley opens his heart and soul, holding nothing back from the reader. Read an excerpt from the book on the author’s Web site http://jamesrandallchumbley.com/alabamasnow.aspx.
Chumbley’s first book, a memoir entitled In the Arms of Adam: a diary of men, met with immediate critical and professional success. This deeply passionate, sensitive, and raw personal story that chronicles his tumultuous and painful childhood filled with his father’s abuse, alcoholism, eventual suicide, and his mother’s mental illness through the self-discovery he experienced as a young man. His second book, Before the Last Dance, is a novel but perhaps more truth than fiction. It explores the issues of growing up gay, finding oneself, and coming to terms with the aging process â€" all in a community that covets youth, vitality, and appearance. You can learn more about Chumbley’s writings at www.jamesrandallchumbley.com.
Chumbley is also known for his visual art which encompasses contemporary landscapes, abstracts and nudes using the media of oil, wax and varnish. His work is on display in numerous galleries and is included in many high-profile private and corporate collections across the country. Learn more: www.jrchumbleyart.com.
In a passionate and personal story ...
jamesrandallchumbley.com, 10 Feb 2011 [cached]
In a passionate and personal story that encompasses a troubled and abused-filled childhood, the heady and frenetic New York art and party circuit of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, well-know Atlanta artist James Randall Chumbley explores the relationships and experiences that have shaped his life in his first book, "In the Arms of Adam: a diary of men."   From his perspective as a successful Atlanta-based mixed-media artist with work in corporate and private collections across the country, Chumbley has produced a unique memoir that traces his relationships while also tracing our changing times. "In the Arms of Adam" evolved from a series of poems Chumbley wrote over the course of several years.   "I began writing this book in an effort to understand where I had been and where I might be going Chumbley says. "When I finished, I felt that the experiences chronicled in the book, while very personal, could be of interest and help to others. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and I’ve wasted a lot of time. Maybe this book can help someone else sort through and conquer their demons.   In 1989, Chumbley and a group of other artist and business people founded ArtCare, an annual charity auction that has since raised more than $850,000 for Atlanta AIDS service groups, including AID Atlanta, Project Open Hand Atlanta and the Grady Memorial Hospital Infectious Disease Unit.   In addition to donating his time and art to ArtCare, Chumbley has volunteered with several AID Atlanta programs, delivers meals for Project Open Hand Atlanta and has donated his art work to several organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign. In the book, Chumbley reveals the dynamics of his relationships with friends, lovers and family and introduces the colorful characters that have shaped his life and his work.
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In the early1980s, after a period that included frequent trips to New York to promote his work and to take part in that city’s heady social and party culture, Chumbley witnessed first-hand the dawn and devastation of the AIDS crisis.
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His father’s suicide when Chumbley began college brought an abrupt and painful end to a harrowing youth, yet it also fueled his drive into adulthood as the money from his father’s veteran benefits financed his college education.   Chumbley’s coming to terms with his own gay mind frame corresponded with the initial wave of AIDS, leaving him a witness to a world of painful loss. "Arms of Adam" is sensitive without being sentimental in recalling trauma, focused without being flabby, and intelligent in its treatment of the reader and the many individuals who passed through the author’s life. While some readers may be uncomfortable with Chumbley’s detailed encounters of his romantic liaisons, his story nonetheless offers a courageous tale of establishing and maintaining a proud self-identity in the face of immense struggle. A man as intelligent and sincere as Chumbley would be an asset to any family.
YouthPride - Welcome
www.youthpride.org, 23 Jan 2006 [cached]
ATLANTA, October 2, 2009 - Local artist and author James Randall Chumbley will read from his new book, Alabama Snow, at a benefit for YouthPride's suicide prevention program known as Evolve! The event will take place at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 PM.
This special fundraising event is also being staged to raise community awareness of the risks of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and young adults in metro Atlanta. Chumbley will be donating his portion of the proceeds from all copies of Alabama Snow sold at Outwrite during the month of October.
Chumbley is also donating one of his original mixed-media contemporary landscape paintings, valued at $3000.00, which will be raffled off to benefit Evolve! Raffle tickets are available from October 7 -14 for $5.00 each at Outwrite, where the art will be on display. The winning ticket will be drawn during the October 14 event.
Having survived his own attempted suicide earlier this year, Chumbley is finding new strength after a long struggle with depression by speaking out publicly. He plans to use his art and writing, and the release of his new book, as instruments of hope and support to individuals and organizations battling issues of suicide within the LGBTQ community. As he embarks on his book tour for Alabama Snow, Chumbley will host similar book events across the country, each benefiting local market LGBTQ suicide prevention programs.
"YouthPride's Evolve! program is very important to me as a survivor of attempted suicide myself," confides Chumbley. "The crisis of suicide is an important yet often a misunderstood issue, one that many people in Atlanta struggle with daily, including members of the LGBTQ community. I was brought back to life after lying dead in the emergency room of Grady Memorial Hospital, having being worked on for five hours. Now, I want to do what I can to make a difference so others can get the help they need and avoid the choice I made."
At Outwrite, Chumbley will be reading excerpts from Alabama Snow, which deals with depression and suicide. He will also be frankly discussing his recent suicide attempts.
...
Anyone whose life has been touched by alcoholism and mental illness will find something worthwhile in this narrative as Chumbley opens his heart and soul, holding nothing back from the reader. Read an excerpt from the book on the author's Web site http://jamesrandallchumbley.com/alabamasnow.aspx.
Artist and writer James Randall ...
jamesrandallchumbley.com, 1 July 2009 [cached]
Artist and writer James Randall Chumbley comes out of hiding after three years since his last bestseller with his most revealing book ever, Alabama Snow. The author has written a tender, heartbreaking story of how his mother lost her dreamsâ€"growing up poor, the daughter of a sharecropper cotton farmer in rural Alabamaâ€"and his attempts of trying, for years, to save her from mental illness and alcoholism. Plus, his own struggles with facing the break-up of the love of his life, whom he met just a month after his mother’s death, which almost pushed him to suicide. Find out how a message of hope from her saved her beloved son from meeting the same end as his father.
Anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness will find something worthwhile in this narrative. James has opened his heart and soul, holding nothing back for the reader.
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The son, author James Randall Chumbley, is a gifted writer and talented artist. Perhaps that's the reason why his words paint such incredible mental pictures, drawing the reader into the moment.
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