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March at Kentuck

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

March brings 4 NEW STUDIO ARTISTS, an exhibition by George Jones, Jr., our Membership Drive, and several workshops!

Art Night: March 7, 5-8pm

Teer Gallery: Kentuck is proud to present Broom Traditions: Honoring Four Generations by George Jones, Jr. George's family began making brooms during the Great Depression to save their large tenant farm near Florence, Alabama, but it wasn't until 1986 when George Jr. was taught the family craft by his grandfather. Today, George continues to grow broom corn and makes his brooms using much of the same equipment his great-grandfather used nearly 90 years ago. He has sold thousands of brooms in about 20 different styles at regional art shows, Kentuck Art Center's Gallery Shop, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

Gallery Shop: The Gallery Shop will be open for browsing and buying. Debra Farley is the featured Gallery Shop artist and will have a special display of new work!  Debra, a jewelry artist from Pelham, Alabama, creates jewelry from damaged and recycled pieces such as porcelain dishes, postcards, vintage lace, photos, and found objects, all set in hand-formed bezels created from silver, copper, and brass.

Studio Artists: 4 NEW studio artists will have their GRAND OPENING during March Art Night! Keep scrolling to the next section for their bios. Help us give them a warm welcome!

Courtyard of Wonders: Enjoy live music from David Allgood and pop up shops from local vendors.

GRAND OPENING - 4 STUDIOS Kentuck is excited to present our four newest members of our Studio Artist Program! They will each have their studio grand openings during March Art Night. Help us give them a warm welcome!

Neel Alexander, mixed media (top left) "I believe my art performs best when it subtly blends many styles, influences, and media into something unique for that moment. A lot of my work uses themes of nature and historical popular culture references. The mediums I have been using most are acrylics, paint markers, and spray paint. I also enjoy making sculpture."

Kunkle, mixed media (top right) "Using an array of salvaged substrates I produce a wide ranging body of work that includes paintings, mixed media, assemblage, and sculpture often addressing social and cultural issues with a voice that attempts to speak truth to power and promote equality while representing a new generation of progressive Southern artists and idealists. "

Noelle Mercurio, mixed media (bottom left) The majority of her creations are inspired by music, imagination, love of trying something new, and most importantly, her faith. Each piece that Noelle creates is original and will not be recreated “en masse." Her use of color, texture, and medium give each piece a tremendous depth, which allows the viewer a different experience every time he/she views it. Whether it is acrylic, oil, or watercolor, Noelle’s one of a kind pieces will bring life and energy to any space. 

Ashley Young and Alana Baldwin, Letterpress and book arts (bottom right) Ashley is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Alabama's graduate Book Arts Program, and Alana graduated from the same program in 2017. They enjoy working in creative and collaborative spaces and are excited to have a studio where they can work together.

About the program: Kentuck Art Center rents studio space to local, full‑time artists for below market value to help them make a living doing what they love. Kentuck’s Studio Artist Program fulfills all facets of our mission statement: perpetuate the arts, engage the community, and empower the artist.

Rachel Wakefield at Hotel Indigo

Rachel Ann Wakefield has her exhibition "Estuary" in Kentuck's Gallery at Hotel Indigo until May. Stop by and see her incredible, life-like oil paintings! She had a great turnout at her opening reception on March 1.


Help us march into the future by becoming a member. Members support us in everything we do to carry out our mission to perpetuate the arts, engage the community, and empower the artist. We can't do it without YOU!


Taking Care of Your Family Papers: A Demonstration by Larry Lou Foster

Saturday, March 9, 9:30am-11:30am Did your family put you in charge of the photo albums? Learn how to properly preserve family papers in this demonstration. Register with this link.

BOOK BINDING with Larry Lou Foster

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. Instructed by Larry Lou Foster, these classes will take you through the steps to make a series of structures. Photos and registration available here.

Creation Vacation Instructed by Sherri Warner, these classes are for those 18 and older who want to try something new! Designed for all levels & will have a new topic each week. Snack & beverage included! Classes: Tuesdays (6-8pm) or Saturdays (1-3pm)

$30/class or $100/4 classes

Register here.



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