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ARTS
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ESTINATIONS
 IN ALABAMA
                                  Renaissance Art Gallery, Northport




A       labama’s brilliant artists
        and craftsmen have filled
        our state with extraordinary
beauty. This love for the arts is
found everywhere, from the quilts
of Gee’s Bend to the “Face Jugs”
of Jerry Brown in Hamilton.
                                                     Patsy Riley
Whether your tastes run to folk art,                 First Lady
theatre, ballet, music, film, fine art,
literature, fashion or architecture,
you will find each to be a vibrant
part of Alabama’s cultural legacy.

This guide to the arts scene features
highlights from each town and city.
Information on many more art
destinations can be found online at:
       www.arts.state.al.us
      www.800alabama.com
Bob and I invite you to celebrate
and enjoy the creative genius of
Alabama the Beautiful!



                                                    Kentuck Pottery
                                                      Northport


                      Front: Alabama Shakespeare Festival,
 Tourism Department   Montgomery (p. 41). Back: Alabama Ballet,
                      Birmingham (p. 10). Edge of pages: Detail
                      from Gee’s Bend Quilt (p. 28). Art galleries
                      shown are representative of Alabama’s art
                      galleries. For more, consult the local visitors
                      bureau or the website links shown above.
Alabama

Arts
Calendar
More than 600 art events are
set for “The Year of Alabama Arts.”
Get your free copy of the Alabama Calendar of Events at
1-800-Alabama and check out the top 50 art events below!

January 2007                         March 2007
Alabama Folk Art                     “Art Takes Flight”
Exhibition                           Public art project, Fairhope
Young & Vann Building,               Mar-July
Birmingham                           251-928-0879
Jan 14 - Dec 31
205-254-2566                         George Lindsey/UNA
                                     Film Festival
Gee’s Bend Play                      University of North
Alabama Shakespeare                  Alabama, Florence
Festival, Montgomery                 Mar 1-4
Jan 19-Feb 11                        256-740-4141
334-271-5326
                                     Jerry Brown Arts Festival
Alabama Masters:                     E.T. Sims Recreational
Selected Works from Six              Facility, Hamilton
Alabama Art Museums                  Mar 3-4
Jule Collins Smith                   205-921-0300
Museum of Fine Arts
Auburn                               Fairhope’s 55th Annual
Jan 20-Apr 14                        Arts & Crafts Festival
334-844-1484                         Downtown Fairhope
                                     Mar 16-18
February 2007                        251-621-8222
Capitol Rotunda Singing
                                     Eufaula Pilgrimage
State Capitol, Montgomery
                                     Historic District, Eufaula
Feb 3
                                     Mar 30-Apr 1
334-242-3601
                                     334-687-3793

Jerry Brown Festival, Hamilton       Celebrating Alabama
                                     Arts at the Governor’s
                                     Mansion
                                     Governor’s Mansion,
                                     Montgomery
                                     Mar 31-Apr 1
                                     1-800-Alabama



                                 3
Gee’s Bend Quilters at ONB Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham

April 2007                          Panoply Arts Festival
                                    Big Spring Park,
Watercolor Society of               Huntsville
Alabama – National                  Apr 27-29
Exhibition                          256-519-2787
Museum of Natural
History, Anniston                   Auburn CityFest
Apr 1-May 31                        Kiesel Park , Auburn
256-237-6766                        Apr 28
                                    334-501-2930
Calico Fort Arts & Crafts
Fort Deposit                        Troyfest
Apr 14-15                           Downtown, Troy
334-227-4411                        Apr 28
                                    334-566-2294
Alabama Book Festival
Old Alabama Town,
Montgomery
Apr 21
334-844-4948

Conecuh People ...
the Experience Play                  Panoply Arts Festival, Huntsville
Red Door Theatre,
Union Springs
Apr 26-28 & May 3-5                 May 2007
334-738-8687
                                    Arts Alive! Hands On!
To Kill A Mockingbird               Cathedral Square, Mobile
Play                                May 12
Old Courthouse,                     251-208-7443
Monroeville
Apr 26-May 19                       Mother’s Day Evening
251-575-7433                        Garden Concert
                                    Bellingrath Gardens &
ONB Magic City                      Home, Mobile
Art Connection                      May 13
Linn Park,                          1-800-247-8420
Birmingham
Apr 27-29
205-595-6306
                                4
June 2007
Hank Williams Festival
Hank Williams, Sr.
Boyhood Home &
Museum, Georgiana
Jun 1-2
334-376-2396

Art in the Garden                                                 Helen Keller Festival, Tuscumbia
Aldridge Botanical
Gardens, Hoover
Jun 2-3
205-682-8019

Alex City Jazz Fest
Strand City Park,
Alexander City
Jun 8-9
256-234-3461
                                                                    W.C. Handy Festival, Florence
The Miracle Worker Play
Helen Keller’s                                                    July 2007
Birthplace & Home
Tuscumbia                                                         Alabama Folk Pottery
Jun 8-July 14                                                     Exhibition
256-383-4066                                                      Montgomery Museum
                                                                  of Art,
Helen Keller Festival                                             Montgomery
Spring Park, Tuscumbia                                            Jul 7-Sept 9
Jun 20-24                                                         334-240-4333
256-383-0783
                                                                  Alabama Ballet
African-American Artists                                          Summer Residency
of Alabama                                                        Gorham’s Bluff
Mobile Museum of Art,                                             Jul 22-29
Mobile                                                            256-451-2787
Jun 29-Sept 23
251-208-5209                                                      W.C. Handy
                                                                  Music Festival
Alabama Ballet, Gorham’s Bluff                                    Shoals Area & Florence
                                                                  Jul 22-28
                                                                  256-766-9719

                                                                  August 2007
                                                                  Black Belt
                                                                  Folk Roots Festival
                                                                  Old Courthouse Square,
                                                                  Eutaw
                                                                  Aug 25-26
                                 Alabama Ballet/Billy Brown




                                                                  205-372-0525



                                                              5
Mobile International Festival, Mobile

September 2007                          October 2007
Artwalk 2007                            Tennessee Valley Old-
Downtown loft                           Time Fiddlers Convention
neighborhood,                           Athens State University,
Birmingham                              Athens
Sept 7-8                                Oct 5-6
205-612-1530                            256-233-8200

Monte Sano Art Show
Monte Sano State Park,
Huntsville
Sept 15
256-479-4113

Sidewalk Moving Picture                      Kathryn Tucker Windham at
Festival                                      Tale-Tellin’ Festival, Selma
Alabama Theatre &
downtown area,                          Bluff Park Art Show
Birmingham                              Bluff Park,
Sept 28-30                              Birmingham, Oct 6
205-324-0888                            205-822-0078
Alabama Theatre, Birmingham
                                        Tale-Tellin’ Festival
                                        Pickard Auditorium,
                                        Selma
                                        Oct 12-13
                                        334-875-7241

                                        Alabama Folk Pottery
                                        Exhibition
                                        Mobile Museum of Art,
                                        Mobile
                                        Oct 13-Jan 7
                                        334-240-4333

                                        Grand Festival of Art
                                        by the Bay
                                        Municipal Pier, Fairhope
                                        Oct 20-21
                                        251-928-2228
                                  6
Kentuck Festival                      Quilt Challenge ’07
of the Arts                           Exhibit
Kentuck Park, Northport               Kennedy-Douglass Center
Oct 20-21                             for the Arts, Florence
205-758-1257                          Nov 14-Dec 19
                                      256-760-6379
Southern Wildlife
Art Festival                          Mobile International
Calhoun Community                     Festival
College, Decatur                      Mobile Civic Center,
Oct 20-21                             Mobile, Nov 17
1-800-524-6181                        251-470-7730

Arts Alive! on
Conti Street
Cathedral Square, Mobile
Oct 26
251-208-7443

Alabama Renaissance
Faire
Wilson Park, Florence
Oct 27-28
256-768-3031

Wiregrass Heritage                         Kentuck Festival, Northport
Festival
Landmark Park, Dothan
Oct 27                                Recurring Events
334-794-3452                          Visit art galleries and enjoy
                                      special downtown activities
November 2007
                                      at these monthly events:
Pike Road Arts &
                                      Artrageous Riverfront
Crafts Fair
                                      Arts Tour, Tuscaloosa &
Marks House
                                      Northport (first Thursdays)
Pike Road, Nov 3
                                      205-758-5195
334-281-6303
                                      First Fridays Art Fair,
Frank Brown
                                      Florence
Songwriters Festival
                                      256-766-7410
Various venues,
Orange Beach, Nov 8-18
                                      First Friday Artwalk,
251-974-1510
                                      Fairhope
                                      251-928-2228
Grand Festival of Art, Fairhope
                                      LoDa ArtWalk, Mobile
                                      (second Saturdays except
                                      Apr & Oct)
                                      251-208-7443




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Alexander City


Alexander City
Treasures Art Gallery – Features paintings, watercolors,
photography and pottery by local artists. Coffee and
tea bar. 8 Broad St. 256-215-3938.

Anniston
Art Works Gallery – Area artists cooperative. Paintings,
turned wooden pieces, decorative objects, fiber art,
photography, jewelry and pottery. 921 Noble St. 256-237-
1259. www.artworks-anniston.com
Must   Berman Museum of
See!
       World History – Fine collection of
sacred and secular Asian art, 18th century
European sculpture, decorative swords
and other exotic objects once owned by
an American husband-and-wife spy team.
840 Museum Dr. 256-237-6261. www.bermanmuseum.org

Church of St. Michael and All Angels –
The Norman architecture of this church
(c. 1890) is highlighted by a stunning
sanctuary. Tiffany windows, Bavarian-
carved angel heads on ends of ceiling
beams, Carrara marble altar. 1000 W.
18th St. 256-237-4011. www.stmaaa.org

Wren’s Nest Gallery – Quaint century-
old carriage house adjoins the historic
Victoria Country Inn. Larry K. Martin
paintings, prints and collectibles with
themes of wildlife, the South, African
wildlife, patriotism. 1604 Quintard Ave.
256-238-0710. www.larrykmartin.com

Ashland
Clay County Courthouse – Italian Renaissance style
        courthouse (c. 1906). Permanent art exhibit by
        local artist Judith Jordan documents town and
        country life in this scenic region of Appalachia.
        Ala. Hwys. 9 & 77. 256-354-2198.

Marble Gate Gallery – Oil paintings, fine photography,
faux finished designs and hand-painted custom furniture.
Courthouse Sq. 256-354-2958. www.marblegategallery.com

Athens
Pablo’s on Market – Fine art, pottery, sculpture and
books. Coffee and lunch menu items. 216 W. Market St.
256-216-8464. www.athensplus.com/pablos2.htm
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                                                       Auburn




                     Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn

Auburn
Auburn Cityfest – Held on last Saturday each April.
Fine arts, juried art show, arts and crafts, live musical
entertainment. Kiesel Park on Chadwick Ln.
334-501-2963. www.auburncityfest.com

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center – Theatre, dance
and art classes, performances, exhibits and events. Art
gallery, studios, interactive children’s room. 222 E. Drake
Ave. 334-501-2963. www.auburnalabama.org/arts

Must    Jule Collins Smith Museum of
See!    Fine Art at Auburn University –
Alabama’s only university art museum is
home to a superb permanent collection of
American and European art. Works by
Audubon, O’Keefe, Chagall, Renoir,
Dali and many more in eight exhibition
galleries. Houses the Advancing American
Art Collection, Hartman Collection of
Tibetan Bronzes and Carlisle Collection
of Irish Belleek Porcelain. Gift shop,
restaurant, auditorium, sculpture gardens.
901 S. College St. 334-844-1484.
www.jcsm.auburn.edu

Toomer’s Corner – Entertainment district
of restaurants, nightlife, live music, Tiger
Trail walk of fame. Specialty shops with
art prints, collectibles. Toomer’s Drugs,
an 1800s drugstore, is famed for its fresh
lemonade. College St. and Magnolia Ave.
334-887-8747. www.aocvb.com

The Villager – Original oil and watercolor art, hard-to-
find antique prints, mirrors, hand-crafted gift items.
Wide range of Auburn prints and memorabilia.
824 E. Glenn Ave. 1-877-523-5363. www.auburnart.com

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Birmingham




                                                             Alabama Ballet/Billy Brown
“Swan Lake” at Alabama Ballet, Birmingham


Birmingham
Activeculture.info & Cultural Alliance of Greater
Birmingham – One-stop source for details on all cultural
events in 12-county Birmingham metro area. 1731 1st
Ave. N., Ste. 190. 205-458-1393. www.activeculture.info

Must    Alabama Ballet – Premier professional ballet
See!    company has been praised by The New York Times
as “first class” with “dancers who show off brilliant
detail.” One of only six companies in the world licensed
to perform George Balanchine’s holiday masterpiece,
The Nutcracker. 2726 1st Ave. S. 205-322-4300.
www.alabamaballet.org
Must   Alabama Folk Art Exhibition – As the epicenter
See!
       of the 20th-century folk art movement, Alabama
                   boasts more folk artists than any other
                   state. Exclusive exhibition organized
                   by the Birmingham Museum of Art
                   features Lonnie Holley, Charlie Lucas,
                   Mose Tolliver, Thornton Dial, Jimmy
                   Lee Sudduth, Nora Ezell, Bill Traylor,
                   the quilters of Gee’s Bend and many
                   others. Young & Vann Building at 1st
                   Ave. N. and 18th St. 205-254-2566.
                   www.alabamafolkartexhibition.com

Alabama Operaworks – Regional opera company that
specializes in contemporary one-act operas.
1116 26th St. S. 205-326-0863. www.operaworks.net

Alabama School of Fine Arts - A tuition-free school for
          Alabama students, grades 7-12. Admission
          is by audition in one of six specialties:
          Creative Writing, Dance, Visual Arts,
          Mathematics & Science, Music and Theatre
          Arts. 1800 8th Ave. N. 205-252-9241.
          www.asfa.k12.al.us
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                                              Birmingham


Must   Alabama Symphony Orchestra –
See!
       Performs over 100 concerts each
season including special concerts with
Opera Birmingham and the Alabama
Ballet. 3621 6th Ave. S. 205-251-6929.
www.alabamasymphony.org
Must   Alabama Theatre for the
See!
       Performing Arts – Majestic,
completely restored movie palace
(c. 1927) is popularly advertised as
“The Showplace of the South.”
Built by Paramount during the great
silent movie heyday. A soaring grand
staircase leads to balconies, cozy nooks
and whimsical architectural spaces.
Classic films, concerts, ballet and the
South’s largest Wurlitzer theater pipe
organ. 1817 3rd Ave. N. 205-252-2262.
www.alabamatheatre.com
Must   Alys Robinson Stephens
See!
       Performing Arts Center –
Annually welcomes over 250,000 visitors
to 300 diverse music, dance and live
theatre events. World-class performers
bring artistic excellence, innovation and
diversity. Four venues including 1,330-
seat Jemison Concert Hall. Located at the
University of Alabama in Birmingham.
1200 10th Ave. S. 205-975-ARTS.
www.alysstephens.org

A’mano – One-of-a-kind items from local artists.
Paintings, glass, pottery, furniture, wearable art and more.
2707 Culver Rd. 205-871-9093. www.amanogifts.com

Arceneaux Art Gallery – Traditional and nontraditional
paintings, watercolors and antique prints. 2880 Old Rocky
Ridge Rd. 205-824-5800.

Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens – City’s only
                 antebellum mansion (c. 1850) is fully
                 restored and serves as an exquisite
                 decorative arts museum. Collection of
                 19th century furniture, textiles, silver
                 and paintings. 331 Cotton Ave. 205-
                 780-5656. www.birminghamal.org

Atchison Gallery – Features prominent national and
international artists, as well as accomplished local artists
working in all media. 2847 Culver Rd. 205-871-6233.
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Birmingham




                                                             Birmingham Museum of Art
Sol LeWitt art panel, Birmingham Museum of Art

Bare Hands Gallery – Contemporary art gallery. Special
programs. 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., 205-324-
2124. www.barehandsgallery.com

The Basha Gallery – Featuring the works of renowned
photographer Karim Shamsi-Basha. 212 29th St. S.
205-521-9039. www.karimisms.com

Bear Creek Glass – Beautiful, practical artwork. Sinks,
                  chandeliers, pendant lights, bowls
                  and vases are created by artisans at
                  this studio which includes a gallery.
                  2717 Second Ave. S., Ste. B. 205-324-
                  9339. www.bearcreekglass.com

Birmingham Art Association – Oldest arts organization
in region operates an art gallery with regular showings at
the Frank Setzer Gallery, 1731 1st Ave. N., and the
Tutwiler Hotel, 2021 Park Pl. N. 205-326-4460.
www.birminghamartassociation.com

Birmingham Broadway Series – The hottest New York
shows come to the Birmingham metropolitan area each
year as part of this popular series. 2805 6th Ave. S.
205-328-8222. www.birminghambroadway.com

Birmingham Chamber Music Society – Presents
concerts by established groups and new ensembles to
promote the appreciation of chamber music in
Birmingham and surrounding communities. 3621
6th Ave. S. 205-975-2787. www.operabirmingham.org

Birmingham Children’s Theatre –
Founded in 1947, theatre produces at
least seven full-scale professional
theatrical productions for children in the
K-6 grades each year. 2130 Richard
Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
205-458-8181. www.bct123.org
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                                             Birmingham


Must    Birmingham Museum of Art –
See!
        The largest municipal art museum
in the South. More than 21,000 works of
art are part of its extensive collection,
including Asian, Pre-Columbian, African,
Native American, Renaissance and
American masterpieces. Represented are
Monet, Ubertini, Bierstadt, Cassatt, Dali,
Rodin, Rembrandt, Whistler, Warhol and
more. The Beeson Wedgwood Collection
is the finest and most important outside
of England. Cafe, gift shop. 2000 8th
Ave. N. 205-254-2566. www.artsbma.org

Birmingham Music Club – Over 100-
year-old club is among oldest in South.
The Bolshoi, Pavarotti, Callas and others
have come to Alabama via its diverse arts
outreach program. Performances are at
the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing
Arts Center. 1807 Third Ave. N. 205-322-
6737. www.operabirmingham.org

Birmingham Public Library (Linn-Henley
Research Library) – Ezra Winter, the renown muralist
         for Radio City Music Hall and the U.S.
         Supreme Court, emblazoned colorful characters
         and scenes from literature on the library’s
         walls: Pocahontas, Lancelot, Winged Pegasus,
         Don Quixote and more. 2020 Park Pl.
         205-226-3630. www.bham.lib.al.us
Must    Bluff Park Art Show – Held first
See!
        Saturday of October. Juried art
show features visual artists from around
the U.S. Live jazz. Proceeds support the
arts in the greater Birmingham area
including the funding of public art. 205-
822-0078. www.bluffparkartshow.com

Must    Carver Performing Arts Theatre
See!    & Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame –
Jam sessions, theatrical performances,
swing dance classes, comedy programs
and other events are regularly scheduled
at this performing arts center. Alabama
Jazz Hall of Fame spotlights jazz greats
with ties to the state such as Nat King Cole, Sun Ra,
Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins.
Downtown in historic Fourth Avenue Business District.
1631 4th Ave. N. 205-254-2731. www.jazzhall.com

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Birmingham




Frank Fleming’s Five Points South fountain, Birmingham

Cobb Lane Gallery – Perched above
Cobb Lane Restaurant. Offers an Old
World atmosphere. Art on exhibit is in a
variety of styles: realistic, abstract,
impressionistic and non-representational
in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, fiber and
raku pottery. 1 Cobb Ln. 205-939-0450.
www.cobblanegallery.homestead.com

Must    Five Points South – This popular
See!    entertainment district includes
restaurants, nightlife, live music and
hotels. Frank Fleming sculpture fountain,
art galleries, antique shops, coffee shops,
Charlemagne Record Exchange with
unusual entry staircase lined with posters.
Boutiques, parks, churches with fine
architecture. This historic area is close to
downtown Birmingham and the UAB
campus in the Southside neighborhood.
20th St. S. at 11th Ave. S. 205-458-8000.
www.birminghamal.org

Gallery 2306 – Emphasis is on exhibiting photography
and works of local artists. Gallery is open to all media.
National and international artists. 2306 2nd Ave. N.
205-327-2706. www.gallery2306.com

Hawthorn Gallery – Contemporary works by regional
and national artists. Styles range from edgy, technically
accomplished abstracts to dusky, dreamlike landscapes.
2017 3rd Ave. N. 205-879-2588. www.hawthorngallery.net

Illuminations @ Innerspace – Original Richard Miree
paintings, sculptures and mixed media plus artistic
lighting products. 2821 2nd Ave. S. 205-322-2176.
www.illuminationscontract.com


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                                               Birmingham


Irondale Cafe – Birmingham native Fannie Flagg’s best-
           selling novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the
           Whistle Stop Cafe, was inspired by this
           popular restaurant that was once owned by
           her aunt. 1906 1st. Ave. N., Irondale.
           205-956-5258. www.irondalecafe.com

Loretta Goodwin Gallery – Representational and non-
representational art ranging from classically inspired
landscapes and stillifes to contemporary abstracts. 605 S.
28th St. 205-328-1761. www.lorettagoodwingallery.net

Maralyn Wilson Gallery – Fine art gallery. Paintings,
posters, sculptures. 3908 Clairmont Ave. 205-591-1150.
www.maralynwilsongallery.com

Moxie Studio & Art Gallery – Wearable art by local
artists, crocheted mobiles, intricately dyed dresses made
from vintage slips and tribalesque jewelry. Regularly
scheduled craft classes. 825 39th St. S. 205-595-3200

Naked Art Gallery – The name “Naked Art” refers to art
that one is able to appreciate with the naked eye, without
intimidating, “high-brow” hidden meanings. 3815
Clairmont Ave. 205-595-3553. www.nakedartusa.com

NorDys Gallery – With both emerging and nationally-
recognized artists, this gallery offers choices from pure
abstraction to hard-edged realism. Variety of media
including painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking.
3009 3rd Ave. S. 205-328-7126. www.nordysgallery.com

Ona’s Music Room – Ona Watson’s nightclub is a
          favorite of music lovers. Swings with jazz
          and other genres of music. Honored as
          Birmingham’s best jazz club and one of
          America’s top “10 Jazzy Places” by USA
          Today. 423 20th St. S. 205-322-4662.
          www.onasmusicroom.com

                          Gifts at Naked Art Gallery, Birmingham




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Birmingham


Opera Birmingham – Full-scale operas
from Madama Butterfly to Don Giovanni.
Competitions, recitals, school programs.
Founded 1955. 1807 3rd Ave. N. 205-
322-6737. www.operabirmingham.org

Ophelia’s Art Gallery – A gallery for graphics and
prints, specializing in serigraphs, original graphics and
original/limited edition prints. Pottery and sculpture.
1905 Bessemer Rd. 205-925-9166.
Must    Pepper Place – This complex of
See!
        seven buildings, anchored by the
historic Dr Pepper bottling company, is
billed as Birmingham’s design, furniture
and arts-related merchandise center.
Galleries, architectural and home decor
shops, boutiques, Terrific New Theatre.
Seasonal outdoor concerts and open-air
markets. 2nd Ave. S. at 29th St. S.
205-802-2100. www.pepperplace.com

Red Dot Gallery – Located in Pepper Place. Art gallery
      features the creations of several artists. Working
      studio for Scott Bennett and Dori DeCamillis,
      who have exhibited artwork throughout the U.S.
      Teaching spaces offer classes in painting,
      drawing and pottery. 2810 3rd Ave. S. 205-254-
      8800. www.reddotgallery.com

Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra – Volunteer group
of musicians from Birmingham area annually performs
four full concerts and two small ensemble performances.
868 6th St. W. 205-252-9241. www.rmco.org

Reed Books & The Museum of
Fond Memories – Delightful one-of-a-
kind city loft is a haven for book lovers.
Alabama’s largest memorabilia collection
of rare books, newspapers, magazines,
posters, signs and more. 107 20th St. S.
205-326-4460. www.jimreedbooks.com

Richard Tubb Gallery – Features a large selection of
original fine art and home furnishings. 2829 2nd Ave. S.
205-324-7613

Rickwood Field – America’s oldest baseball park
(c. 1910) is an architectural gem. Restored to original
appearance. Home of baseball’s Rickwood Classic.
1137 2nd Ave. W. 205-458-8161. www.rickwood.com

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                                                                 Birmingham


                 Safari Cup Coffee & Gallery – Immigrants from
                 Zimbabwe opened this African-bean coffee shop that also
                 features authentic art from Africa. Jazz-jam nights,
                 breakfast and lunch menu. 300 Richard Arrington Jr.
                 Blvd N. 205-326-0019. www.safaricup.com
                 Must  Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival –
                 See!
                       Selected one of the top film festivals
                 by Time magazine. Celebrates independent
                 cinema with screenings of films from
                 around the world, celebrity appearances,
                 awards ceremony. Held last weekend of
                 September in downtown Birmingham at the
                 Alabama Theatre, Carver Theatre and other venues.
                 2312 1st Ave N. 205-324-0888. www.sidewalkfest.com

                 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church – Romanesque-style
                                church (c. 1909) is Civil Rights landmark
                                and site of 1963 bombing that killed four
                                girls. Symbolic “Black Christ” window
                                was donated afterward by the people of
                                Wales. 1530 6th Ave. N. 205-251-9402.

                 Must   Sloss Furnaces & Metal Arts – Behemoth iron
                 See!   furnaces (c. 1882) with labyrinthine pipes and
                 smokestacks are rare example of the preservation of early
                 industrial architecture. Innovative metal arts are promoted
                                   via an on-site sculpture studio, art
                                   foundry and authentic molten iron pours.
                                   Resident artists, gift shop. Also a hip
                                   hotspot for music concerts. 20 32nd St.
                                   N. 205-324-1911. www.slossfurnaces.com

                 Sojourns – Alabama’s only exclusive “fair trade” store is
                 dedicated to helping low-income, disadvantaged artisans.
                 Items from 40 countries including Bangladesh, Burkina
                 Faso, Guatemala, India, Peru, Niger and Uganda. Pottery,
                 art, jewelry, textiles, toys, tea, chocolate, more. 1910 3rd
                 Ave. N. 205-323-5680. www.adventureartpeace.com

                                    Molten iron pour at Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham
Sloss Furnaces




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Birmingham




Yaakov Agam’s kinetic painting, UAB Callahan Hospital, Birmingham

Space One Eleven – Galleries and window displays
showcase contemporary art. Arts education program.
2409 2nd Ave. N. 205-328-0553. www.spaceoneeleven.org

Summerfest Musical Theatre – Cabaret
shows, Broadway favorites, educational
programs. Venues include Virginia
Samford Theatre. 2329 1st Ave. N. #403.
205-324-2424. www.summerfest.org

UAB Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital – Yaakov
Agam, a pioneer of kinetic painting, created the hospital’s
facade. It presents an optical illusion of shifting colors.
1720 University Blvd. 205-325-8100. www.health.uab.edu

Virginia Samford Theatre – Romanesque playhouse
(c. 1927), formerly the Town & Gown Theatre, is the
source of Birmingham’s local theatrical legacy. 1116 26th
St. S. 205-251-1206. www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org

Must    Vulcan Park – Famous landmark
See!    overlooks the city from atop Red
Mountain. It is the largest cast-iron statue
in the world and was created in 1904 by
Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti. The
Roman god of fire and forge, Vulcan
symbolizes Birmingham and its birth as
an iron manufacturing center. Spectacular
views for miles can be enjoyed from the
observation balcony. Interpretive center
and gift shop. 1701 Valley View Dr.
205-933-1409. www.vulcanpark.org

Brent
Miller’s Pottery – Alabama’s oldest family folk pottery
tradition. Direct descendants of the LaCoste family,
French craftsmen who came to America from Paris in the
1800s. 2330 Hwy. 5. 205-926-1922.

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                                                    Cullman


Brundidge
Art Wurks – Larry Godwin’s abstract metal sculptures
are of a monumental scale. Gallery is next to a rooster
made from car bumpers, four miles south of Brundidge.
U.S. Hwy. 231 N. 334-268-1843. www.larrygodwin.com

Must   Come Home, It’s Suppertime –
See!   Alabama’s Official Folklife Play
fondly remembers life in a small Southern
town during the Great Depression.
Performances are staged at the We Piddle
Around Theater in the spring and fall.
The theater also serves as an art gallery.
Main St. 334-735-3125. www.piddle.org

Camden
Must    Black Belt Treasures –
See!
        Distinctive folk art and unique
crafts flourish today in Alabama’s historic
Black Belt region. Non-profit gallery
with exceptional artwork, sculpture,
woodwork, baskets, quilts, jewelry and
one-of-a-kind, handmade items created
by artisans. 209 Claiborne St. 334-682-
9878. www.blackbelttreasures.com

Cullman
Must    Ave Maria Grotto – St. Peter’s
See!    Basilica, the Roman Colosseum
and shrines of the Holy Land are among
125 detailed architectural miniatures
covering a hillside at St. Bernard Abbey.
The structures were built over 40 years,
beginning around 1918, by Bro. Joseph
Zoettl. Four-acre park with trail, gift
shop. 1600 St. Bernard Dr. S.E. 800-722-
0999. www.avemariagrotto.com

                         Artwork at Black Belt Treasures, Camden




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Cullman




The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Cullman

Rennards Gallery – Features original prints, antique
books, sterling silver jewelry and gifts. Located in the
Old Parker Bank Building (c. 1884). 314 2nd Ave. S.E.
256-739-5997. www.rennardsgallery.com
Must    The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at
See!
        Our Lady of the Angels Monastery – The
Romanesque-Gothic architecture of this stunning shrine
and monastery (c. 1999) was inspired
by the great Franciscan churches and
monasteries of the 13th century. Marble,
jasper, granite, gold and other building
materials were imported globally. 3222
County Rd. 548, Hanceville. 256-352-
6267. www.olamshrine.com

Daphne
American Sport Art Museum &
Archives – Extensive collection of
sports-related art and literature. Paintings,
prints, sculpture. Gift shop. One Academy
Dr. 251-626-3303. www.asama.org
Must    Malbis Memorial Greek
See!
        Orthodox Church – A replica of
a Byzantine church in Athens, Greece,
this domed structure (c. 1965) is lavishly
adorned with mosaics, paintings, stained
glass, and imported marble from the same
quarries that provided stone for the
ancient Parthenon. 29300 Co. Rd. 27,
Malbis. 251-626-3050.

Decatur
Carnegie Visual Arts Center – Hosts local, regional,
national and international art exhibits. Art classes are
offered to all ages. 207 Church St. 256-341-0562.
www.carnegiearts.org
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                                                     Dothan

Must    Princess Theatre Center for the
See!
        Performing Arts – This north
Alabama landmark began as a livery
stable in 1887 and became a vaudeville
playhouse in 1919. It was redone as a
glamorous Art Deco movie hall in 1941
and has staged musicals, plays and
concerts since 1978. 112 2nd Ave. NE.
256-350-1745. www.princesstheatre.org

Demopolis
Bluff Hall – Mansion atop white bluffs
above Tombigee River (c. 1832) reflects
Federal and Greek Revival elements. 405
N. Commissioners Ave. 334-289-9644.
Must    Gaineswood – Stunning landmark
See!
        (c. 1843) has won praise as the
“most magnificent of all” mansions in
Alabama. Domed ceilings, Corinthian
columns and pilasters, an uncommon
asymmetrical exterior, fine furniture and
art are a few of the highlights of this
architectural masterpiece. 805 S. Cedar
St. 334-289-4846. www.preserveala.org

Dothan
Cultural Arts Center – Home to the Southeast Alabama
Community Theatre, Southeast Alabama Dance
Company, Tri-State Community Orchestra, Music South
and Dothan Wiregrass Art League. 909 S. St. Andrews St.
334-699-2787. www.theculturalartscenter.com

Dothan Opera House – Classical Revival
style theater (c. 1915) hosts theatrical
productions, ballet, symphony. Gift shop.
115 N. St. Andrews St. 334-615-3170.
www.dothanalcvb.com

            Gardens of Gaineswood antebellum mansion, Demopolis




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Dothan


Must  Grits on the Side – This hilarious
See!  original comedy with music and
dancing spoofs many Southern legends
and myths. Spring and fall performances.
228-C S. Oates St. 334-792-1268.
www.dothanalcvb.com

Peanuts Around Town – Half of the USA’s peanuts are
grown around Dothan, the “Peanut Capital of the World.”
Four-foot-tall fiberglass peanuts around the city,
decorated by local artists, include “Mr. Peanut Head,”
“Elvis Nut,” “Violin Nut” and more. 334-793-3097.
www.dothanalcvb.com

Understudy Dinner Theatre – Award-winning theatre is
home stage for Grits on the Side. Also other productions
in cabaret setting. Tour groups welcome. 228-C S. Oates
St. 334-792-1268. www.dothanalcvb.com

Must    Wiregrass Festival of Murals –
See!    Colorful, spectacular murals on
the sides of downtown buildings depict
historic scenes and famous Alabamians
including George Washington Carver and
Johnny Mack Brown. Dothan is a “Mural
City” as proclaimed by the Governor’s
Office. Downtown. 334-793-3097.
www.dothanalcvb.com

Must    Wiregrass Museum of Art &
See!    Conference Center – Permanent
collection of over 500 fine and decorative
art pieces. Includes prominent Southern
artists as well as works by artists of
national renown. “Artventures” hands-on
art education gallery, changing exhibits.
Located in 100-year-old renovated power
plant downtown. 126 Museum Ave. 334-
794-3871. www.wiregrassmuseumoart.org
Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan




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                                                        Fairhope




            Birdhouse display at the Arts & Crafts Festival, Fairhope

Eufaula
Must    Fendall Hall – Known as the
See!    “Groom’s Cake House” for its
tiered exterior and chocolate hues, this
mansion (c. 1860) is painted within as if
it were a jewel box. Walls and ceilings
are adorned with fairies, dragonflies, fruit,
flowers and more. A traveling French
artist created the images. 917 W. Barbour
St. 334-687-8469. www.preserveala.org
Must    Shorter Mansion – This elegant
See!
        Colonial Revival home (c. 1884),
with its majestic Corinthian colonnade, is
a popular stop on the Eufaula Pilgrimage
each spring. It is also one of the most
photographed homes in the South. Period
antiques. 340 N. Eufaula Ave. 334-687-
3793. www.eufaulapilgrimage.com

Fairhope
Analece – Handmade silver jewelry, gold, brass, copper
items, beaded jewelry, clay pieces and more. 315 De La
Mare Ave. 251-929-3620. www.analecedesign.com
Must    Arts & Crafts Festival – Held in
See!
        beautiful downtown Fairhope by
Mobile Bay, this award-winning art show
attracts over 245 exhibitors from across
the nation and more than 200,000 visitors.
Prestigious juried show. Annual event,
third weekend in March. Downtown.
251-928-6387. www.eschamber.com

Baldwin Pops – Volunteer musicians from Baldwin and
surrounding counties perform ten concerts annually at
venues in Fairhope, Foley, Daphne and Bay Minette.
251-988-1260. www.gulftel.com/popsband
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Fairhope


Christine Linson Gallery – Large floral
watercolors, landscape and figurative
charcoals, home portraits. Works by other
artists also. 386 Fairhope Gallery. 251-
929-2015. www.christinelinsongallery.com

Dean Mosher Studios – Artist noted for epic historic
paintings. 456 Oak St. 251-928-0900

Must    Eastern Shore Art Center –
See!    Monthly exhibits begin with First
Friday Artwalk through downtown. Local
art, concert series, fall and spring shows,
classes, art trail. 401 Oak St. 251-928-
2228. www.easternshoreartcenter.com

Gallery House – Features regional fine art. 114 Fairhope
Ave. 251-928-6337. www.galleryhousefairhope.com

The Lifestyle Gallery – Oils, pastels, pottery, wood
carvings, soaps. 314 De La Mare Ave. 251-928-5994.

Lyons Share – Local, national and international original
art. 330 De La Mare Ave. 251-928-2507.

Must    Nall’s Studio – The creative
See!    genius of the Alabama-born Nall
reflects his roots in the state and the
influence of his global travels. His range
of expression covers botanical paintings,
complex mosaics, graphite portraits in
elaborate frames, fine line engravings,
masterful watercolors and more. 414
Equality St. 251-421-4425. www.nall.org

Nixon Gallery – Showroom for original works of leading
artists. Antiques. 7 S. Section St. 251-928-5588.

Obvious Place – Local art, pottery, paintings, prints, gifts
from around the world. 12 N. Section St. 251-928-1111.

Tom Jones Pottery – Handcrafted stone
pottery for over 30 years, using Baldwin
County clay. 12601 Clay City Rd. 251-
928-2561. www.tomjonespottery.net

Fayette
Fayette Art Museum – Gallery on Jimmy Lee Sudduth,
renown for work with mud, grass and natural materials.
Fred Webster, Sybil Gibson and Benjamin Perkins
galleries. Also art pieces from Blount Collection. 530
Temple Ave. N. 205-932-8727. www.fayette.net
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                                                  Florence


Florala
Woodie Long Gallery – Impressionistic
paintings of former housepainter from
nearby Andalusia have themes of joy
and racial unity. In collections of Helen
Hunt, Tommy Lee Jones and the late
Johnny Cash. Irregular hours or by appointment.
Corner of U.S. 231 & 5th St. 850-231-9961.

Florence
ARTifacts – Gallery with original acrylics and oils by
several noted Southern artists. 1627 Darby Dr. #B.
256-764-7732. www.tommymathis.com

Billy Reid Designs – Flagship store and
studio of menswear designer Billy Reid.
Council of Fashion Designers award-
winning collection of tailored clothing,
ring-spun premium denim, handmade
shoes and more. 438 N. Seminary St.
256-767-4692. www.billyreid.com

First Fridays – Downtown Florence hosts an art fair the
first Friday of every month. Artists sell and demonstrate
their work on the street. Live entertainment. Downtown
art galleries stay open late. Downtown. 256-766-7410.
www.firstfridaysflorence.com
Must   Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum
See!
       House Museum – The legendary
architect’s only structure in Alabama is a
Usonian-style home (c. 1939) of cypress,
glass and brick. It reflects his vision of
practical and affordable housing for the
American middle class. Acquired by the
City of Florence from the Rosenbaums in
1999. Fully restored. 601 Riverview Dr.
256-740-8899. www.wrightinalabama.com

           Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum, Florence




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Florence




Lori Davis Gallery, Florence

Must  George Lindsey UNA Film Festival – Annually
See!
      showcases more than 100 exciting new works by
          multi-talented filmmakers from all over the
          world. Film screenings, panels, workshops.
          Award show honors top cinematic talent.
          Founded by actor and UNA alumnus George
          Lindsey, famed for his role as “Goober” on
The Andy Griffith Show. University of North Alabama
campus. 256-765-4592. www.lindseyfilmfest.com

Must    Kennedy-Douglass Center for
See!    the Arts – This museum and art
gallery is the cultural center for the city
of Florence, which takes its name from
the Italian Renaissance city celebrated for
its love of the arts. Hosts a wide variety
of rotating art exhibits and programs such
as the Arts Alive Festival in the spring at
Wilson Park. 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. 256-
760-6379. www.florenceal.org or www.shoalsart.com

Lori Davis Gallery – Fine art by contemporary Southern
artists. 324 North Court St. 256-766-7410.

M.C.’s Hallelujah Hands – Handmade crafts, pottery,
regional folk art. 1809 N. Wood Ave. 256-766-4455.

Shoals Community Theatre – Includes
the Gingerbread Players children’s theatre
group and the Zodiac Players adult group.
The Zodiac troupe stages five shows a
year including comedies, musicals and
dramas. 416 N. Court St. 256-764-1700.
www.zodiactheatre.com

Tim Stevenson Gallery – Works in watercolor and oils.
458 N. Court St. 256-764-9922.


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                                               Fort Payne


W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum &
Library – W.C. Handy, the “Father of the
Blues,” wrote beloved songs such as
St. Louis Blues and Beale Street Blues.
Museum houses most complete collection
in the world of Handy’s personal papers
and artifacts including his trumpet, piano
and handwritten music. 620 W. College
St. 256-760-6434. www.florenceal.org

Must   W.C. Handy Festival –
See!   Celebration honoring famous
blues musician and Florence native W.C.
Handy includes concerts, exhibits,
theatre, Street Strut, Handy Nights and
more. Events take place in Florence and
throughout a three-county region. Held
last week of August. 256-766-9719.
www.wchandymusicfestival.org

Foley
Baldwin Museum of Art – Permanent collection features
works portraying Baldwin County scenes. Highlights
notable area artists. Special exhibits change monthly.
111 W. Laurel Ave. 251-970-1818. www.foleycvb.com

Orange Blossom Square – Ole Crush Antique Mall,
specialty shops, art gallery, interiors marketplace, wild
outdoor collection. 200 S. McKenzie St. 251-943-8154.

Performing Arts Association Sales & Gift Gallery –
Three galleries and a craft boutique showcase a variety of
local talent. Original paintings, pottery, ceramics,
baskets and more by some of the finest artists and
craftsmen in the Southeast. 119 W. Laurel Ave. 251-943-
4381. www.foleyartcenter.com

Fort Payne
Must   Alabama Fan Club & Museum –
See!
       Headquarters for the country
music band Alabama has memorabilia
belonging to the Country Music Hall of
Fame group that has sold 73 million
records such as My Home’s in Alabama
and Dixieland Delight. 101 Glenn Blvd. S.W.
256-845-1646. www.thealabamaband.com

Fort Payne Opera House – Alabama’s oldest opera
house (c. 1889) is still in use. Several plays performed
each year. Listed on National Register. 510 N. Gault Ave.
256-845-6888.
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Fort Payne




Orbix Hot Glass Studio & Gallery, Fort Payne

Must   Orbix Hot Glass Studio
See!   & Gallery – Cal Breed’s original
glass pitchers, vases, ornaments and
paperweights are known for their superb
craftsmanship. The proportion, color and
purity of each piece accentuate details
innate to glass. 3869 County Rd. 275.
256-523-3188. www.orbixhotglass.com

Gadsden
Gadsden Museum of Art & History – Dedicated to
Alabama artists. Permanent collection of artwork in all
forms. Historical displays reveal cultural heritage by
presenting artifacts of daily living from bygone days. 515
Broad St. 256-546-7365. www.gadsdenmuseum.com
Must   Mary G. Hardin Center for
See!
       Cultural Arts – Over 100,000
annual visitors enjoy changing exhibits in
three galleries. Also offers arts program,
orchestra, theater, concerts, Imagination
Place Children’s Museum and 72-foot
working railroad model. 501 Broad St.
256-543-2787. www.culturalarts.org

Gee’s Bend
Must    Gee’s Bend Quilts – Generations
See!
        of women in this small African-
American settlement between Selma and
Camden have created quilts from any
materials available, using patterns of their
own design. They gather at the Quilters
Collective to piece together and sell the
quilts, which cover abstract to traditional
pattern styles. Many of the quilts have
toured America’s greatest art museums and are featured
in a 2006 U.S. postage stamp series. 11172 County Rd.
29, Alberta. 334-573-2585. www.quiltsofgeesbend.com
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                                                      Hamilton


Georgiana
Must    Hank Williams, Sr. Boyhood
See!
        Home & Museum – Only house
remaining that Hank Williams lived in
prior to his Nashville stardom. Full of
memorabilia, artifacts, pictures, personal
belongings. 127 Rose St. 334-376-2396.
www.hankmuseum.com

Gulf Shores
Artists Gallery – Oils by local artists. Wood, clay, metal
sculptures. 1618 Gulf Shores Pkwy. 251-968-4400.

Tino’s Fine Art – Paintings, prints, mosaics, glass art.
2200 E. 2nd St. 251-971-8466. www.tinosfineart.com

Guntersville
Guntersville Museum & Cultural Center – Monthly
exhibits, local art, gem collection. 930 O’Brig Ave. 256-
571-7597. www.lakeguntersville.org

Whole Backstage Theatre – Four annual shows. 1120
Rayburn Ave. 256-582-7469. www.wholebackstage.com

Gurley
Meridian Arts Studios – Paintings, sculpture and pottery.
370 Little Cove Rd. 256-776-4300. www.meridianarts.net

Hamilton
Must    Jerry Brown Pottery – Brown is a
See!
        ninth-generation potter who makes
traditional hand-turned pottery using mule-
powered pug mills. His “Face Jugs” are
known for either smiling or sticking out their
tongues in a spirit of impishness. 1414 County
Hwy. 81. 800-341-4919. www.jerrybrownpottery.com

    Gee’s Bend Quilt, Alabama Dept. of Archives & History, Montgomery




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Headland


Headland
Opus Nostrum Dinner Theater – Productions staged in
former sewing factory. 115 W. Church St. 334-693-0846.

Helena
Kent’s Gallery – Fine and decorative art for the home.
4040 Helena Rd. 205-620-2787. www.kentsgallery.com

Homewood
Art Alley – Decorative and fine art by local and national
painters and sculptors. 109 Broadway. 205-879-1105.

Homewood Art Gallery – Specializes in original oils on
canvas. 2801 18th St. S. 205-871-4136.

Lyda Rose Gallery – Handbuilt clay sculptures, color
photography of Birmingham landmarks, abstract multi-
media assemblages and pastel still lifes. 2817 Crescent
Ave. 205-879-5932. www.lydarose.com

Littlehouse Galleries – One of oldest and largest premier
               fine art galleries in the Southeast. Over
               80 artists, sculptors and potters including
               Barbara Gallagher and Frank Fleming.
               2915 Linden Ave. 205-879-7022.
               www.littlehousegalleries.com

Monty Stabler Galleries – Representing over 100 artists.
              Wide range of art including oils, acrylics,
              watercolors, etchings, lithographs,
              silkscreens, sculpture and pottery.
              1811 29th Ave. S. 205-879-9888.
              www.montystablergalleries.com

Schedler Minchin Fine Art – Specializes in European
works on paper from the 17th to the early 20th century,
as well as contemporary art. 2815 18th St. 205-870-4772.
www.schedlerminchin.com

Steadman Uhlich Fine Art – Distinctive portraits of
              people, flowers, seashells and various
              subjects. Paintings in assorted media.
              Hundreds of fine art photographs.
              2817 18th St. S. 205-317-7832.
              www.steadmanuhlich.com

Hoover
The Library Theatre – Music and theatre productions,
comedy performances, magic acts. 200 Municipal Dr.
205-444-7888. www.thelibrarytheatre.com
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                                                      Huntsville




           Gordon Smith’s “Cosmic Christ” at First Baptist, Huntsville

Huntsville
Arts Council – Provides details on arts and culture in the
Huntsville area, including events. Educational programs.
700 Monroe St. 256-519-2787. www.artshuntsville.org

Black Arts Festival – Celebrates the
talent of local, regional and national
entertainers and artists within the African-
American community. June event. 2609
Jordan Ln. N.W. 256-837-9387.

Broadway Theatre League - Brings musicals, plays and
stars of stage, screen and television to the Huntsville area.
700 Monroe St., Ste. 410. 256-518-6155. www.btleague.org
Must    First Baptist Church – A 43-foot-high “Cosmic
See!
        Christ” in mosaic tiles forms the front facade of
this striking church (c. 1966). The symbolism of swirling
galaxies in the design recalls Huntsville’s pioneering role
in rocketry and space exploration in the modern era. 600
Governors Dr. 256-428-9400. www.fbchsv.org

Huntsville Art League – Galleries and
studio. Artworks by members and others.
3005 L&N Dr. Ste. 2. 256-534-3860.
www.huntsvilleartleague.org

Huntsville Ballet Company – Repertoire
of classical and modern works. Holiday
performances of The Nutcracker. Senior
and junior companies. Performances at
the Von Braun Civic Center downtown.
Hosts touring companies. 800 Regal Dr.
256-539-0961. www.communityballet.org

Huntsville Community Chorus – Symphonic chorus of
150-200 members. Wide range of works including classics.
3312 Long Ave. 256-533-6606. www.thechorus.org

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Huntsville

Must    Huntsville Museum of Art –
See!
        American art, with an emphasis on
Southern art, is core focus of 2,500-piece
collection. Included are Whistler, Marsh,
Bellows, Rauschenberg, Stella and Sloan.
Also aquires works with special meaning
for city’s large scientific community, such
as Warhol’s Moonwalk portfolio. Betty
Grisham Collection of Buccellati Animals
in exquisite silver. Southern photography
collection. Seven galleries, traveling
exhibits, gift shop. 300 Church St. S.
256-535-4350. www.hsvmuseum.org
Must    Huntsville Symphony Orchestra–
See!
        Oldest continuously-operating
professional symphony orchestra in the
state. For five decades, the symphony has
presented diverse musical events, from
great classical masterworks and Pops
programs to a series of intimate concerts
focusing on Mozart and other masters. Von Braun Center.
700 Monroe St. 256-539-4818. www.hso.org

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre – Children’s
plays and A Christmas Carol are produced annually. 3312
Long Ave. 256-539-6829. www.letthemagicbegin.org

The Gallery – Represents artists from across the
Southeast in varied styles and mediums. 305 Jefferson St.
256-534-7475.

Must   Panoply Arts Festival –
See!   Marketplace with juried art, five
performance areas and a global village
where a dozen cultures are represented.
Held on the last weekend of April every
year. Big Spring Park. 256-519-2787.
www.panoply.org
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra




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                                            Loachapoka




                                     Huntsville Museum of Art

Renaissance Theatre at Lincoln Center – Two stages.
Dinner theatre available for groups. 1214 Meridian St.
256-536-3117. www.renaissancetheatre.net

Signature Art Gallery – Extensive collection of fine art
glass, functional pottery, wood and jewelry. 2364
Whitesburg Dr. 256-536-1960. www.signaturegallery.com

Theatre Huntsville – Presents six productions at the Von
Braun Center Playhouse, as well as smaller programs at
various venues in the surrounding area. 1701 University
Dr. N.W. 256-536-0807. www.theatrehsv.org

Theatre Randolph – Award-winning
troupe from Randolph School. Presents a
full season of plays each year including
musicals, dramas, comedies, children’s
theatre and classics. 1005 Drake Ave.
256-881-1701. www.randolphschool.net

Weeden House Museum – Maria Howard Weeden won
fame for her eloquent portraits of African-Americans.
Federal period home (c. 1819) with refined design. Oldest
Alabama house museum. 300 Gates Ave. 256-536-7718.

Leeds
Leeds Community Arts Center – Art gallery, theatrical
shows and dinner theatre, community chorus, concerts,
other events. Operated by Leeds Arts Council. 8140
Parkway Dr. 205-699-1892. www.leedsartscouncil.org

Loachapoka
Rattling Gourd Gallery – distinctive regional arts and
                  crafts, antiques and imported art
                  from countries such as Bali, Brazil,
                  Haiti, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa
                  and Kenya. 6214 Stage Rd. 334-502-
                  3006. www.rattlinggourdgallery.com
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Magnolia Springs


Magnolia Springs
Magnificent Magnolia Gallery & Retreat – Fine art
gallery. European atmosphere with guest rooms. Open by
appointment only. 12407 Old Marlow Rd. 251-965-6232.

Webb Pottery – Functional, decorative stoneware pottery
              made from native Alabama clay. One-of-
              a-kind objects d’art for home and garden.
              Primitive-fired and raku works. 251-965-
              6661. www.webbpottery.com

Mentone
The Gourdie Shop – Original hand-painted, signed and
dated gourds. Each “Gourdie” character depicts a special
hobby, occupation or theme. Only shop of its kind in the
U.S. Seasonal hours. Hwy. 117. 256-634-4776.

St. Joseph’s-on-the-Mountain Episcopal Church –
Unusual design incorporates 1800s cabin into the middle
of a later structure. County Rd. 89. 256-634-4476.

Rocky Top Pottery – Clay pottery wind chimes, hand-
strung jewelry and “earthquake” mugs. Wheel-thrown to
hand-rolled items. Visitors may watch artists at work.
6042 Hwy. 117. 256-634-3606. www.tourdekalb.com

Mobile
Affordable Fine Art – Highlights African-American art.
Originals, limited editions. 123 S. Ann St. 251-690-9020.
Must    Bellingrath Gardens & Home – Coca-Cola
See!
        magnate’s mansion (c. 1935) on glorious 65-acre
flowering estate is exquisitely furnished with antiques.
The Delchamps Gallery of Boehm Porcelain features the
largest public display of Edward Marshall Boehm’s
original sculptures. 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd.,
Theodore. 800-247-8420. www.bellingrath.org

Bellingrath Gardens & Home, Mobile




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                                                       Mobile




                   Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile

Bellingrath Gardens Mother’s Day Concert – Mobile’s
Singing Children and Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra
present a concert each Mother’s Day. 12401 Bellingrath
Gardens Rd. 800-247-8420. www.bellingrath.org

B.R. Creative – Multi-discipline art studio and fine art
(Giclée) printing press. 3083 Dauphin St. 251-473-1312.
www.bradrobertsoncreative.com
Must   Cathedral of the Immaculate
See!
       Conception – Roman basilica
(c. 1850) on Spanish burial grounds.
German art glass windows, bronze
canopy over altar, 14 handcarved stations.
2 S. Claiborne St. 251-434-1565.

Cathedral Square Gallery – Gallery with coffee and
sandwich shop. 260 Dauphin St. 251-694-0278.

Charles Smith Pottery by Design – The
trauma of war led Vietnam vet Smith to
pursue art. Realistic and Art Nouveau
styling, abstract imagery. 1410 Melrose
St. 251-432-3705 www.smith-pots.com

Chesser Gallery – Showcase for emerging and local
artists. Operated by a crew of artists with a wide range of
specialties and an appreciation for art outside the box.
306 Dauphin St. 251-591-7877.

Conde-Charlotte Museum House – Museum depicts the
historic periods of Mobile under five different flags. Each
room is furnished to reflect a particular style, from French
Empire to American Federal. A vintage Spanish garden
completes the house. 104 Theatre St. 251-432-4722.

Daugherty’s Gallery – Selection of fine art originals
and limited-edition prints. 857-A Downtowner Blvd.
251-343-4311.
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Mobile Museum of Art

 Must    Dauphin Street – Entertainment
 See!
         district in downtown Mobile with
a diverse array of restaurants, nightlife,
art galleries and hotels. Live music
venues cover upscale to traditional
sounds. Mobile is Alabama’s oldest city,
founded in 1702, and Dauphin is one of
its first streets. Maps for walking tours
are online and detail the architectural
styles that run the gamut from Greek
Revival to Art Deco. Downtown. 251-
208-7540. www.mainstreetmobile.org

Gallery 54 – Fine art, watercolors, pottery, photography.
Specializing in local artists. 54 Upham St. 251-473-7995.

Government Street Presbyterian Church – One of best
examples of Greek Revival style in America (c. 1839).
300 Government St. 251-432-1749. www.gspcmobile.org

Gulf Coast Exploreum & IMAX Dome Theater –
Prestigious traveling exhibits on cultures from ancient
Egypt to Pompeii. IMAX films, hands-on exhibits. 65
Government St. 251-208-6873. www.exploreum.net

Mobile Art Center-Koch Galleries – Paintings, drawings
and watercolors. 505 St. Louis St. 251-432-6331.

Mobile Arts Council & Gallery –
Clearinghouse for information on arts and
culture in the Mobile metropolitan area,
including events. Displays art in on-site
gallery. Educational programs and other
activities. 318 Dauphin St. 251-432-9796.
www.mobilearts.org

Mobile Ballet – Full-length productions, varied repertoire.
Three major productions each year. 4351 Downtowner
Loop N. 251-342-2241. www.mobileballet.org
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                                                  Mobile


Must    Mobile Museum of Art – Presents
See!
        2,000 years of artistic and cultural
history. Katherine C. Cochrane Gallery of
American paintings, sculpture and furniture
from the ninteenth century to modern eras.
Selection of works by African, Japanese,
Chinese, Thai and Turkish artists. Maisel
European Gallery, Altmayer American
Gallery, contemporary glass collection.
Interactive ART Adventures kids’ gallery,
art classes, theater, traveling exhibits, gift
shop. 4850 Museum Dr. 251-208-5200.
www.mobilemuseumofart.com

Must   Mobile Opera – Founded in 1946,
See!   this opera is Alabama’s oldest
performing arts organization. Recognized
by Opera America as the 15th opera
company established in the U.S. Classic
productions such as The Merry Widow
and Il Trovatore. 257 Dauphin St. 251-
432-6772. www.mobileopera.org
Must  Mobile Symphony – The top producer of live
See!
      symphonic music in the Gulf Coast region. Works
cover Beethoven, Bernstein, Rachmaninoff, Berlioz,
Mendelssohn and other great masters. 257 Dauphin St.
251-432-7080. www.mobilesymphony.org

Museum of Mobile – Murals, artwork,
furniture, antique silver and artifacts
trace Mobile’s 300 years of history.
Visitors encounter Mobile as the first
Americans saw it. 111 S. Royal St.
251-208-7569. www.museumofmobile.com

National African-American Archives & Museum –
Portraits, carvings, artifacts, books and documents.
Exhibits on the history of African-American participation
in Mobile’s Mardi Gras, the oldest such celebration in the
U.S. 564 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. 251-433-8511.

Oakleigh – T-shaped Greek Revival
mansion (c. 1833) has architecturally
unique features including a cantilevered
exterior staircase, grand double parlors,
classic six-over-six windows and
galleries accessed through jib windows.
Costumed guides lead visitors through an
experience of 19th century Gulf Coast
living. 350 Oakleigh Pl. 251-432-1281.
www.historicmobile.org
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Mobile


Must    Saenger Theatre Center for the Living Arts –
See!    Grand movie palace (c. 1926) incorporates French
              and Italian Renaissance motifs. Interior has
              dramatic ornamentation and furnishings.
              This 1,271-seat former vaudeville theater
              now hosts national and international
              performers, Broadway musicals, orchestras,
              concerts and more. 6 S. Joachim St. 251-
              208-5608. www.mobilesaenger.com

Scottish Rite Temple – Egyptian Revival building
(c. 1921) with stuccoed battered walls has one of the
most unusual architectural styles in the city. Entrances are
marked by a pair of sphinxes. 351 St. Francis St. 251-
433-1689. www.mainstreetmobile.org

Space 301 – Contemporary art space featuring changing
exhibitions and special activities. Gallery covers 8,000
square feet and is housed in downtown Cathedral Square
landmark which was home of the Mobile Press Register.
250 Conti St. 251-208-5671. www.space301.com

Victorian Teal Art Gallery – Restored Victorian-era
cottage features an art gallery with works by African-
American artists. 357 Congress St. 251-432-9022.

Monroeville
Alabama Writers Symposium –
Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Mark
Childress and other local authors have
brought Monroeville fame for its literary
tradition. The Alabama Legislature has
officially designated the city as the
“Literary Capital of Alabama.” Alabama
Southern Community College hosts this
annual event to explore the state’s literary
heritage and honor current writers. ASCC
campus. 251-575-3156. www.ascc.edu

Artwork on display at Space 301 gallery, Mobile




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                                                 Montevallo




             Courtroom in the Old Courthouse Museum, Monroeville

Monroeville Writers Fountain and Courtyard –
             Honors the city’s great writers. Some have
             tried to explain the city’s rich literary
             talent by saying there is “something in
             the water.” Souvenir bottled water
             labeled “Inspiration: Monroeville Writers
             Water” is available locally. Alabama
             Ave. 251-575-3156. www.ascc.edu

Old Courthouse Museum – Courtroom was model for
the rape trial scene in the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird.
The courthouse is used today as the setting for the annual
play. On the south lawn stands a monument to Atticus
Finch, hero of the beloved story. Courthouse Square.
251-575-7433. www.monroecountyal.com
Must    To Kill a Mockingbird – Atticus,
See!
        Scout, Jem, Dill, Tom, Boo and
other unforgettable characters come to
life. Play is based on Harper Lee’s novel
of racial prejudice and injustice in 1930s
Alabama, as seen through the eyes of a
young girl. Lee grew up in Monroeville,
which provided inspiration for parts of
her novel. April and May performances.
Courthouse Square. 251-575-7433.
www.monroecountyal.com

Montevallo
College Night – Each fall, students at the University of
Montevallo divide into rival teams of Purple and Gold.
In secret, each side plans and stages an original musical
from scratch: scripts, sets, costumes, cast.
The dueling musicals are unveiled in
February and a panel of judges votes for
one of the two as College Night winner.
Campus tradition for 80 years. Palmer
Hall. 205-665-6000. www.montevallo.edu
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Montevallo


Southern Living Showcase House – Located within
                  The American Village, a picturesque
                  Colonial “living history” village that
                  explores the foundations of American
                  democracy. Patterned after the nation’s
                  first presidential residence, home to
George Washington and John Adams. Shows how to
incorporate period architecture into modern homes. 3727
Hwy 119. 877-811-1776. www.americanvillage.org

Montgomery
Must   Alabama Artists Gallery –
See!
       Ongoing showcase for the work of
Alabama artists. Up to seven exhibitions
per year in all media, including special
exhibitions and shows for fellowship
recipients. Located at the headquarters of
the Alabama State Council on the Arts in
the RSA Tower downtown. 201 Monroe
St. 334-242-4076. www.arts.state.al.us

Alabama Book Festival – Share in the literary culture of
Alabama and meet writers from around the U.S.
Storytellers, musicians, paper-making artists, puppeteers.
Third Saturday each April. 301 Columbus St. 334-844-
4946. www.alabamabookcenter.org

Must    Alabama Capitol – Outstanding
See!    use of Greek Revival architectural
elements in this classic structure (c. 1851).
Unsupported twin spiral staircases soar
upward three stories and are attributed to
Horace King, a freed slave who was a
self-taught engineer. Decorative murals in
rotunda by Roderick MacKenzie depict
Alabama’s history and complement the
elaborate colors of interior dome. Statues
of Jefferson Davis and other historical
figures. 600 Dexter Ave. 334-242-3935.
www.preserveala.org

Alabama Dance Theatre – Regional
company performing both classical and
contemporary works from Peter Pan to
the holiday-themed Mistletoe. Venues
include Davis Theatre, Riverwalk
Amphitheater and Armory Learning Arts
Center. 1018 Madison Ave. 334-241-
2590. www.alabamadancetheatre.com



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                                               Montgomery


Alabama Department of Archives &
History – Milestones in state history are
depicted in superbly crafted panels on
bronze doors. West Wing murals portray
Alabama arts and other themes. Extensive
collection of portraits, quilts, textiles,
photographs, more. 624 Washington Ave.
334-242-4435. www.archives.state.al.us
Must    Alabama Shakespeare Festival –
See!
        World’s sixth-largest Shakespeare
festival attracts 300,000 visitors each year
from 50 states and 60 foreign countries.
Produces 14 shows annually, including
three works by William Shakespeare,
with the rest by playwrights such as
Shaw, Chekhov, Williams and O’Neill.
Also hosts musicals and premieres of
original commissioned plays. Palladian-
style theatre with two stages. Stunning
setting in a pastoral English park with
sculptures of Shakespeare, Puck from
A Midsummer Night’s Dream and more.
1 Festival Dr. 334-271-5353. www.asf.net

Anton Haardt Gallery – Specializes in contemporary
folk art from the Deep South. 1023 Woodley Rd. 334-
261-3323. www.antonart.com

Armory Learning Arts Center – Home to the Arts
Council of Montgomery. Facility includes dance studios
for ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance classes. On-site art
gallery. Studios for art, drama and music workshops,
photography lab. 1018 Madison Ave. 334-241-2787.
http://montgomeryal.gov/depts/parks/recreation.aspx
Must   Civil Rights Memorial – This
See!
       hands-on granite memorial and
waterfall is engraved with the names of
those who lost their lives during the Civil
Rights Movement. Designed by Maya
Lin, best known for her design of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Washington, D.C. 400 Washington Ave.
334-956-8200. www.splcenter.org

Cool Beans at the Café d’Art – Downtown gallery in a
bistro setting focuses on outsider art as well as both
traditional and contemporary folk art. 115 Montgomery
St. 334-269-3302.


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F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, Montgomery

Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts–
Glamorous 1930s movie palace restored
by Troy University. Hosts Montgomery
Ballet, Montgomery Symphony, Alabama
Dance Theatre, broadway shows and
other events. 251 Montgomery St. 334-
241-9567. http://montgomery.troy.edu

Decorative Artworks – Studio for murals, paintings,
trompe l’oeil. 1408 Madison Ave. 334-265-5254.

Must   F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum – Only
See!   museum in the world dedicated to the memory of
the Fitzgeralds. Scott worked on Tender Is the Night and
Zelda began Save Me the Waltz while living in this house.
Zelda’s paintings and many of the couple’s letters and
photographs are also on display. 919 Felder Ave. 334-
264-4222. www.fitzgerald-museum.com

Faulkner University Dinner Theatre – City’s longest-
running dinner theatre. Musicals, comedies and dramas.
5345 Atlanta Hwy. 334-386-7190. www.faulkner.edu

Gallery One – Co-op fine art gallery featuring local,
regional and national artists. 423 Cloverdale Rd. 334-
269-1114. www.galleryonefineart.com

Must   Hank Williams Museum – Most
See!   complete collection of belongings
from the singer who began his legendary
career in Montgomery in 1937. Includes
Hank’s 1952 baby-blue Cadillac in which
he made his final journey, his guitar,
cowboy hats, boots, albums and more.
118 Commerce St. 334-262-3600.
www.thehankwilliamsmuseum.com

Highland Gallery – Working gallery with a warehouse
feel. 2517 Highland Ave. 334-318-7269.
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                                                 Montgomery


Must   Jasmine Hill Gardens &
See!   Outdoor Museum – Fine replicas
of the Winged Victory, Dying Gaul,
Temple of Hera and other masterpieces of
the ancient world. Opens periodically for
the spring azalea blooming season. U.S.
Hwy. 231, exit at Jasmine Hill Rd. 334-
567-6463. www.jasminehill.org

Kat’s Gallery & Crafts – Original paintings, sculptures,
crafts and jewelry. 2055 Carter Hill Rd. 334-265-6695

Marcia Weber/Art Objects Gallery – Art
by folk artists such as Woodie Long,
Mose Tolliver, Charlie Lucas and others.
1050 Woodley Rd. 334-262-5349.
www.marciaweberartobjects.com

Montgomery Ballet – Professional ballet company and
school. Annual programs include The Nutcracker. 6009
E. Shirley Ln. 334-409-0522. www.montgomeryballet.com

Montgomery Chorale – City’s oldest performing arts
organization. Performs in a variety of local venues. 315
Clanton Ave. 334-265-3737. www.montgomerychorale.org
Must    Montgomery Museum of Fine
See!
        Arts – Oldest fine arts museum in
Alabama houses outstanding collection of
American paintings and sculpture. Artists
represented among its holdings include
Rembrandt, Whistler, Copley, Peale, Goya,
Homer, Sargent, Hopper and Church.
Weil Collection of Old Master Prints.
Southern regional art, porcelain and glass
collection, decorative arts. ArtWorks
interactive gallery for children of all ages.
Gift shop and cafe. One Museum Drive.
334-240-4333. www.mmfa.org

            ArtWorks gallery at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts




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                                                                    Rural Studio
Butterfly House in Mason’s Bend designed by Rural Studio, Newbern

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra – Concerts feature
outstanding local and internationally acclaimed guest
soloists and musicians. 301 N. Hull St. 334-240-4004.
www.montgomerysymphony.org

New South Art Shop – Eclectic handcrafted items by
Southern artists. 1416 Madison Ave. 334-269-6200.

SAC’S Gallery – Co-op, original works by local artists.
2019 Clubview St. 334-265-9931. www.sacsgallery.org

Stonehenge Gallery – Paintings, glass art, ink drawings,
murals, mixed media, folk art. 1041 E. Fairview Ave.
334-262-8256. www.stonehengegallery.com

Union Station – Romanesque train station (c. 1898) next
to Alabama River includes an intricate trussed-roof train
shed with gabled ends and stained glass. Passenger lobby
now houses the Montgomery Area Visitor Center. 300
Water St. 800-240-9452. www.visitingmontgomery.com

Mooresville
Town of Mooresville – Time stands still
in this tiny 1800s village that resembles
a movie set. Post office still has original
call boxes that predate the Civil War.
Stagecoach inn and churches are among
architectural gems bordering red clay
streets. I-565, Exit 2. 800-648-5381.
www.mooresvillealabama.com

Mountain Brook
Gallerie Alegria – Contemporary art
glass gallery specializes in quality studio
glass by national and international artists.
Varied styles and techniques. 600 Olde
English Ln., Ste. 128. 205-868-9320.
www.galleriealegria.com
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                                                      Northport


Muscle Shoals
FAME Recording Studio – Created the
“Muscle Shoals Sound” with Lou Rawls,
Little Richard, Osmonds and others. Over
300 million records sold. 603 E. Avalon
Ave. 256-381-0801. www.fame2.com

Newbern
Must   Rural Studio – Innovative, low-cost modern
See!
       architecture flourishes today in the economically
challenged Black Belt of Alabama. Projects such as the
Perry Lakes Park Birding Canopy Tower, Newbern Fire
Station and Yancey Tire Chapel originate at this heralded
design studio founded by Samuel Mockbee and run by
Auburn University. Map of architectural sites online.
8448 Ala. Hwy. 61. 334-624-4483. www.ruralstudio.com

Northport
Must   Kentuck Art Center – Renowned
See!   arts enclave features eclectic and
occasionally experimental Gallery at
Kentuck, showcasing up-and-comers. The
Kentuck Museum of Art hosts bimonthly
exhibits for established artists. Kentuck
Studio artists work in a variety of media
around a courtyard. First Thursday “Art
Night” celebrations. Gift shop. 503 Main
Ave. 205-758-1257. www.kentuck.org

Must    Kentuck Festival of the Arts –
See!    Celebrated for its diversity and
quality, this event spotlights artisitic styles
ranging from folk to contemporary. Mose
Tolliver, Annie Tolliver Turner, Lonnie
Holley and Charlie Lucas are a few of
those Kentuck has showcased. Third
weekend in October annually. Kentuck
Park. 205-758-1257. www.kentuck.org
                          Gift shop at Kentuck Art Center, Northport




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Northport


Renaissance Art Gallery – Works of well-known folk,
              contemporary and traditional fine artists
              including Johnnie Jane Laird, Elayne
              Goodman, Mark Singer and Justin
              Robinson. 431 Main Ave. 205-752-4422.
              www.renaissanceartgallery.com

Stephens Studio & Gallery – Old Masters-style oils. 509
Main Ave. 205-344-5685. www.stephensgallery.net

Opelika
Opelika Arts Association – The Opelika Center for the
Performing Arts offers Broadway shows, concerts, more.
1032 S. Railroad Ave. 334-749-8105. www.opelikaarts.com

Orange Beach
Orange Beach Art Center – Historic hotel on Wolf Bay
converted into gallery and gift shop. 26389 Canal Rd.
251-981-2787. www.orangebeachartcenter.com

Prosperous Pelican Gallery – Paintings,
sculpture, jewelry and photography by
more than 80 local and regional artists
such as Stephanie Barnett and Don
Drumm. 24821 Commercial Ave. 251-
981-2022. www.prosperouspelican.com

Oxford
Sarah Cavender Metalworks – Metal mesh accessories.
500 Main St. 205-831-6241. www.sarahcavender.com

Ozark
Dowling Museum & Ann Rudd Arts Center – Ongoing
art shows are presented at this facility which contains an
art gallery and studio spaces. Located in a 100-year-old
building with original embossed tin ceilings. 144 E.
Broad St. 334-445-6526. www.ruddartcenter.org

                  Dowling Museum & Ann Rudd Arts Center, Ozark




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                                                         Selma




              Window by Clara Weaver Parrish at St. Paul’s, Selma

Pelham
Griffith Art Gallery – Offers original oil paintings from
abstract to traditional styles. 109 Hilltop Business Dr.
205-985-7969. www.griffithartgallery.com

Phenix City
Phenix City Art Gallery – Artwork, sculpture, hand-
woven baskets. Art classes. Art shows in May and
November. Airport Rd. in Idle Hour Park. 334-297-1555.

Scottsboro
Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center –
Cultural and historical museum hosts
various art expositions and traveling
exhibits. Several festivals throughout the
year. 208 S. Houston St. 256-259-2122.
www.jacksoncountyal.com/heritage

Warr Art Gallery – Civil War and wildlife prints. 294
County Rd. 402. 256-259-4255. www.civilwarrart.com

Selma
Must    Clara Weaver Parrish Windows – Renown Selma
See!
        artist, born in 1861, had studios in New York and
Paris. She worked with Tiffany to master the art of stained
glass. Her windows can be seen at St. Paul’s Episcopal
(210 Lauderdale St.) and First Baptist (218 Lauderdale
St.). 800-45-SELMA. www.selmaalabama.com

Harmony Club Art Show – Presented by Arts Revive to
spotlight local artists. March event. 1005 Water Ave. 800-
45-SELMA. http://hhomart.com/artsrevive/index.htm

Old Depot Museum – The Keipp Collection contains rare
photographs of African-American life in the rural 1800s
South, taken on a Dallas County plantation. 4 Martin
Luther King St. 334-874-2197. www.selmaalabama.com
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Selma




Portraits by Clara Weaver Parrish at Sturdivant Hall, Selma

Selma Art Guild Gallery – Showcase for award-winning
artists. Housed in a turn-of-the-century cottage. 508
Selma Ave. 334-874-9017. www.selmaalabama.com
Must   Sturdivant Hall – Highlights a
See!
       collection of artwork by Selma’s
Clara Weaver Parrish, famed for her
stained glass. One of South’s finest Greek
Revival homes (c. 1856). 713 Mabry St.
334-872-5626. www.sturdivanthall.com

Sheffield
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios Historic
Museum – The Rolling Stones, Lynard
Skynard and Cher have made hit songs
here. Home of The Swampers. Fully
restored with original equipment and still
recording music. 3614 Jackson Hwy. 256-
383-0783. www.muscleshoalssound.org

Ritz Theater – Art Deco movie house (c. 1928). Theater,
concerts. 103 W. 3rd St. 256-383-0533. www.tvaa.net

Steele
Horse Pens 40 – Nature park known as “The Home of
the South’s Bluegrass Music.” Hosts several bluegrass
festivals. 3525 Co. Rd. 42. 256-570-0076. www.hp40.com

Sylacauga
Isabel Anderson Comer Museum & Arts Center –
                  Sculptures by Giuseppe Moretti, who
                  also did Birmingham’s Vulcan statue.
                  He preferred to work with Sylacauga
                  marble due to its quality. Sculptures
                  by Frank Fleming and Craigger
                  Browne, artwork. 711 N. Broadway.
256-245-4016. www.comermuseum.freeservers.com

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                                             Tuscaloosa


Talladega
Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall – Exhibits by national
artists. 200 South St. E. 256-761-1364. www.talladega.com

Ritz Theatre – Art Deco theatre (c. 1930s) is performing
arts center for concerts, plays and more. 115 Court
Square N. 256-315-0000. www.talladegaritztheatre.com

Must   Savery Library Murals – Black
See!   artist Hale Woodruff created lobby
murals immortalizing the 1839 Amistad
slave ship rebellion, the defense of the
men in American courts and their return
to Africa as freed men. 627 W. Battle St.
256-761-6279. www.talladega.edu

Thomaston
Must   Alabama Rural Heritage Foundation & Center –
See!   Heritage Shoppe features unique crafts made by
Alabama natives: quilts, hooked rugs, pottery, baskets
and paintings. Art exhibits, classes and special events.
133 6th Ave. 334-627-3388. www.craftsofalabama.com

Troy
TroyFest – Annual arts and crafts festival. Last weekend
of April. Downtown. 334-670-2283. www.troyfest.com

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center – Art collection, special
events, workshops. Located in old post office building.
East Walnut St. 334-670-2287. www.troyalabama.com

Tuscaloosa
Alabama Blues Project – Works to preserve Alabama’s
blues music as an American art form via school programs.
2620 2nd St. E. 205-752-6263. www.alabamablues.org

Alabama Stage & Screen Hall of Fame – Annual gala
honors Alabamians who have made significant contribu-
tions to film, television or theatre, among them Tallulah
Bankhead, Dean Jones and Nell Carter. 9500 Old
Greensboro Rd. 205-391-2277. www.theatretusc.com

Must    Artrageous Riverfront Arts Tour – Tour of art
See!    galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa and Northport,
first Thursday of each month, on the Tuscaloosa Trolley.
28th Ave., Tuscaloosa. 205-758-5195. www.tcvb.org

Arts Council of Tuscaloosa – Clearinghouse for details
on the arts in the Tuscaloosa area, including events. 600
Greensboro Ave. 205-758-5195. www.tuscarts.org
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Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa

Must   Bama Theatre – Movie palace (c. 1937) modeled
See!
       on a Spanish and Italian courtyard with its own
“sky” of twinkling stars. Converted into a performing arts
center in 1976. Live theatre productions, classic films.
Junior League Gallery with art displays in balcony area.
 600 Greensboro Ave. 205-758-5195. www.tuscarts.org

Come Back to God, America! – Uplifting
and original family-oriented musical with
themes of faith, patriotism. Performances
in June. Bama Theatre. 205-932-3727.
www.dogwoodproductions.org

Downtown Gallery – Sports art. 2514 University Blvd.
205-752-6222. www.thedowntowngallery.com

Harrison Galleries – Fine art, sculpture. 2315 University
Blvd. 205-310-1648. www.harrisongalleriesllc.com

J R Leigh Gallery – Fine art and photography. 2431
University Blvd. 205-758-0314. www.leighgallery.com

Little Gallery – Focus on Alabama sports prints. 900
Skyland Blvd. 205-752-2141. www.littlegallery.com

Liz Charles Gallery – Contemporary art works, oils,
sculpture and more. 609 Greensboro Ave. 205-349-6151.

Matt Jones Gallery – Original fine art, oils, pastels and
other artwork. 2320 University Blvd. 205-758-1228.

Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center – Modern
and vintage Mercedes vehicles displayed.
Architectural design of museum (c. 1997)
takes its inspiration from the sensuously
swooping curves of a coupe roofline and
the rolling terrain of the area. Off I-20/59.
One Mercedes Dr., Vance. 888-2-TOUR-
MB. www.mbusi.com
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                                                 Tuscaloosa


Frank Moody Music Building – The University of
Alabama’s School of Music occupies this state-of-the-art
concert hall that features a Holtkamp organ. Events and
performances throughout the year. University Blvd. at
2nd Ave. 205-348-7111. www.music.ua.edu
Must   Moundville Archaeological Park –
See!
       Impressive Native American
primitive architectural structures (c. 1200).
The 26 enormous earthen mounds found
here were part of North America’s largest
city until the residents mysteriously
vanished 300 years later. Museum, art
objects from excavations. 634 Mound Pkwy.,
Moundville. 205-371-2234. www.moundville.ua.edu

Sarah Moody Gallery of Art – Venue for contemporary
art. Up to ten exhibitions annually, featuring works of
leading artists. 103 Garland Hall, University of Alabama
campus. 205-348-1890.

Theatre Tuscaloosa – Stages productions
at the Bean-Brown Theatre on campus of
Shelton State Community College.
Home to the Alabama Stage & Screen
Hall of Fame. 9500 Old Greensboro
Rd. 205-391-2277. www.theatretusc.com

Tuscaloosa Fine Arts Centre – Includes 450-seat Bean-
Brown Theatre, a concert hall and an exhibition gallery.
9500 Old Greensboro Rd. 205-391-2400.

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra – This professional
symphony provides a Masterworks series, pops concerts
and young people’s concerts. Musicians are from West
Alabama area and University of Alabama. Performances
at Frank Moody Music Building. University Blvd. at 2nd
Ave. 205-752-5515. www.tsoonline.org


           Concert Hall at Frank Moody Music Building, Tuscaloosa




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Tuscaloosa




                                                       Warner Collection of the Westervelt Company
Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art, Tuscaloosa

Must    Westervelt Warner Museum of
See!
        American Art – Hundreds of art
treasures from the 18th to 20th centuries,
collected by philanthropist Jack Warner.
Presents a compelling image of America.
Artists include Whistler, Sargent, Wyeth,
Homer, Cassatt, Peale, Cole and Hassam.
Portraits of Washington, Jefferson and
Lafayette for which the men actually sat.
Paul Revere silver, Phyfe and Lannuier
furniture, more. Resort lodge, restaurant,
golf course. 8316 Mountbatten Rd. 205-
343-4540. www.warnermuseum.org

Tuscumbia
Must    Alabama Music Hall of Fame –
See!
        Nat “King” Cole, Hank Williams,
Tammy Wynette, the Commodores,
Emmylou Harris, Jim Nabors and many
other Alabama music legends are in the
spotlight at this one-of-a-kind attraction.
Memorabilia from each star’s career is on
display, from actual tour buses to stage
outfits and musical instruments. Hall of
Fame Gallery with original portraits by
Tuskegee artist Ronald McDowell. Giant
jukebox with hundreds of chart-topping
tunes by Alabama songwriters, on-site
recording studio. U.S. Hwy. 72 W. 800-
239-AMHF. www.alamhof.org

Belle Mont – Elegant mansion (c. 1828)
crowns hill surrounded by old plantation
fields. The influence of Thomas Jefferson
is hinted in its styling, a U-shaped brick
design with a salon taking up the entire
second floor. Rooftop observatory. Cook’s
Ln. 256-381-5052. www.preserveala.org

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                                          Union Springs

Must    The Miracle Worker – Inspiring
See!
        story of young Helen Keller, her
teacher Anne Sullivan, and the battle to
open the deaf-blind heroine’s mind to the
liberating power of language. Staged at
Ivy Green, the Keller family home and
Helen’s birthplace. Alabama’s Official
Outdoor Drama. Performances in June
and July. 300 W. North Commons. 800-
344-0783. www.helenkellerbirthplace.org

Tennessee Valley Art Center – One of
Alabama’s earliest expressions of art is
found here on the Martin Petroglyph,
with ancient images carved in sandstone.
Exhibits and art shows. Helen Keller Art
Show with works by disabled youth. 511
N. Water St. 256-383-0533. www.tvaa.net

Tuskegee
Booker T. Washington Statue – Sculptor
Charles Keck created this famous bronze
of Tuskegee University’s first president
lifting the “veil of ignorance” and showing
the way to education. University campus.
334-727-8347. www.tuskegee.edu

George Washington Carver Museum – Carver’s artwork
on nature and landscapes is part of collection. Tuskegee
University campus. 334-727-3200. www.nps.gov/tuin

Tuskegee Repertory Theatre – Original plays reflecting
African-American cultural heritage, especially as it
relates to Tuskegee. 201 S. Main St. 866-878-2789.
Must   Tuskegee University Chapel – Extraordinary
See!
       minimalist design of this chapel (c. 1967) by famed
modern architect and Auburn graduate Paul Rudolph
creates illusion of an interior ceiling afloat in sunlight.
University campus. 334-727-8322. www.tuskegee.edu

Union Springs
Must    Conecuh People ...
See!
        The Experience – Poignant story
of a boy’s coming of age in rural 1950s
Alabama. Staged at the Red Door Theatre
at Trinity Church, which is also the city’s
Welcome Center. Includes tours of historic
buildings, quilt and art exhibits, dinner.
April and May performances. 334-738-
TOUR. www.unionspringsalabama.com
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Valley Head


Valley Head
Must   Sequoyah Caverns & Rock City Barns – From
See!
       1935 to 1968, Alabama native Clark Byers painted
900 barns across America with ad slogans. Less than 100
remain. Tennessee’s Rock City barns are best known, but
he also painted several for Alabama’s Sequoyah Caverns.
Both kinds of barns can be seen in this area. I-59 Exit
239 at U.S. Hwy. 11. 256-635-0024. www.ohiobarns.com

Vernon
Backstreet Opry – Saturday night music shows with up to
25 different entertainers. Country, gospel, blues, comedy.
1st Ave. N.E., Courthouse Square. 205-695-7029.

Vestavia Hills
Artists Incorporated – Art gallery in old dairy barn. 3365
Morgan Dr. 205-979-8990. www.artistsincorporated.com

Sibyl Temple – Attractive garden gazebo
(c. 1920) is architectural replica of temple
in Tivoli, Italy. Magnificent views atop
crest of Shades Mountain. 2031 Canyon
Rd. 205-458-8000. www.sibyltemple.com

York
Black Belt Designs – Creates fashions using recycled
denim and African fabrics such as mudcloth and batik.
608 Ave. A. 205-392-4002. www.blackbeltdesigns.org

Must    Coleman Center for Arts & Culture – This
See!    center seeks to improve the quality of life in the
economically challenged Black Belt region through the
inspiration that is derived from the arts. Arts exhibition
program with several annual gallery shows and events,
artists-in-residence program bringing national artists to
York, Black Belt Designs project for fashion designers.
630 Ave. A. 205-392-2005. www.colemanarts.org
Sequoyah Caverns & Rock City Barn in Valley Head




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The Alabama Folk Art
     Exhibition




Lonnie Holley                  Mose Tolliver




Charlie Lucas                   Jerry Morgan
                               GertrudeBrown


      January 14-December 31, 2007
     Birmingham Museum of Art Annex
         1731 First Avenue North
              205-254-2566



www.alabamafolkartexhibition.com
                MUST-SEE
         ARTS
         D                   ESTINATIONS
                                        IN ALABAMA




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