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Schedule Some Art Time January 19, 2007

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

The next couple of weeks are packed with great art activities. I recommend adding these to your schedule:

Today – O.V. Hunt, Commercial Photographer
I saw this exhibit at Vulcan Park last night, and I was engrossed in the surprisingly artistic photos of old B’ham, some of which you probably saw in Black & White. I feel a connection with this guy, but I hope a lot of B’hamians see these photos. It’s a glimpse into the past–but also a reminder of our potential, especially when you see the images of a vibrant downtown. This exhibit lasts until July 20.

Today – The Art of the Book
The main location of the B’ham Public Library is showing off the work of the University of Alabama’s Book Arts Program. I saw some of their creations at Kentuck last year, and I was wowed, particularly by the printmaking. Some of it was among the best I’ve seen. This exhibit lasts until Feb. 12.

Jan. 26 – Artwalk Brewhaha
The Brewhaha returns to the Starbucks in Five Points South, with free coffee, dessert samples, coupons/discounts for neighborhood restaurants, live music, and, of course, art. My friend Philip Griffith will be showing his photographs. It’s good stuff–wait till you see the black-and-white photos of people in costume from his Halloween party. It’s not a Photoshop filter making those pictures look cool.

Jan. 27 – Membership Appreciation Day
Last fall a bunch of attractions/cultural organizations around town offered free admission and special events on one day for anyone who held membership with one of those groups–and it was quite a memorable opportunity to explore the city’s treasures. Now 15 attractions/organizations are doing it again, including the art museum, the zoo, Vulcan Park, Barber Motorsports Park, etc. Activeculture.info has the details.

Feb. 12 – Alabama Folk Art
I can’t wait to see this. I’m not really a folk art fan, but some of it around here verges upon modern art or pop art, and I find that inspiring. The opening date for the exhibition has been pushed back from Jan. 28, but it will last the rest of the year and be the perfect place to celebrate the Year of Alabama Arts. Lots of coolness here: You get work by the state’s premier folk artists, including internationally known figures; it will change throughout the year; it’s going to show in a renovated historic downtown building; and it’s free!

Hopefully I’ll see you at some of these events!



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