We're a small town with savvy. Galleries of cutting edge art collections-new ways of seeing the world in metal, stone, glass, watercolors, scorching colors. Or folk art paintings mixed from mud and wild turnip greens, storytellers, handmade quilts-generations stitched in swirls.
You'll hear strains of Tchaikovsky and the twang of dulcimers. New York fashion designers gone Southern-hand-tailored suits, high fashion on Alabama runways.
Over 135 festivals in a friendly downtown, boutiques and antiques, stomp dancers, cotton basket weavers, hand-thrown pottery of Alabama clay.
Over 50 celebrated artists-a little quirky and sassy, downhome and folksy, sleek and visionary-right here in the Shoals in the Year of Alabama Arts.
It's an art movement where you don't expect it; come for the inspiration, the wow, the surprise.
A cultural center with ever-changing exhibits. Housed in two historic homes on the National Register of historic Places, the center features year-round workshops, juried shows, conferences, themed exhibits for all ages. On premise gift shop. Free admission.
Located: 217 E. Tuscaloosa Street, Florence, AL
256-760-6379. Hours Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM.
A visual and theater arts center with rotating exhibits, juried art competitions, workshops for all ages. Includes the Helen Keller Festival of the Arts, a competition of works by Alabama visually impaired, blind, and/or deaf children, a permanent installation of a 3,000-pound petroglyph found in Colbert Country with the images carved by northwest natives 800 to 1500 years ago, plus numerous other fine arts competitions throughout the year.
Located: 511 N. Water Street, Tuscumbia, AL.
Phone 256-383-0533 or visit. Hours Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 3 PM.
Stroll through historic downtown Florence the first Friday evening of each month March through December 5 to 8 PM. Artists and live musicians line the streets in sidewalk exhibits and performances. Restaurants, cafes, and gift shops stay open late for leisurely dinners and browsing. Photography, paintings, ceramics, artisans, folklife art. And did we mention live music?
Located: Court Street - Historic Downtown Florence
Billy Reid – 114 N. Court St. Florence 256-767-4692 or www.BillyReid.com
Alabama Chanin – 256-760-1090 or www.AlabamaChanin.com
M.C.’s Hallelujah Hands 1809 N. Wood Ave. 256-766-4455
Tim Stevenson’s Fine Art Gallery – 458 N. Court St. 256-764-9922
McGraw’s Coffee House Artisans Gallery - 106 North Court Street (256) 765-7779
Route of Art - 218 A N. Court Street 404-368-4061
University of North Alabama Art Gallery 615 N. Pine St. 256-765-4384
Stained Glass Artistry - 116 W. Mobile St. 256-764-1500