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Karla Shackleford Conway Exhibit

KarlaKarla Shackleford Conway is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in May.  The public is invited to the opening reception on May 7, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her delightful paintings.  Admission is free.

Karla Shackleford Conway is a native of Birmingham who now lives in Lincoln, Alabama, on Lake Logan Martin.  After a long career in advertising and public relations, where she particularly enjoyed the design and graphics side of the business, she took a one-time acrylic painting class.  The next day, she bought a package of canvasses and a starter set of paints and has been painting ever since.

Since 2010, Karla has taken classes from local artists and from well-known Maine landscape artist Tim Gagnon.  But mostly she has painted on her own, watching videos on specific techniques and studying the works of the painters she most admires.

While she constantly experiments with different subjects and styles, Karla’s favorite subject is birds, which became a fascination of hers when she moved to Lake Logan Martin.

In 2015, she retired from fundraising and promotion with the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega.  In retirement, Karla regularly leads painting workshops to benefit the Pell City Christian Love Pantry, a food resource founded by St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church which hosts the painting classes.

A selection of her paintings can be found on her website:  www.studiokarla.com

Ms. Conway’s paintings will be on exhibit through June 3, 2017.  For more information, please visit her website at www.studiokarla.com

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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The Dixie Swim Club

The Leeds Arts Council presents “The Dixie Swim Club” on April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:00 PM and April 23 & 30 at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $10.00.  Reservations are recommended and prepayment is required.

This is the story of five unforgettable women.  A hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

Sheree, played by Karen Carroll, the spunky team captain who desperately tries to maintain her organized and perfect life and continues to be the group leader.

Dinah, played by Dale Baldwin, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life.

Lexie, played by Suzanne Hively, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married – over and over and over again.

The self-deprecating Vernadette, played by Dianne Rowe, is acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to give in and embrace the chaos.

And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal, played by Kelly French, experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork”, rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a surprising direction.

To make reservations please call 205-699-1892 and leave a message. Someone will return your call and confirm your reservations. You may pay by cash or credit card. If paying by credit card there is a $1.00 extra charge per ticket. We are handicapped accessible and have free on-street parking.

The Leeds Theatre & Arts Center is located in downtown Leeds at 8140 Parkway Drive.

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2017 Summer Student Theatre Workshop

The lion-king-jrLeeds Arts Council is proud to announce that Disney’s The Lion King Jr. is the show for the 2017 Summer Student Theatre Workshop for students in grades 2-12. The workshop will be held June 5-16 at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, in downtown Leeds. The workshop is two-weeks, with students attending 8 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday.

There will be three performances: Friday, June 16 at 7 pm, and Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm and 7 pm. The director is Mike Bridges, award-winning drama director at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School.

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Deborah & Sam Pezzillo Exhibit

Deborah and Sam Pezzillo are the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artists
in April.  Please join us for the opening reception on April 2,
2017, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view their beautiful photographs.  Admission is
free.

Since moving to Leeds in 1995, Deborah has enjoyed taking photographs
of the wildlife, both plants and animals, on her farm. “They are in and
of themselves magical,” she notes. “Their appearance can transform an
otherwise ordinary day into pure joy. I am at once so excited when I
hear my husband beckoning me to, ‘Come quickly, Deb, and bring your
camera.’“

Her photos have been published in the October 2014 issue of the
National Wildlife Federation magazine and were recently shown at the
Flight and Flutter Fest at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. Her photo
of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Purple Coneflower can be viewed on
Al.com. She has also published a book of her nature photos with
favorite quotes titled, Ambassadors of Life. It will be on sale along
with framed photos and photos on canvas.

Sam has had a life-long interest in photography and once taught it in a
January term at Birmingham-Southern College, from which he retired in
2010. He has not intentionally limited his subject matter, but an
additional interest in world-wide travel and his academic specialty in
the classical world have allowed him to concentrate on architectural
and monumental subjects. But, like Debbie, birds and nature have
also had their attraction. Sam says that what he likes about
photography is that it makes one look at both the broad view and the
details of what is presented to your eyes. That allows for finding
surprising items in apparently mundane scenes.

The Pezzillos’ photographs will be on exhibit through May 5.

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.
The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call
the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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The Something Else Trio

Something Else Trio - March 18 @ 7:00 pm - $10

Leeds Arts Council presents the Something Else Trio on March 18 at 7:00 PM!  Admission is $10.

Merle, Peggy and Sylvia have been singing together for years and now bring their repertoire of classics from the 40s, 50s, and beyond to the Leeds Arts Center. Don’t miss this evening of memorable favorites from one of Alabama’s best trios!

For reservations call 205-699-1892.  Reservations are not required, tickets are available at the door.

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Wes Carter Exhibit

Wes Carter opening reception on March 5, 2017 @ 1:30-3:30 pm.

Wes Carter is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in March.  The public is invited to the opening reception on March 5, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view his delightful paintings.  Admission is free.

Wes Carter paints primarily in oil, but he also enjoys watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink.  He is attracted to many different types and styles of art and paints landscapes and still lifes and the occasional abstract.  Over the last 5 years he has dedicated himself to painting and has focused almost exclusively on landscapes and still lifes.  Many of his paintings are based on his experiences and impressions of places he has been.  His painting is aided by photography but never slavishly copied from photographs.  Other paintings are created completely from his imagination.

Mr. Carter’s education is in the field of Graphic Design–his full time day job.  As a painter he is largely self-taught, but he strives to improve his skills through participation in workshops and learning from his experienced peers.  He participated in the Birmingham Artwalk from 2013-present; the Magic City Art Connection in 2014; and Art on Ruffner Mountain in 2013.  He is a member of the Alabama Plein Air Artists.

“In my paintings I hope to convey the sense of awe and wonder that the natural world inspires in me.  For me, a painting is successful when it has an implied sense of narrative, when the viewer feels that they are glimpsing only a small part of a larger story that they will never completely comprehend.”

Mr. Carter’s paintings will be on exhibit through March 31, 2017.  For more information, please visit his website at wescarterart.com or find him on Facebook.

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Three on a String

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Join us for a fun evening of good, clean, hilarious entertainment!

March 11 @ 7:00 pm

Tickets  $20

205-699-1892

leave your name and number and we will return your call

 

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Rabbit Hole – Final Home Performance

Join us for the final home performance of our award winning play on February 26 at 6:00 pm.  At the state competition this production won Best in Show, Best Costumes, Best Set, and Best Supporting Actress – May Page Wilson Lyons, and was one of two plays chosen to represent the state at the ACTFEST national competition in Kentucky. The play was directed by Dianne Rowe and our award winning director, Cliff Keen, Jr.

Tickets are $10 and all income will be used to offset the competition expenses. You may pay at the door but if you want to make reservations they must be paid in advance. If you cannot attend, donations will be accepted.

Call 205-699-1892 and leave your name and number. Someone will return your call to take payment information. The theatre is handicapped accessible. Call and arrange for special wheelchair seating.

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Leeds High School Artists Reception

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, February 5, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center in downtown Leeds.  The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works.  Admission is free.

Artists participating in the show include Tania Alvarez, Amanda Boshears, Morgan Cleveland, Clair Gibson, Bailey Gosdin, Kaleigh Graf, Kayla Hayes, Nore Hodge, Julia Jones, Anna LaCruz, Lydia LaCruz, McKenzie Lockridge, Jordan Sherman, and Caleb Smith.

These ninth through twelfth grade artists work in a variety of mediums and styles.  Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.  Three of the students are members of the National Art Honor Society and eight are members of the LHS Art Club.

Their art will be on display through March 3.  For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit  http://www.leedsartscouncil.org   In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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A Night at the Opry with Nashville Bound

Steve Pennington presents some of the best young performers Nashville has to offer.

February 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

February 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets are $10

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