Leeds Community Chorus presents their Spring concert!

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Leeds Arts Council- in cooperation with Leeds Community Chorus- is proud to present A Legacy of Country & Western Music.  Performances will be on May 14th at 7 pm and May 15th at 2 pm at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds.  All tickets are $10.  For questions or reservations please call 205.699.1892 or email us at leedsartscouncil@windstream.net.
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James Knowles Opening Reception – Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 1:30-3:30 pm

James Knowles is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in May.  The public is invited to the opening reception on May 1, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view his beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

James is an artist and art educator from Trussville, Alabama.  Art has always been an important part of his life. His parents say that as soon as he could walk he began drawing on the walls.  James has been making and exhibiting art ever since and has been an art educator for over 30 years.

“Teaching art to high school students has been a wonderful experience.  As I have taught them, I have also learned.  I think it has helped me be more creative and has kept me curious, always looking to learn something new. I think that being an art teacher has kept me from confining myself to one particular style or subject, which some may see as a negative thing.  But I see it as akin to learning another language, and then writing your own poetry with it. When I paint a Cubist style picture I’m not just imitating Picasso. I’ve learned to use the artistic vocabulary of Cubism, and to make my own personal statements with it.”

Mr. Knowles’ work will be on exhibit through June 2, 2016.

The gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Private Lives, a spring event at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.

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The Leeds Arts Council presents their Spring comedy PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward, directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. The play is about betrayal, love and marriage.PRIVATE LIVES will be performed on April 8,9,15 & 16 at 7 PM, and April 10 & 17 at 2 PM. All tickets are $10. For reservations call 205-699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, date you want to attend and the number of tickets you need. Someone will return your call to confirm you reservations. If you require special seating please let us know.
 
Elyot Chase, played by Todd Ponder, and Amanda Prynne, played by Ashley Richardson, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance and reignite the old spark.They leave together but after days of being reunited they again find their romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Caught in their path are the current spouses, a bubbly young bride Sibyl Chase, played by Mary Page Wilson and a husband Victor Prynne, played by Cliff Keen, Jr., who intends to make Amanda a suitable wife. The French-speaking maid, Louise, is played by Dale Baldwin.
 
Come and join us for a comedy that explores love in all its chaotic, irrational unpredictability and manages to make sense out of something senseless.
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Marla Hope Kenney: The Colors of Life

Opening Reception – Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 1:30-3:30 pm

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Marla Hope Kenney is the featured artist in April.  The public is invited to the opening reception on April 3 to view her beautiful art work.  Admission is free.

Marla started her first art experience with lessons at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. when she was 5. The teacher said she was naturally gifted and her parents needed to channel her energy; she was a bit hyperactive. So she has been making art all her life. Her focus is on creating layered paintings with acrylic ink and paint that expose an organic energy with color and line.  She uses a glazing type of technique to create depth with the layers then push the dimensional effect with other media paints. She likes to stretch the boundaries of positive and negative space.

Marla has a B.F.A and M.Ed in Art Education and has been teaching 20 years in the public sector. She spent several years in the commercial art arena which allowed her to further develop a sense use of design and composition but she did not allow that structured style to entrap her.

“I get inspiration from nature and from artists who allowed color and form to play on their canvas. Marc Chagall, Kandinsky, and Matisse are a few that guide my soul. My art tends to lend itself to organic subject matter. I liken it to enjoying the Hidden Pictures page in the Highlights Magazine. I never know, when I lay down the under-painting in inks, what it will be. I can plan with colors and have an idea of its general direction but the finished product evolves as I paint.

“I begin my paintings with acrylic inks and then use decalcamania application with plastic wrap on a heavy but smooth rag paper, canvas, or board. I love rich color, big and bold, so I inject the colors under the wrap to make them bolder.  Many of my paintings turn out to be landscapes or organic in nature. The jungles are best when they appear because they remind me of Panama and connect me with my family and heritage.  Animals like birds and fish have been appearing most often lately on the canvases. The mixing of smooth/dull and textural and shiny effects excites me. And I will layer many glazes to build positive and negative space. I actually love landscapes but hate painting them unless in this style.  After the painting is done I gently approach the shapes and voids that I see with pens, markers, colored pencils and graphite or a brush and acrylics and begin to play back and forth with the depth and surface areas.  I keep building until the scene or image appears.  Almost always, the scene is organic or figurative–not a real place, but a place in my mind that could possibly exist.

“I still enjoy just putting paint to canvas when an idea strikes me and because I teach, I am constantly inspired by new and different mediums. Teaching has been the best inspiration and the best way to make a lazy artist keep on working! I make art almost everyday in some form or fashion and I enjoy all of it. I am very lucky to be doing something I love.

“When people see my paintings, I hope they feel the interest and excitement I feel trying to see everything that is there. I hope they come away with an urge to go back and look again! I exhibit in local galleries and shows, but I have my work in homes all over the world and I find that very gratifying.”

Ms. Kenney’s work will be on exhibit through April 28, 2016.

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The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.
The gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Leeds Green Wave Jazz fundraiser.

Leeds Arts Council is proud to host a performance by Leeds Green Wave Jazz, the Leeds High School jazz band, on March 18th at 7 pm. They will be playing a wide range of jazz standards and pop songs from the 50s through today.

Green Wave Jazz, led by Marion “Chip” Wise, regularly participates in various music competitions and festivals and has received nothing but Superior ratings since 2010. Most recently they were awarded Outstanding Performance and Superior Ratings at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Festival, a Superior rating at Festival Disney, and a Gold rating at the Southern Star Festival of Champions in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for students. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the door will go to Leeds Green Wave Jazz to further the efforts of this award-winning jazz ensemble.

For more information, call 205.699.1892, go to www.leedsartscouncil.org, or find us on Facebook.Jazz

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Alice Lucas Opening Reception

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Alice Lucas is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in March. The public is invited to the opening reception on March 6 to view her beautiful art work. Admission is free.

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Leeds Tribune supports the arts!

Thank you to the Leeds Tribune for keeping its readers up-to-date on our events here at the Leeds Arts Council!LeedsTribune

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A night of Broadway Big Band era music with Brandi Overbeck!

Broadway hits before the Golden Age era composed by George and Ira Gershwin, Roger Hart and many more wonderful composers from hit shows such as Oh, Kay!, Meet Me in St. Louis, Brigadoon, Right This Way and My Pal Joey.  Join us for a fabulous night of entertainment at Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  Ticket cost is $10 per person.BrandiOverbeck

Overbeck, an Alabama native, has a diverse vocal repertoire spanning Broadway, Jazz, Pop and Standards. Brandi studied classical voice on scholarship at Jefferson State Community College, and was a soprano in the performing group “Jefferson State Singers”. She also studied with John Ray, currently at Belmont College, and with Drama Desk nominee for Jekyll and Hyde, Linda Eder, who is currently performing nationwide.

In summer of 2015 Overbeck performed in ACTA Theater’s “Fiddler on the Roof” as Grandma Tzeitel. She has also performed on Nashville’s “Be a Star”, Nashville’s Blue Bird Café, Alabama Nursing Home Association and Springfest stages. Later that year she performed the “Hits of Barbra Streisand” at Leeds Theater and Arts Center and Alabama Piano Gallery.

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Jonathan Harris Opening Reception

Jonathan HarrisSunday, February 7, 2016 – 1:30-3:30 pm

Jonathan Harris is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in February.  The public is invited to the opening reception on February 7 to view his beautiful art work.  Admission is free.

Jonathan started drawing at the age of 3 and his love for art has since never stopped for a reprieve.

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Auditions coming up at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.

Leeds Arts Council will hold auditions for Noel Coward’s Private Lives on February 22nd and 23rd from 7 to 9 pm. 
Auditions are held at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL, 35094. Please bring your resume and a head shot. The play will be directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. We will be casting for two males and three females.
Play dates are April 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th at 7 pm and April 10th and 17th at 2 pm.PrivateLivesAuditions 001

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