Annette Holland Opening Reception – December 4

Annette Holland, of Odenville, is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in December.  The public is invited to the opening reception at the Leeds Arts Center on Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

The artist is a wife, mother, and grandmother who paints.  Her sons bought paints for her Christmas gift one year.  She came home from a cross country trip with her husband and decided it was time to try out the paints.  She had no idea where to start, so took a class at Michael’s.  Her family encouraged her after her first painting.  She also took classes from Wesley Dickman.  She was told to not waste time with classes, but to just paint.

Annette was a member of the Odenville Art Club and has painted with students at Odenville and Ashville Elementary Schools, in hopes of encouraging them.  Her advice is, “If you have ever thought about painting, try it!”

Ms. Holland’s work will be on exhibit through December 29, 2016.

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  Call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Dolores Hydock & Bobby Horton – December 16

Tickets $20  –  call 205-699-1892 for reservations!

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Refreshments served from 6:00-7:00; show begins at 7:00

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Saturday & Sunday

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Actfest Winners!

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The Leeds Arts Council  is so proud to announce that our play “THE RABBIT HOLE” won these honors at Actfest 2017 in Wetumpka:
Best in Show
Best Costumes
Best Set
Best Supporting Actress – May Page Wilson Lyons
As winners of the Alabama State Festival we have advanced to participate at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)  in Lexington Kentucky in March of 2017. We will be joined by the Wetumpka Depot Theater’s “GLASS MENAGERIE”. This is such a great honor to be representing our state in this competition as only two productions were chosen.
We will be sending our award winning cast Cliff Keen, Jr., Ashley Richardson, Pam Elders and Mary-Page Wilson Lyons, the lighting and sound tech Clark French and the Directors Dianne Rowe and Cliff Keen, Jr.
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Leeds Area Visual Artists – Nov. 6, 1:30-3:30

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The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA) with an opening reception on Sunday, November 6, 2016, 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 2016 LAVA show include William Darby, Frank Dawson, Joan Dawson, Elizabeth Gregory, Jonathan Harris, Tina Miller, Gudrun Rominger, Tanna Rose, Grady Sue Saxon, Larry Whisenhunt, and Sherry Whisenhunt.  The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; fabric art; graphite and pastel drawings; and photographs.

LAVA’s art will be on display through December 1, 2016. Gallery hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Birmingham Arts Journal Meeting

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October 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Informal reading, reception, and refreshments to celebrate the newest issue of the Birmingham Arts Journal.

Bring your friends. Introduce them to the writers and artists whose creations appear in this edition of the BAJ.

Hosted by the Leeds Area Open Circle Poets & the Leeds Arts Council

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Rabbit Hole

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7:00 PM

Tickets $10

Leeds Theatre’s entry at ACTFest 2017

Directed by Dianne Rowe and Cliff Keen, Jr.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. The show charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

The show stars Ashley Richardson as Becca, Cliff Keen, Jr. as Howie, Pam Elder as Nat, and Mary Page Wilson-Lyons as Izzy.

Proceeds from this benefit show will offset travel costs to ACTFest 17 the Alabama State Community Theatre Festival in Wetumpka. Leeds will be competing with 6 other community theatres for a chance to represent Alabama at SETC next year and hopefully on to Nationals.

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Bloody Murder!

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October 14th-16th and 21st-23rd, Friday and Saturday show time at 7 pm, Sunday show time at 2 pm- Leeds Arts Council is proud to present Ed Sala’s Bloody Murder directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. 

From Dramatic Publishing – A group of the usual British murder-mystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the sumptuous country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. There’s the major who served in India; the inebriated, fading actor; the innocent ingénue; the exotic lady in red; the mysterious Chinese gentleman; the rich dowager aunt and her faithful maid and worthless nephew. Suddenly, one of them dies of poison! Well, of course. Oh, what fun! But wait … Her Ladyship refuses to summon the police! She says she won’t go through all this, again. All what, again? And why were they all invited here in the first place? Is this actually just another formulaic, all-too-predictable mystery story? Or is it something diabolically … different? … Characters rebel against their author- It’s bloody murder. 

Tickets are $10 and seating will be reserved; however reservations aren’t required.  The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in historic downtown Leeds. The theatre is handicapped accessible and has free parking on the street. For reservations, call 205-699-1892, email leedsartscouncil@windstream.net, or find Leeds Arts Council on Facebook.

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Robin McDonald Exhibit

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Robin McDonald is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in October.  The public is invited to the opening reception on October 2, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view his delightful photographs of Leeds.  Admission is free.

Robin is English by birth, born in Beckenham, a suburb of London, in 1951. He emigrated to America at the age of 12, and after 3 years in Philadelphia, moved to Alabama with his parents in 1966. He has lived here ever since. After receiving a BA cum laude in art history at Emory University, he attended Columbia University on a graduate fellowship, receiving an MA in art history in 1973. While in New York, Robin became interested in photography, and decided to pursue art and photography as a career rather than academia.  He returned to Birmingham, and by a stroke of fortune, despite having no formal training, was hired as an artist at a small Birmingham ad agency where he worked for three years before moving to a larger agency, and then a photographic studio, finally forming Triad Studios, a graphic design and photography studio, with two other photographers in 1977.  In 1979, he was hired away from Triad to become the art director of Horizon Magazine, a well-known national arts magazine that had just been purchased and moved to Tuscaloosa. Robin spent five years working at Horizon, during which time he received a gold award and a bronze award from the New York Art Directors Club. In 1980, he won Best in Show at the first (and only) Greater Birmingham Arts Alliance Juried Photography Exhibition.

In 1984, Robin left Horizon and returned to Birmingham to start his own independent graphic design and photography studio, now in its 32nd year.  Robin and his wife Debbie Bennett purchased a house in the woods off Bailey Road near Leeds in 1986, and Robin has operated his business there ever since. Debbie, who is very active in the Leeds community, currently serves as a librarian at the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library, and both serve on the board of the Leeds Historical Society.

In 1991, Robin became the designer and principal photographer for Alabama Heritage Magazine, published jointly by the University of Alabama, UAB, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  The Spring 2016 issue of Alabama Heritage was Robin’s 100th. The magazine has been recognized by the CASE awards for academic publications a number of times, both regionally and nationally. Robin’s other principal client is Clairmont Press in Atlanta, a company that publishes state history school textbooks for almost all of the southeastern states.  Robin has designed all of their books, with a single exception, since 1985. He has also designed many books for the University of Alabama Press, including both editions of The Crimson Tide by Winston Groom, Alabama Architecture by Alice Meriwether Bowsher, and Headwaters by Beth Maynor Young and John C. Hall.

Robin is the author of two books, Heart of a Small Town: Photographs of Alabama Towns (2003) and Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama (2015), co-authored by Valerie Pope Burnes. Both were published by the University of Alabama Press.

Robin has participated in two exhibitions at the Georgine Clarke Gallery of the Alabama State Council for the Arts, both featuring photographs from Visions of the Black Belt.  The second exhibition, also featuring photographs by Jerry Siegel and Chip Cooper, traveled to Pietrasanta, Italy this summer as part of a cultural exchange program with the city of Montgomery.  Robin is also represented in the collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Robin plans to spend his impending retirement photographing the landscapes and townscapes of Alabama.  This small exhibition features photographs of some of the familiar architecture of Leeds, all taken in 2016.

Mr. McDonald’s work will be on exhibit through November 3, 2016.

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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ENCORE: Musical Memories

On Friday, September 30th at 7 pm and Saturday, October 1st at 7 pm we are proud to present ENCORE: Musical Memories.  Tickets for this event are $10.  This is a yearly fund raiser put together by our play director Cliff Keen, Jr. for the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  This show will feature songs both from musicals we’ve done here at the Arts Center and musicals we haven’t done here but are familiar to all.  The songs will be performed by familiar faces from our past musical productions.  Come and enjoy a musical evening!  Reservations are not required.  For more information call us at 205-699-1892 or email us at leedsartscouncil@windstream.net.

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