Sea of Names

Lee Banks and Sea of Names will play a mix of covers at the Leeds Theater & Arts Center on August 3, 2019. The show starts at 7:00 with a $5.00 cover charge.

Scott Harvey Exhibit

Scott Harvey is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in August.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, August 4, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm to view his beautiful artwork.  Admission is free.

Scott works in acrylics, watercolors, ink, and graphite to create animal illustrations, pastoral scenes, and layered abstracts.  In 1994, 1995, and 1996, he was awarded 1st Place in the Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition sponsored by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.  His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art & Graphic Design from Stetson University; studies in Film & Literature at Trent University, England; and a Master of Business Administration & Marketing from UAB.  He is a member of the Florida Art Honors Society and serves on the board of the Leeds Arts Council.

The artist says, “I never thought of myself as an artist until I was told I was one by an art teacher in the 5th grade.  She was watching over my shoulder as I drew a desert sunset with pastels and stopped me with a question.  “Have you ever been to Arizona?”  No, I replied.  “Well I used to live in Arizona, and that looks just like an Arizona sunset…you, sir, are an artist!”  I was later told I had great talent by my 8th grade art teacher.  Her greatest lesson was teaching me to shut off my brain and just let the image flow onto the canvas without thinking.

“Art in the sense of illustration and painting came easy to me.  I could see something in my mind, or in a photo, and recreate it on paper or canvas.  It made people happy, so I continued down the path of making people happy by drawing birds, animals, or anything that piqued my interest.  I always created art for myself, no one else.  I said to myself at a young age, if people like my art, that’s great!  I’m happy they like it, but I’ve always done what I wanted.  I never fit into that stereotypical artist mold where I created art out of wild passion, or tried to push some political agenda, or emotion…I simply made art for my own enjoyment.

“When I’m illustrating or painting, it’s relaxing and more a pastime.  I simply have an image in my mind that I find appealing and put it to paper or canvas.  It’s as simple as that.  I often felt, while in studio art school, that I had to have some driving force behind my artwork, but again I never fit into that mold.  Yes, art is passionate, but for me it’s an extension of myself–it’s a part of me.”

Scott Harvey’s art will be on exhibit through September 6, 2019.  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.

Tina Miller Exhibit

Tina Miller is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in July.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, July 7, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm to view her delightful creations.  Admission is free.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Tina Miller has lived in Leeds for the past eight years.  Her educational background includes the distinction of Class Salutatorian while receiving a BFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art & Design, an Apprenticeship in Sculpture from La Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, Italy, and a Master’s in Education, Art PK-12, from the University of Montevallo.

During the past five years, Tina built a Visual Arts program for grades PK-5 for Leeds City Schools. This past school year she was asked to take on the theatre department and is currently building a comprehensive Theatre Arts program for grades 6-12, which also includes serving as the Theatre Director for Oak & Ivy Theatre at LHS.  The 2018-19 productions included Seussical the Musical and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

A few of Tina’s artistic adventures include carving marble in Italy and wood in the West Indies; weaving large public art paper weavings through the treetops in Savannah; singing in small venues across the US and Europe; painting public murals from California to Alabama; assisting with costuming for The San Francisco Opera Company; acting in numerous community theatre productions; making ceramics with 9-year-olds here in Leeds; and creating set, sound and lights for theatrical high school productions. This solo show reveals her crochet creations, Belly Button Buddies.  She hopes you enjoy this whimsical exhibition.

Ms. Miller’s Belly Button Buddies will be on exhibit through August 2, 2019.  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.

Ramey Channell Exhibit

Ramey Channell is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in June.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm to view her beautiful artwork.  Admission is free.

Ramey Channell began her love of painting and drawing early in life, studied art in high school, majored in journalism at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky, and majored in art at UAB.  She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, and Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA).  Her artwork exhibit includes oil portraits, multi-media illustrations, still life acrylic paintings, Native American art, wildlife portraits, and whimsical drawings.

Ramey became interested in poetry and creative writing in elementary and high school, and has had poetry, short stories, and children’s stories published.  Her two published novels are Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge, and The Witches of Moonlight Ridge, works of fiction based on her rural Alabama childhood.  She is currently working on illustrations for two of her original children’s books.

Ms. Channell’s paintings will be on exhibit through July 4, 2019.  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.

Debbie Childers

Appearing at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, June 1, 2019 

$10 Tickets on sale for 5:00 show. 7:00 show is SOLD OUT

HOMETOWN HUMOR FROM A HOMETOWN GIRL!

Debbie Street Childers grew up in Leeds, Alabama, the daughter of Earl and Pauline Street and a 1973 graduate of LHS.   She’s always loved to make people laugh.  In school, she used to get in trouble for talking and now people invite her to do it!

Her comedy style is clean and fit for your grandkids or your Granny.  She recently won the national Comedy with Class Comedy Contest sponsored by popular humorist Jeanne Robertson and judged by Jeanne with a group of nationally known comics.

Call 205-699-1892 for reservations.  Reservations are suggested but not required.

Maura Davies and Kevin Wheeler Exhibit

Maura Davies and Kevin Wheeler are the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artists in May.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, May 5, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm to view their beautiful photography.  Admission is free.

Maura Davies is a Leeds resident, originally from Huntsville, Alabama.  She has enjoyed photography as a hobby for many years, beginning as a teen and taking photography courses in college.  Her photography often highlights her other interests, such as plants and gardening, nature, and history.  Documenting her children’s activities has led to opportunity for photographing for others.  Maura has enjoyed taking photos for the band programs at Leeds High School and Leeds Middle School, and for Leeds High School Soccer. 

Upon moving to Leeds about 10 years ago, Maura began to explore local history, eventually joining the Leeds Historical Society.  Photographing old places has sparked curiosity about the stories and people behind these places.  As a member of the Trussville Photography Club, she has exhibited at Leeds Arts Council, St. Vincent’s East, and the Genesis Gallery of the Cahaba Springs Church. Her photographs are also displayed at the Trussville Public Library and have appeared in print in the Leeds Tribune.

Originally from Connecticut, Kevin Wheeler is an avid photographer living in Odenville, AL.  He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1995 after serving over 21 years and from pastoral ministry in 2016, when he and his wife, Roxanne, moved to Alabama.  In his youth, Kevin’s passion was drawing and oil painting, copying the masters and doing nature and landscape scenes.  In recent years, he’s taken up photography as an art form, still passionate about nature and landscapes.  His website entitled Glimpses of Glory to indicate his desire to capture and share glimpses of God’s glory as revealed in nature.  

Kevin has photographed such glimpses of glory in various locations around the world, including England, Ireland, Guatemala, Tanzania, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, New England, New York, Tennessee, the Smokies, and more.  Some of his work, including two murals, is permanently displayed at The Chateaus at Montclaire, an assisted living facility in Shreveport, LA, and in the Trussville Public Library, as well as in the homes of family and friends.  As a member of the Trussville Photography Club, he has displayed at the Trussville Public Library, the Leeds Arts Center, the gallery at St Vincent’s East Hospital, and the Genesis Gallery of Cahaba Springs Church in Trussville. 

Their photography will be on exhibit through June 1, 2019.  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.

2019 Musical

Directed by Lucy Lunsford

Performances:
Thursday-Saturday July 18-20 and July 25-27, 7 pm
Sunday July 21 and July 28, 2 pm

All seats are $15; tickets may be reserved by calling the LAC office at (205) 699-1892. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

ESTHER is a fresh and exciting musical based on the story of an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia. After Esther discovers that her people are to be annihilated, decreed by her husband the king, she is forced to face difficult and frightening circumstances, with the survival of her entire race seemingly on her shoulders. Told with humor and pathos, the show has generated enthusiasm wherever it has been performed. Everyone loves the music and the characters; come see for yourself!  

Auditions for 2019 Musical

Directed by Lucy Lunsford

Auditions: 
Friday, May 31 – 7pm-9pm
Saturday, June 1 – 11am-1pm

Performances:
Thursday-Saturday July 18-20 and July 25-27, 7 pm
Sunday July 21 and July 28, 2 pm

ESTHER
is a fresh and exciting musical based on the story of an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia. After Esther discovers that her people are to be annihilated, decreed by her husband the king, she is forced to face difficult and frightening circumstances, with the survival of her entire race seemingly on her shoulders. Told with humor and pathos, the show has generated enthusiasm wherever it has been performed. Everyone loves the music and the characters. If you’re interested in performing, come out on Friday and Saturday, May 31 or June 1, and audition for the show!

Roles available for ages 13 and up. Character descriptions available below. A few non-speaking roles available for children age 6-12.
Please prepare 16 bars of a Broadway musical type song. Resume and headshot not required. You will be photographed at the audition. After everyone has sung we will do cold readings from the script.
For previews of the songs / original production trailer visit www.EstherMusical.org

Download character descriptions