Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Leeds Theater and Arts Center – 8140 Parkway Drive in downtown Leeds
Registration Form for winter/spring 2020
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Leeds Theater and Arts Center – 8140 Parkway Drive in downtown Leeds
Registration Form for winter/spring 2020
Leeds Arts Council is offering an opportunity for
young performers to perform at an open mic in a family friendly setting. We
have spots for 10 performers, for about 10 minutes each.
There will be a microphone and a sound system. Bring your own instrument, although there is a keyboard available. We are not set up for a band situation, just solos or small groups with easy set-up and take-down. If using an accompaniment track, we do have a CD player, or we can hook a phone into the sound system.
You will need to come at some point prior to Saturday night to rehearse with the sound system. We will set up that time the week prior to the performance.
The application form follows this information. There is no charge to the performers; there will be a $5 ticket price for audience members. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Debbie Landry or the Leeds Arts Council office.
Return this Registration Form to Debbie Landry
Taryon Godfrey is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in January. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, January 5, 2020, 1:30pm – 3:30pm to view her beautiful paintings. Admission is free.
Taryon, a Leeds resident, creates fascinating abstract paintings working in concert with the forces of nature. Her paintings will be on exhibit at the Leeds Arts Center through January 31, 2020.
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.
Barry Graham is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in December. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, December 1, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm to view his beautiful artwork. Admission is free.
Barry has a passion for creativity, art, architecture, design, and other visual creative media. His inspiration comes from nature and the environment. As a painter, designer, illustrator, and en plein air instructor, he appreciates the academics and study of art in any media, however he especially enjoys the spontaneous discovery throughout a creative development that proves valuable.
Barry grew up in Midfield and Forestdale and graduated from Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida where he honed his painting skills in oil, acrylic, and watercolor and graphic art design.
Mr. Graham’s art will be on exhibit through December 30, 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.
The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Moody High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.
These talented artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.
The art will be on display through November 30. In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.
The Leeds Arts Council is excited to bring tribute artist Jason Petty presenting “Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour” to the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00.
Jason Petty began his acting and singing odyssey on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee portraying country music legend, Hank Williams, in the musical, “Lost Highway”. After several national tours Petty went to New York for an off Broadway run of the show and won the OBIE Award for Outstanding Performance in 2003.
When Jason first performed the role of Hank Williams at the Ryman in Tennessee in 1996, little did he imagine that some 20 years later he would still be portraying this legendary man in his own highly acclaimed show. Petty met and became friends with Williams friends and family members, musicians, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars. They shared with him the intimate details of this legend’s life and career. From the good times to the hard times, Jason listened and began to understand this man like no other. Now he brings that intimate story to life in this one-man tribute.
In an interview, Don Helms, Williams’ best friend and steel guitar player, said simply: Petty’s singing of Williams’ classic songs is the best there’s ever been. This feeling combined with his natural ability to tell the stories of Williams’ life and career with Southern charm and down home humor has given this show rave reviews across North America.
Due to the popularity of this show, reservations are recommended! Call 205-699-1892 and leave a message including your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you need. Someone will return your call to confirm your reservation. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card.
From soft fingerpicked ballads to hard-driving jigs and reels, Henri’s Notions creates a musical mix of traditional Celtic and American music as well as their own compositions that have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage, which lends a pleasing familiarity to the music. The Notions draw from a broad palette of melodious sounds: the ardent sounds of fiddle, lilting flute, keen tin whistles, all played over the resonant tones and drive of the rhythm section, consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion, and bass.
Lead voices dance through the intricate embellishments that bring to life the old ballads and songs and all members lend voices frequently creating close, rich, well-balanced harmonies. The group makes a point to provide backgrounds on the songs and instruments used during their performance and this has allowed Henri’s Notions to connect with, educate and inspire audiences for over twenty years!
Henri’s Notions has toured extensively in the Southern and Eastern United Stated from West Palm Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas to New York City. The group has worked countless festivals and concerts and has appeared with such folk icons as Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, The Kingston Trio, David Grisman Quintet and top celtic acts such as The Tannahill Weavers, Patrick Street, Paddy O’Brien, Brian McNeill and others.
Henris Notions performs year-round in concerts, festivals, special events, and school programs. As a touring member of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Southern Arts Federation, grants are often available to eligible presenters.
Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Henris-Notions-156575596748/
The Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds. You are cordially invited to meet our talented local artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Additional art work, prints, cards, and books will be on display and available for purchase in the theater during the reception. Admission is free.
Ramey Channell, a Leeds native, 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.
Nancy Cole lives in Leeds with her husband Steve and their cats Maxine, Mickey, and Andy. After a career in education and nineteen years as a United Methodist Clergywoman, she has found the time to pursue her passion for art. She paints with oils, watercolor, pastels, and some acrylics. She attends artists workshops throughout the South led by renowned artists such as Bob Nulf, Greg Barnes, Pam Padgett, Gina Brown, Paulette Parks, and Alisa Koch. These workshops and lessons have become invaluable since she is mainly self-taught.
William H. Darby began drawing at an early age. Growing up in New Mexico, he developed a love for space exploration, nature, and the singular beauty of the southwest. His initial artistic endeavors centered on dogs, horned toads, and rockets. Painting primarily in acrylics, William uses color and brush strokes to illuminate that which is sometimes unseen. He studied art at the University of South Carolina, received a B.A. in art from Georgia College, and MLIS from the University of Alabama. His paintings have been exhibited at Leeds Arts Center, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, St. Vincent’s East, and Art on the Lake in Guntersville.
Maura Davies, a Leeds resident originally from Huntsville, 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 photographing the band programs at Leeds High School and Leeds Middle School, and Leeds High School Soccer. She has exhibited at Leeds Arts Center, St. Vincent’s East, the Genesis Gallery of the Cahaba Springs Church, and the Trussville Public Library.
Joan Dawson is a teacher, musician, and writer. She explored art with her fourth-grade students and helps teachers discover their own artistic abilities. Joan’s association with the Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA) encouraged her to contribute to this exhibit.
Elizabeth Gregory never considered art as an option until her Mother started painting at retirement. She has taken classes in watercolor from Becky Wallace of Murphy, North Carolina and Gayle Jones in Birmingham, AL. “Through classes and learning from others, I started seeing the interplay of color and shadows I once failed to notice and beauty that escaped me before. Learning how to make art is a growth process of becoming more aware…of life. Creativity is really about setting your inner self free.”
Jonathan Harris is a local, self-taught artist whose interest in art started at the age of three and has yet to reach an end. He enjoys drawing and painting people and trying to capture life, emotion, and narrative that hopefully finds a relatable connection with the viewer.
Scott Harvey, a Leeds resident originally from Florida, has always enjoyed the outdoors and enjoys illustrating wildlife and nature. 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. Scott works in acrylics, watercolors, ink, and graphite to create animal illustrations, pastoral scenes, and layered abstracts.
Cheryl Horncastle has been interested in all forms of art her entire life. She took art classes in high school and college. As a teacher of visually impaired children, she helped them with art projects and was pleased when they received awards for their work. Since retirement she has worked in several mediums including pottery, watercolor, pastels, and mixed media. Her work is in private collections.
Tina Miller, a Leeds resident originally from Nashville, earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Master’s in Art Education from the University of Montevallo. She completed an apprenticeship in sculpture from La Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy. She built a visual arts program for grades PK-5 for Leeds City Schools and is now building a Theatre Arts program for grades 6-12. Her paintings, textiles, and sculptures have been exhibited in Nashville, San Francisco, Savannah, Atlanta, Tahlequah, Oklahoma; and Citta di Castello and Bologna, Italy.
Gudrun Rominger is a native of Heidelberg, Germany. She received her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, studied at the University of Louisville, Louisville School of Art, the Europaische Kurist Akademie, and completed a Masters at Georgia Southern. Both artist and art educator, she has taught at colleges and high schools in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Brazil, and England. Her work is in private collections throughout the southeast, west coast, Europe, South Africa, Brazil, and Japan. She works in numerous media, with a focus on painting.
Tanna Rose has been drawing as long as she can remember. She took art classes in high school, was in the art club, and won awards. She received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She has worked for Southern Living Magazine; Luckie & Company advertising agency; and is presently at WMU. Her work has been exhibited at First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Leeds Arts Center, St. Vincent’s East; and the juried art show at the Warrior Arts Center, where she was awarded honorable mention.
Cynthia Schmidt is a retired teacher from Leeds Elementary School and Banks Christian Academy. Her favorite art medium is watercolor. She has taken classes with Wayne Spradley. Cindy loves for her paintings to glow with color and have light from the creator of all. Her desire is to learn more about other forms of art. She lives in Moody and has three grandchildren.
Kevin Wheeler, an Odenville resident originally from Connecticut, is an avid photographer. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1995, after serving over 21 years, and from pastoral ministry in 2016. 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 desire is to capture and share glimpses of God’s glory as revealed in nature. He has photographed 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.
Beverly Wilson is a resident of Moody. After retiring from UAB she became interested in painting. After all, if President George Bush could suddenly begin painting portraits, she thought she might try painting a landscape or a still life. Self-taught, she discovered several educational and fun tutorials on the internet. Each new painting is a learning experience for her, mostly in perseverance and patience, but the rewards are greater than the frustrations. Inspiration for her paintings comes from photos taken while traveling and suggestions from friends. She finds painting to be an enjoyable pastime and looks forward to continuing.
As part of the Alabama Bicentennial celebration, the city of Leeds is hosting a John Henry festival on Saturday September 21. There will be two public performances of a one-act play based on the legend of John Henry, a steel-driving man. No one knows where (or if) this story took place, but Leeds, Alabama lays claim to the possibility that it could have happened here.
Marie Cromer wrote the play, and we need YOU to come audition for this show! Suellen Wilkins is the director; two free public performances on Saturday September 21, at 11 am and 2 pm, in the Leeds Theater and Arts Center in downtown Leeds. The cast includes 15 African-Americans and 10 Caucasians, all ages, both male and female. There is a young John Henry, as well as an adult John Henry.
Auditions are Monday and Tuesday night, July 29 and 30, 7 pm each evening at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive. You only need to come one night, not both. Come prepared to read from the script.