Jonathan Williams Exhibit

Jonathan Williams is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in December.  The public is invited to the opening reception on December 2, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view his beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

“A good painting has meaning behind every brushstroke.” Jonathan started with art when he was a young child, always drawing and being creative.  When he was about 14, he developed a true passion for art and wanted to paint portraits of himself and family members to hang around the house.  He started to dabble in oil paint and charcoal, learning from free lessons on YouTube.  These ideas helped him to expand his technical skills.  Being only 19 now, he can see how his artwork has progressed over the few years that he has painted.  Jonathan loves to render wonderful realism in oil paint and charcoal that represents a person, feeling, and meaning.  That is what he strives to achieve in every piece of artwork from allegorical figurative art and still life.

Jonathan won 1st place in district and county for the Young American Patriotic Art Competition.  He also won 1st place in the Southern Museum of Flight’s art competition.  He exhibited his work in Cahaba Springs Lutheran Church’s Art Show of Forgiveness.  He was also glad to participate in the National Art Honor Society.  Having achieved these accomplishments at such a young age leaves Jonathan thankful to God for His kindness in gifting him with this talent.  Mr. Williams’ paintings will be on exhibit through December 29, 2018.

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.

Auditions for The 39 Steps

Directed by Suellen Wilkins

Auditions: Monday/Tuesday December 17/18, 7 pm

Performance dates are:  February 15-17 and 22-24, 2019.

Auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday December 17 and 18, at 7 pm each evening, at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, in Leeds AL.  Come prepared to read from the script; bring a resume and headshot, if you have one.  Director Suellen Wilkins is seeking 10-12 actors, men and women, for the many roles in this show.  The main actor (male age 35-45) will not be doubled.  A female actor (age 25-35) will have two roles.  The other roles will be handled by an ensemble of actors ages 20 years and up.

The 39 Steps is a 1915 novel; this is NOT that novel.

The 39 Steps is a 1935 movie; this is NOT that movie.

The 39 Steps is a comedy based on the characters from the novel and the movie, but handled in a Monty Python style, with actors performing multiple roles. In 2005 playwright Patrick Barlow adapted a script developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and it is this script that will be performed.

Reception – Moody High School Artists

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Moody High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, November 4, 2018, 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.

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.

Their art will be on display through December 1. 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.

String Theory – November 11, 2018

Leeds Arts Council presents String Theory on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2 pm at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, downtown Leeds.  Tickets are $15.

String Theory, formerly known as Blue Galaxy String Project, is an instrumental pop group formed in 2005 that plays an eclectic mix of originals and modern pop songs arranged for string quartet plus acoustic bass and drums. The group is comprised of six conservatory trained musicians representing Northwestern University, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, University of Alabama and Davidson College.  The musicians are united by a common passion to expand their musical repertoire beyond the traditional roles of the string quartet.

Musicians are Caroline Nordlund and Pei-Ju Wu violins; Melanie Rodgers, viola; Sam Nordlund, cello; Abe Becker, bass; Michael Glaser, drums.

Arrangements of music are from many different sources including band members.  The group prides itself on performing music from every genre.

Leeds Area Visual Artists Exhibit

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, September 9, 2018, 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.

Participating artists include Ramey Channell, Nancy Cole, Nelda Faulkner, John Gregory, Jonathan Harris, Scott Harvey, Tina Miller, Grady Sue Saxon, and Sherry Whisenhunt of Leeds and William Darby, Tanna Rose, and Cindy Schmidt of Moody. These local artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; graphite and pastel drawings; and photographs.

LAVA’s art will be on display through November 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.

Auditions for The 39 Steps

Directed by Suellen Wilkins

Auditions: Monday/Tuesday August 27-28, 7 pm

Performance dates are:  October 19-21 and 26-28, 2018.

Auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday August 27-28, at 7 pm each evening, at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, in Leeds AL.  Come prepared to read from the script, bring a resume and headshot, if you have one.  Director Suellen Wilkins is seeking 10-12 actors, men and women, for the many roles in this show.  The main actor (male age 35-45) will not be doubled.  A female actor (age 25-35) will have two roles.  The other roles will be handled by an ensemble of actors ages 20 years and up.

The 39 Steps is a 1915 novel; this is NOT that novel.

The 39 Steps is a 1935 movie; this is NOT that movie.

The 39 Steps is a comedy based on the characters from the novel and the movie, but handled in a Monty Python style, with actors performing multiple roles. In 2005 playwright Patrick Barlow adapted a script developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and it is this script that will be performed.

Margaret Nicole Blevins Exhibit

Margaret Nicole Blevins is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in August.  The public is invited to the opening reception on August 5, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

Born in the deep south, Margaret Nicole Blevins was raised in a traditional home whose ideals centered around knowledge through inquiry and extensive travel, which cultivated a spirit of empathy and observation. Margaret obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art.  Exploration of ideas, cultures, and people continue to inform her life, art, and creative process.

Inspired by her travels, Margaret became interested in a single idea and how it fit into her global outlook. This idea was simply, home.  What was it?  Where was it?  Who was it?  As an adult living back in her childhood home, these questions seemed especially relevant.  For a child, home is something tangible:  a pink house nestled by a creek, surrounded by sweet gum trees.  But the word “home” could no longer remain concrete and the adult mind demanded a new definition.  Instead of being the foundation that held days together, “home” became a symbol for shared ambitions.  It still holds a permanence in life, but is altered from a geographical place to a transcendent one.  No longer is it a physical part of life’s chronology, but a liminal moment, a threshold, a portal, through which one can pass when in need of rest or resurgence.

These large paintings serve as illustrations of this new idea of home:  golden archways that carve themselves into the fortresses of the psyche, standing tall, as new beginnings, as well as studies in pink that become compilations of humanity and divinity, existing in transcendent compositions.  The process of painting becomes part of a sacred rite, a journey towards sanctification, carrying home as a talisman and guide.

Ms. Blevins’ art will be on exhibit through September 8, 2018.  You may view examples of her work at:  http://www.margaretnicoleblevins.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.