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