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.
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
(JoJo) Connell is the Leeds Arts Council’s
featured artist in April. The
public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, April 7,
2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm to view her
beautiful paintings. Admission is free.
born and raised in Walnut Grove, Alabama.
She attended Jacksonville State University, where she majored in English,
minored in physical education, marched with the Southerners as a ballerina, and
met her husband-to-be. She later earned
her master’s degree with a concentration in physical education. Joella lives in Saks, Alabama with her
husband, W.E. (Duck) Connell, Jr., where they attend First Baptist Church of
Saks. Their son Scott and his wife
Cannon have two girls, Sara and Emma. The Grands are the sunshine in their
physical Education at Saks High School for 25 years, sponsoring cheerleaders
for 16 of those years. Retiring at the young age of 45, Joella was ready for
the next phase in her life. She joined a
hiking club and has backpacked many times in the Smokies, but her first big
adventure was backpacking from the North rim of the Grand Canyon, down into the
canyon, and back up the south rim. She backpacked
up to base camp on Mt. Rainier, spending the night on the snow at 10,000 feet. Joella has also ridden in the Bicycle Ride
Across Georgia (400 miles in 7 days) twice and has ridden the Cheaha Challenge
once. Besides sports, her hobbies include
gardening, reading, traveling, and camping with her husband. Joella has traveled with her church on mission
to Honduras. She and W.E. have traveled
to New Zealand, Alaska, and have taken many shorter trips with the entire family. Their latest trip was to Lake Tahoe, where
the grand girls learned to snow ski.
At the age
of 60, on a whim, Joella decided to join a painting class taught by Carolyn
Morris, in which everyone painted the same thing. She had always declared that
she could hardly draw a stick figure, much less paint, but she LIKED it! Later she joined a class with Paulette Parks,
and learned to sketch from her own photographs and then paint them. She works
mostly in watercolor but has done a few oils. Many of her subjects are from her travels, a
favorite place being New Orleans. Joella likes to tell a story with her
paintings. You will find people or
animals in most of her paintings
entered pieces in ARTS ALIVE!, a juried show held in Florence, Alabama. She enters the juried show at the Gadsden Art
Museum most every year, where she has won two honorable mentions, one 2nd
place, and one 1st place.
On April 6,
Joella will reach the young age of 75 and she’s still going strong. When she’s not painting, gardening, or
traveling, she’s doing Zumba and Yoga and hiking whenever she gets the
paintings will be on exhibit through May 3, 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 Dolores Hydock presentation of “Soldiers in Greasepaint,” which was accompanied by The Birmingham Harmony Belles, was a huge success! The audience of over 100 enjoyed an extremely entertaining evening listening to a master orator bring the USO story alive. The Birmingham Harmony Belles added a sense of realism with their beautiful renditions of the Andrew’s Sisters classics hits.
A special thanks to all those who contributed to our HVAC fund. We hope to see you again soon at the Leeds Theater & Arts Center – A Fun Place to Be!