Emma Carter Brooks Exhibit

Emma Carter Brooks is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in March.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm to view her beautiful photographs of still life and Alabama landscapes.  Admission is free.

Emma is a lifelong resident of Leeds.  Photography became her passion after an early retirement from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.  In her pursuit for peace in the midst of pain, Emma found it behind the lens of a camera in 2007. 

“I believe everything was created by God and given to us to enjoy and respect.  “Art by I AM” is my signature name because He is the author and creator of all the images that I capture. He’s the master of the piece and therefore, I give him all the glory,” says Emma. 

Emma is the author of Southern Quotes.   She is a member of the Alabama Wildflower Society, Leeds Arts Council, Friends of the Leeds Library, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, and the Sierra Club. She has dedicated many volunteer hours to helping keep the city of Leeds clean.  She also organized the Leeds and Moody Police appreciation in 2016. Emma continues to travel throughout the southeast to capture the beauty of God’s glory.

Ms. Brooks’ photography will be on exhibit through April 5, 2019.  You may view examples of her work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyiamStudio

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 39 Steps

The 39 Steps is a comedy based on the characters from the 1915 John Buchan novel and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie, but handled in a Monty Python style, with actors performing multiple roles. The script was developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and adapted in 2005 by Patrick Barlow. The script is full of allusions to other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest.

Performance dates are:  February 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:00 pm and February 17, 24 @ 2:00 pm.

Directed by Suellen Wilkins with Brian Allison as Richard Hannay; Susan Cook as Annabella, Margaret, and Pamela; Stacy Lowery and Ron Landry are the two Clowns; Curtis Frost, Johnny Underwood, Lori Franks, Tommy, Wendy & Gracie Riley all pitch in to add to this comic mayhem!

Call (205) 699-1892 for ticket reservations! Tickets: $10 per person  

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Leeds High School Artists

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center. The public is invited to meet these talented artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.

Participating artists include Scott Adams, Jade Cifalo, Evan Cole-Tyson, Jasmine Cooper, Rebecca Denno, Raven Dozier, Jackson Harrigan, Brooke Kilgore, Lydia LaCruz, Bayleigh Ledbetter, Mackenzie Lockridge, Jackie Martinez, Jocelyn Martinez, Jay Megehee, Noah Peace, Gyrani Rogers, Hayden Underhill, and Isabella Weldon.

These high school 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 March 2. 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.

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.