The Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.
Rating: 4.25 stars 12 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: 503 Main Ave Northport AL 35476 USA
Kentuck is West Alabama's only community arts center and its efforts are focused on bringing a variety of arts programming to the general public through its projects: the Kentuck Art Center in downtown Northport; the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Art Night, Museum Without Walls, Dickens Downtown, Northport Fine Arts Initiative and Kentuck for Kids Educational Programming.The Kentuck Art Center:
The Kentuck Art Center is a multidisciplinary center which sponsors visual arts, music and theatre along with other activities and events. Currently at the center are two multi-purpose areas which function primarily as exhibition spaces; the Studio Artist Program; the Gallery Shop and the Association's administrative staff offices.Exhibitions and Performances
The Kentuck Art Center presents over a dozen visual art exhibitions annually through the Gallery and Museum. The Kentuck Gallery presents the work of emerging artists and the Kentuck Museum hosts individual and group shows from regional and national artists. These exhibits are accompanied by gallery talks and other related events. Through the year, theatre ranging from play readings to fully realized productions is staged indoors and out at the Center; and musical ensembles offer performances of jazz, folk, blues, and more. School groups visit the Center for exhibits, artist studio tours and special activities. Community organizations also use the Center for various functions.Studio Artist Program
As part of its mission to educate the community about the creative efforts of artists, Kentuck sponsors the Studio Artist Program which currently has six artists in residence at the Center: Steve Davis, metalsmith; Brian Evans, digital art; Lackey Stephens, painting; Celia O'Kelley, jewelry; Ann Betak, painting; and Justin Robinson, painting. These individuals lease studio space from the Center and run their studios independently, some opening for retail hours, others offering classes, and others prefering to use their space primarily for a work area. Artists have their studios open for the public at Art Night and for community, tourism and educational tours.The Gallery Shop
The Gallery Shop showcases the craftsmanship of Alabama artists in clay, metal, glass, fiber and wood and features books and music by Alabama authors and musicians. The shop also has handcrafted work by southeastern and national artists. The goal of the Gallery Shop is to make handcrafted work available to the community year round and to provide financial support for artists, writers, and musicians.
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The Kentuck Arts Festival has open arms. On the third weekend of October every year, this outdoor gathering provides a magnificent environment where the tall and the small celebrate art. This year I watched again as pilgrims pranced, polished off, picked up on, and perused wondrous cross-genre offerings plucked from imagination and eased into our midst. For the first time since its inception, the young and the young-at-heart got messy and built memories at Kentuck for Kids without the enthusiastic encouragement of Carolyn Fritz, longtime volunteer and advocate who passed away earlier this year. Her spirit and generosity linger. Faith, persistence, and inclusion have secured this arts festival for 41 years. With its big heart, Kentuck grows community.
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