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Kentuck Art Night & Coffee With The Collector | October

JOIN US FOR THIS FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT! Art Night occurs the first Thursday of each month at Kentuck Art Center in Historic Downtown Northport, Alabama.

Coffee With The Collector: Are you a seasoned or aspiring art collector? Join us in the SoNo Gallery (Clarke Building) to learn about collecting strategies, artists of note, and get an insider's peek at this year's festival with guest speaker Paul Barrett--collector and curator. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by Five, Mary's Cakes and Pastries, and Spirits Wine Cellar. Admission to Coffee with the Collector is $20. Free to Festival VIPs at Collector and Benefactor levels. Free to Fire Ant and Big Dog Kentuck members.

Paul Barrett began collecting art in 1985, and his collection includes numerous artists who have exhibited at the Kentuck Festival (with special focus on works by Alabama artists and self-taught artists). He worked as director of both the photography gallery, AGNES, and Stephen Smith Fine Art, and has curated projects at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at UAB, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Paul recently curated A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw at the UA Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, featuring works by Mary Lee Bendolph, Deborah Carter, Chris Clark, Thornton Dial, Lonney Holley, and Charlie Lucas. He is currently coordinating the statewide For Freedoms program with artist and UA alumna Sara Garden Armstrong and working on museum projects for 2019.

Teer & SoNo Gallery:
"A Heaven of a Place: Selections from the Kentuck Permanent Collection," showcases work by Kentuck Festival Artists of today and years past. Highlighting some of the most profound and prominent contributors to folk, outsider, and self-taught art history, the Kentuck Permanent Collection contains work by Sam "the Dot Man" McMillan, Bernice Sims, Ruby Williams, "Mr. Imagination" Gregory Warmack, Buddy Snipes, Jerry Brown, Ned Berry, Yvonne Wells, Miz Thang, Michael Banks, "Dr. Bob" Shaffer, Sam Ezell, Lonnie Holley, to name a few. Don't miss this chance to see the history of Kentuck in person.

Museum Gallery:
Kentuck Art Center is proud to present the sculpture of Dennis Thompson. He has won numerous awards but is also famous for turning down a ground floor opportunity with a little company called "Dreamworks" in the early '70s.

He says: "The inspiration for my sculpture is based in my longstanding interest in paleontology and archaeology; an exploration of how universal forms evolve and adapt. I create sculpture that reflects the fluid and dynamic forms found in the natural world. My curiosity about how these forms developed and how different cultures perceive these forms is the driving force behind my work. My work is often viewed as "fantasy" art. However, for me, the dragons developed more as a cultural interpretation of archetypal reptilian forms rather than a representation of mythological creatures. The sculptures I build are diverse and encompass a wide range of richly organic forms. It's all about the bones."

Courtyard of Wonders:
Enjoy live music from G.W. Henderson and booths from local vendors.

Artists Studios:
Kentuck's Studio Artists will have open studios for browsing, learning, observing, and buying.

Gallery Shop:
Open until 8 pm; members get a 10% discount. Fire Ant and Big Dog members are invited to enjoy a glass of champagne.

Kentuck Art Center and Festival was established in 1971. Kentuck's mission is to perpetuate the arts, engage the community, and empower the artist. The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is held annually in October, and during that weekend, makes a $5.5 million impact on its community.

Earlier Event: September 15
Cooper-Young Art Festival
Later Event: October 14
11th Annual Israel Fest