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Kentuck Art Night | July

  • Kentuck Art Center 503 Main Ave Northport, AL 35401 USA (map)

You're Invited to Art Night at Kentuck Art Center!
Thursday, July 5th, 5:00-8:00 PM

BRING YOUR FRIENDS - The More, The Merrier!

Teer Gallery:
Kentuck Art Center is proud to present the work of Col. Lee Busby (Ret). A native Tuscaloosan and University of Alabama graduate, Lee has had a distinguished career in the United States Marine Corps and was Vice Chief of Staff to General John F Kelly. Lee is an incredible sculptor and ceramicist, and he says his most interesting work is a juncture between the two.

"Col. Lee's interest in sculpting began to overlap with his military experience when he decided to look up Alabamians who'd been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. He decided to contact one of the families, hoping that the parents would be open to him creating a sculpture honoring their son's likeness. Col. Lee reached out to the father of Johnny "Mike" Spann, of north Alabama – a Marine Captain killed overseas while he was working for the CIA. Mike's father met several times with Col. Lee, and they finally got the likeness down. This was only the beginning for Col. Lee, who realized the impact of his gift. 'I'm no Michelangelo, but I know the world that these people operate in and I know what they went through. And, I do have some ability to sculpt. So, that's what I want to do.''
- Southern Living, Link: https://www.southernliving.com/culture/colonel-lee-busby-alabama-sculptor-video

Museum Gallery:
Kentuck Art Center is proud to present the work of Kentuck Festival Guest Artist Missionary Mary Proctor. Proctor's painting "Art Heals" says it all--"I Mary have been painting since 95. I have been painting nationwide. My mission is to show you can make good out of anything." In 1994, three of Proctor's family members perished in a home fire while trying to find their way out. A year later, Mary received a spiritual message, "the door is the way." She followed directions, painted an old door, leaned it up against her chain link fence, and sold it to a passing collector. More doors were commissioned, and a show in New York convinced Proctor that art was her calling. Her work has been featured in the American Visionary Museum, Raw Vision Magazine, the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, and in Kentuck's Permanent Collection. In 2015, she was voted Folk Artist of the Year by the Folk Art Society of America. Mary Proctor's work was recently part of a large gift to the Metropolitan Museum from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Click here to read more about Mary in an article from Bitter Southerner. Meet this inspirational artist at Art Night, June 7th, at Kentuck Art Center's Main Gallery (artist talk at 6:30 pm), or Friday, June 8th, at Kentuck's Hotel Indigo Gallery in the lobby of Tuscaloosa's Hotel Indigo.

Courtyard of Wonders:
Enjoy live music from Jud & Lisa Cameron Music 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 sample champagne. Leigh Lynn will be in the Gallery Shop as our featured jewelry artist for the months of May and June.

Downtown Northport:
For the first time ever, Rhubarb's, in the old Faucett's location, will be open for Art Night and will be displaying a selection of Studio Artist Lorrie Lane's paintings! Drop by and say hello!

New Resident Artist:
We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Scott McQueen Folk Art Studio. You'll find Scott's new studio under "Rusty", the big red dog!
Scott McQueen Folk Art

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 $5.3 million impact on its community.

Earlier Event: June 14
Kentuck Art Night | June
Later Event: July 27
"Uping the Proverbial Ante"