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Kentuck Art Night | August

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

Thursday, August 2nd, 5:00-8:00 PM

Art Night occurs the first Thursday of each month at Kentuck Art Center in Historic Downtown Northport, Alabama.


Museum Gallery:
Leanna Leithauser-Lesley has a degree in visual arts from Auburn University and has spent most of her life drawing and painting. For fun, she's always needlepointed. Until college, she needlepointed painted canvases that were purchased in a needlepoint shop. Once she was in college, she could no longer afford hand-painted canvases, so she started designing her own. Her work has evolved into stitching portraits. Though she doesn't draw or paint the image onto the actual canvas, her ability to draw helps her needlepoint; she looks at a photo while she stitches, just as she would look at a still life while drawing. She follows the line and the form, lights and darks, making for a perfect marriage of her talents.

Lesley is compelled by the power of jazz music, the drama of photography and the intention to raise the awareness of needlepoint to an art form. She is preoccupied with the idea of weaving together the quiet, methodical ways of needlepointing with the often-unrestrained methods of jazz, while also capturing the emotion of the photograph she prefers to stitch. Rejecting the shortcuts associated with technology, she chooses to rely on her training as a visual artist to paint the canvas with yarn, using a photograph as her still life. Each piece stitched is a unique freehand homage to the musician she decides to needlepoint.

Jazz, an American art form, is the product of a cultural collaboration and a universal language of tolerance and freedom. Lesley’s heartfelt exhibition “Textures of Jazz” reveals the story of lives profoundly lived and layered with experience.

Follow Leanna's Work: Leanna Leithauser-Lesley, Portrait Artist

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, was Vice Chief of Staff to General John F Kelly, and ran as a write-in candidate during Alabama's senate election in 2017. Lee is an incredible sculptor and ceramicist, and says his most interesting work is a juncture between the two.

Southern Living Interview:

Red Dog Potters:
It's that time again--ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER! Donate $10 for a beautiful handmade bowl (made by the Red Dog Potters) filled with your choice of ice cream!

Courtyard of Wonders:
Enjoy live music from the Smooth Operators 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.

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: July 27
"Uping the Proverbial Ante"
Later Event: August 28
Lane & Gruber