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First Friday

First Friday takes place on the first Friday of the month from 5-9 pm in Downtown Tuscaloosa and is free to the public. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open as an event for the community to see what Downtown Tuscaloosa has to offer.  

Downtown Tuscaloosa is growing quickly with additional stores, eateries and galleries added on a continual basis. The First Friday event will offer gallery owners and merchants the chance to showcase their offerings after hours within the festive atmosphere created with the emerging presence of the downtown arts community. Contact the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama for business participation. 

Exhibit openings at both The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will take place on First Fridays starting in September once the space is complete. 

Art Night

Art Night takes place on the first Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm in downtown Northport and is free to the public.

Participating Galleries

For both First Friday and Art Night, local galleries and their artists are featured in an “open house” atmospehere. Patrons can visit galleries in any order which is convenient, but are encouraged to visit all to take advantage of what is offered. Contact individual galleries to determine their events for the month.


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Gallery on the Boulevard

2008 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
Featuring the art of over 20 local artists in a variety of media including oil, watercolor and photography representing a variety of subject matter; Also features a small selection of antiques and collectables; Works are available for purchase

Duet Art and Jewelry

2113B University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
Features a variety of oil paintings including landscapes, still lifes, wildlife and portraits plus jewelry by artist Hualin Qin

Harrison Galleries, LLC

2315 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
Permanent collection includes a variety of 19th and early 20th century works in oil and prints; Also prints and original works by Basil Ede and award-winning photographs by local artists on the second floor; Special exhibits by local artists and groups throughout the calendar year

Bama Theatre Galleries

600 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
Opening receptions periodically occur on Art Night.
The Junior League Gallery, located on the second floor of the Bama, and the Greensboro Room, located on the first floor, feature exhibits and juried shows in all media by local solo artists and groups.

Artist’s Row Studios

401 20th Ave., Historic Downtown Northport (behind Ander’s Hardware)

  • Northport Gazette Gallery
    Colored pencil drawings, acrylic portraits, and landscape, wildlife and still life paintings by Bethany Windham Engle
  • Riverport Gallery
    Portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and native Alabama fauna in oils plus art dolls and mixed media by Jean Ignatz and members of her studio
  • Herz Gallery
    Works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, photography and hand crafted jewelry; Gallery artists include Margaret Herz, Bill Herz, Jan Davenport, Lauralee Estes, Patsy Hollyhand, Donald Housler, Maurice Lary, Al Page and Beth Pag

Renaissance Gallery

431 Main Ave., Historic Downtown Northport
Paintings and artwork from all over the Southeast, but primarily from Alabama; Abstracts, impressionist paintings, plein air paintings, lampworked and stained glass, sterling jewelry, local and regional folk art

Kentuck Art Center

503 Main Ave., Historic Downtown Northport

On the third weekend of October each year we present the Kentuck Festival of Arts, one of the nation's best-respected and most-loved arts gatherings. At the Kentuck Art Center in historic downtown Northport, Alabama, we offer exhibitions, classes, workshops and shopping year-round. Our galleries, working artists' studios, and shop are situated around the Courtyard of Wonders, which features shady retreats and fantastical sculptures--including Rusty the Pointer and the Fire Ant.  

We open a new exhibitions each month showcasing the work of contemporary and craft artists. Sometimes traditional, sometimes visionary, always authentic, Kentuck brings art to the community and builds community with art.

Kentuck Studio Artists:

  • Ann Betak
    Landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes in oil by Ann Mottershead Betak
  • Sunheart Metalworks
    Unique, handmade works in metal by artist Steve Davis
  • Fire Horse Studio
    Handmade pottery by Kerry Kennedy


University of Alabama Galleries

Opening receptions periodically occur on Art Night

  • Sarah Moody Gallery
    103 Garland Hall
    Presents a year-round schedule of changing exhibitions devoted to contemporary arts, including works from the Permanent Collection, faculty and traveling exhibits
  • Sella-Granata Gallery
    Woods Hall
    Honoring Professor Emeritus Alvin Sella and the late Angelo Granata, this gallery features graduate and undergraduate student work
  • Art Gallery, Ferguson Center
    751 Campus Drive
    Seeks to expose UA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to the arts culture and to provide an outlet to showcase their work

Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art

2308 Sixth St., Downtown Tuscaloosa
Features rotating exhibits year round from the collection of Paul R. Jones, who, during his lifetime, amassed one of the largest collections of African-American art and donated 1,700 pieces of his collection to UA in 2008

The Gallery Off Main

1657 McFarland Blvd. N., Suite G-2A, Tuscaloosa Galleria behind Mobley's and Canterbury Clothiers
Still lifes, florals and portraits in oil by artist Sandra Pride-Partlow

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art:  Home of the Westervelt Collection

1400 Jack Warner Parkway, N.E., Tuscaloosa
The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American Art in the country.  The collection is comparable to those at the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Atlanta's High Museum.  Come see portraits of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and bask in the beauty of works by such artists as: Albert Bierstadt; James McNeill Whistler; John Singer Sargent; and Charles Bird King.

Heidi's Interiors

422 Queen City Ave., Tuscaloosa
Heidi's Interiors is located in the Downtown Plaza, on the corner of Queen City Avenue and University Boulevard.  They represent several local artists, who work in every medium from oils, watercolors, charcoal, acrylics and ceramics.  Their various expressive styles range from photography, abstract contemporary to the traditional.

Serendipity Needleworks

412 Queen City Ave., Tuscaloosa
Serendipity Needleworks - where the delightfully unexpected can always be found.  We’re your local yarn and needlepoint shop and our cozy little place is brimming with color, creativity, and fun.  We invite you to learn something new in one of our classes, join one of our stitch-alongs, and come enjoy the camaraderie!

The Makers Market

401 22nd Ave., Downtown Tuscaloosa
Serving as an outlet for local crafters and artists,The Makers Market is a retail store located in a historic building in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Offered are a wide variety of items for sale including quilting, photography, jewelry, soaps, wood items, weavings, knittings, oil paintings, accessories, mixed media and much more. Each crafter or artist creates their own vignette to display their items.