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 takes place on the first Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm in downtown Northport and is free to the public.
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.
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
2113B University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
Features a variety of oil paintings including landscapes, still lifes, wildlife and portraits plus jewelry by artist Hualin Qin
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
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.
401 20th Ave., Historic Downtown Northport (behind Ander’s Hardware)
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
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.
Opening receptions periodically occur on Art Night
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.
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.
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!
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.