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First Friday

First Friday takes place on the first Friday of the month in Downtown Tuscaloosa and is free to the public. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open as an event in the evening 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 take place on First Fridays from 5-8 pm and is free and open to the public.

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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Tuscaloosa Galleries

Harrison Galleries, LLC

2315 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
Opening receptions take place on First Friday.
Hours Monday - Saturday noon - 6 p.m. or by appointment

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

O'Connor Art Studios

2316 University Blvd. , Suite #300, Tuscaloosa
Open on First Friday featuring demonstrations and displays of art by artist Caleb O'Connor. Displays of art by current students are also featured.
Tours of the studio are by appointment
Serving the local community in providing art education and visual fine art experiences, O'Connor Art Studios offers courses in a variety of mediums and methods. The studio is also open to those wishing to meet the local artist Caleb O'Connor, and see him at work.

Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy

600 Greensboro Ave.2124 9th Street, Tuscaloosa
Open on First Fridays featuring art, music and more
Monday - Friday noon - 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Retail and gallery space featuring upcycled furniture and vintage finds transformed into special original items for the home. Works with many neo-crafters and artists from around the U.S. that believe art will help humanity and the home.

Bama Theatre Galleries

600 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
Opening receptions occur at various times throughout the year.
Hours weekdays 9 - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. and during Bama Theatre events.
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.

Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Galleries

620 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
Rotating exhibits open with receptions on First Fridays.

  • The Arts Council Gallery features group and solo exhibits by local  and regional artiststs in a wide range of media and styles. Hours weekdays 9 - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
  • The University of Alabama Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts, textiles and more from permanent collections held by The University of Alabama as well as works by faculty, students, guest artists and designers. Hours weekdays 9 - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. and noon - 8 p.m. on First Fridays.


The University of Alabama Galleries

Visit the links for information regarding opening reception times.

  • Sarah Moody Gallery
    103 Garland Hall
    Hours Monday - Friday 9 - 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays 5 - 8 p.m.
    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
    Hours Monday - Friday 10 - 5 p.m.
    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
    Open during Ferguson Center regular  hours

    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
Open on First Fridays from 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Hours 9 - 5  p.m. weekdays
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 The University of Alabama  in 2008.

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art:  Home of the Westervelt Collection

1400 Jack Warner Parkway, N.E., Tuscaloosa
Features Art with Friends, a monthly open house at the museum
Hours Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 6 p.m.
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
Hours Monday - Friday 10 - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 - 4 p.m.

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.

Downtown Northport Galleries

Kentuck Art Center

503 Main Ave., Historic Downtown Northport
Open on Art Night, the first Thursday of the month from 5 - 9 p.m.
Gallery Shop Hours Tuesday -Friday 10 - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 - 4:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
On the third weekend of October each year, the Kentuck Art Center presents the Kentuck Festival of Arts, one of the nation's best-respected and most-loved arts gatherings. The center offers exhibitions, classes, workshops and shopping year-round. The 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. A new exhibition opens 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
  • Robby Roberts
  • Daniel Livingston

The Grocery

900 Main Ave., Historic Downtown Northport
Open 6 - 8 p.m. on Art Night, for special events and by appointment
The Grocery is an artist-run studio, exhibit and performance space in downtown historic Northport, AL. Located in a former general store, The Grocery is an experimental work space intended to foster creative and collaborative contemporary arts practice.

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