DRUID ARTS AWARDS PRESENTED TONIGHT AT THE BAMA THEATRE APRIL 7, 2022

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.)  The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will recognize artists, educators, volunteers and patrons of the arts tonight at the 24th Druid Arts Awards ceremony at the Bama Theatre. The winners and their families will be honored at a reception at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 6 p.m. with the awards presented at 7 p.m. in the theatre. The Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre will perform a short program prior to the ceremony in the theatre.

In founding and perpetuating the Druid Arts Awards, The Arts Council determined that local citizens who were working as volunteers, artists, educators and corporate sponsors was very large and growing.  The Council also realized that the work of these individuals as well as supportive businesses was not often publicly recognized.  It was for this reason that the Druid Arts Awards were established, and it has become a bi-annual presentation to honor these special individuals who have achieved distinction in the arts over a number of years in Tuscaloosa County.

Nominations for volunteer, artist, and educator were requested from the community in each of the categories of music, visual arts, dance, literature and theatre. Nominations were also requested for Patron of the Arts, Corporate Sponsor, Tuscaloosa’s Home Grown and Special Awards. Tuscaloosa’s Home Grown was established to honor those native to Tuscaloosa who have become recognized in their field on a national/international level. Individuals or groups who have contributed to or supported the arts through actions outside of the aforementioned categories are honored with a Special Award. Nominations were submitted by citizens of Tuscaloosa County, and a committee comprised of members of The Arts Council Board of Directors made the final selections.

2022 Winners:

Music

Artist – Osiris Molina

Educator –John Cain

Theatre

Volunteer – Cooper Shattuck

Educator – Lyndell McDonald

Artist – Norquina “Q” Rieves

Visual Art

Artist – Michael Moore

Educator – Ruth O’Connor

Literary

Artist – Laura Hunter

Educator – Michael Martone

Dance

Artist – Lucy Rogers

Educator – Alden Phillips McShan

Volunteer – Theresa Rubio

Special Award – Gail Windham and Anna Gantt

Home Grown Award – Ransom Wilson

Corporate Sponsor of the Year  – McAbee Construction

Patron of the Arts – Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports in Memory of Bill Buchanan

The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council, Bama Theatre or CAC, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

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DINAH WASHINGTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER WILL HOST EXHIBITS AND LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP DURING FIRST FRIDAY

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of works by Rebecca Godfrey April 1-29, 2022 in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Opening on April 1 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., the exhibit will be titled “Fullness of Time” and will consist of works in acrylic, watercolor and marker.

Also featured that evening will be the second lantern workshop presented by Flow Tuscaloosa in the Black Box Theatre from 5-7 p.m. The workshop is free and open to all ages. Workshop participants will work with artists to build lanterns that connect to the history and ecology of the Black Warrior River watershed, and in May, the group will gather with their lanterns for a parade down the Riverwalk.

Rebecca Godfrey is a self-taught abstract painter based in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She received her BA in Art History from The University of Alabama in 2009. Prior to her pursuit of painting, she worked as a freelance graphic designer for fifteen years. Godfrey was awarded the Award of Excellence at the 2019 West Alabama Juried Art Show. Each December, she co-organizes the Annual “Eight by Eight” Art Show for local artists.

Godfrey’s work is personal, colorful and kinetic. The improvisational quality of wet media is punctuated by thoughtful mark-making from her background in graphic design which brings a sense of order. This creates a push and pull between instinct and intention that keeps her process from becoming predictable.

“Fullness of Time” is a meditation on the tension between the visible and invisible world. “Creating connects us with the divine and my desire is that my paintings be love letters from the heart of God,” said the artist.

The University of Alabama Gallery at DWCAC will feature the opening of the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Ashlee René Thompson on display April 1-May 6, 2022. The show, titled “Fragments,” will open with a reception for the artist on First Friday, April 1 from 5-7 pm.

For more information about Flow Tuscaloosa visit https://flowtuscaloosa.com, https://www.facebook.com/FlowTuscaloosa or flowtuscaloosa on Instagram.

Information about all the downtown galleries and exhibits open during the February First Friday Art Walk is available at www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.

The Arts Council Gallery and UA Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m.  For more information about The Arts Council gallery visit https://cac.tuscarts.org/cacgallery.php.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and also Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

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DRUID ARTS AWARDS PRESENTED AT THE BAMA THEATRE APRIL 7, 2022

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.)  The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will recognize artists, educators, volunteers and patrons of the arts at the 24th Druid Arts Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Bama Theatre. The winners and their families will be honored at a reception at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 6 p.m. with the awards presented at 7 p.m. in the theatre. The Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre will perform a short program prior to the ceremony in the theatre.

Admission to the reception and ceremony is $20, and the deadline to purchase tickets is March 28 at 5 p.m. Visit https://tuscarts.org/druidartsawards.php to purchase a digital ticket. There are no paper tickets.  

In founding and perpetuating the Druid Arts Awards, The Arts Council determined that local citizens who were working as volunteers, artists, educators and corporate sponsors was very large and growing.  The Council also realized that the work of these individuals as well as supportive businesses was not often publicly recognized.  It was for this reason that the Druid Arts Awards were established, and it has become a bi-annual presentation to honor these special individuals who have achieved distinction in the arts over a number of years in Tuscaloosa County.

Nominations for volunteer, artist, and educator were requested from the community in each of the categories of music, visual arts, dance, literature and theatre. Nominations were also requested for Patron of the Arts, Corporate Sponsor, Tuscaloosa’s Home Grown and Special Awards. Tuscaloosa’s Home Grown was established to honor those native to Tuscaloosa who have become recognized in their field on a national/international level. Individuals or groups who have contributed to or supported the arts through actions outside of the aforementioned categories are honored with a Special Award. Nominations were submitted by citizens of Tuscaloosa County, and a committee comprised of members of The Arts Council Board of Directors made the final selections.

2022 Winners:

Music

Artist – Osiris Molina

Educator –John Cain

Theatre

Volunteer – Cooper Shattuck

Educator – Lyndell McDonald

Artist – Norquina “Q” Rieves

Visual Art

Artist – Michael Moore

Educator – Ruth O’Connor

Literary

Artist – Laura Hunter

Educator – Michael Martone

Dance

Artist – Lucy Rogers

Educator – Alden Phillips McShan

Volunteer – Theresa Rubio

Special Award – Gail Windham and Anna Gantt

Home Grown Award – Ransom Wilson

Corporate Sponsor of the Year  – McAbee Construction

Patron of the Arts – Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports in Memory of Bill Buchanan

The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council, Bama Theatre or CAC, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

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FIRST FRIDAY FEATURES ARTIST DAN ROUNTREE AND LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP AT DINAH WASHINGTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of works by Dan Rountree March 4-25, 2022 in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Opening on March 4 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., the exhibit will be titled “Journeys” and will consist of works in oil and watercolor.

Also featured that evening will be a lantern workshop presented by Flow Tuscaloosa in the Black Box Theatre from 5-7 p.m. Workshop participants will work with artists to build lanterns that connect to the history and ecology of the Black Warrior River watershed. In May, the group will gather with their lanterns for a parade down the Riverwalk.

For more information about Flow Tuscaloosa visit https://flowtuscaloosa.com, https://www.facebook.com/FlowTuscaloosa or flowtuscaloosa on Instagram.

Information about all the downtown galleries and exhibits open during the February First Friday Art Walk is available at www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.

The Arts Council Gallery and UA Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m.  For more information about The Arts Council gallery visit https://cac.tuscarts.org/cacgallery.php.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and also Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

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FIRST FRIDAY FEATURES ARTIST DAN ROUNTREE AND LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP AT DINAH WASHINGTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of works by Dan Rountree March 4-25, 2022 in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Opening on March 4 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., the exhibit will be titled “Journeys” and will consist of works in oil and watercolor.

Also featured that evening will be a lantern workshop presented by Flow Tuscaloosa in the Black Box Theatre from 5-7 p.m. Workshop participants will work with artists to build lanterns that connect to the history and ecology of the Black Warrior River watershed. In May, the group will gather with their lanterns for a parade down the Riverwalk.

For more information about Flow Tuscaloosa visit https://flowtuscaloosa.com, https://www.facebook.com/FlowTuscaloosa or flowtuscaloosa on Instagram.

Information about all the downtown galleries and exhibits open during the February First Friday Art Walk is available at www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.

The Arts Council Gallery and UA Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m.  For more information about The Arts Council gallery visit https://cac.tuscarts.org/cacgallery.php.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and also Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

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2022 VISUAL ART ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EXHIBIT AT THE JUNIOR LEAGUE GALLERY

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present the 2022 Visual Art Achievement Awards Exhibit at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery from Feb. 28 – March 10.  A closing reception and awards ceremony recognizing the winners will take place on March 10 from 6-7 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibit will consist of the Best of Show, First Place and Honorable Mentions awarded to students from local public and private schools with works divided into two groups based on grade level. Group I will consist of middle school students in grades 6-8, and Group II will include high school students in grades 9-12.  The program was open to students from Bibb, Chilton, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox counties. Entries were classified based on medium:  craft, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography/digital images/film/new media.

The local winners will be featured in the state level competition at the RSA Tower Artist’s Gallery in Montgomery. A program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. The program is designed to offer encouragement to young artists, showcase their work and offer opportunities for advanced training beyond high school.

The judge for the District 3 competition was Kaitlin Redborg.

Best of 2022 Winners

Group 1
Marissa Hamner, Grade 7, Echols Middle School for “A Monster’s Wood”
Teacher: Laura Thompson
Drawing

Best of Group 2
Micah Kelleher, Grade 11, Central High School for “Dancing Bliss”
Teacher: Karen Kennedy
Painting

To the list of all winners and those works that will move forward to the state level, visit
https://tuscarts.org/competition-visualachievement.php.

The Junior League Gallery at the Bama Theatre is open weekdays from 9 a.m. -noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Enter the gallery through the PARA Building, located adjacent to the theatre, during daytime hours.

The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit www.tuscarts.org for further information.