2016 Exhibit Schedule

 Troika: Cuba Soul Deep-  May 1 - July 8, 2016

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A collaborative exhibit of photographs by Julio Larramendi, a Cuban journalist; Chip Cooper, a photographer and Artist in Residence at the University of Alabama Honors College; and Karen Graffeo, an artist and professor of Photography at the University of Montevallo.

Their beautiful photographs provide a view out of the ordinary, as well as  insights into the multilayered lives and customs of Cuba as it experiences the promise of change.


Artist Statement, Julio Larramendi


Cubania, the Cuban flavor.

A blend of Spanish and African, a soupçon of the indigenous with a dash of French surnames and slanted eyes, the Cuban nation rises from a fertile terrain with exuberant vegetation, in a melting pot of imported and recreated traditions, new customs and religions amalgamated in syncretic faiths. Cuban Creoles incorporated the best of their origins in a mixture of new experiences, dreams and aspirations, thus forming a new identity, catalyzed by the abolition of slavery and the fight for freedom.


Hospitality, generosity, sensuality, the lively wit of men and women, their love of music and dance, for joking and enjoying life, a capacity for resistance and adaptation, an explosive and rebellious nature are characteristics that have been consolidated over the years to finally add up to that very special essence of cubania—the Cuban flavor.

This exhibit draws us closer to that world, which is diverse and not too well known to the American public. It seeks to show this essential part of Cuban society without aiming to exhaust the subject or set parameters. Consider this to be a body of sketches for a more extensive painting.


The challenge has been to avoid falling into the anecdotal or casuistic, of succumbing to some folkloric or touristy vision, of being either extremely acerbic or saccharine. Behind each face there lies a personal story that has been told or ignored and, which, in many instances, it is common to all.

The images were taken with my friends Karen Graffeo and Chip Cooper over the last months, going up and down Havana City, partaking with our people on the streets and in their homes, in fields and barns, in near towns and communities.

Mary Lou Robbins: The Art of Needlework  May 22 - July 8, 2016
An exhibition of fiber arts displaying a variety of needlepoint techniques by Mary Lou Robbins.
Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama June 1 - June 26, 2016
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An annual juried exhibtion of works by Alabama children who are visually impaired, blind or deaf-blind. The exhibition was established in 1983 as a cooperative project of the University of Alabama, Birmingham Vision Science Research Center, UAB Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry and the UAB School of Education. The exhibition tours throughout the state and is displayed here at the Museum during the Helen Keller Festival each year. 
Winner of the Patty Johnson award sponsored by the Helen Keller Foundation Board:
Nikki Grace Yates, a student at The Helen Keller School, AIDB, Talladega, AL. 
Artwork title: “We Need Peace”
Winner of the  Colbert County Board of Tourism and Convention Bureau:
Saniya Sanders, a student at Alabama School for the Blind, AIDB. 
Artwork title: “Magnolia

Purchase Awards were selected by the following individuals and agencies:

Patty Johnson Award-Helen Keller Foundation Board
Colbert Co. Board of Tourism and Convention Bureau
UAB Vision Science Research Education and Outreach Module
The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital
Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Visual Impairments
UAB School of Education Curriculum & Instruction
The Nelson Family Award


ArtWorks  July 24 - September 2, 2016

Artworks 2015 Gallery Photo 2030

An annual exhibition featuring the work of Tennessee Valley Art Association artist members.


Michael Willett: Space and Order  September 25 - November 11, 2016


An exhibition of striking mixed media paintings, created from subtle combinations of acrylic and enamel paint, screen-print and collage on canvas. These process-based paintings are influenced by the collaging techniques of sample-based musicians.


Trees of Christmas  December 2 - December 24, 2016


An annual display of nine 12' tall live fir trees decorated by artists, civic and school groups and individuals. Original themes and decorations reflect the cultural stories of the northwest Alabama community.

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Tuesday March 28 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Veda Reed solo show
Friday March 31 @ 7:00 PM -
The If Project


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