For the second month, First Friday Art Walk featured artists demonstrating their skills. Three artists, two from Birmingham and one, UA BFA sophomore Libby Morris, set up work spaces in downtown Tuscaloosa galleries and venues so that visitors could watch them at their process. Morris, who was featured in January, demoed her watercolor artworks at Harrison Galleries. UAB student Mikayla Hammock gave a demonstration of pointillism with pen and watercolor pencil at the DWCAC, and Birmingham artist Amber Simpson demoed painting with alcohol ink at Avenue Pub.
Artist demonstrations during First Friday are a new effort by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce to promote the arts downtown. The demos are organized by the Chamber’s Cultural Arts and Tourism committee, which includes Sandy Wolfe, Chamber board member and director of The Arts Council, and UA art major Abi Brewer. Artists who volunteer can demonstrate their art practice at one of several downtown Tuscaloosa galleries during future First Friday Art Walks, including Harrison Galleries, Lorrie Lane Studio, Paul R. Jones Museum, The UA Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery (both in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center).
To find out more about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.