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Brandi Overbeck and the Shades of Grey

The Leeds Arts Council presents Brandi Overbeck and the Shades of Grey Band on Jan. 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

The Shades of Grey Band includes Kevin Grigsby on piano, Jon McClaran on drums, Steve Garrett on bass, David Gomez on guitar, and Billy Crocker on saxophone.

Reservations can be made by calling 205-699-1892 and leaving a message that includes your name, phone number, and the number of tickets needed. Someone will return your call to confirm your reservation.

The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in Downtown Leeds.

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Sandy Launius Mann Exhibit

Sandy Launius Mann

Sandy Launius Mann is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in January.  The public is invited to the opening reception on January 7, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her delightful paintings.  Admission is free.

Sandy Launius Mann comes from a family of draftsmen, artisans, musicians, and teachers of art. She received a degree in Interior Design from Southern Institute and worked for 25 years with an extensive list of clients from Huntsville to Panama City.   Sandy worked as a commercial interior designer for Henry Coshatt in Birmingham, working on such projects as St. Jude Hospital. She then became a lighting designer, working for Mayer Lighting and during that time worked with Mother Angelica on the Shrine of the Most Blessed located in Hanceville, AL.  In the 90s Sandy became a freelance designer working through her family’s 80-year-old business, Launius Furniture, in Warrior.  In 2013, she opened her gallery/studio in Warrior, a working studio where she also offers art, drawing, and pottery classes and workshops.

Sandy Launius Mann is an award winning abstract artist.  Her work was accepted to the Energen art show in 2015; she won the Marshal County Fine Arts Award in 2016; and she has had solo exhibits at Artists on the Bluff, the Lowe Mill Arts in Huntsville, the Guntersville Museum and Cultural Art Center, and Mountain Valley Art Gallery.  In 2017 Sandy won first and second place in the National Pen Women’s Art Exhibit in Birmingham for her acrylic paintings “Obscured Souls” and “Separations Mist”.  In December 2017 she exhibited with DHGallery of International Artists at Spectrum Miami.

Sandy’s art is best described as non-reference abstract. She enjoys creating art that is completely out of her head spurred by emotions with hidden meaning and images. The latest collection by Sandy is “Mind Games” which uses a scraping technique while keeping the paint wet for hours, letting it dry and then creating objects that are hidden in the paint. In a sense Sandy lets the paint determine a lot of how the piece of work turns. Becoming totally immersed in the canvas finding her emotions take over and the piece when finished reads like a daily.  “At the studio I’m an avid believer in zero stress to produce the best possible art.  I have no contracts, no set rules and we just go with the flow. Everything is about the art and I’ve found that works best for me, you, and the studio.”

Ms. Mann’s paintings will be on exhibit through February 2, 2018.  You may view more of her work at: https://www.facebook.com/sandymannart

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Sounds of Leeds – November 18

5:00    Leeds UMC Praise 365 Band         $5

6:45    The Wes Graham Band               $10   

8:00    The Suburban Love Junkies        $10                             

All 3 Bands $20

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Christmas in Dixie – December 2 @ 7:00 pm

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Moody High School Artists Reception

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Moody High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center in downtown Leeds. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.

These high school artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.

Their art will be on display through December 1. For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit http://www.leedsartscouncil.org  In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Birmingham Arts Journal Meeting – November 2 – 6:30 pm

FREE AND OPEN TO EVERY LOVER OF ART & POETRY & PROSE

Within the pages of the newest issue Birmingham Arts Journal enjoy the work of:

Mark Barrett
Maud Belser
Allen Berry
Mark Burke
Brenda Burton
Pam Copeland
Tom Dameron
Joan Dawson
Ken Dykes
Stephen Edmondson
David Flynn
Chip Ghinga
Barbara Gordon
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
Saalam Green
Theodore Haddin
Chase Hawkins
Jeff Kalafa
Thomas Locicero
David R. Loope
Sam Pezzillo
Ryan Kim Preskitt
Jim Reed
James Miller Robinson
Karim Shamsi-Basha
Robert Joe Stout
Andrew Tyson
Camille Kleinman Wick

Pick up a copy of the BIRMINGHAM ARTS JOURNAL at the Museum of Art Gift Shop and at Reed Books in Birmingham

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Over My Dead Body

The Leeds Arts Council presents: “Over My Dead Body” — a comedy by Derek Benfield.

Performances on October 20, 21, 27, & 28 at 7:00 pm and Oct 22 & 29 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

Following his wife’s recent death Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. But he reckons without his late wife’s “forward planning”, which results in a series of unexpected events occurring that Gerald had not anticipated. With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. But the recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and sad.

The actors are Scott Nesmith, Katy Walker, Cliff Keen, Jr., Selena Stalker, Madelyn Harbison and Emily Givens.

To purchase tickets call the office at 205-699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, the date of the performance you will attend, and the number of tickets you desire. Someone will return your call to confirm. Reservations are not required.

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Jason Petty presents, “Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour”

The Leeds Arts Council is excited to bring tribute artist Jason Petty presenting “Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour” to the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center on September 23 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00.

Due to the popularity of this show, reservations are recommended! Call 205-699-1892 and leave a message including your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you need. Someone will return your call to confirm your reservation. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card. If paying by credit card there is a $1.00 per ticket service charge.

Jason Petty began his acting and singing odyssey on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee portraying country music legend, Hank Williams, in the musical, “Lost Highway”. After several national tours Petty went to New York for an off Broadway run of the show and won the OBIE Award for Outstanding Performance in 2003.

When Jason first performed the role of Hank Williams at the Ryman in Tennessee in 1996, little did he imagine that some 20 years later he would still be portraying this legendary man in his own highly acclaimed show. Petty met and became friends with Williams friends and family members, musicians, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars. They shared with him the intimate details of this legend’s life and career. From the good times to the hard times, Jason listened and began to understand this man like no other. Now he brings that intimate story to life in this one man tribute.

The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in Downtown Leeds. We are handicapped accessible so when you call for reservations please let us know if you are in a wheelchair.

Come and join us for an evening you will never forget!

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Leeds Area Visual Artists – Receptions

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA) with opening receptions on Saturday, September 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds.

The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works.  Additional art work, prints, cards, and books will be on display in the theater during the receptions. Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

Artists participating in the 2017 LAVA show include: Ramey Channell, William Darby, Frank Dawson, Joan Dawson, Cheryl Horncastle, Tina Miller, Gudrun Rominger, Tanna Rose, Grady Sue Saxon, and Linda Stephan.  The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; graphite and pastel drawings; and photographs.

LAVA’s art will be on display through November 3, 2017.

For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit  www.leedsartscouncil.org or call the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center at 205-699-1892.  Gallery hours are Fridays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and during events.

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Shades Mountain Air

Shades Mountain Air will bring their special mix of bluegrass, newgrass, and gospel to the Leeds Arts Center on Saturday, August 19, at 7:00 pm.  All seats are $10.

Shades Mountain Air has been together since 1998, performing at a wide variety of venues. The members are: Nancy Womble on bass and lead vocals; Gary Furr on guitar and vocals; Greg Womble on banjo and vocals; Don Wendorf on banjo, mandolin and hammer dulcimer; and Melanie Richardson Rogers on fiddle and vocals. They have all been playing and singing for many years and all have performed with other groups and bands. Their musical experiences are as diverse as classical, folk, rock and roll, and contemporary Christian. However, they have found a common love in original acoustic music, roots music, and bluegrass.

They describe themselves as “an acoustic band that mixes modern, traditional, and gospel bluegrass styles”. You will hear a little of everything from Bill Monroe to James Taylor and even something they call “mariachigrass” along with original compositions by Gary.  Tight vocals, solid arrangements, good picking, and high energy is coming your way!

Reservations are not required, but if you wish to make reservations, call the LAC office at 205-699-1892. Leave your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you need and we will return your call. We are handicapped accessible so let someone know before showtime if you need special seating.

 

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