Tuesday, February 28 Creative Painting Class with Sarah Fendley: DanielDay Gallery, 3025 Sixth Ave S. This week’s theme is spring, and a small fee covers all supplies. For more information or questions, call (205) 731- 9420 | www.dreammeccastudio.com | 6:30-8:30pm | $20
Thursday, March 1 European Cast Iron at BMA. Birmingham Museum of Art. The Gustav Lamprecht Collection of cast iron, given to the Museum by American Cast Iron Pipe Company, is one of the largest collections of its kind and unique in this country. Curator Anne Forschier- Tarrasch shows us its amazing variety. | 10:30am | $10 members, $15 nonmembers Friday, March 2 Art by Arthur Price: The Library Theatre at Hoover Public Library, 200 Municipal Dr. Alabama Native Arthur Price is a featured artist for Southern Voices 2012, whose work has captivated public attention since his days in art school. Today is the last day to see this unique exhibit. | FREE
Saturday, March 3 Taste, Fashion, and Art Mixer by Y.U.R.I. Magazine 2212 Second Ave N. Join Y.U.R.I Magazine as some of Birmingham’s local talented fashion designers and artists present an array of their masterpieces. Please contact info@ yurimagazine.com if you are interested in featuring your work. Also happily accepting clothing, non-perishable, and monetary donations for the recent tornado victims. | 6-10pm | FREE
Sunday, March 4 Birmingham Museum of Art once every Sunday, Birmingham Museum of Art hosts free docent-led tours of various exhibits and galleries. | 2 p.m. | Free
Tuesday, March 6 Artbreak: It All Began with a Secret Romance… Birmingham Museum of Art. Museum docent and collector Nan Skier will tell the fascinating love story behind the first lover’s eye, and discuss examples featured in The Look of Love (for more info, see ongoing exhibits below!) and share some of the fascinating romances associated with these objects. | 12pm | FREE
Thursday, March 8 En Cada Barrio Revolucion: What’s the revolution in your neighborhood? Come see the Birmingham Weekly revolutionize Avondale with the exhibition of the Weekly’s Publisher, Stephen Humphreys’, Cuban art collection. Dine on the heavy hors d’oeuvres of Hot Chef George Sarris, owner of the Fish Market and the wine selections of Athens Imports, also courtesy of Mr. Humphreys!
Canvas for Children’s: Portraits, Inc., 2801 Sixth Ave S. The public’s only opportunity to view the complete Children’s of Alabama collection during this showing. Guests can tour three Birmingham art galleries (Portraits, Inc., Loretta Goodwin Gallery, and Matt Jones Gallery) to preview the works purchased for Children’s and others available for sale. There will be live entertainment by Pineapple Skinners, and wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Purchase tickets at (205) 939-9014 or www.canvasforchildrens.org | 6-9pm | $75
Classes Drawing, Paint, and Clay Classes. Red Dot Gallery, 1001 Stuart Street. Located in the Edgewood area, the gallery offers various six-week courses on drawing, painting, and pottery. Classes can be for beginners looking to branch out and learn a new skill, as well as for intermediate artists looking to hone their talents. For a list of classes, times, and prices, check out their website at www. reddotgallery.com | (205) 870-7608
Ongoing Exhibits Variations. by Matt Wycoff at beta pictoris gallery Jan 27 – Mar 3. VARIATIONS, is New York based artist Matt Wycoff ’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Over the past ten years Wycoff ’s work has covered a wide range of conceptual, stylistic and material approaches. VARIATIONS brings together four major works from this period, two text pieces from 2006 - 2007 and two large-scale abstract paintings from 2011. The works on view are drawn from what appear to be two visually and conceptually distinct bodies of work. The exhibition is less about the differences between the works, however, and more about the experience of the viewer as they find the underlying themes that tie them together.
What Makes the Magic City so Magical? Feb 27-March 23, Vulcan Park and Museum. Ever wondered what it is exactly that helps Birmingham live up to its nickname? Where is the magic in the Magic City? Head over to Vulcan Park and see what some local high school artists have to say about it. Students from Ramsay High School demonstrate through their art an aspect of the community that really means something to them. They answer the question, and beg you to ask yourself the same!
Dragons and Lotus Blossoms: Vietnamese Ceramics from the Birmingham Museum of Art. Jan 22- April 8. Through meticulously collecting fine pieces and receiving a recent, generous donation by Mr. William M. Spencer III, the Birmingham Museum of Art has become home to the largest exhibition devoted solely to Vietnamese ceramics in the world. Boasting over 200 gorgeous pieces, many incredibly preserved, unique, and undamaged, the Birmingham exhibit is one of the three finest Vietnamese ceramic collections in North America; the other two being in Boston and New York. There is also an accompanying catalogue with essays by ceramic experts John Stevenson, Phillipe Troung, and Donald A. Wood. Don’t miss out on this impressive collection!
UAB School of Medicine Art Show. Feb 13 – May 11, Alabama Museum of Health Sciences, 1700 University Blvd. Where better to witness the evolution of medicine than right here in Birmingham? This unique art exhibit represents 700 years worth of instruments, specimens, and models used throughout the world by healthcare professionals, and outlines the struggles, radical challenges, and breakthroughs made globally in the health profession. Students, residents, and faculty have contributed to this show, giving you the opportunity to take an amazing and authentic look at the history behind medicine, a hugely thriving part of this city.
“Darkness Into Life” Holocaust Exhibit and Lecture Series. Feb 6-March 8, Birmingham Southern College. Two exhibits will be housed on the main level of the N.E. Miles/ C.A. Rush Library. “The Courage to Remember” is a 40-piece colored poster exhibit that charts the course of the Holocaust. “Children of the Holocaust” is a collection of literature on the Holocaust and genocide published for children and young adults. This is the first time these collections have visited BSC. The exhibit in the Durbin Gallery can be viewed during the college’s regular business hours.
The Look of Love. Feb 7 - June 10, Birmingham Museum of Art. This stunning exhibition explores the little known subject of “lover’s eyes,” hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewelry and given as tokens of affection or remembrance. With 98 examples, the collection of Dr. and Mrs. David A. Skier of Birmingham is the largest in the world. This exhibition offers an unprecedented look at these unusual and intriguing works of art. The exhibition is accompanied by a full color, hardbound catalogue of the same name, edited by Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, and published by D Giles Ltd., London. An essay by Elle Shushan sets the historical scene and examines the role of lover’s eyes in the broader context of Georgian and early Victorian portrait miniatures. Additionally, novelist and biographer Jo Manning offers five fictional vignettes imagining the circumstances surrounding the creation of these extraordinary objects.