HELTER SHELTER: Art in Isolation


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is accepting artwork submissions for a community art show that will be the Art Center’s first exhibit upon reopening.FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION FORM. The exhibit opening is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd. The Helter Shelter exhibit will be centered around making art in isolation; we are asking artists to submit artwork created while sheltering at home that responds to their experience of social isolation. 

We will be accepting artwork in the following mediums:

2D: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Collage, Printing and Textile/Fiber

3D: Sculpture, Mixed Media,Clay, Wood and Mobile

Artwork Submissions accepted: 5 pm, 04/28/20 5 pm, 05/20/20

ArtworkSubmissions deadline: 5 pm, 05/20/20

Tentative exhibit opening: 06/02/20

If you have questions regarding this exhibit you can email your inquiries here: nmairesse@florenceal.org



Current exhibit: Artistic Renderings of Youth

Artistic Renderings of Youth, a juried exhibit of work by 7th through 12th grade artists from Colbert and Lauderdale counties, is on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts through March 27th. Celebrating its 29th year, this exhibit has developed into an outstanding showcase of youth art.  

March is nationally recognized as Youth Art Month.  This exhibit provides an opportunity for the community to discover the young artistic talent in our area. The competition is coordinated by a group of junior high and high school art teachers to give students a chance to exhibit their art work and receive recognition for their talent.  This year close to 300 pieces representing 15 different schools were accepted and exhibited. Ribbons are awarded in three grade divisions: Division 1: 7th and 8th grades, Division2: 9th and 10th grades, and Division 3: 11th and 12th grades.

The exhibit is open daily, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm.


“MY ALABAMA” John Dersham Photographs a State

John Dersham’s most recent collection of Alabama landscape photographs are on display from January 15th through February 19th in the Kennedy-Douglass Annex gallery. The My Alabama exhibit reveals the spectacular beauty found within the state’s rich biodiversity, complex river systems, forests, roads, and streetscapes. Mr. Dersham will be teaching a two-part workshop “TAKING BETTER PICTURES: COMPOSITION, LIGHTING AND IMPACT” comprised of a presentation on Friday evening, January 31st, 6 – 8:30PM and a hands-on downtown photo shoot on Saturday, February 1st, 7:30AM – 1PM. 

Photo credit: John Dersham



PAINTINGS AS PERSONAL THEATER : Surrealist paintings by Guy Robinson

“I enjoy playing on traditional subjects (still life, landscape, the figure, mythology, religious images) and the expectations that have grown up around them – as around how we see reality in general. The nature of life is that appearances are changeable and deceptive. So, paradox is always the subject.”

gallery talk: sunday, december 15th at 2pm

Kennedy- Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present Paintings as Personal Theater : Surrealist paintings by Guy Robinson. A gallery talk is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, December 15 at 2PM and the exhibit will remain open from December 15th – January 10th. Mr. Robinson will display his original oil paintings in the Kennedy-Douglass Main Gallery, and is offering an Abstract Painting workshop on Saturday, January 11th from 9AM – Noon. For information on the workshop, call 256-760-6379 between 9am-4pm.

CREATIVE SPIRIT : Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks

Kennedy- Douglass Center for the Arts welcomes ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks. A gallery talk is scheduled for Friday evening, January 17th at 6PM . The exhibit in the Kennedy-Douglass main gallery will be open daily Monday-Friday, 9AM – 4PM from January 14th – February 20th. For information call 256-760-6379 between 9am-4pm.

Skin & Ink: The Art of Tattoo

Allegory Arts and Kennedy- Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present Skin and Ink: The Art of Tattoo from September 26-October 14. A gallery talk is scheduled for Thursday night, October 3 at 6PM. Artists Ulysses Blair, Daniel Evers, Eva Huber, Victor Thompson, and Cammeron Donnelley will display their original drawings and photographs of tattoos in the Kennedy-Douglass annex galleries. 

Tattoo by Victor Thompson

“Tattoo is one of the earliest forms of art for our species,” owner partner, Eva Huber, shares. “Now people are collecting works of art directly on their bodies, artworks that express exactly what they wish.” Each custom design and tattoo has a personal story and meaning to the client, which is where Allegory Tattoos gets its name. 

This prominent group of local tattoo artists are specifically known for their custom work and individual styles nation-wide. They create original designs tailored to each client; in fact, these artists do not copy other works. “We are here to build something just for you, so let the other fellow keep theirs!  This is our guarantee. What you are getting is just for you!” This is unique look at the personal art collections of Allegory clients in the medium of skin and ink.