If you love experiencing art, downtown Wetumpka, Alabama, is rapidly becoming an art mecca for many art enthusiasts. I’m so glad that I moved my gallery here from Montgomery a few years ago.
Recently my gallery was mentioned in Garden and Gun magazine! This fantastic article by Jenny Stubbs included only a tip of the “art iceberg” that exists today in our small charming river town. I’d like to share what else is here for a more complete look at the art offerings. A brief walk around town will yield a great variety in art as well as colorful murals.
The Dixie Art Colony Foundation is located half a block away from us in a beautifully restored location at 219 Hill St in conjunction with Forrester Developer, whose sign hangs in front. DAC is actively seeking a permanent home to house and exhibit their vast permanent collection. Mark Harris, the Director, has been in non-stop mode acquiring works and items related to the famous art colony located nearby many years ago. The DAC Lunch and Learn programs are held monthly along with numerous outreach exhibitions presented in other cities. The rich history of this talented group of artists lives on at the Dixie Art Colony Foundation.
The Kelly Memorial Art Gallery is located a block from my gallery on Company Street. This non-profit group of local artists and art enthusiasts, champions the work of their members and of the late Kelly Fitzpatrick, who was a leader and an integral member of the Dixie Art Colony in its heyday. “The Kelly” hosts regular exhibits and Tuesday with Kelly presentations each 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Don Sawyer also has his art studio on Company Street and it overflows with his colorful art. His smiling “Hollywood Fish” sporting sunglasses can be found throughout downtown in many places. In fact, most downtown businesses have original art on display. River Perk, a local coffee and milkshake shop is filled with art for sale too. Also on Company Street is the Jasmine Hill Art Studio where classes for all ages are taught.
The Elmore County Art Guild exhibits its members’ artworks next door to us at the Chamber of Commerce. The Guild is also seeking a more permanent home. The Elmore County Black History Museum is located just across the river at 202 Lancaster St. It is home to the Thread My Needle Quilting Club, frequented by talented artists with fabric.
So for a complete immersion in art, make plans to come to Wetumpka and experience all we have to offer! Be sure to contact us for an appointment to visit us at Marcia Weber Art Objects to see more than 1000 original works by self taught artists. We look forward to accommodating your schedule!