Saturday, November 6, 2010

Northeast Alabama Arts Council- Holiday Open House Dec. 4th

Holiday Open House
Sponsored by the Northeast Alabama Arts Council

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Beginning at 4 p.m., at The Grande O'l Lady
450 Elm St NW, Fort Payne, Al 359677
for more information call: (256) 845-3398

The open house will feature new Christmas paintings by members of The Northeast Alabama Arts Council. This is an appreciation event for supporters of the organization. The public is invited.The Grande O'l Lady is also the home of the council's president, Anne Hamilton and a gallery for her paintings. It was built in the 1890's and is a part of the town's Boom Days Heritage. The open house offers you the opportunity of viewing members' art as well as touring the
historic home.The Open house is free. However, donations are welcome, and paintings and prints will be for sale. Also, you will have an opportunity to win an original large painting by Anne of The Little River Canyon, which is located near Desoto State Park.

Anne and her work is known throughout the Tennessee Valley. She lived in the Decatur-Madison area for more than ten years. During the time her work was displayed in shows, libraries, banks as well as universities and colleges. She received her BA degree from Athens University. She was Home & Family editor of The Hartselle Enquirer, and for a brief time was editor of The Madison County Record, and publisher of The Madison Globe. In 1992, Anne returned to her family's home place on Sand Mountain. For four years she cared for her mother and worked on her art. Then, she moved to Fort Payne and started teaching art in her home and in the continuing education program at Northeast Alabama Community College. She has since retired from that job and now spends much of her time taking care of The Grande O'l Lady and working to build the NAAC. In early 2009, she and a small group of artists started the
organizations NAAC. "We saw a need for this organization because of the lack of support for art in the Pubglic School Systems; after school art programs, and local artists. We have a broad vision but believe we will be successful. We are already finding new venues for local artists and are developing a youth program which we believe will eventually be self-sustaining. We had a couple of artists from the Madison area (Michele Lee and Angie True) to exhibit in our first show and hope that in the future that number will grow.

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