By Tommi O. Peters
For The Tribune
Started in 1992, the Cahawba Art Association is a group of active artists who participate in monthly shows, exhibits, seminars and workshops throughout the area.
The group aims to be multi-generational and collaborative, offering intentional and perpetual growth by sharing techniques and perspectives on art.
“Our meetings are about expanding our knowledge of art. Either trying a new technique or introducing a new medium to the group,” explained Co-chair Janice Cook.
Individuals are not required to be members of the group in order to attend a meeting, present products, or facilitate a workshop.
“As art suppliers, Pam and Eric Truett from Alabama Art are really good about sending out their people to demonstrate different products for us. It’s always so fun to learn new things,” shared Co-chair Lindanne Phillips.
The group’s last meeting covered plein air study of spots of interest around Trussville. Made popular during the Impressionist era, “En plein air” is the French expression meaning “in the open air.” This method encourages artists to do their work within the landscape they’re depicting.
Pieces yielded from the study will be exhibited in the Trussville Public Library beginning in the fall.
“The Trussville community is so supportive of the arts. The opportunities we currently have to exhibit our work at St. Vincent’s East Hospital and the Seafood and Chicken Box restaurant are perfect examples of that,” observed Cook.
Though the exhibit at St. Vincent’s East Hospital will come down June 30th, group members Laura Reddick-Reichert and Suellen Wilkins are currently displaying their work at the Seafood and Chicken Box.
Most pieces currently on display are available for purchase. The artists are also available for commissions of portraits, animals or landscapes.
With forty members and growing, the group is currently seeking additional space to show their pieces, such as banks or other public locations.
To contact one of the artists or for more information about joining or supporting the group, visit the Cahawba ART Association facebook page. Donations can also be made by contacting Laurie Nabors at (205)902-9844.
Meetings are typically held the 2nd Monday evening at 6:30pm. As meeting topics and venues fluctuate, anyone planning to attend should first confirm details through the Cahawba ART Association facebook page.