This month’s Art After Hours event will carry a patriotic tune in honor of Flag Day, which is Friday.
To that end, the Athens Arts League is asking art lovers to attend in their red, white and blue finery. Children who attend will be able to create a flag-themed mobile they can take home.
Athens Arts League hosts Art After Hours from 7-9 p.m. every second Friday from April through September at High Cotton Arts in downtown Athens. Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and the city of Athens help support the free community art event.
“The Art After Hours events are Athens Arts League’s gift to the community,” said Athens Arts League board member Holly Hollman “The monthly events provide opportunities for local artists and musicians to share their talents and for the community to explore art experiences.”
Spectators can bring their chairs and enjoy live music by Shoals-based Coffee Black. Weather permitting, Washington Street between Marion Street and the railroad tracks will be closed so spectators can dance and sit in the street for the live concert.
Coffee Black describes its music as funk, soul, rock and R&B.
“We wanna take you to a place you never been before, and explore sounds you never heard before,” the band’s Facebook page states. “You might come back a little more groovy than you were before.”
High Cotton Arts will be open during the event. Resident artists will sell locally made art, from carved wooden birds to paintings to photographs to stained glass. The artists will also have information available about summer art classes and this month’s summer art camp. Attendees can enjoy the “High Cotton Car Show,” a display of car-themed art pieces in the art gallery windows. Athens Arts League will provide light refreshments as well as the children’s craft area.
In addition to Art After Hours, Athens Arts League hosts the Alabama Music Series and participates in Athens Main Street’s Second Sundays and Fridays After Five. To stay updated on events, follow High Cotton Arts and Athens Arts League on Facebook. Here is a list of other upcoming events:
• July 11, 6 p.m. — Special community performance by Temple of Blood, featuring Pete Hammoura, original drummer from Nile;
• July 12, 7-9 p.m. — Good2Go performs to the theme Summer Days Celebration, which will include kids stations for activities like hula-hoops, Athens ROCKS and sidewalk chalk. The Little Kitchen Food Truck will be on site;
• Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. — Justus Storm performs. Special activity will be the Hot Dogs and Cool Cats Best Dressed Pet Contest. The Little Kitchen Food Truck will be on site; and
• Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. — Seeking Babylon performs to the theme of superheroes in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Art lovers are asked to wear superhero costumes or T-shirts. The Little Kitchen Food Truck will be on site.
Alabama Music Series
• July 6, 7 p.m. — Plato Jones concert outside at Scout Music House; free Fourth of July weekend event with opening performance at 5:30 p.m. by Athens High School musicians;
• Aug. 3, 7 p.m. — Della Ray performs at McCandless Hall at Athens State University;
• Sept. 7 — Lamont Landers; and
• Jan. 3 — Pine Hill Haints
Second Sundays and Fridays After Five
Shop for locally made art and enjoy sales and activities provided by the artists from 1-4 p.m. July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, and from 5-8 p.m. July 19 and Aug. 9.
Summer Art Camp
From 10 a.m. to noon June 24-28. Cost is $100 per child with half due as a deposit by June 17. The artists at High Cotton Arts will provide a different project each day and provide snacks. Call 256-232-7717 to register.
Summer Art Classes for Kids at High Cotton Arts
Different project each Wednesday in July. Instructor is Val Rainey. To register and for more information, call 256-206-6662.