Thought to be one of the Deep South's first art colonies.
Help Preserve the Legacy
Today, the main colony structure at the Nobles Ferry site is almost unrecognizable, yet it remains intact. Many years ago this structure, referred to as the lodge, was converted into a private residence. The DAC Foundation is currently working with the new owner to restore the property and seek placement on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage.
The 1937–1948 site of the Dixie Art Colony on Lake Jordan located at 749 Old Ferry, Deatsville, Alabama.
Visit our booth on Main Street in downtown Eclectic at the Alabama Cotton Festival.
Coming soon to 219 Hill Street, Wetumpka, a rotating exhibition of original artwork and storyboards outlining the history of the DAC.
The DAC Foundation is in the process of placing several satellite exhibits. Check back with us soon to learn about our various locations.
In the news
Quotes about the Dixie Art Colony and the participants:
Kelly was the life of the colony…. He laughed continually. All he took seriously were art and courtesy—knightly courtesy to people who bored him. Materialism he disdained, responsibility, he’d have nothing of, even refusing to drive a car. He laughed at politics, business status, ambition, ego, pride, vanity… It was impossible not to love him. He made us feel like kids at a circus.Karl Ferdinand Wolfe
Mrs. Warree LeBron was my art teacher at Sylacauga High School in the early 1960s. She found something positive to say about everyone’s work. She was a teacher I will never forget. I hear her and see her now as I work on my paintings. I just wish she was looking on to advise………hmmm, perhaps she is!!! She was a wonderful human being and a gift to her students.Deedie Williams Meith
I grew up in Wetumpka and knew Kelly Fitzpatrick. Even though I was only in the 3rd grade when he died I knew I wanted one of his paintings. My friends and I would ride our bikes to Kelly’s house and peer in the windows at all the painting he had stacked up in the various rooms. On occasion, he would invite us in for a closer look. If we had only known then how special that was!Jane Tarver