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.
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