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DAC On The Road: at Mountain Brook, Alabama

JANUARY 09, 2018


DAC Foundation founder Mark Harris will present: "Dixie Art Colony: A Look at Its Lasting Legacy" to the Highland Book Club, established in 1891. [Invitation Only Event]

DAC Lunch & Learn: Works from the MMFA Vault

JANUARY 24, 2018, 11:00 – 1:00 PM

LUNCH & LEARN: DAC at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Join us at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for a rare opportunity to view selected works by DAC artist's from the museum's vault. We will also discuss the museum's connection to the Dixie Art Colony. After the presentation we will have lunch at Café M. The lunch is optional. [RESERVATIONS REQUIRED]

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DAC Lunch & Learn: A Review of Our Future Plans and Goals

FEBRUARY 21, 2017, 11:30 AM

LUNCH & LEARN: "The Year 2018 and Beyond"

The Dixie Art Colony Foundation will present its 2018 Annual Report, The Year 2018 and Beyond: A Comprehensive Look at the Activities and Developments of the past, and our Strategic Plan for the year 2018 and 2019.

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DAC Walk Where They Walked: at Perkins Gin

MARCH 21, 2018, 1:30 PM

WALK WHERE THEY WALKED: Plein Air Painting at Perkins Gin in Wetumpka

Join us at the historic Perkins Cotton Gin located on Wetumpka's west side for a plain air painting session. This location was is known to be one of the locations frequented by the Kelly Fitzpatrick and the other Dixie Art Colonists during the 1930s and 1940s. [RESERVATIONS REQUIRED]

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DAC Walk Where They Walked: at Jasmine Hill Gardens

APRIL 07 & 08, 2018

EXHIBITION & RECEPTION: Learn about the Jasmine Hill Gardens connection.

Join us along with a group of Plein Air Artists at Jasmine Hill Gardens. The DAC Foundation will present "The Jasmine Hill Connection," an exhibition about the history of Jasmine Hill Gardens and the connection to Kelly Fitzpatrick and the Dixie Art Colony. The exhibit will also include a Fitzpatrick Family Tree. There will be a $10:00 admission fee payable to the Jasmine Hill Foundation.

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DAC Lunch & Learn: All About Arthur Stewart

MAY 16, 2018, 11:30 AM

LUNCH & LEARN: All About Arthur Walter Stewart

The program will include a slideshow about Arthur Stewart and his connection to the Dixie Art Colony and some of the other participating artists. The slideshow will include vintage photographs from the Dixie Art Colony, numerous examples of his work as well as biographical information. [RESERVATIONS REQUIRED]

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DAC Exhibition: Tallassee NOW!

JUNE 8 & 9, 2018, Reception, Fri. 6:00 – 7:30 PM


Join us from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm on Friday, June 8 for a reception at the Trustmark branch located at 304 Barnett Blvd., Tallassee, Alabama. Sponsored by Trustmark and the McCraney Cottle Arts Council. The still life, by Arthur Stewart, shown will be one of the many new works included in the 2018 exhibition.

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DAC Lunch & Learn: DAC Bayou Painters

JULY 18, 2018, 11:00 PM

LUNCH & LEARN: DAC Bayou Painters

Join us for a luncheon and presentation about the Mobile County spin-off of the Dixie Art Colony. Included in the prevention will be four oversized storyboards about the Bayou Painters and examples of their work.

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DAC On The Road: at the Birmingham Museum of Art

AUGUST 2, 2018

Presentation & Video: Dixie Art Colony: A Look at Its Lasting Legacy.

The 45-minute program will feature a video and slideshow about the Dixie Art Colony and its participants. Included will be vintage photographs from the DAC Foundation archives and slides showing examples of the colonists' work. This presentation will be one of a series of ten programs that will be part of the Birmingham Museum of Art's "2018 Art & Conversation" series. The program is open to the public, but registration is limited. Single programs are $17 for non-members and $12 for BMA Members. To register visit the BMA website at: ArtsBMA.org or call 205-328-7628. The painting shown from the Birmingham Museum of Art Collection was painted by Genevieve Southerland of Hannah Elliott. Both were active participants in the Dixie Art Colony.

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LUNCH & LEARN: Happy Birthday Kelly Fitzpatrick

AUGUST 15, 2018, 11:00 AM

LUNCH & LEARN Celebrate the Life of Kelly Fitzpatrick: Aug. 15, 1988 – Apr. 18, 1953

Join us for a rare look at a 1950 scrapbook complied by some of Fitzpatrick's students at the Alabama Gulf Coast spin-off colony. The scrapbook includes sketch paintings by many of the artists that participated in the spin-off colony. The presentation will also include a slideshow about Fitzpatrick's career. Of course the desert of the day will be a Birthday Cake honoring Fitzpatrick.

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DAC Lunch & Learn: Easel Painting with Barbara Binford Davis

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018, 11:00 AM

LUNCH & LEARN: Easel Painting with Barbara Binford Davis

The program will include a slideshow about Davis' work and a painting demonstration. Davis will also talk about her transition form a parti-time artist to a busy full-time artist. This will be a joint program with the Elmore County Art Guild. [RESERVATIONS REQUIRED]

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DAC Historical Reenactment

OCTOBER 17, 2018, 2:00 PM


Join the DAC Foundation and local artists Shirley Esco, Barbara Binford Davis and Carol Barksdale at Nobles Ferry on Lake Jordan for a very unique painting experience. During the 1930s and 1940s artists that attended the Dixie Art Colony were asked to paint a square panel on the tin ceiling of the colony studio. Many of the whimsical compositions, including the one shown by well-known artist Arthur Stewart, have been preserved. At this event, artists will be supplied a square Masonite 20" x 20" panels to paint a whimsical composition similar to those of the original colonists. The new panels will be displayed in the new studio at Nobles Ferry. A limited number of reservations with be accepted.

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Walk Where They Walked: at the Mehearg / Fitzpatrick Farm

NOVEMBER 28, 2018


Join us for lunch and plain air painting at the historic Mehearg/Fitzpatrick Farm located 460 Mehearg Road, Wetumpka, Alabama. The farm was once owned by Gov. Benjamin Fitzpatrick and later artist Kelly Fitzpatrick. This site is known to have been one Kelly's frequent painting spots.[RESERVATIONS REQUIRED]

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DAC Open House: Christmas in Dixie 2018

DECEMBER 13, 2018, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Downtown Wetumpka

Join the Dixie Art Colony Foundation for an Open House on Thursday, December 13 from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm to celebrate the Yuletide Season and the opening of our new Dixie Art Colony exhibit at 219 Hill Street in Downtown Wetumpka.

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