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Art and community meet at ArtPlay ArtDay this Saturday

Posted Apr 14 2011 3:15pm
On Saturday April 16, ArtPlay, Birmingham’s new home for arts education, will celebrate its grand opening with ArtPlay ArtDay , a free, community open house so everyone can come and explore the beautifully restored Victorian home at 1006 19th St. South.

The family-fun event will feature live music by favorite local performers, including the UAB Steel Drum Band— so be sure to wear your boogie shoes, because no one can sit still when they play their springy, island melodies. There also will be free food and drinks, interactive class demonstrations, creative kids’ activities and chances to win great prizes, such as the ArtPlay class of your choice, tickets to events at the Alys Stephens Center and more.

But the first thing folks should make a point to see when they arrive Saturday is ArtPlay’s newest addition: a brightly colored, kinetic sculpture created by Washington, D.C.-based sculptor Kevin Reese and about 220 of his newest friends, Birmingham area school children. Reese visited ArtPlay as part of his School Sculpture Residency Project .

The sculpture, now permanently installed in ArtPlay’s back garden, was built last week when Reese was in residency at ArtPlay. The kids, working in shifts, helped Reese from start to finish: designing, drawing, cutting and sanding, painting, assembling and installing. Check out the video below, which shows the process from start to triumphant finish, then be sure to visit and see it for yourself.

ArtPlay is a sister complex for the Alys Stephens Center and was made possible through a gift from Jane Stephens Comer. ArtPlay offers classes, workshops, residencies and events. Its mission is to educate, inspire and nurture creative growth and self-expression for everyone by providing innovative programming in a collaborative and holistic environment. ArtPlay offers something for everyone, from toddlers to adults, and they have an array of first-class studios for dance, acting, visual arts, music production and more.

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