Art On The Rocks!

BIRMINGHAM, AL— Latrice Johnson and her friends wanted to find a place where they could have a good time and learn about cultures they had not been introduced to before.

By Alexis Long-Daniels
Contributing Writer 

They found it one recent evening at the Birmingham Museum of Art during Art on the Rocks, which the museum presents every Friday between May and August.

“My favorite part was the abstract art room. I loved the pieces,” said Johnson, a 25-year-old UAB medical student.

Johnson attended the third installment of the event, which was held Friday, July 11.  The event is held from 7 to 11p.m. It consists of live entertainment and multiple exhibits for visitors to browse through amid its third floor building.

Some of the exhibits featured for this event included: Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, Discovering Sake Short Films, and A Japanese-inspired fashion show by Southern Femme and Saks Fifth Avenue. There was also live music by The Kopecky Family Band and DJ Coco. Each Friday a different group is chosen to perform at the event.

In addition to live music and historical art, visitors also got to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine, a free Samurai photo booth to take pictures with friends, and giveaways throughout the night.

Young people in the Birmingham area say they are unsure of where to go for a fun night out with friends. As a city on the rise, Birmingham is trying to offer more things for people in the area to enjoy. Events like Art on the Rocks bring the public out to a place where they can learn about many cultures while also enjoying music, a few cocktails and delectable foods.

“It’s a great local thing to do. A lot of people, myself included, don’t think to go to the Museum of Art on their own, so this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Camli Kobrosly, a UAB med school student and frequent visitor of Art on the Rocks.

Kobrosly said it gave her and her friends an excuse to get dressed up and go out.

The event is housed at the Birmingham Museum of Art at 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard in downtown Birmingham. Tickets for the event are $20 for non-members and $10 for members. The ticket includes food and entrance to all of the exhibits that evening. The only catch is that you have to pay for any beverages at the event.

Brittany Johnson, a 21-year-old student at the University of Alabama, said she went to Art on the Rocks with her sister the first time she attended the event. Johnson said she wanted to check it out because she loved art.

“I think it’s a good way to get acquainted with the area of Birmingham and to meet new people,” Johnson said.