Kentuck Art Night: Bringing the Community Together

NORTHPORT, AL. — Art has been bringing the people of Northport and surrounding communities together for more than 20 years.

By Alexis Long-Daniels
Contributing Writer 

“It’s a lot about community,” said Holly Roberts, program manager for Kentuck Art Gallery. “You get the chance to get familiar with your community as well as get acquainted with Kentuck.”

Kentuck Art Gallery has been in existence for about 43 years. In conjunction with other local shops like Adams Antiques, the gallery wanted to create something to revitalize the downtown area in Northport, so the idea for Art Night was formed.

On the first Thursday of every month, the gallery hosts Art Night from 5 to 8 p.m. with live music beginning at 5:30 in the courtyard.

It features local artists from the Northport and Tuscaloosa community including the Southern Letter Press founded by Jessica Peterson, Billy’s Sports Grill, Mary’s Cakes and Pasties, studio artists Steve Davis and Carrie Kennedy, and the Clay Co-Op.

At the upcoming Art Night on Aug. 7, the Clay Co-Op, located next door to the gallery, will host a gelato bowl fundraiser along with Mary’s Cakes and Pastries. The gelato is donated by Mary’s and each bowl is donated by artists who work in the co-op. Patrons are asked to pay $10. They receive a custom designed bowl and all the gelato they can eat. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward supplying the needs of the co-op for crafting materials.

Doris Blum, an artist in the co-op, said that it has been a marvelous venue and opportunity for her to come in and make what she wants.

“It’s been a wonderful outlet for me,” Blum said.

Also at the Aug. 7 event, the Cobb Oven will make its awaited appearance once again. Locals come in and make homemade pizza in the oven made of earth. All of the ingredients used for the pizza are locally grown, and Mary’s donates the pizza dough. This is a true favorite for Art Night visitors and employees of the co-op shop and Kentuck gallery.

Amy Echols, the Kentuck Art Center executive director, loves to encounter those who have never attended Art Night.

“I love to take them around and show them the campus and see them get excited about Kentuck,” she said. “It’s a really great cheap date night.”