Two Rivers Arts Council hosting Artist Showcase Sunday

More than a dozen artists are slated to exhibit their work in the Two Rivers Arts Council’s Artist Showcase.

The event will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Demopolis Public Library. The event started in 2003 and was an annual event until 2008.

“We are very excited to bring this event back to our community,” said Two Rivers Arts Council President Carolyn Cowling. “It’s an opportunity to see what the community is doing by way of art and hobbies. We hope everyone will come out and see the talent that we are fortunate to have here in the Black Belt.”

The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Artists may choose to sell their pieces during the showcase. If you are interested in displaying your art in the Artist Showcase, contact Carolyn Cowling at cowling@mindspring.com or 334.341.3375.

‘Halloween Screams’ opens Thursday at DHS (video)

The Tiger Arts Guild is presenting “Halloween Screams,” a comic thriller in two acts by L. Don Swartz this weekend at the Demopolis High School Auditorium. The show opens Thursday at 7 p.m. and runs Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be no Friday night show due to a DHS home football game.

Two Rivers Arts Council partners with Chamber for First Friday

DEMOPOLIS — The Two Rivers Arts Council in Marengo County is partnering with the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce for First Friday on the Square featuring an outdoor movie on Friday, April 1.

Join friends, family or co-workers to experience First Friday on the Square in historic, downtown Demopolis from 6-9 p.m. April’s First Friday will feature the Disney Pixar Film Inside Out. It is a family friendly adventure and comedy released in 2015. It follows young Riley after she is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. This movie was selected after polling community members on social media. This event is free and the public is encouraged to bring coolers, chairs, and blankets. Collins Communications is providing the sound for this event.

“We are excited about the next First Friday in the Square scheduled for Friday, April 1,” said Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce Director Ashley Coplin. “We will be showing the new Disney movie Inside Out. This is a great event for the entire family to enjoy and it is free.”

The Two Rivers Arts Council is also presenting The Randy Glenn Band on Saturday, April 2 at the Demopolis Civic Center from 7-10 p.m. The Randy Glenn Band performs for Music on Main Street in Columbiana, Alabama. The six member band plays music from the 1950’s-1990’s and offers a variety of songs for diverse audiences. It’s described as “music you can dance to.” Tickets are $10 at the door for non-arts council members. Bring your own beverage and the arts council will provide setups and light hors d’oeuvres.

The Two Rivers Arts Council would like to encourage you to become an arts council member. All members receive newsletters and a membership card that allows them admission to events. This year’s events The Randy Glenn Band, Alabama School of Fine Arts, B.J. Reed, the Tiger Arts Guild’s Spring production of The Lion King, and the University of West Alabama’s Christmas Concert in Demopolis. An individual membership is $25 and a patron membership that includes two membership cards is $60. Membership brochures and more information are available at the Demopolis Public Library, the Demopolis Chamber of Commerce and at any of our events. For more information contact Judy Etheridge at (334) 295-4254, Morgan Allen at (334) 289-1595, or visit us on Facebook.

TRAC announces 2016 schedule of events

The Two Rivers Arts Council in Marengo County (TRAC) is starting their 2016 season with a membership drive and concert with 2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum in Demopolis.

2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs have been providing fans with their premium blend of blues, rock, funk, and gospel for years. Whether they are putting their original twists on Delta Blues when performing in an unplugged acoustic duo or trio, or bringing the funk in their electrified four- or five-piece configuration, 2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs create their own unique brew to rock your bones and soothe your soul.

The genesis of the band was the acoustic duo of Bruce Andrews and George Dudley, who adopted the name “2BLU.” With the addition of drums, bass, and percussion, the boys become “2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs.” Why the name? The guys are “lucky” to share a mix of music, faith, and life experience with anyone who will listen. On top of that, they’re a bunch of “stiffs,” old dudes who can’t quit playing and wouldn’t dream of quitting in the first place. 2BLU’s lyrical approach frequently reflects the band’s Christian faith, usually in a non-traditional format, mixing secular and faith themes in their tunes; exactly as life mixes the everyday grind with the divine. This combination represents the roots of the Blues. Diverse instrumentation includes custom hand-built lap steel guitars, bass guitars and hand percussion by bassist Jack Dudley of Don’t Fret Instruments.

Tickets for the 2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs concert can be purchased at the door. TRAC members are admitted with a membership card. Members of the Marengo County History and Archives Museum and students are admitted free. Water, spiced tea and snacks will be provided or bring your own beverage or spirit of choice and sweets or savories.

The TRAC is a nonprofit 501 c3 entity whose mission is to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts among the people living in Demopolis and Marengo County. The Council strives to bring quality arts exhibits and performances to the community and to encourage local efforts which enable the community citizens to create and make their own arts. The Council is run by a board consisting of Bill Barley, Frank Calloway, Carolyn Cowling, Judy Etheridge, Kaye Evans, Sarah Chandler Hallmark, Sheron Laney, Bobbi Mitchell, Morgan Walters, Laurie Willingham, and Morgan Allen. There are currently three board member positions available. Contact Morgan Allen at 334.289.1595 if you are interested in serving.

The TRAC would like to encourage you to become an arts council member. All members receive newsletters and a membership card that allows them admission to events. This year’s events include concerts by 2BLU and the Lucky Stiffs, Randy Glenn Band, Alabama School of Fine Arts, B.J. Reed, University of West Alabama and the Tiger Arts Guild’s spring production. An individual membership is $25 and a patron membership that includes two membership cards is $60. Membership brochures and more information are available at the Demopolis Public Library, the Demopolis Chamber of Commerce and at any of our events. For more information contact Judy Etheridge at (334) 295-4254, Morgan Allen at (334) 289-1595, or visit us on Facebook.

Two Rivers Arts Council presents ‘Lady Sings the Blues’

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