Take a stroll through downtown Tuscaloosa and breathe in all the culture this southern metropolis has to offer during the First Friday Art Walk on March 1. As you can guess from the name, this event takes place on the first Friday of every month and features a sprawling display of art, vendors, restaurants, and more.
Originating around 2003 as “Art Night”, First Friday has evolved from a small, local festival into a popular and cherished tradition that brings together artists, local business, and citizens for an extraordinary celebration of the Tuscaloosa spirit.
The event is from 5pm to 9pm and is open to the public. You can find parking information on the First Friday website, as well as a printable map of the Art Walk. Below, we’ve provided details about the participating galleries. However, as stated by the organizers, patrons are encouraged to visit other galleries and businesses within walking distance on the art walk.
Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center: Described as hub for the arts in Tuscaloosa, this space is managed by The Arts Council, who also maintain a gallery within the building. You can find the CAC at 620 Greensboro Ave. See all current and upcoming events and exhibits on their website.
Harrison Galleries: Located on 2315 University Blvd, this charming gallery features “19th and 20th century paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures, as well as vintage and contemporary photography.”
O’Connor Art Studios: Tuscaloosa’s center for “art education and visual fine art experiences.” O’Connor Art Studios features a rotating display of works from local artists, students, and the O’Connors themselves. And if you’re interested in developing your own artistic skills, the studio offers courses for youth and adults.
Paul R. Jones Museum: This premier space features a “year-round schedule of exhibitions of works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama.” Find it at 2308 6th Street. The center also plays host to a variety of educational and cultural events, such as: lecture series, concerts, workshops, theatrical performances, guest exhibitions, and art classes.
Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy: This unique establishment describes itself as a “retail and gallery space featuring upcycled furniture and vintage finds transformed into special original items for the home.” Stop by at 2194 9th Street and check out their unique collection of photography, furniture, glassware, and more.
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