Relics: New Works by Anita Stewart & Amanda Ann Palmer


On display January 21 through March 3, 2017

Opening reception January 21, 2017, 5-7pm

Closing reception March 3, 2017, 5-7pm

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Anita Stewart’s Artist Statement:

My current work continues to reflect my interest in the theory that nothing ever leaves the universe and nothing new enters. I’ve also begun to think about the souls or essence or energy that temporarily inhabits our physical bodies as well as the bodies of other living entities. These tabernacles that once held life are very intriguing, especially as they begin to decay and reveal their depth.

When I began working with the boxes, I often thought of them as reliquaries.  What is a relic, in the traditional religious sense, if not part of a tabernacle? So the words began to become interchangeable, and I now see the boxes as keepers of relics and/or tabernacles – used and disintegrating ones, but tabernacles nonetheless.

Amanda Ann Palmer’s Artist Statement:

I started building this body of work as a way to examine my relationship with curiosity. This is only the beginning of my investigation and my first interest, the forest, seemed an appropriate place to launch.

When I remember being small, in the forest, the first thing that comes to mind is the feeling of pine sap on my fingers. I know it’s sticky and is going to take three days to wash it off, but I can’t help myself. I always pick up pine cones, needing to feel the prickle of the scales and admire the spiral that embellishes the bottom. The sense of touch is prominent in all my early forest memories. I can feel my feet dragging through the sea of pine straw in the thicket I used to play in with my brothers. We would make a collection of all the relics we found and put them on a shelf in our fort. The forest, my encyclopedia of texture, has held my attention since.

While working on this series, it became apparent that I was constructing an homage to a child’s curiosity.I am excited to explore curiosity in a broader way. I hope embracing it will allow me to move through this world with more empathy and generosity.

I would like to dedicate this series to Clementine, Max, Judson, Abe, Cora and Jim.

Call for entries Focus 2017

2017 FOCUS Photography Exhibition Calendar
March 1: Digital Images, entry form, and entry fee due
March 17: Artist Notifications will be emailed
April 1: All work must be delivered to the museum by 5pm
April 14: through May 29: Exhibition dates
May 5, First Friday: Opening reception
June 9: All work must be picked up or shipped out from the museum.

Official Rules:

Focus is open to all artists working in traditional or digital photography. Each artist may submit up to three works for consideration. Youth ages 14 and younger will be placed in a separate category.

Entries must not exceed 60” inches in any dimension and no entry may be smaller than 8”x 10.” Entries must be framed — sturdy, wired and ready for hanging. NO saw-tooth hangers, staples, or tape allowed. No frames with easel backing will be eligible for consideration. The Gadsden Museum of Art reserves the right to exclude any work not meeting presentation standards.

Entry fee is $10 per submission; three submission limit per person. Payments may be cash, check or money order payable to the Gadsden Museum of Art. No Refunds. All money collected will be used as prize money.

Images of work must be submitted digitally to A blind jury will be judging your image so keep in mind all images must be high quality. Files must be JPG format 72dpi no more than 750 pixels on the longest side, and labeled ex Smith_John.jpg. Photographs will not be considered until all items are received: Digital images, entry form, and payment. Only winners will be required to fill out a W-9. W-9’s are available at or can be picked up at the Gadsden Museum of Art. (If a photographer does not want to fill out a W-9 they will not be eligible for any prize money but will still be allowed to enter show.)

Once all digital images are submitted, a blind jury will review entries and select images for display. All artists will be notified via email regarding the acceptance of their work.

Cash prizes will be given to Best in Show, 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention award winners.

Artists are responsible for shipping and dropping off work. The Gadsden Museum of Art will not be responsible for any damage incurred in transit. All work must be shipped or hand-delivered no later than April 1, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. Frames must be wrapped for protection upon delivery.

(To be announced.)

Entry Form: Focus 2017 Entry Form Updated



Grounded by Jennifer Allen


Opening Reception First Friday November 4, 5-7 p.m.

As an artist, I have always found myself in search of home. I longed for somewhere to plant a garden and grow with a family. Along the way I discovered where I wanted my home to be. This summer was spent learning how to build a house with my fiancé. With each new task, struggles and victories followed. While it wasn’t glamorous, it was our opportunity to grow and build a life together. Today, I am grounded. I have found my home. I wanted to plant the garden that would grow from the seeds of our labor. This installation was made from materials that were left over from our home. I manipulated ordinary construction materials into a textural garden that has created an other worldly feel. Welcome to Grounded.

On display in the Leo Reynolds Gallery through mid-January 2017.

CharACTers newest production, Godspell!

Innovative. Magnificent. Fun.  These are just some of the words one might use to describe CharACTers newest production, Godspell!


This production is CharACTers’ third annual dinner theatre production.  All performances will be presented at The Gadsden Museum of Art.  Evening performances feature a full dinner and desert.  Matinee performances include tea and dessert.  August 20th will be a special gala performance including dinner, preshow entertainment, a guest visual artist, a silent auction, and other surprises.  The dinner theatre production serves as a fundraiser for the CharACTers’ scholarships presented to graduating seniors and to continue students’ education in the fine arts.

Tickets are extremely limited, and many have already sold. Remaining tickets may be purchased at The Gadsden Museum of Art on Broad Street. For group sales and/or season ticket discounts, please call 256-515-4911. For more information, visit

2016 GMA Art Camp

Color Your Summer FUN: 2016 GMA Art Camp

Kindergarten – 2nd grade

June 20-24, 9 a.m. – Noon
$75 for members, $85 for non-members

Activities: Tie-dye, Color Wheels, Landscape, Self-portraits and more!

On Friday, parents and friends are welcome to view the work in a mini exhibit curated by the artists from noon to 1 p.m.

3rd – 5th grade

June 27 – July 1st, 9 a.m. – Noon
$75 for members, $85 for non-members

Activities: Tie-dye, Color Wheels, Analogous color compositions, Self-portraits and more!

On Friday, parents and friends are welcome to view the work in a mini exhibit curated by the artists from noon to 1 p.m.

Art camp registration form: gma_artcamp_2016

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Fairy Garden

Create a Fiesta Fairy Garden

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us on Thursday, May 5th at 5:00 PM. FLD Garden Shop is offering a hands-on class to help you create your very own fiesta fairy garden!

This class is for all skill levels, so if you’re new to fairy gardening, we’ll help you get started from scratch. If you already have a fiesta fairy garden and you’d like to develop it further, bring it along and we’ll help you change and grow it in creative new ways.

Fairy gardening is a hobby that dates back hundreds of years, but it has recently been experiencing a surge of popularity as a fun way to build elaborate gardens on a small scale. Adults and children alike are getting swept up in the whimsical, imaginative art of building tiny habitats to accommodate their playful, mischievous fairy friends.

There is a $15 Registration Fee which covers soil, moss, and glass beads. Class limit is 15 people. Bring your own container or pick from FLD’s selection. You will also pick out your fairy accessories and plant(s) to create your own price point.

Register online or call FLD at 256-442-1060. Space is limited!