ArtsRevive Juried Art Show

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Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00 pm

ArtsRevive’s 12th annual Juried Art Exhibition at Carneal Arts Revive will be open during Pilgrimage.

The Roots and Wings Art Exhibition and sale features Alabama artists’ works in 3-D, oil, mixed media, acrylic, works on paper and photography.

The show has grown significantly over the past several years in size and popularity, and most importantly, in the quality of the submissions for consideration. Alabama Artists: Roots and Wings is a reflection of that growth. Entry for 2014 is open to artists who are from Alabama although they may now live and work elsewhere (Wings) as well as those artists who currently live in Alabama (Roots). The ArtsRevive show has built a reputation for its varied sampling of Alabama talent at its finest and this will expand that showcase. The show is held in the ArtsRevive Carneal Building on the banks of the Alabama River in the heart of historic downtown Selma.  This year’s jurors are Jean Ranier Belt and Jamie Adams. 

Jean Rainer Belt, art consultant to public and private institutions for 25 years, is owner of CAS Gallery and Frames in Montgomery. She was a founder and past president of the Arts Council of Montgomery and the Armory Learning Arts Center. Jean is a qualified Fine Art Appraiser, and has served as president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She has completed 72 hours of course work both from George Washington University and the ASA and has attended seminars in New York City, Taos, NM, and London, to broaden her base of knowledge and experience. She has given artist seminars in Alabama and Texas on How to Market Your Art, and has juried numerous artist exhibitions throughout the state.

Jamie Adams has served as an Assistant Professor and Head of the Fine Art Department at Judson College since 2009. He graduated from the University of Montevallo where he spent much of his time in the printmaking studios. Jamie received his M.F.A. degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He then moved to Pittsburgh where he formed his artistic style and career, exhibiting in over seventy exhibitions over the past ten years. He has spent much of his time in various teaching positions, and as a printmaker at Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh. As a printmaker, Jamie collaborated with a number of well-known artists to help them produce limited edition fine art prints. Jamie lives in Marion, Alabama, with his wife, Sabrina Pearson. His work can be seen at his Web site:

The show begins Saturday, March 8, with a members-only reception from 7-9 p.m. at Carneal ArtsRevive (Water Avenue at Church Street). Non-members may join at the door. The event is free to the public beginning Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 from 10-4 pm.

The show re-opens free to the public from 11-4 every Friday – Saturday, March 14-29 and from 1-4 on Sunday, March 16.

ArtsRevive purchased the former auto service building after the business closed in 2008 and has worked to convert the 1920’s structure into a unique setting for its headquarters. Located on the Alabama River, the building and adjacent courtyard will be used as an art gallery and space for workshops, receptions, concerts and outdoor art displays.

For more information, call 334-872-4672 or visit the website at
The art show is FREE to the public.

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The former auto repair shop wears a fresh look with its old style as the new home of ArtsRevive.  Signs have gone up on the 1920’s riverbank building, and a major revitalization is evident both inside and out.

Since the non-profit organization purchased the Carneal Building in 2008, its members and other community volunteers have worked to bring its condition up to standard.  That included requirements by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to test for oil and petro-chemicals, asbestos and lead paint.

“The city took us under their umbrella, and we were able to get that done. Fortunately, we did not have to remove any oil,” said Ann Thomas, chairman of the Carneal Committee.

However, the group did hire licensed professionals to remove asbestos and lead paint. Work progressed slowly, one grant at a time, but walls are sealed and a caved-in roof removed. Bookshelves, boxes and automotive inventory no longer occupy the space, and new plumbing and electric lighting are installed. A security fence parallels the river, and new funding will finance an automotive sculpture art wall on the street side of the courtyard.

While the building is ready for its first public event, much work remains for future ones. Plans include a courtyard, catering kitchen, offices, storage room, workshops and perhaps space for a small business.

The building opened in 1927 as Selma Electric Battery Company. It was owned by “Poppy” Carneal, and when he retired in the 1940s, his son, Otha Carneal, purchased it and changed the name to Carneal Auto Service. Carneal became renowned for his equal treatment of people and bucked the social system by insisting one water fountain and one restroom for black and white employees. Later, Carneal  held to his beliefs despite threats to his family and loss of business and contracts.