ArtsRevive Show

Arts Revive Cultural Arts Center, 3 Church Street

Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 – 1:00 pm

ArtsRevive will be featuring the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental and Cultural Impact as well as an exhibit by Paper Workers Local. Water covers over 71% of the Earth’s surface.  Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. ArtsRevive, in cooperation with The Alabama Humanities Foundation, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. Water/Ways will be on view March 9 through April 5, 2018.

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. Martha Lockett, former ArtsRevive Executive Director said, “Water is an important part of everyone’s life and we are excited to explore what it means culturally, socially and spiritually in our own community.”

Another aspect of Water/Ways is the chance to work with MuseWeb. This is a community storytelling project that will record stories from throughout the Black Belt and eventually be housed in Story Core at the Smithsonian. Through technology we can now give local voices a new platform. Museweb allows stories to be pinned to geolocated areas that are triggered by smart phone apps. Think of the impact our local stories in local voices can have on visitors for Selma.

The Cahaba River Watershed Project is an artistic collaboration by new media artist Elisabeth Pellathy, printmaker Scott Stephens, and sculptor Lee Somers. It is an exploration of our mutual interest in the natural environment and the nature of collaboration using new technology for artistic production. ArtsRevive will be hosting the Paper Workers Local exhibition of works in progress from the artists’ collaborative project that explores the natural environment and how it shapes and is shaped by human activity. Their investigation centers around the Cahaba River’s ecological and geological features as well as the economic and social history of the area. The exhibition will feature the work using drawing, photography, 3D scanning from natural objects, and 3D modeling from original maps that are laser engraved into acrylic plates and printed using traditional intaglio and relief techniques.

The art show is FREE to the public.

ArtsRevive has just recently concluded a major renovation of the Carneal Building.

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.

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.