Friday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 – 4:00 pm
ArtsRevive’s 14th Annual Art Exhibition has built a reputation for its varied sampling of Alabama talent at its finest and this will expand that showcase. Roots and Wings is a juried art show featuring 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 exhibition coincides with the Selma Pilgrimage allowing patrons from across the south the opportunity to admire the work of our Alabama artists. The show will be held in the new Charlie Lucas Gallery, located on Lauderdale Street near Water Avenue, in the heart of historic downtown Selma.
The art show is FREE to the public.
ArtsRevive is continuing their renovation of the Carneal Building where the art show is normally held.
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 wor
ked 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.