The Big Wills Arts Council will host an exhibition of photographs by Fort Payne native Steven Stiefel June 2-4 at the Coal & Iron Building. The public is invited to a reception on June 2nd from 6-9 pm. The show continues through the weekend with hours of 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 3rd, and 1-4 pm on Sunday, June 4th.
The June exhibition in Fort Payne focuses primarily on places Stiefel has photographed, mostly in North Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he spends most of his time now.
“My thinking was that an exhibition of scenic images would be popular in Fort Payne,” Stiefel said. “What ties it all together is the sacred nature of the places, which range from a memorial to five servicemen killed in a terrorist attack to the majestic Little River Canyon, where I often go to connect with something a bit spiritual. I’m sharing photos that were created in places that moved me emotionally. My hope is that people viewing the exhibition will also experience some bit of that.”
Stiefel’s show comes on “Heritage Holiday Weekend” in historic Fort Payne. The Big Wills Arts Council’s RadioVizions – Live program will present Clare Donohue from 6-9 pm CDT. This Brooklyn Native celebrates he great voices and songs in Jazz. RSVP for discounted advance admission of $10. Cost at the door is $15, students pay $5.
Also part of “Heritage Holiday Weekend” is the 109th Annual DeKalb County Fiddlers’ Convention on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Rotary Pavilion (202 5th Street NE). This event is also presented by the Big Wills Arts Council. Children under 10 are admitted free. Over $4,800 in cash prizes in trophies will be awarded at this can’t miss event for fans of bluegrass and old time music. Proceeds will benefit the BWAC/Fort Payne City Schools Arts in Education Program. Call Russell Gulley at (256) 979-1910 for more information.
“The great part is these events are all together in the historic downtown Fort Payne district, walking distance of one another. I hope you will join us,” Stiefel said.
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