5 highlights from the Original Makers Festival at the Birmingham Museum of Art, including Hot Tag restaurant pop-up

Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
The Cedric Burnside Project warms up. (Photo by author for Bham Now)

Did you catch the Original Makers Festival at the Birmingham Museum of Art this past weekend? Good news, Bham Now was there to capture the best moments—PLUS you can catch the exhibit through December.

1. The Cedric Burnside Project was there!

Cedric Burnside is four-time winner of the Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2014), and Birmingham festival goers got to see him for FREE at the Original Makers Festival.

Props to the Birmingham Museum of Art for lining up killer musical acts all summer long!

2. Foodie Alert! Pop-up restaurant Hot Tag
Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
Hot Tag pop-up. Photo by author for Bham Now

Hot Tag of Birmingham served pulled pork, Conecuh sausage plates and potato salad at the Original Makers Festival.

Y’all, that pulled pork! YUM! Keep an eye out for future Hot Tag pop-ups.

3. Face painting
Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
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Unicorn horns? There have been significant advancements in face painting techniques since back in the day when I was a kid … and I’m jealous.

4. Demonstrations by artists from Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center
Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas demonstrates his craft. (Photo by author for Bham Now)
Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
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Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
Andrew McCall of Lowndes County crafts vine baskets, furniture, birdhouses and churches.(Photo by author for Bham Now)
Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
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5. A first peek at the Original Makers exhibit, FREE and now on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art through December!

The exhibit wall below makes you feel like you’re visiting the late BF Perkins, Alabama pastor and world-renowned folk artist, in person.

Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
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Then there’s the quilts. Their intricacy will take your breath away.

Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
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I love how artist Nora Ezell captured the history of Stillman College in fabric squares.

Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
Quilt by Nora Ezell (Photo by author for Bham Now)
Folk artist Fred Webster captured biblical and historic Alabama scenes in his wooden sculptures. He also apparently liked Bear Bryant. ROLL TIDE!
Birmingham, Alabama, The Original Makers Festival, the Birmingham Museum of Art
Bear Bryant sculptures by Fred Webster (Photo by author for Bham Now)