“History of Birmingham Rock & Roll” art exhibit featuring 300+ paintings opening January 28

Dust off your leather jacket, East Village Arts is set to open the History of Birmingham Rock & Roll art exhibit January 28 from 1-5PM. The exhibit features over 300 paintings by local artist Craig Legg depicting an extensive collection of art pieces celebrating the history of Birmingham Rock & Roll from the 1950s to now.

Artist Craig Legg

Originally from Homewood, Craig Legg grew up listening to rock & roll and soon became immersed in the music and arts scene. After managing three music venues in Austin, Legg returned to Birmingham as a novelist, poet and artist. If Legg’s work looks familiar, you may recognize his art pieces inspired by The World Games which were displayed at TWG 2022 Plaza’s Merchant Market. “History of Birmingham Rock & Roll” is the eighth iteration of his Trading Card Series, a series of collections documenting the history of players and performers.

The exhibit

The gallery will illustrate various Birmingham musicians, bands, venues, radio deejays and sound engineers. Some local artists and venues featured in the exhibit include:

  • Emmylou Harris
  • Taylor Hicks
  • Bo Bice
  • Saturn
  • Sloss Furnaces
  • The Nick

The gallery’s larger paintings will depict specific shows at Birmingham venues including:

  • Johnny Cash @ the Birmingham Armory
  • Elvis @ the BJCC
  • Allman Brothers Band @ the Boutwell Auditorium
  • Bob Dylan @ the Alabama Theatre
  • The Rolling Stones @ Legion Field
  • The Grateful Dead @ the Boutwell Auditorium
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Rickwood Field

Gallery Hours

The exhibit will open to the public on January 28 11AM-5PM. Following the official opening it will be open Saturdays 11AM-3PM from now until the end of March at East Village Arts located on 1st Ave N. Craig Legg will also give a short artist talk about his new series at 2pm on January 28. The gallery is free for all visitors and family-friendly. Individual works will not be for sale.

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