Take a tour of 6 public art installations in Birmingham

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“Altruistic Visionary” by Cordray Parker & Brad Morton. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everywhere you look, Birmingham presents each viewer with some form of art, whether it’s a colorful mural with an empowering message or a sculpture paying tribute to a significant time. Take a tour with us to discover six diverse public art installations throughout the city.

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5 things you need to know about MOSS MAGIC, a hybrid art event Nov. 7-8

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local artist holds painting at Magic City Art Connection's MOSS MAGIC event
Celeste Amparo Pfau is one of the many local artists who will be presenting and selling their work at MOSS MAGIC. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection is joining Moss Rock Festival for a never-before-seen hybrid art event—MOSS MAGIC. Purchase tickets for the festival happening Saturday, November 7 through Sunday, November 8 in Birmingham.

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7 local artists’ Instagram accounts you need on your feed

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Art created by Micah McKenzie and Derrick McKenzie Jr. Photo courtesy of Micah McKenzie

As much as we love seeing ice cream and doughnuts while we’re going through the ‘Gram, it doesn’t do much to inspire us—just our hunger. Birmingham has art in every corner of the city and the most accessible way to find unique styles is through social media. Start scrolling with us.

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REOPENING: Catch “Love, Linda” at Virginia Samford Theatre September 17-27

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Jan Hunter as Linda Lee Thomas in “Love, Linda” at the Virginia Samford Theatre. Photo via Bham Now

You know the saying, “Behind every great man is a great woman?” Linda Lee Thomas, the driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter, is the blueprint. Uncover the story of how this Southern beauty inspired the musician’s timeless songs when you buy tickets to “Love, Linda” at the Virginia Samford Theatre (VST) September 17-27.

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A look into 5 Birmingham art organizations + how to get involved

Tim Poe of the Thomas Project showing his artwork he’s dubbed “Eglomise’ with Reflective Elements”. Photo via Bham Now

Art organizations are part of what makes Birmingham shine so bright, but they’re hurting the most during the era of COVID-19. Supporting our most creative in the Magic City doesn’t always look like a donation‚ although those definitely don’t hurt! Give back by attending events, taking a class, sharing their messages on social and more.

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Welcome to the Thomas Project—6 artists making a home at an unusual oasis

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Don’t worry—he doesn’t bite. Dinosaur created by Jimbo Smith of the Thomas Project. Photo via Bham Now

Just three miles from downtown Birmingham a portal into another world exists. When you arrive, prepare to be greeted by giant metal dinosaurs, mountains made of gravel and a collection of artists who’ve found a home under the towering Thomas Coke Works furnaces. Take a tour with us through the Thomas Project and meet six of the nine artists currently creating there.

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5 Birmingham artists to keep on your radar + what they’ve been up to in quarantine

Where have you been finding inspiration during quarantine? Photo provided by Micah McKenzie

Now it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and makers. While local artists would typically be showcasing their art at the Birmingham Art Crawl right about now, it’s postponement has led to new avenues for artists to share their work. We asked five local artists how they’ve been creating during quarantine. Here’s what they’ve been up to. 

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Go live with 7 Birmingham theaters + artists virtual shows

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UAB alumna Rachel Burttram Powers is bringing us professional theater from a tiny location. Photo via Tiny Theatre’s Facebook.

I’ve never missed the annoyance of someone unwrapping a mint in the middle of a monologue or a concert go-er two feet taller than me blocking my view more than I have now. While we wait for the return of live theater and music, Birmingham artists have been hard at work bringing the shows to us.

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A tribute to Murray “Muff” Johnston, renowned art quilter, dog breeder + Birmingham native

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Murray Johnston with one of her dogs at a show. Photo via Murray Johnston

If you were fortunate enough to know Murray Johnston, you knew that she was incredibly passionate about two things: contemporary quilt making and Bernese Mountain dogs. Chances are, you’ve seen her work and didn’t even know it.

Murray Berry Johnston, better known as “Muff,” died on April 15, 2020. We wanted to introduce you to the life and work of this remarkable Birmingham woman who was behind the Living Wall at the Birmingham Airport and so much more. 

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