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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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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Commission a pet portrait from 5 Birmingham artists—no treats required

The definition of a good boy. Photo via Tim Blanton Art’s Facebook.

If you come from a house like mine, your pets probably get treated better than most human companions. Hey, those little guys deserve it even when they make you get up at 3AM to let them out in the rain and hog half the bed. Why not take a cue from mid-century monarchs and commission a pet portrait from Birmingham artists.

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5 Bham photographers using creativity during isolation to stay connected

I can’t wait to spend my weekends back with the girls at Queen’s Park, but for now those curbside cocktails work just fine. Photo via Mary Fehr’s Facebook.

Where there’s a will, there’s a creative way. That’s how these Birmingham photographers look at life, as they navigate COVID-19 precautions while still trying to continue their livelihood and passion.

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6 simple ways to support local musicians in Birmingham right now

Missing the Bham Loft Show, a monthly showcase of local musicians and artists, very much right about now. Preston Lovinggood + and the band performing at a Loft Show last year. Photo via @bhamloftshow on Instagram

With live shows postponed and our local music venues closed, local Birmingham musicians are being hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some simple ways to support your favorite local acts right now.

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Swing into Spring; Local Brands for Sustainable Living

Liz Lane Gallery is proud to present a home market with a curated election of vendors that share our vision for a more beautiful, sustainable home and world!
Sweet Peas Garden Shop will be here for all your plant needs!
Clean Up Products for body care and kitchen ware to reduce your plastic.
Breaking Bread, local, handmade bagels and specialty breads.
Gachi Tea for ethically sourced organic teas.
Artist Kellie Newsome will also be live painting her bright, springy florals!
Sierra Club will also be present to share information about local environmental action and how to get involved!

Acclaimed artist Merrilee Challiss builds Birmingham’s art scene

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Merrilee Challiss has left her mark all over Birmingham and continues to create within the city. Photo via Girls Inc. of Central Alabama.

In a time where it’s more important than ever to support local art, I wanted to highlight one of Birmingham’s coolest and most influential contemporary artists. Meet Merrilee Challiss, a local artist who’s brought her creativity to every part of the Magic City. 

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Holiday Art Crawl at The Village

Brookwood Village will partner with Birmingham Art Crawl in hosting Holiday Art Crawl at The Village, an event featuring dozens of local artist pop-ups throughout the holiday season. Visitors can browse local art while shopping for other hand-crafted gift items at Brookwood Village.

Holiday Art Crawl at The Village

Brookwood Village will partner with Birmingham Art Crawl in hosting Holiday Art Crawl at The Village, an event featuring dozens of local artist pop-ups throughout the holiday season. Visitors can browse local art while shopping for other hand-crafted gift items at Brookwood Village.

Holiday Art Crawl at The Village

Brookwood Village will partner with Birmingham Art Crawl in hosting Holiday Art Crawl at The Village, an event featuring dozens of local artist pop-ups throughout the holiday season. Visitors can browse local art while shopping for other hand-crafted gift items at Brookwood Village.

Holiday Art Crawl at The Village

Brookwood Village will partner with Birmingham Art Crawl in hosting Holiday Art Crawl at The Village, an event featuring dozens of local artist pop-ups throughout the holiday season. Visitors can browse local art while shopping for other hand-crafted gift items at Brookwood Village.