A Day in May

By  | April 20, 2017 | Filed under: News

  TUSCUMBIA-Artists from across the Shoals are invited to Belle Mont Mansion on May 6 to join fellow artists Martha Carpenter and Tim Stevenson for “A Day in May.”

This fun event begins with a “tag team” demonstration by Carpenter and Stevenson, both well-known for their differing styles, as they swap strokes and comments while creating an oil painting of the historic home and grounds.  Expect some lively banter!

Martha Carpenter is a noted portrait artist with studios in Tuscumbia and St. Simon’s Island, GA.  Tim Stevenson, Florence, is known for landscapes and very detailed still life paintings, once focusing on antique Oriental rugs for his studies in perspective.  Both artists conduct workshops and have a following of students and artist peers.

Artists of all skill levels are welcome and must register in advance for the day-long event at a cost of $30 per participant.  Sack lunches catered by Aunt Bea’s Bakery will be provided.  Dine in the courtyard at Belle Mont, before taking to the field for an afternoon of Plein Aire painting (a French term for painting in the open air).

Afternoon visitors to Belle Mont will have the added pleasure of seeing the artists at work across the lawn. In case of inclement weather, artists will paint indoors and should bring a drop cloth.

The highlight of the afternoon will be a reception in the courtyard. The public is invited to see the artists’ work on display. A $10 admission to the reception will include a “Wet Paint” Sale in which selected works created during the day will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the ongoing restoration and operation of Belle Mont.

For more information about “A Day in May” or Belle Mont Mansion in general, call the museum at 256-381-5052 or 256-710-9081or Colbert County Tourism at 256-383-0783.


About Belle Mont

Belle Mont, an excellent example of Jeffersonian style architecture of the early American Republic, was built in 1828. It is owned by the Alabama Historical Commission and is currently operated by the Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation. Belle Mont is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00- 4:00 and is located at 1569 Cook Lane (County Road 53), approximately ¼ mile west of Highway 43 South in Tuscumbia.


The Alabama Historical Commission protects, preserves, and interprets Alabama’s historic places and is the State Historic Preservation Office.


To Register, Mail this form with $30 per artist to Belle Mont, P.O Box 406, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Name: _____________________________________ Email: __________________________________
Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________________
Telephone: _________________________________ Cell: ___________________________________
________ I wish to participate in A Day in May. Enclosed is my payment of $30.00 per artist (Includes both the sack lunch and the artists’ reception and “Wet Paint Sale” Bring your own canvas, easel and supplies.
_______ I can only attend the reception and “Wet Paint Sale” Enclosed is my donation of $10.00 per person. (Includes your museum admission and optional tour of the mansion)
In case of inclement weather, we’ll paint indoors. Bring your drop cloth.
1569 Cook Lane * Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674

Schedule: (Times are approximate)
9:00 am Register inside Belle Mont
9:15 —12:00 Tag Team Painting by Martha and Tim (Demo by nationally renowned local artists)
12:00 Noon Break for Lunch (Sack Lunch included in your registration fee)
1:00—4:00 pm Plein Aire Painting on the grounds of the historic mansion, Belle Mont, located at 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, AL. 35674
4:00—6:00 pm Artists’ Reception and “Wet Paint Sale”
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