Explore Alabama’s folk-life traditions at the “Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Place” exhibition at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia, Saturday, June 2, to Sunday, July 15. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. The exhibit, in partnership with the Alabama Folklife Association, includes photos, documentary films and interviews that examine the state’s folk and traditional arts as expressions of cultural identity and sense of place. Included are items from the museum’s permanent collection, such as a feed-bag quilt, baskets, brooms, bread bowls, musical instruments and folk art as well as period farm implements, kitchen items, furniture and quilts loaned from the Glenn Rikard Collection. Opening events are on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission and fried-fish plates for sale all day. Activities include, from10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Robert Francis, local fisherman and net maker, demonstrates his net-making process, on the lawn; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Glenn Rikard will be in the galleries to discuss the exhibition, including the items on loan from the Rikard family farm; from 11 a.m. to noon and 2–3 p.m., Bill Foster plays the banjo and tells folkway stories; and 1-2 p.m., Charles Hubbert, retired archaeologist for the state of Alabama who also worked for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Office of Archaeological Research, talks about Tennessee Valley fishing lifeways especially related to weir fishing. In additional programming, Rikard presents four programs in the Education Gallery: Sunday, June 10, 1-3 p.m. -- Basket making found in the Tennessee Valley; Sunday, June 17, 1-3 p.m. -- Children’s program on traditional paper-doll cutting; Sunday, June 24, 1-3 p.m. -- Traditional quilting, with Melissa Corsbie and Sunday, July 8, 1-3 p.m. -- Caning chair bottoms.
$5.00Admission is $5 adults, $3 students, museum members free, Sundays free and group rates available.