ArtsRevive readies gallery for Pilgrimage

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

The interior of the building at 3 Broad Street is destined to be more than a platform for art during this weekend’s ArtsRevive art show. In and of itself, it has become a work of art.

Black and white floors, columns, and antique furniture within the space are the result of more than three months of work that combines the efforts of Theresa Cammack, Drue Lee, and friends and family members interested in seeing the building take on new life.

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The building will be on display to the public this weekend for the ArtsRevive Art Show, which will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The event opens to the public at 7:30 p.m. Friday and will feature approximately 40 artists from around the state who work in a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, metal, and photography.

“We knew it was going to be a lot of hard work,” Lee, a photographer and screenwriter with a special interest in Southern tales, said. “When we walked in, the building was very fragmented. We wanted to make it a kaleidoscope.”

Cammack, a painter and photographer, purchased the building after renting it for several years. She said the ArtsRevive event served as a catalyst for bringing the building to life.

“It was like the spirit of the building was broken,” Cammack said. “I wanted to bring it back.” Cammack said she began working on the building in preparation for the art show the Monday after Thanksgiving.

The building has a skylight and mezzanine floor that provides background to the rows of framed artworks that line the walls. Cammack said she is working to remove layers from the walls and hopes to later add exposed duct work for an industrial feel.

Beginning in April, the building will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while Cammack is painting in her studio, for visitors.