Forgot to nag you on Thursday about the Kentuck Festival. Reminder — the Southeast’s premier arts festival is in Northport, just across the river. . .
$10 to get in . . . worth it for the music alone. Americana artist Will Kimbrough performs at 3:30 on Saturday
And Saturday afternoon:
As part of this weekend’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Department of American Studies, art collector Cleo Thomas and his wife, Dr. Carla Thomas, will be traveling from Anniston, AL to speak with us at the Ferguson Center Art Gallery at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon. For those who may not know the Thomas’s, I have included a brief biographical profile below. Their remarks will be in conjunction with an exhibit of works from the Thomas’s art collection, which is currently on view at the Ferguson Center Art Gallery through October 26 (i.e. until UA’s fall break).
Cleo Thomas is a major figure in the history of the University of Alabama
Cleophus Thomas received a B.A. in American Studies and English from the University of Alabama, where he also served as President of the Student Government Association. Subsequently, he also earned a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and a law degree from Harvard University. A former trustee of the University of Alabama, Cleo currently operates a law practice in his home town of Anniston, Alabama. Dr. Carla Thomas, a native of Detroit, earned a degree in biochemistry from Yale University before graduating from Harvard University Medical School. In addition to maintaining her medical practice in Anniston, Dr. Thomas is a founder and active participant in St. Luke’s Orthodox Church. They have been collecting art since 1982.