Arts Council's annual pottery exhibit opens Aug. 6


By Lindsay Dyess
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As the summer comes to a close, the Shelby County Arts Council prepares for a new season of fine art and great music and entertainment, all in Columbiana.

Kicking off August is the Fourth Annual SCAC Pottery Collective Art Exhibit. This much-anticipated exhibit features work created by a group of ceramic artists in Shelby County. These artists have formed a sort of artist community in the SCAC pottery studio helping and supporting each other to perfect their craft. They spend the entire year working on pieces to be displayed in the exhibit. Work can vary from pieces thrown on a pottery wheel to hand-built sculptures. Each artist has their own unique style to bring to the table. Pottery Collective member Candye Lundy expresses her love for birds and hearts in her pieces.

“I love the energy of creating with other artists,” says Lundy. “It pushes you outside the box to help you discover your own creative passions.”

This will feature the work of longtime members Sandra Annonio, Peggy Wood, Amy Pickens, Aprille Hayes, as well as several others. Many of these featured artists began as pottery students and, learning they had a knack for the art form, went on to teach classes or exhibit across the Southeast. Join us at the Shelby County Arts Council on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 1-3:30 p.m. for the Pottery Collective Art Exhibit opening reception. See work from some of the most talented artists in the county and meet these incredible artists. This reception is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, writer and musician Sean Dietrich joins us for a special evening of storytelling about life in the South. Dietrich has quite the following for his columns, Sean of the South. Each column is a perfectly crafted glimpse of life in the South. The columns are not so much short stories as they are ordinary moments brought to life by Dietrich’s own unique perspective of the world. Dietrich shares a new column every day on his blog. His experiences are relatable to any reader who has lived or visited the South. They feel more like stories told on the front porch than thoughts in a blog post. His stories have a cathartic way of helping the reader relate to their world while discovering the goodness that is there. Check out Dietrich’s columns on his website,, and see him live at the SCAC Black Box Theater on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Available tickets can be purchased for $20 at or by calling (205) 669-0044.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit our website at or call (205) 669-0044. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. (@shelby_county_arts) for all our latest news.