Art on the Rocks is BACK August 5, 7-10pm – Bham Now | Candle Made Easy

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Artist Rico Gaston surrounded by onlookers. (Photo provided by the Birmingham Museum of Art)

Looking for an evening of artful entertainment with your friends? Catch Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) on Friday 5 August from 7pm to 10pm.

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There will be music at Art on the Rocks. (Photo provided by the Birmingham Museum of Art)

Art on the Rocks is Birmingham’s biggest arts party, starring Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer Eric Bellinger and the opportunity to paint alongside Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rico Gaston.

Where: Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
When: Friday, August 5, 7pm-10pm
Price: $35 early bird + members; $45 non-members
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Help Rico Gaston bring the energy of the civil rights movement to the present day

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In 2020, we told you all about the first iteration of Wall to Wall presented by PNC, with colorful works by Merritt Johnson. Now the BMA is gearing up for round two, with Rico Gaston joining from New York.

His plan? Creation of two large-scale murals reflecting two deceased Birmingham residents: Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and Sun Ra. Both commissioned works will adorn the museum walls for over a year:

  • “Fred S” Commemorates the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth – hand painted during Art on the Rocks and includes a historic photograph of the Reverend.
  • “Untitled (Sun, Moon, Love, Light)” is printed on vinyl wallpaper and inspired by the visual language and symbols that define Sun Ra’s mythology.
Sun Ra incorporated Egyptian imagery into his live performances.  Photo via Dystopos on Bhamwiki
Sun Ra incorporated Egyptian imagery into his live performances. Photo via Dystopos on Bhamwiki

This is where you come in. On Friday, August 5, Art on the Rocks visitors are invited to paint alongside Rico in the museum’s lobby to help complete the project “Fred S” Installation.

Gaston, who was born in Augusta Georgia and grew up in Southern California, first visited The Magic City in October 2021. On his fourth visit, he will be here for a total of eight days.

“I look forward to being back to perform the mural and engage the community through programs related to the project.

Each of my visits to Birmingham has been filled with so much richness and depth that I have engaged in powerful conversations with amazing members of the community about the city’s rich and complex history. I’m so excited to come down and get back to all of this.”

Rico Gaston, artist

Check out Eric Bellinger

Eric Bellinger is a Grammy Award-winning R&B artist with more than 1 million followers on Instagram.

In June 2022 he shared the stage with Usher and Pharrell’s Something in the Water festival in DC. Then, in early July 2022, he starred alongside Usher & Vedo in an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

There will be an art installation that will serve as a dance party

Surround is a cooperation project of:

As you dance to the music, you become part of the art as your colorful shadow is projected onto the walls of the darkened gallery.

Secure your tickets for Art on the Rocks now

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Art on the Rocks is a great night out with friends. (Photo provided by the Birmingham Museum of Art)

Art on the Rocks has been bringing Birmingham’s creative community to the BMA for an exciting night of artful entertainment since 2005.

Here’s what else you can expect:

  • DJ Smartt will get the party started indoors and DJ Steve-o will get the party started in the outdoor Garden Lounge.
  • Photo Opportunities: The outdoor Garden Lounge will feature a 360 degree photo booth and photo-op installation by Culture to Create, sponsored by Adams Beverages.
  • And more, including pop-up break-dancing performances and an outdoor patio drag show.

Wall to Wall presented by PNC

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Wall to Wall Presented by PNC, with artist Rico Gaston (Birmingham Museum of Art)

ICYMI, Wall to Wall presented by PNC is an ongoing project that invites artists to enliven the museum’s lobby and café—places of exchange and community gathering—with city-inspired artworks.

The goal: Create immersive, site-specific experiences designed specifically for the museum.

However, immersive experiences can be overwhelming for some people, so it’s important to realize that the diagonal lines and contrasting colors in this installation can be confusing for those with sensory processing disorders.

The BMA has KultureCity sensor bags as well as collapsible snap-close sunglasses for free loan at the entrance on the ground floor.

For more information on accessibility, see the museum’s access page.

Make plans now for Art on the Rocks on August 5 from 7pm to 10pm. Get your tickets today.

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