Rosa Parks Museum to host talk, youth workshop featuring artist Althea Thomas

Posted: Wednesday, 12 October 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a gallery talk and youth workshop featuring local artist Althea Thomas on Saturday, Oct. 29.

A multi-discipline artist, Thomas is an accomplished musician, composer, painter, playwright, lecturer and poet. She will discuss her exhibit, "Paintings and Words: The Art of Althea Thomas," currently on display at the Rosa Parks Museum, during a gallery talk in the museum auditorium starting at 11 a.m.

Following the gallery talk, Thomas will lead an art workshop for youth from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. inside Whitley Hall room 141. During the workshop, youth will create their own inked artwork with the artist's guidance.

Both the gallery talk and workshop are free and open to the public. To reserve a space at the workshop, or for more information, contact museum curator Viola Moten at 334-241-8701.

A native of Montgomery, Thomas is a graduate of Alabama State University, where she also taught music until 1969. Martin Luther King, Jr., appointed her music minister of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in 1955 and she frequently presents her organ compositions and choral work in the Montgomery community.

She has also been a music and art teacher in the Montgomery public school system for 16 years, and is the co-owner of the teaching studio House of Arts. Her art addresses social issues, spirituality, historic moments and everyday observations and has been exhibited in the Haiti Gallery in North Carolina, the Kellogg Center in Tuskegee, the Jan Dempsey Gallery in Auburn and the Guntersville Arts Alliance Gallery in Guntersville.

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