LAC to honor Davis as July Artist of the Month
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The Leeds Arts Council announced that it will host an opening reception to honor its July gallery artist, Michael Davis.

The reception will be July 1 at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center gallery, 8140 Parkway Drive, downtown Leeds, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Davis is a watercolor realist inspired by the beauty and timelessness of the southern landscape. His passion for nature is reflected in his many paintings of the southeast from the mountains of Tennessee and North Georgia to the gulf coasts of Alabama and Florida.

Although he began painting in oils when he was young, he quickly developed a love for the beauty and detail he could capture with watercolor.

Influenced by the works of Hubert Shuptrine, John Carlson, and Wayne Spradley, Davis has spent his entire career developing his unique style of realism with watercolor.

Davis has been accepted into numerous juried art shows and exhibitions. In January 2012, his Realism in Watercolor Solo Exhibit was featured at the Hardin Cultural Arts Center in Gadsden.

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Levite Jewish Community Center of Birmingham, the Alabama Wildlife Federation Art Competition and the Energen Art Competition in which his painting, “Autumn on the Bayou” was purchased for their permanent collection.

He will also exhibit at the 54th Annual GAA Juried Art Show at the Gadsden Museum of Art from July 15 through Aug. 31.

Among his many awards are first place in the 2012 Eufaula Art Show, Hoover, Arts Alliance Award at Art in the Gardens 2011, Hanna LeMaster Watercolor Award in Arts Alive 2011, Best of Show in Painting at the 2011 Fountain City Arts Fest, First Place Wqtercolor in the 2012 Hoover Shelby Art Association Show and Best of Show in the 20019 Vestavia Art Association Show.

Davis is a member oft the Mountain Brook Art Association, the Vestavia Hills Art Assocation and the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association. His paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the south.

For further information about the artist and to view some of his work, visit

There is no charge for admission to Sunday’s reception; however, his paintings will be available for purchase.

For more information regarding the exhibit or upcoming Leeds Arts Council events, including the July performance of “Cinderella,” call 699-2440 or visit In case of inclement weather, call ahead. The arts center gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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