The Eastern Short Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama is a community driven non profit organization that was formed in 1954. Since the opening of the fist studio the center has expanded to five exhibition galleries, along with four art studios for teaching art classes. The exhibitions are made up exclusively of local art work and they are in a continual state of metamorphosis as far as the works on display are concerned. You can expect to see paintings, sculptures, hand drawings, pottery and a whole lot more. If you have any interest in the arts and you’re in the area, I can’t recommend this bohemian wonderland enough.
What I adore most about it is that it’s so much more than just a gallery, you can literally get your hands dirty with classes for adults and children for pottery and hand painting. All the staff and teachers are so passionate about art, and it’s plain to see when they give classes and guided tours, as they make every attempt to instill the same passion for the arts in to their visitors and students.
Each year they have two special outdoor exhibitions for a unique change of backdrop setting. Guided tours of the exhibitions are freely available, however, the center has an extraordinarily busy schedule and as such they require advanced notice of a minimum of six weeks for educational field trips, and four weeks in advance for group tours. For group tours there is a recommended donation amount of $3 per visitor.
For field trips your class can avail of art classes that can include both or either of arts and pottery, at $20 per student the art and pottery class represents great value. Alternatively the classes can be taken separately at a cost of $12 and $15 respectively.
There is a gift shop available, anything bought in the shop will assist in maintaining the Eastern Shore Art Center. Books, hand made jewelry, fashion and gift cards are all available to buy.
The gallery is freely accessible to the public at no cost, though please kindly consider making a donation to support the center. Your help will ensure that the center remains open long in to the future. If you are an artist they are all too happy to accept donations in the form of works of art. Your donations will also help community outreach programs that are highly valued and appreciated by local residents of Fairhope.
The galleries and gift shop are open from Tuesday through to Friday from 10:00 up until 16:00 and from 10:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays and for all major holidays.