Engage, Inspire, and Advance the Visual Arts.

The mission of the Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts is to engage, inspire, and educate artists and the public at large by promoting local and regional visual arts through the collection, recognition, documentation, and the publication of relevant works of American art.

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Clean It Up at TWK
and LAST CHANCE FOR 4X6 SALE!!! Soaps, scents, and candles are the artisan subject this next week at Tuesday With Kelly, 12:00-1:00, April 16. Local soapmaker Olga Grant will be the speaker. Known …
“Roots of Hope” Attracts a Crowd
The "Roots of Hope" Exhibit Opening Reception was a grand success with over 75 guests. This unique current exhibit features artwork by the inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka. T…
Reaching and Teaching…
art to youngsters! The Kelly's mission is "is to engage, inspire and educate artists and the public at large," including children. This year we have made a concerted effort to reach out to the school …

featured artist

Dirk Walker

Dirk Walker is one of Alabama’s most collected and sought after artists, with work that has been collected throughout the US and internationally.

According to the artist: "I once read 'Art is a delicate balance between the visual concept and each artist’s technique.' After years of chasing that artistic balance, it is the anticipation of the struggle that keeps me coming back to the canvas.

Some 30 years ago, in the midst of a professional career and raising a family in Birmingham, Alabama, I unknowingly discovered my path in life that probably was in place since childhood. that I was meant to be an artist. It was there as a boy watching my father paint in watercolors, and memories of me constantly sketching in pen and ink. Then later, majoring in Industrial Design at Auburn University, the foundation for painting was put in place through academic training on the importance of concept, composition, perspective, color and draftsmanship in presenting a visual message to the viewer."

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