LaCheryl Cillie, thrift/estate sale enthusiast and auctioneer, clearly falls in the third category. She will be speaking at noon, Tuesday, September 21, at Tuesday with Kelly about exciting art “finds.” Having been in Appraisal Studies at University of Montevallo, done workshops throughout the country and auctioned one of Birmingham’s biggest estates, she is well qualified to offer guidance in “second-hand savvy.”

Besides experience, LaCheryl has a vibrant personality as well and has made many TV appearances, including ten years with Good Day, Alabama as an Antiques and Shopping Expert and on national TV with Discovery Network’s Home Matters. She also has been in numerous radio programs, magazines (Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise) and had articles in national newspapers, such as The Chicago Tribune.

The Kelly is certainly excited to have such a busy and well-versed expert take time to visit with us. To meet her, join us with your bag lunch on Tuesday (beverages and dessert provided) at 124 Company Street in downtown Wetumpka. If you have trouble parking, try the Coaches Corner parking area. Our new roundabout downtown should be finished soon…we hope!

"Pokv-Hvcce" is what????

Up with the new exhibit, and out with the old…The Tribes of Alabama Exhibit is up! The Kelly is now open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m–5 p.m., thanks to our Curator, Jennifer Eifert, Carol Hickman, who’s been coordinating volunteers, and the many Kelly members who have donated hours of service as docents to keep the doors open.

Although the official reception is not until September 28 5:30 p.m., most of the exhibit pieces and Native American artifacts have arrived.  Here is a “Sneak Peak,” but you have to come by to see this fascinating exhibit.  It includes paintings, jewelry, deerskin and mountain goat clothing and pouches, pottery, weapons, arrowheads and miscellaneous artifacts, also a few items for sale.

THANKS, Wind Creek Casino and Hospitality!

You are a big part of our community and a huge part of our support.  Thank you for the very generous monetary support, the delicious refreshments (Chef Alex rocks!), and now, thanks for publicity on your marquee.  Come and send everyone to our new Tribes of Alabama exhibit!  We are waiting and welcoming.  So much excitement in downtown Wetumpka.


Painting in Plein Air

Plein air means outside, to paint outside.  About 20 Alabama Plein Air Artists from all over the state were hosted by The Kelly.  They chose two perfect sunny days in September to visit.

They met at The Kelly at 10 a.m. for a complimentary breakfast casserole and fruit, juice and coffee, then headed out to spots all over town to paint.  Returning late that afternoon, they hung their “wet paint” art and were treated to a lovely reception.

Some  Kelly Art Associates, such as Shellie Whitfield, joined in the fun of painting outside while other members enjoyed buying some of the paintings.  The APAA was so happy with the location and hospitality that they promised to come again.

Tim Burton Birthday Week and Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Starting on August 25, Tim Burton’s birthday, Wetumpka came alive with fantasy.  As the creator of the movies The Big Fish, Batman, The Corpse Bridge, Edward Scissorhands, and Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton is known for his whimsical style.


Main Street and all the shops downtown, including The Kelly, jumped into action to plan puzzles, prizes, photo ops and a dance.  After the opening birthday cake outside the Chamber of Commerce, The Kelly invited all visitors to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with tea and scrumptious scones graciously donated by the Smith-Byrd House Tea Room in Prattville.    Most signed up for a chance to win The Kelly’s “Burton Whirlies” quilt; then they walked up and down the streets to view the windows, all decorated for the event.  Words cannot quite describe the fun as much as photos:

Winner of the "Burton Whirlies" Quilt

Marilee Tankersley‘s name was drawn out of over 50 entries for a lap quilt given away at The Kelly on the final Saturday evening of the Burton evening.  Kelly Art Associate Libby Christensen of Christensen Creations designed it especially for Tim Burton’s Birthday Week to donate to The Kelly.  Called “Burton Whirlies,” it echoes the swirls, stripes, checks and colors of Burton’s art.  All that week, visitors put in tickets for a chance to win it, but it ended up in the hands of one of The Kelly‘s big supporters.  Ironically, it was Marilee who had set up a Tuesday with Kelly talk Burton’s art…and serendipity, she wins!

Lingering in September

The smiles of the children speak loudly.  This month they made darling pompom pandas with yarn donated by Christensen Creations.  Carol Hickman and Lynda Fain, Kelly Board members, lead the effort to set up the free booth at the Community Open-Air Market on the first Thursday.  One more “Linger Longer” market evening is planned for October.  If you know some kids, bring them for a fun little art project!