ARAB, Ala. -- The city of Arab is getting a very special and unique gift from one of its own. Internationally celebrated artist Nall is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of his original paintings to the Arab Chamber of Commerce for the city to enjoy.
Numerous paintings are set up inside the Arab Chamber of Commerce. They are intriguing - encouraging the viewer to think, to put together, and to wonder. The works are just a fraction of what the city of Arab will soon have to display for its residents to enjoy; a gift from one of its own, who has made big tracks across the world.
"Nall is a world-renowned artist, he studied under Dali, and in France. He has a studio in France, an actual institute," explains Arab Chamber of Commerce president Wes Kitchens.
Nall was born in Troy and lived there until he was 11. His family later moved to Arab, and his career as an artist blossomed from there.
"He's coming back as a way to give back to his childhood home," Kitchens says, "He graduated from high school here in Arab."
Nall is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of his original works to the city. Initially they will be on display at the Chamber of Commerce, then the pieces will be scattered throughout the community. "It's going to be at some of the schools, public libraries, city hall, and some will remain here at the Chamber," Kitchens says.
Friday, Nall will be presenting his gift officially to the city in an event that everyone is welcome to attend. "Ten to five, we're going to be at Fine Things, and then at 5:30 we're going to have the After Hours where he's presenting, and then we're going to be presenting him with a token of our appreciation as well," Kitchens says.
The art show will be held on Friday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fine Things. That is located at 1942 N. Brindlee Mtn. Pkwy., Arab, AL 35016. The Arab Chamber of Commerce's 'Nall meet & greet/dedication' After Hours will be held next door to Fine Things at Chocolate Indulgence from 5:30 to 6:30.
The art show and event are open to the public. "It's really important for us to be able to showcase someone who is from the Arab community," Kitchens says.