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Long considered Alabama’s best art colony and one of the most popular artist conclaves in the southeast, the Sarah Carlisle Towery/Alabama Art Colony fosters the arts in other ways. It actively supports the arts in its community and maintains a permanent art collection of wonderful pieces which are on display at the Alexander City Board of Education. Our organization fosters strong relationships with other colonies in the southeast and elsewhere, and encourages our members to attend other opportunties for artistic growth.


We would like to invite you to participate in our annual Art Colony.  This event in October,  is an amazing, life-changing experience for both a "budding" or experienced artist.  Children's Harbor on Lake Martin provides a serene and inspiring environment for the four and a half day workshop.  As a participant,  one will be inspired as they develop their skills under the guidance of renowned instructor artists. 


Our board is working diligently to further the growth of the Colony.  Make sure to like us on Facebook and check our website periodically for updates!  Thank you for visiting, and we hope you attend the 2021 colony, scheduled for October 1 - October 6, 2021.

Mission Statement

The Sarah Carlisle Towery /Alabama Art Colony is committed to producing an enjoyable environment to educate, nurture and inspire artists through workshops. We will enhance the quality of life for the greater community by educating and providing opportunities to experience, appreciate and support the arts. We will contribute to the cultural enrichment of the city and its local communities through our on-going collection and exhibition of art and through partnerships with diverse community organizations that celebrate life and art.


Please join us in supporting the growth of the Sarah Carlisle Towery/Alabama Art Colony and its ever-expanding vision. You can make a difference by donating time as a volunteer, making a donation of money or services, or by sponsoring a scholarship in your name or in memory of someone else. A $700 scholarship will provide a deserving artist with the full Colony experience of painting workshops, meals and lodging. Your contribution may be tax-deductible. The Sarah Carlisle Towery/Alabama Art Colony is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and incorporated in the State of Alabama.

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