The Dixie Art Colony made Wetumpka the art mecca of the United States 90 years ago. That colony last existed in 1948, 75 years ago.

Artists and art students nationwide would meet, paint and live at "Dixie Art Colony" outside of Wetumpka.

The colony was established in 1933 by Kelly Fitzpatrick (1888-1953), Sallie B. Carmichael, and her daughter Warree' Carmichael LeBron. The idea was to establish an artists' colony to paint and train new artists in the American South.

Art lovers of Alabama are not about to let that history die. They have established the Dixie Art Colony Foundation, essentially a historical preservation society for the art colony. Those art appreciators are holding a free history program and lunch on February 15 in Wetumpka.

Dixie Art Colony Foundation was established in Wetumpka in 2015 to reintroduce the art world and the public to The Dixie Art Colony, its artists and their works. 

Here is their invitation to you and the public for the February 15 event:

Join us on Thursday, February 15, 2024, to learn all about how the DAC FOUNDATION began, our accomplishments over the years, and our plans for the future.

Lunch will begin at 11:00 am. The presentation will start at 11:45. We will meet in Trinity Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, located directly across the street from Winn Dixie and McDonald’s at 5375 US Highway 231, Wetumpka, Alabama.

Reservations are requested but not required. There is no charge for the program or the optional lunch. Call 334.328.0730 to make a reservation.

Optional reservations can also be made here.

You may have heard, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." The February 15 lunch program is Wetumpka is the exception.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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