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“Art and cigar box guitars”

Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
Ranked #10 of 76 things to do in Huntsville
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Owner description: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is America's largest independent center for the arts. With over 120 working artists, small businesses, restaurants, and live performance venues, this huge historic textile mill is now a rising home for music, art, and culture. Visitors are encouraged to enter our studios and speak with artists to learn about their work processes, inspirations, and to purchase work. Check our event calendar and public hours for visiting times and come see us!
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is an old cotton factory with three floors of studios of all kinds of artists that is just wonderful to meander around. Each studio has a large picture window so that even if the artist isn't in at the moment you can gaze in and see his/her art and their process. Be sure and cover all three floors because each floor has a different vibe. On the first floor make sure to visit NICKEL CIGAR BOX GUITARS and talk to John Nickel, if you can. He has on display the most fascinating assortment of guitars made from cigar boxes of all types. While I was there he was teaching a class but he paused and plugged in one of his electric cigar box guitars and played several tunes that made me want to start my life over and be a musician. His Alna Cigar Box Guitar Company seems sincere, generous, and flat out wonderfully inspiring.

2  Thank Marion B
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

I randomly found this on a web site when looking for things to do in Huntsville. Although I haven't experienced it yet, they host many types of outdoor concerts on the docks. The mill is home to many artist studios and plans are to open more soon. Every Saturday art is on display and for sale. Great husband and wife to girlfriend trip. The sandwich shop was good but SLOW. Still worth the wait but plan ahead and don't get in line when you are starving. I look for this to become really popular.

Thank Max M
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is a great place for the artsy crowd, for those seeking entertainment, and shoppers. The variety of artists whose galleries are located at Lowe Mill is varied and interesting. If I lived there I would take my photography clients there all the time! I only wish that I had more time to explore!

Thank halogran
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

What better use for a historic textile factory than an arts and entertainment venue? :) Lowe Mill is an eclectic mix of art studios for every kind of medium (primarily on the 1st and 3rd floors), rentable event halls, an organic foods restaurant (The Happy Tummy), and a Saturday market for almost anyone looking for hand-crafted wares (held on the second floor). With its high ceilings, planked wood floors, rustic brickwork, and abundance of windows, I've personally fund it a charming backdrop for photography.

In the summers, they often hold free concerts on the lawn out front. (Check out their website for details.) Getting to watch the artists and musicians at work is truly one of the great wonders of this communal concept. If you can catch them open, the glass blower is a delight to watch. I like to bring most of my out-of-town guests out for a tour.

Due to the age of the architecture and location, the building has a sort of industrial grunge feel about it--which isn't for everyone. For the most part I've found it to be clean, but the bathrooms have been found neglected on some visits. The artwork itself isn't always family friendly, but one should really scout things out ahead of time before bringing children into most venues of this nature.

1  Thank angelabI4053NB
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Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Lowe Mill is perhaps on of the best art venues that I have been to. The art is amazing and there is always something there for everyone.

I love the concert on the docks series that they have too.

If you are a lover of art this is most definitely a place to visit. There are many different shops with artist practicing in different mediums.

If you check out their calendar some of their resident artist offer classes to the public as well.

1  Thank Darryl M
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