• 68°
The Madison Record

“Derby Days” prints commemorate festival debut

A local artist is paying tribute to the debut of Madison Derby Days on May 5 with an original work of art.

"Derby Days" is an original painting by Michele Lee.

Michele Lee, director of 16 Main Gallery and owner of Artistic Finishes Studio, has created a print, aptly titled “Derby Days.” Lee will sign the first 25 prints. Prints cost $25.

Lee describes her painting “as impressionistic with a splash of energy. I wanted to create the feeling of motion and the ambiance of a day at the races.” The painting depicts three horses running at full speed down the course.

The work is first in a series that Lee is producing for the Kentucky Derby.

Following the Run Through the Roses 10K and 5K, the premiere Derby Days festival will bring race-day excitement to downtown Madison from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weeks ago, Lee learned that Dawn Johnson was spearheading a festival called Derby Days. “It made me think of my Kentucky home,” Lee said. “Even though I have lived in Madison for the past 20 years, I still love Kentucky and the beauty of that state.”

The entire state of Kentucky is fervent about horse racing, Lee said. “But Louisville, spoken ‘Lueevul,’ is the main area for horse racing.” She has attended races.

Lee’s hometown is Owensboro, Ky., similar in size to Huntsville. “The best thing about my ‘Old Kentucky Home’ is the Bar-B-Q. We have a thing called Burgoo stew that is to die for,” she said.

The Run Through the Roses 10K starting line is on Eastview Extension at Bob Jones High School. The 10K starts at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m. Both courses are USATF-certified (USA Track & Field).

The course takes Hughes Road, Old Madison Pike, Crestview Drive, Briarwood Drive, Steele Drive, Athens Boulevard, Eastview Drive and back to Eastview Extension.

From the sale of prints, Lee will donate half of proceeds to the Madison Historical Preservation Society.

For more information, call Lee at 256-325-0161 or visit 16maingallery.com or MicheleLeeArt.com.

Madison

Summer Knights opens chess tourneys for school year

Harvest

Youngsters can act in Fantasy Playhouse’s ‘Little Annie’

Harvest

Flying on Instruments jazzes up routines of members, audiences

Madison

Madison Public Library to host newcomer fair on Saturday

Madison

Trash Pandas shut down Biloxi bats in 3-1 win

Madison

Rickabaugh pedaling in Great Cycle Challenge for children’s cancer research

Harvest

Shotgun Salute to benefit Honor Veteran Legacies

Madison

Trash Pandas edged in Biloxi 6-5

Harvest

CareerNAV to inform women in tech job market

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Aug. 10, 2022

Madison

Extension Service: How to deal with chiggers

Business

New event announced: Christmas on the River at Ditto Landing

Madison

Trash Pandas homer, hang on for 5-4 win in Biloxi

Bob Jones High School

Nominations open for Bob Jones Hall of Fame

Madison

Nichols reminds families on COVID-19 procedures

Harvest

Partnership giving away Fentanyl test strips

Madison

Sheriff: Man flees from Limestone deputies in stolen ambulance, stolen fire truck

Madison

Triana, Madison libraries offer Makerspace for hi-tech crafts and more

Harvest

Art Tour of Homes expands into Madison with Estes and Overcash houses

Bob Jones High School

Neha, Puja Chopade’s research with Harvard mentors published in journal

Madison

Wroblewski in 15-mile swimming challenge for Wounded Warriors

Huntsville

Huntsville Ballet Company announces new season

Digital Version

Check out the August 2022 issue of Madison Living

Madison

Madison teen charged with murder after allegedly shooting brother

x