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Bobby's Bama: Art of Lowe Mill

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Take a drive off of Seminole or Governor's Drive and you will see the gigantic water tower proclaiming Lowe Mill.  It may look like an abandoned warehouse, but inside it transforms into an eclectic adventure in art.

"Primarily, right now, the series I'm working on now, I work with acrylic paints.  They allow me to work very fast - very immediate medium," said artist, Jim Jobe.

John Nickel makes guitars that strum a different tune.

"It was kind of something to do musically.  I had quit playing in a band and so I needed something musical to do.  So I built one and that was a lot of fun and I built another one and another one," said Nickel.

Now he teaches others how to make cigar boxes into guitars.  He said it takes about 5 hours.

His dad, Pat, even offers lessons.

Julie Gill's custom designed stained glass work is mesmerizing.  Many of her displays bring back fond memories of her childhood.

"I went to Catholic school, which means I went to church every morning. And I would position myself in the line so that I could be at the end of the pew, so I could stick my hand out and play in that light or my leg. I just loved it," said Gill.

Manager Marcia Freeland said it began with the Flying Monkey Arts, which make up second floor.  Here there is an eccentric mix of artwork, puppeteers, drama and much, much more.

"The Flying Monkey, the floor we are on right now, is a collective community.  And they are a collective of musicians, artists, entertainers. And before they came to this building, they were sort of traveling," said Freeland.

But at Lowe Mill they found a 3-story home.

The exposed ceilings and natural wood flooring are all part of the charm of this place, and this all started about 7 years ago and it got a big push when all the artists came in.  It's definitely a must see in Bobby's Bama.

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