Upcoming Canyon Center Events

Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Trudy Calvert 

Feature Artist Trudy Calvert painting a garden scene.


Originally from Indiana, she moved here to Northeast Alabama about 5 years ago. She worked professionally for 40 years as a commercial artist in greeting cards, magazines, sock and T-shirt design, and children’s picture book illustrations. She has a great love for animals and the outdoors. Additional artwork can be found as T L C Creations on Facebook.


Black duck hen on her nest. This image is airbrushed in acrylics on clayboard.

Image of owl painted by Trudy Calvert.

Red phase of a screech owl. Also airbrushed in acrylics on clayboard.

Featured Artist

Creativity During Quarantine 

Since Canyon Fest, our annual art festival held the first Saturday in November each fall, has been canceled by COVID, we have been looking for virtual ways to showcase and support our local artists. Our plan is to feature an artist here each week, throughout the holidays, and share with the world their unique creations, in progress or completed during the pandemic.  

Anyone can apply! Painters, sculptors, musicians, wood workers, blacksmith, etc. as long as the art is hand-made and original. We want to highlight regional creativity that’s been impacted by coronavirus the quarantine. 

Apply to be a Featured Artist

2020 Virtual Bluegrass on the Rim

2020 Virtual Bluegrass on the Rim

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Pandemic Update

JSU Canyon Center to Remain Closed 

FORT PAYNE, AL. As a sign of the times and with significant regret, the Jacksonville State University Canyon Center will remain closed until its deemed safe to reopen.

After being one of the first public facilities in Alabama to close its doors to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Canyon Center closed its doors and gates to the public on March 14th. The National Park Service staff has continued to work with a limited number of JSU staff on site. However, the facility is closed to the public until further notice.

Due to these cautionary actions all building rentals are also cancelled including corporate meetings, proms and private events.

From the staff at JSU and the Canyon Center, we sincerely hope that you are safe, socially distanced and as healthy as possible. We hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

If there are any questions regarding the operation of the Canyon Center, feel free to call 256-845-3548 or text 256-282-5784.

Pete Conroy, Director