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From February 16, 2006...

Art collector Paul Jones takes issue with the focus of some collectors. Art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art. And danceable gospel from international recording artist and lifetime Birmingham resident La Toya Cathey. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.

Paul Jones   Photo by Jack Buxbuam

Paul Jones grew up the son of an Alabama steelworker. At age 10, a trip to a New York City museum made a profound impression on him. Jones decided to start collecting art himself and a few years later bought his first prints which he displayed in frames bought at K-Mart. Today, Jones is recognized by Art and Antiques Magazine as one of the top 100 collectors in the country. His 15-hundred piece collection of African American art is one of the most extensive in the world. Several of those pieces are currently on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Jones talked with Tanya Ott about his art.

Paul Jones interview

Art collector Paul Jones, talking with WBHM's Tanya Ott. "The African Diaspora 2006: Works from the Paul R. Jones Collection" will be on exhibit through February 27 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Ethiopia, late 15th century

Ethiopian Christianity dates back to the 4th Century A.D.; the nation's ties to the Judeo-Christian world go back even farther...some say all the way to King Solomon himself. But not many people outside Africa know that. A new exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art explores the art and traditions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It also features the work of a former priest: Qes Adamu Tesfaw. Dr. Emily Hanna, curator of African and American art at the museum, gave WBHM's Rosemary Pennington an insider's look at the exhibit.

Ethiopian art exhibit

Dr. Emily Hanna, curator of African and American art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, talking about a new exhibit of Ethiopian paintings and religious objects. It runs though April 23rd. There's more at our website, WBHM.org.

Paul Polivnick

Paul Polivnick and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra have a long relationship. In 1993, Polivnick was the conductor of the ASO when the symphony disbanded due to financial troubles. The symphony was reborn in 1997 and in recent years Polivnik has returned as a guest conductor. He leads the ASO again this weekend in the Masterworks series. Polivnick spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall...

Paul Polivnick interview

Paul Polivnick -- he conducts the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series Friday and Saturday night at 8 o'clock at the Alys Stephens Center.

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La Toya Cathey works in UAB's grants and contracting office by day but in her other life, she's an international recording artist who's often compared to CeCe Winans and Whitney Houston. Cathey is a lifelong resident of Birmingham, sang in the Ensley High School, Talladega College and Sardis Missionary Baptist Church choirs. Cathey spent the last several years touring Europe, performing in front of sold-out crowds with Donna Brown and the Golden Gospel Pearls. She joined us in the studio this week to talk about her music. (AUDIO MONTAGE)

The song is "Happy Day" from the "Maxi Single" Happy Day. We've got more on La Toya Cathey's music on our website, wbhm.org.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Rosemary Pennington and production assistance from Anthony Plenty and J.T. Schill. I'm Greg Bass.