“The world is a great book,” St. Augustine once said. “Those who never stir from home have read only a page.”

With their travels to 55 countries and all seven continents, David and Lesa Cummings of Anniston have read numerous pages of that great book. Perhaps soon another book, their book, of photographs and journal notes will be written.

In a recent eight-day trip to Morocco in northwestern Africa, the Cummings went to enough cities and outdoor spaces to fill the Ayers Room at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County with 35 canvas prints. The colors are vibrant and the gallery’s lighting is especially effective, David Cummings said. “You can see that while we both shot the same image, we thought about it in different ways,” he said.

The exhibit of photos from Morocco will be up through July.

The collection takes us to a shop of hand-loomed rugs and several mosques, all in the port of Casablanca. There are two gatherings of inhabitants in market places on the city square of Marrakesh. “Nighttime shots are technically difficult, but Lesa really captured the reality of these,” David said.

 And how alike people are everywhere! We see this in the photo “Gossip Time” in Marrakesh, in which two veiled women talk in a courtyard enclosed by stone walls.

“We were interested in Morocco because it’s at 33 degrees north latitude like Anniston is,” David explained. “We plan to go to other places around world at 33 degrees north and do photo stories about how other people live at same latitude.”

The Cummings went with a tour company and saw the country on a schedule, but this trip was different. “Usually, you have a list of sites you have heard about and want to see, but this was more of a walk-though to see the real life of the country,” David said. “We saw things we never expected to see and really felt the welcoming nature for us and people from the West.” he added.

The main library’s hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-5 p.m.

Fourth Fridays on Noble Street

A much shorter trip lets you see the life of downtown Anniston each fourth Friday, according to Reilly Johnson, director of Main Street Anniston.

With the purpose of drawing people to Noble Street, the Fourth Friday Makers Market will be held July 27 from 5-8 p.m. It will be the summer’s final Fourth Friday.

The event is for the entire family. Vendors will be selling handmade goods, a sidewalk café will be available, and classic cars and live music will add to the festivity. Businesses will be open, too, all to give the 900 block of Noble some extra attention.

Summer enrollment at The Music Box

The All-Stars Music Camp at The Music Box, 1018 Noble St., ended Friday with a vocal and instrumental concert at Catalyst. It was the third summer camp offered, this year with 15 students from 5 to 16 years old, each of whom learned to play instruments. Now it’s time for summer enrollment classes. For more information, call Jean and Steven Ellison at 256-624-7986 or for general information visit themusicbox1985.weebly.com.

Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at herveyfolsom@yahoo.com.

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