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Ridgeley to shut down March 13 for art show

By By Adrienne McKenzie
The Atmore Visual Arts Association (AVAA) along with the Day Gallery and Artists in Communities South (AIC South) are bringing to Atmore an event like the community has never seen before.
Owner of Day Gallery Vikki Day, AIC South’s Becca Horne, Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Emilie Mims and Atmore mayor Howard Shell met Wednesday to iron out the details for “An Evening with the Arts,” scheduled for March 13.
Horne said what she needed from the city of Atmore is to shut down a part of Ridgeley Street for the afternoon and also for catering funds.
Day said this has the potential to become an annual event for Atmore.
There will be “art, music and camaraderie” at An Evening with the Arts, according to Horne. More than 40 artists and performers from Atmore, Daphne, Fairhope, Pensacola and Mobile will be at the event to share talent and visions with like-minded people.
Mims said the Chamber is involved with the event because AVAA and Day are hosting a Business After Hours the same evening.
Mayor Shell was content with all requests except one. Horne had asked for hooks to be hung along storefronts to hang decorative plants from.
Shell, Horne and Day came up with a solution to the problem. It was decided to hang plants on the lampposts and have potted plants lining the street.
Shell said “we’ll come up with that someone” regarding the matching funds and that closing the street would not be a problem as long as city council members approve.
Horne is to attend tomorrow’s city council meeting to formally issue a request.
An Evening with the Arts is slated for March 13 from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on West Ridgeley Street in Atmore.
Admission to the event is free and everyone is invited.
For more information, call Day at 251-294-1237 or Horne at 251-802-2584 or email aicsouth@yahoo.com.