Artists take over historic downtown

Published 6:30 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2009

By By Lisa Tindell
Artist Lisa Reynolds works with a variety of media — and she has been developing her talent since she was a small child.
Reynolds is one of several artists who will be stationed at 27 different businesses around downtown Atmore Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. for the Atmore Art Walk, Past and Present.
Merchants and artists are teaming up to showcase the downtown area to let the public know just what they are missing if they are not shopping there. The artists who will be there have a variety of talents and come from the surrounding area. Reynolds is one of the many who will welcome guests to shop in downtown Atmore.
Reynolds has had her art on display at United Bank for several months and has recently been replaced with the works of Larry Manning for this week’s Art Walk. Reynolds said she is excited about the upcoming art show and hopes it turns into a regular event.
Reynolds is also a director of the Atmore Chamber of Commerce and works with it to promote the city.
Reynolds grew up in California and is a graduate of Otis/Parsons College Institute of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She received a full fellowship to get her master’s degree at the University of California at Irvine.
While she was still in California, Reynolds met her husband, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton. The Atmore native convinced his new wife to come back to his hometown with him.
Later, an opportunity to travel and live overseas gave Reynolds new inspiration for her art.
When her family moved back to Atmore from Dominica, Reynolds got actively involved in the community. By this time she and her husband were parents of one child.
Reynolds is a member of the Rotary Club and works at Atmore Realty as a Realtor. She is active in the community and will be the next president of the Atmore Chamber of Commerce. She was one of the founders of Atmore Visual Art Association, which has been absorbed into the Greater Escambia Council of the Arts.
The Atmore Art Walk, Past and Present is sponsored by the Atmore Chamber of Commerce.
Shuttles will transport visitors from eight different places around town, and the Art Walk will also feature music, entertainment and food, Vickery said.
The Wisteria will display art from numerous local artists of the past, and will also have some Native American art featured.
Reynolds will display her art at The Atmore Advance. Other artists who will be showing their work are Northview High School art students at Alfa Insurance; Kathleen Tucci at Annie’s Community Cup; Clay and Megan Lisenby at “Atmore News;” Beth Donald at Atmore Appliance; Nancy Self of Stockton at Barnett and Associates; Sarah Beck and Patti Dettling at The Bean Store; Brittany Brown at Canine Cleaners; Deborah Godwin and Jennifer Barton at Coley Petals and Parties; Stacey Spencer at Country Charms; Vickie Day at Cutie Pies Bakery; Kristie Dieguez, Abby Rolfe and Frances Dunn at Earle’s; Lee Bain at Edward Jones; Mike Newton and Julie Fountain at Gulf Winds; Walt Butler and Escambia County High School art students at Hainjes; Jo Vickery at Health Plus Chiropractic; John Fuller at Helton’s Service Center; Mrs. Freddie Miller at Jus Because; Jim Gay at Maxwell, Haley and Castleberry; Escambia Academy art students at Nancy’s, Dr. Hikima at First National Bank; Schuyler Allen, Randy and Wanda Clark at Pintoli’s; Joel Lambert at Roaster’s Gallery; Brandon Smith at Shirley Darby Law Office; Lester Holt at The Tot Shop; Jeremy Dewise and Ty Fernandez at Twice as Nice; and Larry Manning at United Bank.

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