Art on Main

Published 4:30 pm Monday, October 11, 2010

Hundreds of citizens in and around Atmore as well as art enthusiasts flooded the streets of downtown Thursday as part of the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Art Walk.

Chamber Executive Director Sheryl Vickery said she was pleased with the turnout especially with numerous other community events competing for support.

“It was so great seeing people in this community enjoying themselves,” she said. “I know there were several other events going on in the community last night, but the crowd was very good.”

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Music could be heard playing up and down Main Street as several musicians entertained the crowd as patrons visited numerous artist vendors and displays.

“I walked up and down Main Street several times and saw groups of people on the sidewalks talking and laughing,” Vickery said. “Many were carrying packages in their hands. Also in the stores there where people engaged in conversation and it was great hearing the cash registers.”

Vickery added that she is astonished by the amount of artistic talent in and around the Atmore Community. She said those on hand Thursday evening got a real treat and a great glimpse of the talent the town has to offer.

“For the artist, I am still amazed how much talent there is in the community,” she said. “I have had several calls today (Friday) talking about how much fun it was. Many would like to have a downtown event each month”

Vickery said the Chamber plans to hold another Art Walk in December. She believes the holiday spirit will shine through and help make equally successful.

“The downtown committee puts their heart and soul into these events,” she said. “Kudos to everyone would makes these events successful.”

Merchant and artist pairings for the event included:

North Main Street — Brothers Auto Sales; Huskey Printing with Megan Lisenby; Health Plus Chiropractic with Jo Vickery; Nancy’s with Escambia Academy; Coley Petals and Parties with Huxford Elementary School’s 6th Grade art projects and Fun Art for Kids; Cash N Go; Roaster’s Gallery with Joel Lambert; United Bank with Brandon Smith; Annie’s Community Cup with Kathleen Tucci; Wisteria with Narvell McGhee and Escambia County High School; Alley next to Wisteria with Schuyler Allen.

South Main Street: First National Bank with Beth Donald and Abby Rolph; Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union with Julie Fountain, Mike Newton and Faye Morris; Jus Because with Freddie Miller; Pintoli’s with Walton Nichols; The Tot Shop with Lester Holt; “Atmore News” with Walt Butler an Leonard Hursh; The Barn Owl (behind The Beans Store on Church Street) with Ginny Boyd; and The Beans Store with Sara Beck and Patti Dettling.

For more information on the Atmore Downtown Art Walks or to participate in the next event contact the Chamber at 368-2123.

Atmore resident Brooke Marsh browses through collegiate memorabilia at Coley Petals and Parties during the Downtown Art Walk Thursday evening.|Photo by Adam Prestridge