ARTmore arrives

Published 11:33 am Saturday, May 18, 2013

Art to be part of the first ARTmore event has been on display this week in downtown.

Art to be part of the first ARTmore event has been on display this week in downtown.

The wait for the inaugural ARTmore event is over and artists from all over will make their way to Atmore’s downtown district in preparation for today’s 4 p.m. start to the festival.

Event organizer James Amerson said he is thrilled the event is finally here after months of preparation.

“A lot of work has gone into this,” Amerson said. “I think it’s going to be very good for Atmore.”

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Amerson, who grew up in Atmore, now lives in Pensacola, where he is heavily involved in the art scene. His connections in both cities have yielded a first-time event in Atmore hat brings nearly 50 artists to town, each displaying his or her own unique talents. From traditional art, like photography and paintings, to more obscure techniques, such as Raku pottery firing and aluminum pouring, art of all kinds will be available this afternoon when ARTmore officially begins.

The festival will also include the music of Jeff Glickman and the Panhandle All Stars, as well as a wine tasting and food by Appetite 4 Life. A children’s art contest will also be held, with cash prizes going to the winners.

ARTmore will begin today at 4 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m. along west Ridgeley Street, north Trammell Street and west Louisville Avenue.

There is no charge for patrons attending ARTmore and, following the event, the six artists chosen to be featured as this year’s best in show will have their work moved to Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, where it will be displayed in the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ permanent collection.