Bank to host after hours party

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First National Bank and Trust in Atmore will host a chamber business after hours party that will feature Alex Alvarez tomorrow, Thurs., Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.

The party will be held at the main branch location and many of Alvarez’s art pieces will be on display.

Alvarez, 33, is a Native American artist born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and now resides in Atmore. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of West Florida.

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In 2010, Alvarez began studying under Creek/Cherokee Master Artist Dan Townsend. He began shell carving as a profession since 2012. Since then, Alvarez has traveled around the nation showing off his work at many exhibitions, as well as conducting workshops and lectures at well-known universities and institutions.

His work can be found in galleries and museums across the country, and uses his cultural heritage and coastal homelands for inspiration in his pieces.

In addition to shell carving, Alvarez has a strong background in youth development programs. At present, he is employed as a cultural enrichment instructor for Mobile County Public Schools, where he primarily services the Native American student population. He also assists as a coach and organizer for the Atmore Soccer Program through the YMCA.