Merchants in downtown Greenwood will open their doors for Main Street Greenwood's annual Art Alfresco event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
More than 40 artists will exhibit and sell their work in various downtown locations including A Pocket Full of Posies, The Alluvian, Beard+Riser Design, The Catwalk, Communities in Schools, Fincher's Antiques, Fincher's Inc., the Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, The Melon Patch, Mockingbird Bakery, Mississippi Gift Co., Olde World Antiques, Port Eliot, Russell's Antiques and Fine Jewelry, Smith and Co., Traditions Custom Framing and Gifts, Trustmark Bank, Turnrow Book Co. and the Viking Cooking School.
Art Alfresco is free and open to the public, and each participating business will provide drinks and light hors d'oeuvres for the guests.
“One of the purposes of this event is to provide local artists with the opportunity to become self-sustained,” said Lise Foy, executive director of Main Street Greenwood. “The over-arching purpose is to promote downtown and drive traffic into the businesses.”
Live music also will be performed throughout the evening.
Ben Arnold will perform outside on the 200 block of Howard Street; Jerry Fair will set up on the 300 block of Howard Street; Brandi Ward will perform at Port Eliot; Haggard Collins will perform at Smith and Co.; and The Alluvian will feature Jimmy Jarrett, Kristian Dambrino and Barry Bays.
“We're excited to have these performers,” said Melisa Fincher of Fincher's Inc., who has been the entertainment chairman for Art Alfresco since the event's inception. “They're all very talented and great entertainers.”
Members of the ASTRA club, a branch of Altrusa, will serve as hostesses for the evening. The girls will pass out programs and provide directions for visitors.
Some other special events will be held downtown Thursday evening in conjunction with Art Alfresco. The Alluvian Spa will celebrate the grand opening of its new yoga studio, located behind the spa in the old jail building. Luminaries will light the way to the studio from Church Street.
At 5:30 p.m. Turnrow Book Co. will host a book signing and reception for Oxford filmmaker and photographer Joe York and for Greenwood locals Mary Carol Miller and Mary Rose Carter. York will promote his book, “With Signs Following: Photographs from the Southern Religious Roadside,” and Miller and Carter will present their new collection, “Must See Mississippi: 50 Favorite Places.”
Art Alfresco is sponsored by Entergy, whose open grants program focuses on community enrichment and promoting arts and culture.
Foy said the event has become so popular with the community that Main Street Greenwood will probably begin planning a second Art Alfresco event each year.
Some other events hosted by Main Street Greenwood include Upstairs Downtown, which will be held in November; the courthouse lighting ceremony, held prior to the annual Christmas parade; and River to the Rails.
For more information on Art Alfresco or other Main Street Greenwood events, call Lise Foy at 453-0365.