Friday, July 6, 2007

Storefront Art Project on View

Posted on Fri, Jul 6, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Downtown Storefront Art Project, which aims to revitalize the Main Street corridor between Adams and Peabody, now features two installations. The project — a collaboration of the Rhodes College Center for the Outreach and Development of the Arts and the Center City Commission — uses art to revitalize vacant storefronts in hopes of enhancing the area's appearance and drawing new business downtown.

Dwayne Butcher's series of 68 intricate drawings can be seen at South Main and Union, in the former Smooth Moves location. Indeed the drawings' organic shapes give viewers a sense of movement. At 77 South Main, in the building that onced housed Debbie's Hair Affair, Mel Spillman's four collages on wood panels draw on the building's history; the artist worked with advertisements from the 1950s, when that space was in its heyday.

For more information on the Downtown Storefront Art Project, contact Lauren Kennedy at kenle@rhodes.edu.

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