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Bright idea has Kentuck soaring above the bats

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NORTHPORT - AL -

     Bats may have run the lovers of art from their main building in Downtown Northport, but a major part of Kentuck is bouncing back thanks to a bright idea.

     "People come from all over the United States.  I met a lady from the New York Times," said Kentuck Director, Amy Echols.   She was referring to the excitement  that leads to the big annual Kentuck Arts Festival.  Its a culmination of the monthly Art Night, which haven't been the same since bats invaded the attic of Kentuck's main office last spring. "Its been almost a year that we have gone without a gallery space for our art nights," added Echols.

     But, two doors down, behind the temporary art shop inside Kentuck's activity center, a worker had a bright idea.  He started building four walls to bring back the Art Night exhibits.  "He recruited a few artists who he knew was experienced with building walls."

    It will be called the TEMP gallery, which is short for Transitory-Episodic-Momentary-Provisional gallery.  The volunteer project is nearly complete, painted and ready to showcase artistic skills again from across the country.  "Sometimes its sculptures, sometimes their paintings, glass and woodworking and we would present this to the community...We had put all of our artists on hold that we had planned a year in advance.  So, now we're trying to reschedule all of the artists that we've missed the past year."

   The next Art Night is February 6th.

    Plans are still in the works to renovate Kentuck's main office building where the bats have been removed and cleaned.