In cahoots with Alcorn State University and the Mississippi Development Authority, the Natchez Economic Development office is hosting its first "Possibilities Tour: Turning Deserted Spaces into Dynamic Places" to showcase the potential of historic downtown buildings that are currently vacant. The event aims to give small business owners, the general public, and regional executives an opportunity to visit under-utilized buildings in downtown Natchez and—as the name suggests—imagine the possibilities. The self-guided tour leads participants to several locations, each with artists set up and demonstrating their craft. Musicians performing on the streets, too. 2 pm–5 pm, with galleries, shops and restaurants open all day. For more information contact Aimee Guido at the Natchez Economic Development office: (601) 445-0288.
Make an evening of it:
• The Possibilities Tour is timed to segue into Natchez' regularly scheduled Second Saturday district-wide open house, during which shops and galleries open late, host exhibits, and ply visits with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. This evening, look for work by featured artists Sandy Lane and Allyn DeVries exhibiting at ArtsNatchez, 425 Main Street. A former teacher, Lane is a native of Hawaii who now resides in Natchez, and the inspiration of the Hawaiian islands is still visible in her work. Allyn DeVries is a native of Ohio, where she studied Fine Arts in college and fell in love with the fiber art of weaving. Hosting Second Saturday will be artists Deborah McNeal and Kamaria Parke. 6 pm–8 pm at 425 Main Street.
• At Natchez Art Association will be an exhibit entitled Natchez Streets, which features artist members' studies of the town's venerable old buildings and vistas. 118 N. Perals Street. natchezartassociation.org
• The Rolland Golden Gallery will be showing an exhibit of the nationally renowned artist and Natchez resident's color studies and prints. 419 Main Street.
Second Saturday activities take place from 5 pm–9 pm all over downtown Natchez.