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Second annual ‘Selma Blues’ event set for Thursday night

After the success of last year’s “Snapshots, Stitches and Selma Blues”, ArtsRevive will once again host the celebration of visual art, blues, jazz and soul at the Carneal Building at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“It was a really positive thing last year,” said ArtsRevive Board President Rex Jones. “We’re happy to be doing it again.”

Musical guests at this year’s event include Elaine Hudson, Elnora Spencer and Earl Williams.

Jones said the musical guests at last year’s event were one of his favorite parts about the event.

“All of the music was really great,” he said. “The artists were also all very accessible. It was great to meet them, hear their stories and where they’ve been.”

In addition to the musical artists, featured visual artists include Charlie Lucas, Lynthia Edwards, Spencer, Leanna Leithauser-Lesley, Tara Stallworth Lee and Roger Stephenson.

All the art featured at Thursday’s show will be available for purchase.

Returning artists to this year’s event include Stephenson and Leithauser-Lesley.

Both artists’ works stem from a deep love of music.

Stephenson specializes in performance photography while Leithauser-Lesley creates needle-point portraits of jazz and blues musicians such as Nina Simone, Django Reinhardt and Thelonious Monk, which Jones called “indescribable.”

“They’re just so unique,” he said. “There’s nowhere else you can see anything like this.”

There will also be plenty of food and drink to accompany the art, both musical and visual, on Thursday night.

Attendees can purchase a drink from a cash bar or a meal from The Sandbar.

Jones said attendees are also welcome to bring their own chairs and coolers filled with their own food and drinks.

ArtsRevive Executive Director Becky Youngblood thanked the Alabama State Council on the Arts for making the event possible.

Tickets for this year’s event are available at Eventbrite.com and at the door the night of the event for $20.