Ryan Heacock, owner of the East Side Gallery in Scottsburg

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Ryan Heacock, owner of the East Side Gallery in Scottsburg and member of the Scottsburg Main Street Group recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg.  Pictured with Ryan are Kiwanians Maryrose McWhirter and Guy TownsendRyan spoke a little about the East Side Gallery and then focused on efforts the Main Street are doing to improve the appearance of Scottsburg.  East Side Gallery has been open almost two years now and Ryan expressed appreciation for the local support and customers from the broader community.  One of the main efforts of the Main Street group is the downtown revitalization.  Starting last September and looking at the 50% occupancy rate on the Square, they set a goal to bring new life into the downtown.  When the repaving projects are completed, the group will repaint the crosswalks and put the crosswalks on a refresher schedule.  Last fall Mayor Graham visited the Paddock and Norton Commons in Louisville to get some ideas for revitalization of the downtown.  He looked at the concept of residences and businesses located in and around parks.  The group is trying to create Scottsburg as a “destination place”.  They have been working on adding lots of decorative, lighted planters around the Square.  They’ve made snowflakes to replace the one’s we’ve used for the holidays for years.  They are still working on additional planters and hangers for flower baskets.  The Arts Council in conjunction with the Historical Review Board are designing murals to paint as the weather cooperates.  Most everything they are using to spruce up the Square is made locally.  The first mural project will be on the side of the building where City on a Hill is located.  The wall still says antiques.  The murals will be inspired by Scott County history and the history of the Square.  The Pub was renovated to reflect its past—barbershop, gun shop and pool hall.  Light shrouds are being prepared to light up the alleys and a sound system is being researched for the Square.  The group has been cleaning and staining the bricks on the sidewalk to make them look new again and they are working on decorations in the alleyways.  They are working on a project to better delineate the entrance to the historic district.  The goal is to bring positive attention to the downtown area and create inspiration. The Kiwanis members thanked Ryan for his presentation and enjoyed the discussion.  Ryan has been working hard to cater to the youth in our community to get involved in art projects and develop a better appreciation for art.

 

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