Story by WVUA 23’s Maria Blough.

The first Thursday of every month brings artists and art lovers together in downtown Northport. The Kentuck Art Center hosted its event called Art Night on Thursday.

Art Night featured live music, an arts and crafts table and the opening of two new exhibits. One of its goals is to build community through art.

Art is important because it’s an expression of humanity,” said Ashley Williams, marketing manager for the Kentuck Art Center. “It’s what we celebrate and kind of remember throughout history.”

These Art Nights are about bringing the community together. One of the exhibits that opened as part of the event brings different items together to create something new.

Elayne Goodman grew up during the Great Depression in rural Mississippi. She learned not to let anything go to waste and incorporates many different items in her artwork.

 “A lot of people don’t want to throw away things, but they don’t know what to do with it,” Goodman said. “I’m a recipient of a lot of nice things from people to make things with, and that’s just the process. I enjoy taking something and doing something with it. When I start, I don’t know where I’m going. It just happens.”

Goodman’s exhibit will be open to the public through March.

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