With the Art of Water Opening Event scheduled for Friday, residents and businesses in the downtown Algoma area are being asked to wait until Saturday, May 5, to put items curbside for the citywide cleanup. The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce suggests that the request could cover from Fourth Street east to the lakeshore since many of the businesses participating in the event are located in that area.

Originally there was not to be a spring cleanup this year, but then the Department of Public Works checked available dates with the waste hauler and May 7 is the only time that would work for this spring.

In a Facebook post, the Chamber said waiting until Saturday to put stuff curbside could help Algoma “put its best foot forward” for the Art of Water event.

The second annual Art of Water gallery exhibition features more than 100 regional and national artists and is spread throughout nine downtown Algoma businesses: James May Gallery, JMG North, Steele Street Trading Co. & Gallery, Jabberwock Gallery and Studio, Clay on Steele, Yardstick, The Algoma Book Corner, Steele Street Hops, and von Stiehl Winery.

The free event focuses on conversation and protection of water, inspired by Algoma’s Lake Michigan coastline. While the galleries will host the artwork for the month of May, there is a reception opening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Photo – Algoma Chamber of Commerce