Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Gallery Puts the Spotlight on Local Artists

Last fall I wrote a post about the great Friday night open studios at Fountain Street Studios on the south side of town.

Now, the landmark Bancroft building that houses our largest artist community is also home to the Fountain Street Fine Art gallery. The first floor space will feature monthly exhibitions by local artists, many of whom have their studios in the building.

Run as a cooperative, artists must apply for membership, however, exhibitions will not be limited to member artists. Co-directors Cheryl Clinton and Marie Craig, who have their own working studios in the building, are focusing on contemporary art with a strong regional focus.

In addition to exhibitions, they plan on offering gallery talks, workshops, and film screenings as well. The founders also write a blog chronicling their efforts to convert the raw industrial space into the attractive gallery space that it is today. A fascinating story and perhaps an inpiration and possible blueprint for other budding artistic entrepreneurs in town.

The gallery is located at 59 Fountain Street and is open Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.