FULTON, NY – The bad news is everyone thinks CNY Arts Center is moving out of its present location in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., where classes, theatre events, Writer’s Café, Author’s Spotlight and Arty Camp still take place.
The good news is CNY Arts Center is expanding with the opening of a second location, an art gallery in downtown Fulton.
“It is an easy leap to make when we’re announcing a new address and events taking place, especially in such a prominent location,” said Nancy Fox, director of the arts center. “Our present location in the Methodist Church doesn’t have enough space for art to be properly displayed and we felt this retail location would be a better venue to showcase the excellent work of local artists. The space we are using in the church is adequate for classes, an administrative office, evening social events and our theatre performances. We have a lot of growing to do in the church facility and trust the community will enjoy the two locations with different options.”
“We’re also eager for everyone to understand, while we have a great working relationship with State Street Methodist Church, we’re not a church program nor affiliated with church outreaches,” Fox continued. “The wonderful members of the church have been very kind and supportive. They’ve generously shared their space and warmly invited the public to come in for arts center events. We’re grateful for the arrangement but it is important to be received as belonging to the community as a whole and not perceived as an entity of the church.”
“CNY Arts Center’s mission is broad and long-term, and tirelessly works to deliver the arts designed to stimulate a significant impact both economically, educationally, and improved quality of life. We are focused on affordable opportunities, as much sponsored programming as we can deliver, and the potential for growth is unlimited. We are a community of artists and finally those artists have a support system, a place to exhibit, and a place to explore and learn – all arts for all ages,” Fox said.
Artists can still apply for space in the gallery which is located at 47 S. First St. across from the city gazebo.
“With farmers’ market and events happening in the gazebo and along the river all summer long, we are confident this prime location will be a great place to generate the necessary foot traffic as we introduce these artists to the community. And it will be a nice addition for downtown shoppers, employees and restaurants,” said Bonnie McClellan, project lead for the art gallery expansion.
An open house is planned for June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an official ribbon cutting planned for June 5 at 11 a.m.
Harpist Marcella Slater will provide musical entertainment from 2-4 p.m. on June 1.
Not limited to Fulton, artists from the CNY region are encouraged to apply.
For more information on all programs and events at CNY Arts Center, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.