The new Ellsworth Arts Council location is sandwiched between Lux Interiors and Peterson and Kasper Attorneys in downtown Ellsworth. The building was formerly the office of Dr. Kurt Williams who exchanged buildings with the Council so that he could have additional space for his new Dental Medical Arts building.
The move from the old building to the new location occurred in December 2007 and January 2008. Equipment and art work were stored in a storage room in the rear of the building until a few months ago when the building underwent major interior renovation. Mark Roehrman removed most of the interior walls and made repairs where necessary.
Following the construction phase, the clean-up began in January and was completed this month. The Council hosted an open house last night.
Ellsworth County has had three Governor’s Artists. Those named were Kepka Belton, Charles Rogers and Vernon Brejcha.
Student Art Month opened March 2nd and will end March 31st. This showing features the work of students in K-12 from Ellsworth, Wilson and Quivira Heights. Art displays will rotate monthly.
EHS art teacher, Holly Savage (center), chats with gallery volunteers Ken McHenry and Meredith Vargo. Anyone interested in beginning carving instruction at the gallery should contact Ken at 472.3848. Classes will be held whenever the new group of carvers would like to meet. Annette Bourne will also be giving instruction in stained glass construction.
Artistic talent is found in all age groups.
Watch for the announcement of a guitar concert that will be held soon at the Gallery.
This acrylic drawing was done by Cade Cranston, EHS student. The mystery artist of the graphic pencil drawing in my posting March 6th was Ryan Manes.
Classes in water color, oil and acrylic will be taught as instructors become available. The gallery will also join art groups in surrounding communities for art displays and exchanges.
The gallery is operated by volunteers. Please contact Meredith Vargo at 472.4908 if you would be willing to contibute one afternoon a month to help with the success of this effort. The gallery is open from 12:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday and at other times by appointment.
The Council is composed of volunteers. Officers are: Annette Bourne,president; Steve Steinhouse, treasurer; Meredith Vargo, treasurer. Other board members are: Beverly Connally, Robert Rogers, David Driscoll, Agnes Kepka, Ken McHenry and Lois Wenz.