A small group of artists and friends gathered at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center in downtown Woodstock on March 23 to volunteer their time installing artwork from local artisans in the lobby and hallways of the center. Armed with drills, ladders, levels, and lots of coffee, the team set out to hang more than 60 original pieces of art for the public to view and enjoy.
As the team installed the artwork, the walls of the arts center were transformed into a museum displaying a fine collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and other local creations. Elm Street patrons recognize what an absolute treasure we have in our town with the quality productions performed by local thespians. Now visitors to the center also will have the chance to support local visual artists and own original pieces of art for their homes.
One of the featured artists, Betsy Khuri said, “I would like to send a huge shout out to everyone who is working to create this wonderful sense of community for artists here in Woodstock. I am grateful, thrilled to contribute, and ready to participate.”
Executive Director Christopher Brazelton said Elm Street is launching a “creative consortia” to grow this group of local artisans and the work they do to contribute to the community. For more information, visit www.elmstreetarts.org.
– Photos and Article by Carey Hood