BOYNE CITY — An area arts organization has recently moved into a new home and, with the move, comes more announcements.
The Boyne Arts Collective — which has been renting a small gallery space from Ace Hardware on Water Street — recently acquired a new space above the Alpine Chocolat Haus and Cafe Sante in downtown Boyne City.
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With the new space also comes a new name and a soft opening set for Saturday, Aug. 13, which will allow people to visit and view the organization’s new home.
“It’s all so exciting and I’m so grateful for everyone that has helped pull this all together,” said the organization’s board president Dawn Caine.
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Caine said the new space will allow the organization to expand its gallery space with the larger room as well as build on its educational offerings with additional rooms that can act as classrooms.
“Our space is upstairs and that’s our one challenge is getting people up there but we are working on that,” she said.
“However, it’s really a natural fit with a unique layout. There is a big reception area with space galore for displaying art and that then opens up into a main exhibit room with a brand new kitchen to the side for special events,” she added .
The entire space also has conjoining smaller rooms with windows looking into them that will be used as classrooms for various art classes and workshops.
Caine added that the layout allows for three classes to be going on at the same time.
“We are all just so excited and grateful to everyone and to the hardware store for letting us rent with them. All the help has allowed for us to grow,” she said.
“We have such a demand for after school classes and programs. We can’t wait to serve the community in a bigger way.”
With the plans to serve the community in a bigger way also comes a name change so the organization better reflects its mission moving forward.
The Boyne Arts Collective is now the Boyne Arts Center, as it hopes to have more programming and become a cultural hub and center in the Boyne City community.
The center officially opened Monday, Aug. 1 but will be hosting a soft opening on Saturday, Aug. 13 during Boyne City’s Pirate Fest.
More information about the Boyne Arts Center and its new home can be found on its website at www.boynearts.org.
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