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Silverton Arts Association to open new community art space

By James Day

The Silverton Arts Association is launching a new family-friendly community arts space at the group’s Arts Center at 300 Coolidge St.

The new arts option, which will include a resident artists program, workshops and classes for adults and youth, will debut at 6:30 p.m. on April 7 during First Friday. The association will use the Borland Gallery for the program and at its debut will have artists demonstrating their work, a mural in progress that will end up at Silver Falls Library, plus vinyl records to spin and refreshments

Families are encouraged to enjoy the comfortable new furniture, pull out bins of art supplies and create together.

“The resident artists will host the gallery, keep the doors open, the art bins stocked for kids and complimentary refreshments warm,” said Jonathan Case, resident artist and board president of the association.

The workshops and classes organized by programming director Anne Pinkowski will launch later in April, said Case. Pinkowski can be reached at [email protected].

“There are so many ways to participate,” Case said. “That’s why this community space exists. You can enter right into making art there or sign up for classes, join our free open studio times and apply to teach.”

Case also emphasized that the Borland Gallery will retain its present form and purpose.

“The space is still absolutely a gallery – just a more active one,” he said. “We’ll continue to host works from the community, regional artists, and our members, as before.”

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