By Jill Diver
GEORGETOWN — Artisans ranging in age from young children to senior adults now have a place in their community to practice their crafts, attend and rent out space for workshops and meetings, and even for the bride-to-be to shop for dresses with the opening of Scala Art Center.
“We don’t have anything for the kids in the community,” said Lisa Scala, 44, of Georgetown. “It seems likes everyone goes to every other town for things that they do. I said, ‘We need something for our middle school and older kids to do something good.'”
The space where the Scala Art Center stands housed the Scala family business for 35 years.
“I had an idea for art and craft shows that started last November,” Scala said. “By February, I had the building filled with artists and also art therapists, which is where the art and wellness comes from.”
The center celebrates a grand opening Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., during Georgetown Days this weekend. The event will feature an Artisan & Craft Show, along with creative workshops for the kids and artist demonstrations.
Within the center is The Meeting Place, with conference tables, as well as artist’s studios that are occupied, and classrooms with classes running throughout the day and evening. There is a gallery on the first floor, a retail floor that hosts a bridal boutique.
Several artist and community groups such as the Artists Success Circle and a writers group already are using the center.
“The local support has been pretty amazing,” Scala said. “People have been donating stuff to us for art supplies.”
Scala also is making a special effort to draw in senior citizens.
“People who are retired don’t have a place to do their art,” Scala said. “We have been trying to reach out to the retired community to have more artists create a community and network together.”
The center is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A mix of artists and teachers work in the center, offering classes including jewelry making and metalsmithing, film school, painting and drawing, puppet making, crocheting, knitting and sewing.
“During the holidays we will do craft shows,” Scala said. “And for the months ahead there will be an Artists Weekend, Artisan & Craft Shows and Black & White Night.”
If you go
What: Scala Art Center Grand Opening.
When: Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 28 West Main St., Georgetown.
How: Stop in and check out the center during Georgetown Days weekend or Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the Web check out scalaartcenter.com.
This article ran on Sept. 23, 2010 in The Eagle-Tribune Newspaper