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Cooperative Gallery to Open in The Electric Company
Building upon momentum of the area’s growing arts community and the promise of an artisan trail in Bedford County, a group of artist entrepreneurs is forming a cooperative gallery to be housed in The Electric Company at 207 Depot Street. “We’re seeking like-minded artists and artisans to create a community for sharing creative ideas,” says Edrie Bays, a co-op steering committee member who also has a studio in The Electric Company. “We also want artists who are eager to participate in the Centertown arts scene and who will actively promote themselves and other artists,” adds Bays.
The Electric Company Artists’ Co-op will be a juried, membership organization with space for up to 24 artists and craft artisans. While the area has several arts businesses and organizations, the co-op will be unique because it is owned and operated by the artist members. Members will work one day a month and pay a monthly fee to cover expenses. In return, each member will have a space in the gallery for showing and promoting their work.
George and Sue Wachob, who operate Hearthside Quilts and own The Electric Company, are working with the steering committee to develop the co-op gallery space. “The co-op is a perfect complement to the other businesses in our building,” says George Wachob. In addition to Hearthside Quilts, The Electric Company also includes The Artisan Café, Depot Gift Shoppe, and the Artists on Depot Studios.
“This is a grand endeavor,” notes Edrie Bays. “The steering committee has been working to define membership parameters and to develop promotional materials. We have also been busy constructing and painting. Now we’re ready to invite others to join us. If we build it, they will come.” The future gallery space will be open during 2nd Friday in Centertown, December 14, 5-8 pm. A number of guest artists will be exhibiting in the gallery so that perspective members and the public in general can see how the space will be used. Detailed information for prospective members will also be available at that time.