The Salem Art Center is ready to open its doors and welcome the public in. A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening is set for Friday, August 30th at 8am. The facility, located at 203 4th Street East in Salem, is designed to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students of all ages to express themselves through the visual arts, and have students learn how to be creative and free with their ideas.
“What an exciting time it has been for us these past couple of weeks,” said owner Jessica Palotas. “The lease has been signed, the paint has been applied, the signs are in the window, and we are now members of the Salem Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce…everything just seems perfect. As the community embraces us so do we in return.”
The Art Center already has a website, which can be visited at www.salemartcenter.com where donations can be made and registration for fall classes is underway.
Palotas and her husband Joseph have two children, Rocky and Olivia. They moved to southwest Virginia earlier this year, saying Salem is the perfect place for this type of facility.
“The community has been wonderful to work with. We have our first local sponsor (Salem Printing) and our first monetary donation has come in through our website, helping with the growth and success of the Salem Art Center,” said Palotas.