There is a lot of curiosity out there in the Land of Goshen about what’s going on with the Edwardsville Arts Center (EAC).  I have recently observed the transformation of the two classrooms and I can share with you that this next chapter of the Edwardsville Arts Center is going to be exciting!

As you probably know by now, we shuttered the EAC venue on Hillsboro Avenue in downtown Edwardsville the end of 2010 and are in the process of renovating two classrooms in the southeast corner of Edwardsville High School into our new gallery with art classes to be held in the EHS art classrooms.

We have scheduled our first exhibition to open the first week of April. The first planned show will be paintings by 20 regional artists. Many of the artworks will be large in format.

New plywood walls are already up, plumbers are busily working on a new bathroom within the gallery and an electrician is currently formulating where the track lighting will be hung in the ceiling. There is also going to be new flooring installed, Additionally, there is going to be a new, separate entrance created to allow for easy access into the gallery. You will not need to go through the main high school to gain access to the gallery. There will be ample parking close to the gallery. This new entrance may or may not be ready for our first exhibition. In my estimation, the interior construction is ahead of schedule.

All of the renovations are being paid for by the Edwardsville Arts Center. As a former EAC board member (9 years), past President of the EAC (2 years) and current committee member of the Exhibitions Committee under Dennis Detoye’s leadership, I want to encourage EAC members and non-members alike to get involved with the EAC. The success and future of the EAC hinges on its member’s involvement!

There are many ways you can help us out – specifically with your time (volunteering), your talents and your resources (donations and membership).  The EAC has raised a good portion of our gallery renovation budget, but we are still seeking individuals and organizations to step-up with financial assistance to help us complete our move!

The first year in our new space will be a work-in-progress as we learn to utilize and experiment with our new location. Another exciting aspect of our move is the construction and landscaping of a new sculpture park leading into the gallery.

The EAC will blog about this in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime, mark your calendar for Friday, April 1st from 7-9 pm for the opening reception of the first exhibition in the EAC gallery…and that is no April Fools joke!

Dan Anderson
EAC Past-President
Exhibitions Committee Member