Gift shop, coffee shop, kids’ art camp in Galesburg art center plans

GALESBURG — Visitors can expect to see new floors and fresh paint in the Galesburg Community Art Center next week as the space reopens to the public on Friday, May 20.

Tuesday Cetin, executive director of the art center, said the opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. for members and 6 p.m. for the general public. The free event will present the art show “Bridges” by Dusty Scott and Stacy Lotz and include a cash bar.

The latest round of renovations inside the center include new flooring under the gift shop and first floor gallery, two finished artist studios on the second floor and a finished gallery on the second floor that will overflow with artwork into a freshly painted classroom space on the first floor. 

Cetin said that people can expect a “temporary makeshift experience” this year as the center continues filling out what has amounted to an upgrade from 3,000-4,000 square-feet in its old location to 27,000 square-feet in its new home, the Odd Fellows Building, 349 E. Main St. 

Cetin said that when the organization first accepted the building from Mark and Jeannette Kleine, the goal was to minimize the shut downs as much as possible. In a “Catch-22” situation, the director said the organization is using its space in the most efficient way possible to both maintain services and improvements.

Anita Shire

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