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Fine Arts Center will have new home

The future home of the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV) was the focus of discussion during the Center’s annual membership meeting last week.
This new home, formerly known as the Rutherford Pontiac Dealership, was donated to the FACNRV in 2006 by Dennis and Ann Rutherford Rooker and is located at the corner of Route 11 and Washington Avenue in Pulaski.
Preliminary design plans for the new center include space for multiple classrooms, artists’ studios, three exhibition galleries, a digital lab, a resource library, an event and exhibition hall, improved storage for the Center’s permanent art collection, and administrative offices.
To transform the 12,000-square-foot building into a “creative arts showplace,” center members have begun “The Capital Campaign for the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley: Inspiring Community through the Arts,” with the goal of raising $1.1 million to fund renovations, according to the latest edition of the center’s newsletter, “Centerpiece.”
“Our plans are grand, but we’ll meet them with all of your efforts,” Dr. Randy Vaughn said at last week’s meeting. Vaughn, along with Edna Love, is chairing the Capital Campaign Committee.
Vaughn noted that approximately 20 percent of their $1.1 million goal has already been reached, which is good, considering the fact that the Capital Campaign is still in its silent phase, in which only individuals, businesses and foundations are being contacted.
At least $65,000 of the renovation costs have been saved due to the donation of carpet, for both the current and future FACNRV locations, through the help of Henry Whitehurst, a member of the Capital Campaign Committee, who obtained the donation from a firm in Atlanta who had surplus carpet after a renovation project, Vaughn said.
In addition, Vaughn said the committee had applied for a $50,000 AEP foundation grant. The committee is still in the process of applying for additional grants, he noted.
There had been worries about the expense to remove asbestos from the building, but Vaughn said the structure has been surveyed and, fortunately, there is less asbestos than they had originally thought. He noted that they had been given a quote of $10,000 to remove all of the asbestos in the building, which he considered to be a low price.
Vaughn said Tom Douthat of Pulaski is serving as the on-site architect for the project.
“We’re still moving on — and fairly quickly,” Vaughn said, adding that he foresees being able to have classes at the new center by the end of 2009.
Campaign organizers plan to handle the renovation in stages, with completion tentatively scheduled for the end of 2010, according to the “Centerpiece.”
In addition to Vaughn’s report on behalf of the Capital Campaign Committee, Gary Hancock, president of the FACNRV’s Board of Directors, along with Judy Ison, executive director, shared reports during the meeting on activity within the center.
Hancock reported on the following:
•the start of the Capital Campaign for the Rutherford property, which he described as an “immensely exciting prospect;”
•development of a new strategic plan;
•designing a new look for both the FACNRV website (www.facnrv.org) and the newsletter ;
•receiving a grant to purchase two new computers;
•receiving a grant to purchase new carpet for the center, but due to the donation of carpet mentioned above, the grant was used to install the carpet, paint, and make additional repairs to the current center;
•several local nominees for the Governor’s Award for the Arts were announced; and
•a report on new membership.
In addition to the items mentioned in Hancock’s report, Ison included the following in her report:
•Eight art exhibitions were held in the center over the past year.
•The center hosted Youth Art Month with an exhibition of artwork by students from across the NRV, along with Scholastic Art, featuring an exhibition of artwork from high school students across the local region.
•Nine combination dance/gymnastics classes were taught over 36 weeks, for a total of 324 class sessions held. More than 500 people attended the end-of-the-year dance recital.
•Camps were held, including Princess Camp, which proved to be the most popular.
•The center offered several classes, including stained glass and digital photography.
•The Town of Pulaski and the FACNRV co-sponsored a summer concert series, featuring six concerts throughout this past summer.
•The FACNRV also sponsored or was involved with other local events, including a bluegrass concert at Rockwood Manor, the 2008 Claytor Lake Festival and Casino Night.
•As executive director, Ison has taken, and continues to take, several continuing education courses and workshops.
The FACNRV’s current location is 21 W. Main Street in Pulaski. For more information, contact 980-7363 or email info@facnrv.org.

Fine Arts Center will have new home

The future home of the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV) was the focus of discussion during the Center’s annual membership meeting last week.
This new home, formerly known as the Rutherford Pontiac Dealership, was donated to the FACNRV in 2006 by Dennis and Ann Rutherford Rooker and is located at the corner of Route 11 and Washington Avenue in Pulaski.
Preliminary design plans for the new center include space for multiple classrooms, artists’ studios, three exhibition galleries, a digital lab, a resource library, an event and exhibition hall, improved storage for the Center’s permanent art collection, and administrative offices.
To transform the 12,000-square-foot building into a “creative arts showplace,” center members have begun “The Capital Campaign for the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley: Inspiring Community through the Arts,” with the goal of raising $1.1 million to fund renovations, according to the latest edition of the center’s newsletter, “Centerpiece.”
“Our plans are grand, but we’ll meet them with all of your efforts,” Dr. Randy Vaughn said at last week’s meeting. Vaughn, along with Edna Love, is chairing the Capital Campaign Committee.
Vaughn noted that approximately 20 percent of their $1.1 million goal has already been reached, which is good, considering the fact that the Capital Campaign is still in its silent phase, in which only individuals, businesses and foundations are being contacted.
At least $65,000 of the renovation costs have been saved due to the donation of carpet, for both the current and future FACNRV locations, through the help of Henry Whitehurst, a member of the Capital Campaign Committee, who obtained the donation from a firm in Atlanta who had surplus carpet after a renovation project, Vaughn said.
In addition, Vaughn said the committee had applied for a $50,000 AEP foundation grant. The committee is still in the process of applying for additional grants, he noted.
There had been worries about the expense to remove asbestos from the building, but Vaughn said the structure has been surveyed and, fortunately, there is less asbestos than they had originally thought. He noted that they had been given a quote of $10,000 to remove all of the asbestos in the building, which he considered to be a low price.
Vaughn said Tom Douthat of Pulaski is serving as the on-site architect for the project.
“We’re still moving on — and fairly quickly,” Vaughn said, adding that he foresees being able to have classes at the new center by the end of 2009.
Campaign organizers plan to handle the renovation in stages, with completion tentatively scheduled for the end of 2010, according to the “Centerpiece.”
In addition to Vaughn’s report on behalf of the Capital Campaign Committee, Gary Hancock, president of the FACNRV’s Board of Directors, along with Judy Ison, executive director, shared reports during the meeting on activity within the center.
Hancock reported on the following:
•the start of the Capital Campaign for the Rutherford property, which he described as an “immensely exciting prospect;”
•development of a new strategic plan;
•designing a new look for both the FACNRV website (www.facnrv.org) and the newsletter ;
•receiving a grant to purchase two new computers;
•receiving a grant to purchase new carpet for the center, but due to the donation of carpet mentioned above, the grant was used to install the carpet, paint, and make additional repairs to the current center;
•several local nominees for the Governor’s Award for the Arts were announced; and
•a report on new membership.
In addition to the items mentioned in Hancock’s report, Ison included the following in her report:
•Eight art exhibitions were held in the center over the past year.
•The center hosted Youth Art Month with an exhibition of artwork by students from across the NRV, along with Scholastic Art, featuring an exhibition of artwork from high school students across the local region.
•Nine combination dance/gymnastics classes were taught over 36 weeks, for a total of 324 class sessions held. More than 500 people attended the end-of-the-year dance recital.
•Camps were held, including Princess Camp, which proved to be the most popular.
•The center offered several classes, including stained glass and digital photography.
•The Town of Pulaski and the FACNRV co-sponsored a summer concert series, featuring six concerts throughout this past summer.
•The FACNRV also sponsored or was involved with other local events, including a bluegrass concert at Rockwood Manor, the 2008 Claytor Lake Festival and Casino Night.
•As executive director, Ison has taken, and continues to take, several continuing education courses and workshops.
The FACNRV’s current location is 21 W. Main Street in Pulaski. For more information, contact 980-7363 or email info@facnrv.org.