Snip of ribbon opens gallery, begins dream

The Blount County Chamber of Commerce brought the big gold scissors. A bright blue ribbon completed the scene as supporters, artists, friends and family of Fine Arts Blount cut the ribbon on Thursday, Oct. 25, on their new gallery at 302 Church Ave., in the old Harper Building.

The new gallery is in the lower level of the building, underneath Dandy Lions gifts. Named Art Space Gallery, the space has the versatility the growing organization needs, with exhibit space that can be transformed into classroom space and meeting space. Classes and workshops are planned at the gallery, a chance to showcase the talents of member artists and raise funds to pay the rent.

FAB president is Kim Slater. In addition to exhibits, which will change monthly, the gallery will also be a place where the community can purchase original art for home or office or browse through an Artists’ Directory to find just that right person to do a commissioned piece.

Beginning today, Nov. 1, the gallery will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Schedules of classes and workshops will be printed in area newspapers, including Blount Today, as soon as they are finalized.

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