Main Line Art Center's grand re-opening earlier tonight was a fabulous community party! I wanted to get my face painted, but the line was soooo long. You can see why! The newly expanded and remodeled studio spaces were gorgious - and never will be so pristine again now that classes will resume on-site. It had been a scramble to try to keep classes ongoing off-site for the last six months during construction.
The official ribbon cutting and thank-you speeches were brief after which the crowd swarmed into the galleries for the Members' Exhibition Reception and to check out the new spaces. It looked like a great show, but I'll have to go back later to really see the art it was so mobbed. My collograph Betrayal is in the show, as is work by John Benigno, my fellow Deep Sixer.
Demos were going on in various studios. Here is Andrea Snyder, one of MLAC's talented instructors, showing how collograph plates are made and printed:
Main Line Art Center has only one working press, but we love it. It is the only one around without going into Philly. Andrea demos with such panache.
It was great to see friends I hadn't seen in a long time, like Gwynned Jackson, who is now volunteering with MLAC!
Not only does Main Line Art Center have great classes for adults, but also for children, teens, and families. They are renowned for their outreach programs to people of all ages with developmental disabilities and special needs including blind and visually impaired.
I'm proud to be a member of Main Line Art Center. Tonight's bash was a great neighborhood happening!