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ArtisTree Breaks Ground On New Building

June 13, 2013

in Archive,News,Pomfret


(This story was first published in the March 7, 2013 edition of the Vermont Standard.)

ArtisTree has begun the renovation of the former MIT retreat property on Pomfret Road, located behind Teago General Store, next to the Pomfret library. It plans to relocate in 2014.

ArtisTree’s growth and community support has continuously gained ground over the last few years allowing the organization to look ahead and plan for a larger and more diverse facility to accommodate the growing interests of the community. The new building, located two miles from their current location on Route 12, will house a variety of new spaces including a clay studio, a new gallery, expressive arts therapy offices, two fine art studios, new children’s education spaces and a dedicated movement studio — as well as a new music performance space with a stage and seating for more than 80 people.

artisTree- Members of ArtisTree and Wright Construction take a look at the barn, having just broken ground on the new site. (6/5/13)

“Our new location is an affirmation of the community’s enthusiasm to support and take part in arts based programs,” said Kathleen Dolan, owner and executive director of ArtisTree/Purple Crayon. “If it were not for a an almost 10-year history of a growing interest in our programs from the people around us, we would not have envisioned this new facility. It will be the first time we have operated out of our own space, and the first time this community can enjoy an environment that is designed specifically for visual art, music, dance and other art forms.”

ArtisTree’s mission will remain the same, and aims to provide Woodstock and surrounding areas with art, movement, exhibits and music experiences for all ages and abilities in a familiar, comfortable and accessible location.

Construction at the new location will begin in April of 2013 and includes the full renovation of the historic barn on the property, with only minor changes to the existing farmhouse. The barn will be the future home of the Community Arts Centers’ classes, workshops and performances while the farmhouse will provide a new space for ArtisTree’s Art Gallery on the first floor, with expressive art therapy offices upstairs.

“We now have key zoning and permit approvals and have hired a construction manager,” said George Turner, ArtisTree’s architect from River Town Design. “We are hoping to start construction later this spring or early summer and open up the new facility this time next year.”

With this exciting news, ArtisTree invites you to view the plans and videos of the construction on their YouTube site, accessible through ArtisTree’s website, as early as April of this year. In the meantime, if there are any questions or concerns regarding their move, the new building, or their future plans; please feel free to contact the Director, Tayo Skarrow or the Owner/Executive Director, Kathleen Dolan.

Above, ArtisTree released these plans to renovate the former MIT retreat property on Pomfret Road (left) and the historic barn nearby.

Left, the two buildings are seen from the road.

Photos Provided By ArtisTree

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