Celebrating their 10th year in business, ArtisTree and Purple Crayon prepare to move into a renovated 1891 barn in South Pomfret for the start of their 2014 fall classes.
ArtisTree and Purple Crayon’s growth and community support has continuously gained ground, 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 South Pomfret facility, located two miles from their previous location in Woodstock, will house a variety of creative spaces including a clay studio; a more accessible gallery; expressive arts therapy offices; two art studios; children’s movement and art spaces; a dedicated adult movement studio — as well as a new music performance space with a stage and seating for nearly 80.
“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 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 and Purple Crayon’s missions 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.
ArtisTree invites the public to join it for a grand opening celebration at its new facility on Saturday Sept. 13 from 1-9 p.m. The grand event will feature art demonstrations, open house, food, live music, activities for children, a gallery exhibit opening reception, plus much more. A special opening ceremony, for the press and public, will be held at 3:30 p.m. during the grand opening to mark the occasion. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at 2095 Pomfret Rd. in South Pomfret.
ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Purple Crayon Productions are nonprofit organizations; together they offer art and music education for all ages and abilities. Their mission is to provide the opportunity for a joyful, meaningful, and satisfying experience of the visual arts and music through year-round classes, workshops, and events.
Learn more at www.artistreevt.org.