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The Mission of Middletown Art Center is to provide a vibrant cultural center that integrates art education,
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MAC offers art classes, art workshops, art centered activities, exhibits and events for the community. Artists will find opportunities to be considered for teaching and exhibition as well as professional services such as portfolio preparation, portfolio review and marketing services. MAC will serve as a vibrant cultural hub in central Middletown the gateway to Lake County enhancing academic and personal growth and well-being as well as cultural and economic development in our region.
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an artists’ premiere and reception planned for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the new center, a renovated building at the corner of highways 29 and 175.
As you read this, work is under way toward converting a 2,400-square-foot space that for a short time was a secondhand book store (and earlier a gymnasium) into a building dedicated to art with multiple exhibition spaces and classrooms.
The conversion is headed by Lisa Kaplan, who earlier was lead designer for the Lake County International Charter School in Middletown.
As one of the art center founders, she is filling the role of director of education and outreach.
The other four artist-founders are John Hanses, director of the treasury; Renata Jaworska, technical director; and Francesco Calisco and Sariah Reeser.
In addition, Kristina Della Valle is the gallery specialist and director of operations and marketing.
The group is in the process of renovating the exhibition salon and office space, and is asking for artists, art lovers, collectors, students of the arts, friends and family to come together to help them get the project off the ground.
“It’s not just artists; it’s also community members who will be participating in classes,” said Kaplan.
“We estimate our membership will be about 300 for the first year. The artists will be invited with the possibility of participating in art shows. We won’t refuse any members. If you want to be a member you can be a member. We are expecting to reach out to a broad variety of community members of all ages,” said Kaplan.
“It’s important to note that we would like to provide a place for youth and young adults,” she said. “At the same time, we are trying to appeal to the global market so we are interested in artists who have a name globally. We want to become a county destination. “