The Art Center Cooperative, Inc. held its first annual “Art Awareness Luncheon” Friday in the studio space on the second floor of The Carling. The space for the ground-floor gallery and the studio work area on the second floor is donated to the group by The Vestcor Companies, which owns The Carling.
The gallery and studio space where paintings and photographs are also displayed has become a popular stop on the First Wednesday Art Walk.
“We counted 1,240 visitors for Art Walk this month and we have had as many as 2,000 visitors come through here in an evening,” said Art Center President Lora Davis-Herringsen.
The artists are currently working on a large project that will debut at the April 2 Art Walk. It’s a mosaic comprised of 16 two-foot by three-foot panels, each painted by a different artist that when assembled will depict the Downtown skyline.
“With so many artists and each one painting in his or her own style, it might be great, it might not, but it will be art,” said Elaine Bedell, one of the contributing artists. Caterina Lionti exhibits her work at the Art Center and has a studio space as well.