Firehouse Arts Center planning improvements

Published 6:47 pm Friday, January 20, 2017


Thanks to receipt of a generous donation from the Fogg Charitable Trust, the organization is able to do some needed updating and improvements of the Firehouse Arts Center.

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According to the organization’s treasurer, Phyllis Lucas, the renovation of the building was completed ten years ago, in 2007.  At that time the costs were paid for by the city and county with the understanding that it was to be a centerpiece for citizens to be able to rent at a reasonable rate.  “We have a responsibility to be accountable to the city and county to keep the building updated.”

Administrative Director of the Arts Center, Gerard Kwilecki, said the building is rented nearly every weekend by one organization, group, or another. Rental income for the year is $19,034.92.

Kwilecki said some of the work has already begun by fixing the leaks in the roof.

Other improvements scheduled are: addressing the acoustics and installing a new sound system; fixing the concrete flooring, which has peeling and cracking paint as well as cracks that make the floor uneven.

A decision has been made to install a floating tile floor. Indoor and outdoor painting will be done and the kitchen updated.

All of these projects will make the building more desirable and usable for the many renters.

An already ambitious schedule of events for the year has been enhanced with new class offerings. One will be offering a portrait painting class, taught by noted portrait painter, Darlene McBride of Havana. Henry Intili will teach a workshop on woodworking.

Continuing events are the various artists shows and classes currently being offered for adults and children.

For a complete list of activities visit the website at