Saturday, February 12, 2011

Moving Day for the Calistoga Art Center

The Cropp Building at the Napa County Fairgrounds, new home of the Calistoga Art Center
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Saturday, February 5th, was Moving Day for the Calistoga Art Center. The previous two days were a flurry of packing, and Saturday arrived with record warm weather. Board members and volunteers came to help, and John Merchant sent over five men and a truck from Indian Springs.

Dedication plaque for the Cropp Building, Napa County Fairgrounds
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Looking in the doorway – just beginning to get things set up
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

The new Art Center is located at the Napa County Fairgrounds, in Calistoga, in the Cropp Building, the exhibits hall used during the fair for crafts and baking exhibits. The Art Center will move out during the fair to accommodate the exhibits, but the rest of the year now has a big, open 3,000 square feet for new class and workshop space.

Painting area to the right (see the forest of easels?), commercial kitchen straight back, ceramics area to the back left
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

The office area just to the right of the standing table, and the painting and drawing area to its left
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Children's class area on the far left, ceramics area in the center
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Looking back towards the entrance - it's a big space!
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

The Art Center sign, painted by Sequoia Buck, that used to hang from the balcony of the Masonic Building
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

View of the fairgrounds from the building
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Voila! A space for making art!
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Another view of the new painting and drawing space
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Zoe loves it, too (notice the wagging tail?)
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

The ceramics space takes shape
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Linda Wilds-Beltz, office manager, debates about where to put the sign
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Martha Casselman, Art Center board president, and hard-working volunteer Jorge Rodriguez
photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls

It was a good day – and now the Art Center is open for a new session of classes in its new location, at 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, California! Here's a link to a good map of how to get there. You can get a schedule of classes at www.calistogaartcenter.org.

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