Gallery shines with improvements


GRAFTON—After months of fundraising efforts and planning, Gallery 62 West revealed phase one of their outside lighting project this week and also many upcoming activities. 

The Taylor County Arts Council used some of the $2,000 they were awarded by the City of Grafton for a facade improvement grant and matching funds from the Taylor County Commission to complete the phase one.

Phase two will complete the outside lighting with the cost of the entire lighting renovation coming in around $8,500. 

The project thus far, has been a complete success and really highlights the beautiful architecture and new paint job of the exterior of the gallery in the evenings. 

Ron Curry, Co-Chair of the TCAC, says that long term, they will also look into renovating the second and third floors of the historic Brinkman building for use.  So far, the two floors have been cleaned out and all rubble and animal droppings removed. 

Curry said that he would like to see a fundraiser held on the second floor as soon as possible.

In other Gallery 62 West news, the TCAC will be getting a jumpstart on the holiday season as they host Sandy Dillon who will teach vintage ceramic Christmas tree painting class on Monday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m. The cost of the class for non-members is $55 and limited to 20 people. Please contact Dillon to reserve your seat.

“This is a prepaid class. Please pay through PayPal at [email protected],” said Dillon. “For other forms of payment please message me. Classes must be paid for in full by September 11.”

The TCAC also recently announced Saturday morning Yoga for kids. Cindy Rubenstein, trained in Kidding Around Yoga, will hold classes at Gallery 62 West on September 21 and September 28, from 11:00 a.m. until noon. 

This class is free to children, but donations are also accepted for the TCAC.

Taylor County Arts Council members also recently judged the General Federation of Women’s Clubs West Virginia Woman’s Club arts and crafts show. The entries are on display at Gallery 62 West, for guests to admire on their next trip.

According to organizers, the local winners chosen by the TCAC will then go on to district judging, and if they do well there, on to state. 

Gallery 62 West has also added several items to their gift shop, which sells unique, hand crafted gifts from local artists.

“Many of the offerings would make great holiday gifts,” shared Currey.

And finally, just a reminder to all music lovers that there is live bluegrass music every Saturday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., at Gallery 62 West. The bluegrass sessions are truly an impressive event, free to the public every Saturday.

If you would like to support the Taylor County Arts Council endeavors and building fund to keep art and an historic building alive, you can send donations to the TCAC P.O. Box 165 Grafton, WV 26354 or donate on their Facebook page.

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