Art cen­ter finds a new home atAm­bler SAAC

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICE REPORTS - By Eric Devlin

The lre­land Art Cen­ter has found a new home at the Ambler Se­nior Adult Ac­tiv­i­ties Cen­ter (SAACF and will be­gin of­fer­ing paint­ing classes for adults and chil­dren, as well as demon­stra­tions, work­shops, gal­leries and exhibitions.

Mem­ber­ship to the lre­land Art Cen­ter is $25 for the year and in­cludes ac­cess to the build­ing to paint on Fri­days from 10 a.m. to 12W30 p.m.. Classes are sched­uled to take place throughout the year have a sep­a­rate fee.

Many well-known art in­struc­tors will be of­fer­ing work­shops at the art cen­ter at the new lo­ca­tion at 45 For­est Ave., in­clud­ing Howard tat­son, known for paint­ing a Christ­mas card for mres­i­dent Jimmy Carter.

Carol Risko, act­ing pres­i­dent of the lre­land Art Cen­ter, said its orig­i­nal home at in the EmI Cen­ter at Twin­ing Road and tis­chman Av­enue in East lre­land, which opened in 1953, was in “com­plete dis­re­pair.” She said build­ing ma­te­ri­als like plas­ter were fall­ing from the ceil­ing, rac­coons had in­fested the build­ing and many of the walls were deemed struc­turally un­safe, mak­ing it “clearly a de­crepit build­ing.”

Three op­tions for the fu­ture of the build­ing were pre­sented to the Up­per Dublin com­mis­sion­ers in June. TKH fiUVW wRXOG EH WR WHDU GRwn WKH build­ing and build a park. The sec­ond would see the part of the build­ing that wDV XnVDIH fixHG, wKLOH WKH WKLUG RS­tion would see the build­ing de­mol­ished and a new build­ing put in its place, Risko said.

Risko and the rest of the art cen­ter’s board agreed that it was time to move.

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Risko said plans are in the works for an open house and an ex­hibit called “Af­ford­able Art,” though a date has not yet been set.

The lre­land Art Cen­ter fo­cuses mainly on wa­ter color paint­ing but does work with oil paint­ings as well.

Feli­cia Fos­ter, an in­struc­tor at the art cen­ter, said that ev­ery­one is wel­come to join. She said you don’t need to be an artist to join.

“All you have to have is the de­sire,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the lre­land Art Cen­ter, visit ore­landart­cen­ter.com or call 215-619-8863.

Gazette staff photo by BOB RAINES

Mak­ing use of Ore­land Art Cen­ter’s new lo­ca­tion at Ambler SAAC are, from left, Vickie Buc­cini, art teacher Feli­cia Fos­ter, Becky Brams and Act­ing Pres­i­dent Carol Risko.

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