Friday, June 09, 2017

The Madison Art Society Needs a New Home

The Madison Art Society has been fortunate to call the community room of the Scranton Memorial Library their home over the past 42 years.  This is where numerous demonstrations and art exhibitions are staged each year ( 2 small art shows 25-30 pieces of art and 3 large shows 80-125 works of art).  The library provides good public access and foot traffic.  Due to the library plans for re-modeling later this year, the Society will be losing their exhibit space.  It is uncertain at this point whether the planned renovation will include needed exhibit space, but it is certain the library cannot accommodate the Society’s needs for the next two years. 
Beth Crowley, Library Director, Scranton Memorial Library,
and Beverly Schirmeier, President of the Madison Art Society
The Society has been looking for alternate art exhibition space in Madison, but so far it has been unsuccessful. We are open to suggestions, please contact Beverly Schirmeier, President of the Madison Art Society at 860-399-6116 with any suggestions to keep the Society in Madison.  We are looking at neighboring locations to mount the art shows in the interim.
The Society promotes and encourages fine art in our community, the schools and among its 250 artist members. It provides support and exhibition opportunity for artists at all levels of experience in Madison and the surrounding towns, works in collaboration with non-profits organizations and provides free educational demonstrations open to the public,  Over the years the Madison Art Society has held numerous well received art exhibitions and demonstrations at the library and donated $17,500 from sales to the library. 
Art reflects the values and needs of the community it serves.  The generosity of individuals, businesses, and merchants of the shoreline towns over the past 42 years has helped the Madison Art Society meet its goals to support art awareness along the shoreline.  The  Madison Art Society has  illustrated its desire to contribute to the cultural fabric of Madison.  They would like the community’s help to remain in Madison.

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