New Arts Carleton Place “Art Hub”
Gallery, Meeting Space & Studio! - theHumm July 2024

New Arts Carleton Place “Art Hub”
Gallery, Meeting Space & Studio! - theHumm July 2024

By Kris Riendeau

Arts Carleton Place (ACP), a dynamic organization that has been active since the fall of 2005, is continuing their mission to recognize, celebrate, and promote the unique artistic activity in the vicinity. With an eye to “empowering artists and area residents through the arts,” this group has been busy hosting art shows, donating to area student bursary programs, and facilitating the process of getting art into public spaces. This month they will be launching a new Art Hub, which will consist of a gallery, meeting space, studio and workshop space.

The Art Hub will be run by the artists — for the artists — of Arts Carleton Place. It will be located at 50 Bennett Street, Unit 1, in the Walsh Business Park. The space will be shared with artist Sarah Moffat, who will continue to operate her studio there. While Sarah will be concentrating on creating new works of art and commissions, she has generously allowed Arts Carleton Place to operate the business side of promoting and selling art in the gallery space. theHumm caught up with Arts Carleton Place President Suzanne Deschênes to find out more about this exciting new venture.

theHumm: What inspired the creation of the Art Hub, and how did the idea come to fruition?

Suzanne Deschênes: At the Annual General Meeting in April, the Board of Directors asked the membership what ACP should do with its year-end surplus. The idea of a Club House was a recurring suggestion from members. As of April, Arts Carleton Place had no permanent home and needed a place for meetings, social gatherings, and painting get-togethers. The Art Hub idea, as suggested by members, would answer many of the organization’s goals, with the principal goal being to offer members a permanent venue to sell their art at affordable prices. Another goal is to further develop a sense of belonging to a vibrant art community. The Art Hub will create a meeting place for artists and local art lovers alike.

The time was right to make something happen, and I was mandated to start looking for spaces.

The Board felt that a Bridge Street location was not ideal for our organization, and we didn’t need a formal “fine art” gallery, so I was looking for something a little laid-back and a little off the beaten path that could accommodate all interested members. We needed at least 1500 square feet to accommodate a gallery and meeting/studio space for art classes.

I started driving the back streets. When I drove past the Walsh Business Park, I realised that there were potential synergies with the location of the Studio and Gallery and ACP’s needs. ACP was already successfully holding its Saturday afternoon paint-ins at this location, so it made sense to explore this option.

The gallery, meeting space, and studio will officially open on July 5, 2024. Summer hours will be Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Can you describe the range of facilities and services that will be offered to artists and the community?

First and foremost, to participate in the Art Hub, an artist needs to be a member of Arts Carleton Place.

The Art Hub is offering members affordable display space, in a variety of options, within the large gallery space. A good portion of art will be refreshed every six weeks as the Art Hub presents a new “show.” Some 75 artists and artisans will be featured throughout the year.

The studio area will be an excellent venue for classes and workshops offered by members, or for individual artists to use as a creative studio. We hope that in the latter case the artists will be able to leave canvasses and painting supplies behind for their next session, therefore enjoying the convenience of having a regular studio space.

For the public, there will be a spacious gallery where visitors and potential customers can view a large variety of art. There will be places to sit and relax while taking it all in.

The Art Hub plans to set aside a small space for “featured artists” or mini “solo shows” for participating artists or guest artists.

The community will be able to enjoy the experience of our popular 2-day shows — The Spring Fine Art Show and the Itty Bitty Show — year round. The Art Hub will offer art cards, small gift items, and original art.

What kind of workshops and events can people expect to see there, and how can local artists get involved?

Arts Carleton Place members will have space to offer classes and workshops on topics of their choice. The Art Hub itself will facilitate classes rather than organize them. We do know that ACP member Emily Hitz has already planned a series of summer youth art classes, which will be held at the Art Hub. Arts Carleton Place may occasionally plan some special workshops.

The facility has a kitchenette, which will make it easy to provide or offer food and beverages during activities.

What are your long-term goals for the Art Hub, and how do you see it evolving in the future?

ACP encourages its members to voice their wants and needs with this new venture. This will help the Board of Directors continue to set goals as the Art Hub takes shape. The Art Hub will evolve by listening to its members feedback and attempting to make members’ artistic dreams a reality.


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