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2017 has been a great year for the Buchanan Center for the Arts according to Executive Director Krystine Gilbert. She says the Monmouth community has supported and embraced the arts noticeably this year.
“I love the fact that the community supports the Center and the traffic that we have. This year, we are looking at upwards of 15,500 people that have participated in some way, shape, or form in the arts in our community. Whether it’s at our gallery, in the theaters, or within the school system with our art center program – we’ve had a lot of people support our programs, enjoy our programs, and the board, the staff, and the volunteers really enjoy giving back to the community in that way,” Gilbert said.
With a number of anniversary specials on the horizon for the BCA next year, Gilbert says 2018 could be even bigger. With that being said, Gilbert and her staff know that it’s ultimately a team effort that has made the Center what it is today.
“We just want to say thank you to our members, sponsors, artists, and volunteers. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do at the level that we do. We’re always challenging ourselves to raise that bar to provide the best quality art experience,” she said.
The Center’s next open reception will be held on Jan. 12th from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is called “With & Against the Grain” and will feature wood carvings by Larry Weedman and photography by his daughter Claire Weedman.
For more information on the BCA, log on to their website at bcaarts.org.
written by Jackson Kane