Revitalizing the Gaslight District with Art: Studio 550 Art Center & Gallery opens Dec 15th
Studio 550 offers rental studio memberships and classes in clay, stained glass, and movement arts
Manchester, NH – The Studio 550: Art Center and Gallery is having its opening celebration Saturday, December 15th. Grand Opening events include free classes and hands-on demonstrations from 2-6pm, a gallery reception with performances from 6-7:30pm, and an Argentine Tango milonga with a free lesson from 7:30pm-midnight. Visit www.550arts.com for a detailed listing of events. Classes start January 7th, 2013.
"Studio 550 is a dynamic community arts center where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can learn to work clay and other arts," says Programs Director, Monica Leap. In addition to classes for kids and adults in clay, stained glass, and movement this year, Studio 550 also offers a flexible way to learn clay and glass through its studio rental program. "It's designed to fit into peoples' already hectic schedules. Studio renters are not limited to a class schedule and are, instead, encouraged to use the studio during daily open studio hours. Private lessons are included for those who have never worked in clay or stained glass before, or just want extra instruction."
Located in the brick building across from the Verizon Wireless Arena that was once home to the Asian Market and Johnny Bad’s, Studio 550 is reclaiming vacant space and building an arts-centered community around it. “The arts are a powerful tool to revitalize neighborhoods," says Leap. "Manchester has become the center for arts and culture within the state, thanks to the other arts institutions in the city, and Studio 550 is excited to be a part of that community." The entire building was under renovations for two years, but it is now home to 16 rental apartment units, basement rental storage units, and Studio 550.
In addition to private funding, financial assistance for the rehabilitation project was provided by the City of Manchester though the City’s Façade Improvement Program and Code Compliance Grant. Both programs are facilitated by the City of Manchester’s Economic Development Office.
The community is encouraged to attend the Grand Opening on Saturday, December 15th for any and all events between 2:00pm-12:00am. For more information about Studio 550 and their Open House visit their website http://550arts.com/ or call 603-759-0466.