September Buzz Networking Event at Leverett Crafts & Arts
Wednesday, September 21 · 6 – 8pm
Leverett Crafts and Arts, 13 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA
FREE. RSVP + questions here
GUERILLA EXHIBIT-Bring 1 piece of your art to hang, position, share, in visual form. Hanging from 5:30-6, 1st come-1st choice
6:15-6:30 Presentation: SPACE + Venue: Kiran Bhowmik-LCA.
… 6:30 Open discussion on exhibit and performance space in Franklin County.
7 Networking+refreshments while appreciating work in the Barnes Gallery-YOURS!
Presenter Kiran Bhowmik
Co-Director/Program Manager, Leverett Crafts & Arts
Kiran will be presenting about the LCA venue and work space options:
Originally called Leverett Craftsmen and Artists, LCA first came into being in the 1960’s. The 19th century building was a steam powered factory which used native timber to make wooden boxes. After the factory closed in the 1940’s, the building housed poultry and sank into decrepitude. In the 1960’s Joseph and Lois Barnes came to Leverett with a visionary idea: to create a center for the training of crafters and the production and marketing of crafts and artworks. After Joe’s premature death, Lois mobilized a grass roots group of artists and community members who made the dream a reality. This was an all volunteer effort, hard to imagine in today’s world. The reconstruction of the building, led by Llan Starkweather, was heroic-from chicken coop to art center with no budget.
Since then, almost 50 years ago, LCA has survived and flourished. Where other arts organizations have succumbed to the pressures of changing times, LCA has continually reinvented itself. Hundreds of resident artists have passed through, leaving their stamp on a unique and always evolving creative community. The LCA artists in residence are a creative and vital group which helps shape the artistic life of our area.
* LCA provides low cost space for creative work in a beautiful setting.
* LCA resident artists give such classes and workshops as figure drawing, jewelry, ceramics, weaving, art for children, creativity training, flute making, yoga and more.
* The Barnes Gallery offers a full schedule of exhibitions, giving artists a chance to connect with the community.