UNION — The Union County Arts Council is still in the process of repairing water damage to the gallery on Main Street in Union and won’t reopen until sometime in March. But that’s not stopping UCAC’s staff from holding programs that can be fit in at different locations.
“We’re very lucky to have strong community support for what we do,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn. “The museum offered space for our board meetings, Betsy Skipper is holding ‘Painting with Coffee’ in her home studio each week and now Grace United Methodist Church has offered the use of their fellowship hall for our ‘Monday Night Music’ program to continue. We can’t thank these people enough for their help.”
“Monday Night Music” is making a return after a two month hiatus that left many musicians, and music lovers, wondering just when they would be able to get their musical “fix”.
“We’ve had a lot of calls from our musicians asking us if other arrangements could be made to continue this popular program,” said Senn. “Even the non-musicians miss it a lot.”
Anyone wanting to attend “Monday Night Music” to either play or just listen can come to Grace beginning at 6:30 p.m. on February 17.
The Arts Council gallery is closed because of water damage that wasn’t discovered until a great deal of harm had been done to the building. Initial inspection showed that the sub-floor had some rot in the wood but, further assessment showed that the damage was much more extensive than initially thought. In fact, before any repairs can be done to the inside of the building the outside brick wall must be repaired to prevent further leakage.
“All of the wood in the sub-floor and support system has already been removed and we’ll soon begin to remove a concrete layer,” explained UCAC president Bennie Giles. “But, because of the water leakage problem, we have to make sure that the exterior wall is repaired correctly and keeping water out of the building. Only after testing those repairs can we begin to rebuild the inside of our gallery. So, what we thought was going to a simple floor replacement has turned into a major project.”
Two exhibits, “Photography by Jerry Mann” and “The Artist as Collector” presented by Dr. Suzanne Gunter, have already been rescheduled for later in the year.
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This article was written by Wm Harold Senn.