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POAC hosting grand opening celebration

| November 30, 2023 1:00 AM

The community is invited to the grand opening of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's new art gallery at 313 N. Second Ave., Suite B.

The celebration will take place Friday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It marks a momentous occasion for POAC, as the new facility seamlessly combines offices, gallery, and classroom under one roof since relocating. 

At the forefront of this celebration is an exhibit of the works of the exceptional artist, Jenny Benoit, recognized as POAC's Artist of the Year. Benoit is not merely an artist; she is a dynamic force of creativity, born with an expansive imagination and a relentless determination to perfect her craft. Visitors are not only invited to witness the awe-inspiring exhibit but also to engage with the phenomenal force that is Jenny Benoit.

"Jenny Benoit's artistry is a must-see, and we're not just unveiling a gallery; we're revealing a space that encapsulates the heart of POAC,” POAC executive director Tone Stolz said. “Our new facility hosts everything under one roof — offices, gallery, and classroom — providing a vibrant hub for artistic expression and community engagement." 

The grand opening will also feature works by other outstanding artists, including metal sculpture artist Dave Gonzo, jewelry maker Mary Gayle Young, and ceramics by Silverpine Studios.

In addition to the gallery's unveiling, visitors will have the chance to peruse POAC's winter art class schedule and register for upcoming classes. The diverse range of mediums, including weaving, painting, drawing, pastels, and more, offers an array of opportunities for individuals to tap into their creative potential.

"We encourage everyone to join us for an evening of art, wine, and community as we unveil not just a gallery but an inviting space that has been eagerly anticipated by the community. Come and explore the possibilities within our newly renovated, beautiful facility," Stolz added.

For more information and to catch a glimpse of the excitement, please visit ArtInSandpoint.ORG or contact the office at 208-263-6139.

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