Schuylkill Haven’s Walk In Art Center is ready to cut the ribbon on its new Art Education Center on Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. Festivities will continue until 6 p.m. with lots of fun for kids and adults.
“The new Art Education Center is huge!” said WIAC Executive Director Jacquie Engel. “There is now lots of space for our growing pottery and clay department and enough room to hold two different classes at once.”
The AEC’s main entrance is on the first floor of the building that houses the Walk In Art Center and Evans Delivery Company at Parkway and West Columbia streets in Schuylkill Haven. However, those going to the AEC should now enter via the “tunnel” entrance on the West Market Street side of the building.
“We are hoping to turn the WIAC’s inner parking lot into a magical art-filled space over the next year or so,” Engel said. “Visitors will park in the Parkway parking lot and go through the tunnel where they can then choose to go to the main lobby of the Walk In, or to the frame shop (which is now on the first floor as well), or to the Art Education Center.”
By this time next year, Engel hopes to have a new pavilion built in this inner courtyard to covering for the Summer Concert Series, outdoor summer art camps, picnics and gatherings.
“Eventually, we want people to enter into a whole new magical world when they come to the Walk In Art Center,” Engel said.
Everyone is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Chamber of Commerce asks that people register for the ceremony via schuylkillchamber.com. The party does not stop there. T-102 will be on hand outside for music and live cut-ins from 3 to 5 p.m., along with balloon artist Andrew Weaver creating some amazing balloon pieces right in front of people’s eyes. There will be free art activities for children under the big tents outside as well.
Inside will be vocalist Rich Mextorf providing a more mellow feel while people enjoy complimentary refreshments and beverages and check out some live pottery, weaving, and art demonstrations in the new AEC. There will be some free swag for attendees and info on upcoming classes and events.
The Art Education Center is made possible through the generosity of private donors. Anyone wishing to support the WIAC and its new endeavors should visit walkinartcenter.org/support/donate. Find out about this and other Walk In Art Center events and expos, art classes, vendor opportunities, family events, and so much more by visiting the WIAC facebook page at facebook.com/walkinartcenter.