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LowellArts! Announces the Purchase of Two Properties in Downtown Lowell
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LowellArts! Announces the Purchase of Two Properties in Downtown Lowell

News Release:

LowellArts! announces they have purchased two properties in downtown Lowell to create a new gallery, workshop and performance space.

Since the late 1970s, with the generous support of King Milling Company and the Doyle families, LowellArts! has made its home at 149 South Hudson St. In recent years the organization has grown and its audience has expanded to the point that they now require a new home that offers sufficient space to showcase art, conduct workshops, and host theater/musical events. 

With those goals in mind the organization recently purchased the properties at 221 and 223 W. Main St., previously the retail locations of Cousin’s Hallmark and River Hollow, owned by Mike and Karen Hale. These properties are located on the corner of Broadway and Main Street in historic downtown Lowell.

“We are thrilled about this major step,” says Lorain Smalligan, Executive Director of LowellArts!.  “This community is so enthusiastic about everything related to the arts.  We want to nurture that interest, and grow it, so that the arts remain a vibrant part of life as well as the economy in this region.” 

Plans for the building renovation are underway. The goal is to open up the connecting wall between the two existing buildings to create a large gallery. The renovation will also include space for workshops by visiting artists, and an intimate performance space that will seat approximately 50 guests. 

A committee has been formed to seek and select an architect who can develop appropriate plans and cost estimates. The organization will also be launching a capital campaign to fund this critical community investment. LowellArts! hopes to move into the new space sometime in mid-2016.

http://www.lowellartsmi.org/#!new-home/c1sk0

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