The San Benito County Arts Council is celebrating its new space on December 3rd with an open house, exhibit, and pick-up dinner.
The public is invited to tour the new Art Depot at 35 Fifth St., Suite D, in the historic Train Depot in downtown Hollister.
The Arts Council moved out of the annex at 217 Fifth Street that summer when the building was sold and the new owner was planning to convert it into office or retail space, said Executive Director Jennifer Laine.
“The depot has so much character and the feeling of a true cultural center,” says Laine. “The space has been beautifully renovated by the owners of the Oasis Gym for Women and we couldn’t have had more luck getting in touch with them as they decided to permanently close the gym in September.”
The two-story facility will offer learning, meeting, office and exhibition space both indoors and outdoors from the first week of January.
To celebrate the move, the Cultural Council will be presenting its exhibition Small Works and an art competition on December 3rd from 5-7pm.
The Small Works exhibition showcases original artworks no larger than 7 “by 9”, created and donated by more than 30 local artists, and includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, prints, and more.
The event will also include a beer tasting from event sponsor Brewery Twenty Five.
In addition to the factory tour, supporters and those interested in art can win a work of art by donating and choosing a work of art of their choice. For every $ 5 donation, donors will be entered into a raffle to win one of their favorite items. The winners will be announced the week of December 6th. Supporters can also see the art and take part in the raffle on the online exhibition page. To make other arrangements for a personal visit, email at [email protected].
The Small Works Exhibition & Art Giveaway is part of the Arts Council’s late-year Art of Giving campaign to raise funds to support arts programs for local youth.
The other Art of Giving events include the Art of Eating: Pick-Up Dinner for the Arts, which will also take place at the Art Depot on December 3rd.
This farm-to-table event consists of a family-style pick-up dinner prepared by local cook Becky Herbert from the Farmhouse Café.
The winter dinner offers organic food and products from the region and can be picked up at the Art Depot.
Dinner tickets are limited and cost $ 50 per dinner for two or $ 100 per dinner for four. Ticket sales end on November 26th. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.
More information is available at sanbenitoarts.org.