GALLIPOLIS —The French Art Colony has completed work on its new outdoor shelter. All that’s left is the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
That ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Entertainment will follow in the form of Broadway Revue, presented by members of the Riverby Theatre Guild.
Work on the 40-foot by 60-foot shelter began in early June, thanks to a $10,000 capital grant from the state to aid in its construction. The shelter passed its final state inspection Sept. 1.
According to Jan Thaler, chair of the FAC Board of Trustees, a need for such a building was identified for the downtown area for community events.
“The FAC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to explore a design and potential funding,” Thaler said. “The original artist’s conceptual drawing, appropriate to historic Riverby, was by FAC board member Jan Haddox.”
Jim Thomas, member of the Athens architectural firm BDT Architects and Interior Designers, prepared the blueprints in late spring and Thaler Construction Co. was hired to handle the project.
Jan Thaler said she has a strong love for historic preservation and the shelter was designed in a fashion to reflect the design of the French Art Colony’s front porch. The metal roof atop the shelter is painted a shade of green similar to that of the gallery’s. The pillars of the shelter were also formed with the gallery’s front porch in mind.
She said the facility will provide a venue for FAC programs, activities and productions by the Riverby Theater Guild, as well as being available for other community events. The pavilion can also accommodate large groups.
The size chosen, for construction at the rear of the lawn, allows plenty of room for tents, should large parties need additional space. Renting the pavilion by groups or individuals for meetings, reunions, weddings and other events, can be scheduled by calling the French Art Colony, at 740-446-3834. Tables and chairs may also be available for rent from the FAC.
In a story published July 21 in the Daily Tribune, Thaler said the pavilion will most likely be the new staging area for the FAC’s “Hot Summer Nights” events every Thursday. “Hot Summer Nights” starts in May and continues every week “until bad weather sets in.”
The public is invited to attend the 4 p.m. ribbon cutting Sept. 13. A brief program will include a welcome by Thaler, with comments by Joseph Wright, executive director, and state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, who Thaler said was instrumental in securing the capital grant for the construction of the pavilion.
Refreshments will also be served at the event.
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