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BOYNE CITY — An area arts organization has found a new home in downtown Boyne City that’s more than double the size of its current location.
The Boyne Arts Collective was established approximately 15 years ago and has since had a number of homes in Boyne City. Organizers said its current location at 214 Water St. — leased to the collective by Boyne City Hardware — was a great location, but now was the time to get some much-needed bigger space.
“We are so grateful to them for keeping us in the community by renting us out of our current location for the past few years, but we just became a gallery,” said collective council chair Dawn Caine.
“It’s a small space and we wanted to be an art center again and you just can’t do that in this space,” she said.
The new Boyne Arts Collective space will be above Café Santé and the Alpine Chocolat Haus and, as Caine noted, is the perfect location for the growing arts organization.
“We fell in love with it and it suits our needs perfectly,” she said. “It is naturally designed to have two classrooms and a kitchen for events as well as a gallery space with a beautiful view of the lake.”
Caine said the collective was very excited about moving to a much-needed bigger space, but was taking a risk and was taking a risk in doing so.
“We think it’s so important to have an art center in our community, especially since CREATE no longer exists. There really aren’t any community art programs here in Boyne right now. time,” she said.
The new space will allow the collective to return to its roots and once again offer workshops, classes and events for the community, all in its own space.
The owner is in the process of finishing the space, painting and laying new flooring, before the collective can move out. However, the hope is that they will be moved in and open by the end of July.
The collective is also currently providing artwork to Cafe Santé and organizers said they hope people waiting for dinner or finishing dinner will find their way upstairs to check out even more artwork. art hanging in his new gallery.
“We are so excited to move and are so grateful to the hardware store for hosting us all these years,” Caine said.
“The timing was right and we are ready and excited to be an arts center again,” she said.
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One of the future events organized by the Boyne Arts Collective is its now annual Boyne Arts in the Park art exhibition at Veterans Park on Saturday June 4th.
The event was only revived recently last year as the collective rented the Veterans Park pavilion and had around 20 artists showing and selling their work.
The event has grown and this year will feature approximately 25 artists alongside the Boyne City Farmers Market with various paintings, sculptures and more.
Martina Hahn – one of the original founders of the collective – will also be on hand to give two live speed painting demonstrations throughout the day. Live music will also fill the air and, for the first time, the collective will host an exhibition of student work alongside the event.
“We have partnered with the college and they will be showcasing a few different projects so everyone can see what our local youth and art students are doing and are capable of,” Caine said.
More information about the Boyne Arts Collective, its move and new space, and upcoming events, can be found on its website at www.boynearts.org.