TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Arts, Inc. is moving.
The local gallery is closing today to prepare for its move to the Hancock House. It will re-open in its new location in the spring. The gallery, which opened two years ago, is now on Montcalm Street in downtown Ticonderoga.
Ticonderoga Arts, Inc. is growing.
"With a dream and a vision, a few artists assembled just over two short years ago to develop a plan to open an arts gallery in Ticonderoga," said June Curtis of the gallery. "Their dream was realized when at last they opened their doors on Montcalm Street for the purpose of fostering creativity and artistic excellence and providing exhibition space to local artists working in the visual arts.
"The exhibiting artists numbered eight that first year in 2008; membership was 11," she continued. "At the annual meeting closing out their second year in 2009, the exhibiting artists had grown to 18; membership had advanced to 31. These outstanding achievements have encouraged and inspired them to continue their efforts with the greatest of vigor."
At the Hancock House Ticonderoga Arts, Inc. will utilize the Assembly Room, which is on the basement level providing side-door direct access.
The Hancock House is home to the Ticonderoga Historical Society.
"Both Ticonderoga Arts and the Ticonderoga Historical Society are enthusiastic about this collaboration, the gallery residing alongside the museum and research library in the magnificent Hancock House," Curtis said. "Both organizations are strong advocates of arts and culture and hold a clear understanding of their direct relationship to local economic development."
The Ticonderoga Arts, Inc. board of directors issued a statement on the pending move.
"We are grateful for the invaluable community support, patronage and membership which have provided our growth and advancement," it reads. "Thank you. In the spring, when we welcome you to our new gallery in our new home. We will make you proud."