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Cape Coral Arts Studio to re-open

By Staff | Feb 22, 2018

The Cape Coral Arts Studio was one of many places damaged by Hurricane Irma in September. Since then, they have been forced to improvise in the way they operated and held classes.

On Saturday, March 3, the studio will host a grand re-opening event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in conjunction with the 33rd annual Art Focus Festival.

The Arts Studio’s main building has been closed since Irma due extensive structural damage caused by the storm. The building needed a new electrical system, which was installed underground to protect it from future hurricanes.

Julie Gerhard, director of the arts studio, said the studio does classes in ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, drawing, and other medias. There is also a supply store for artists to get what they need, and a gift shop where people can buy artwork by the teachers and students.

The Art Focus Festival is a free community event with activities including studio tours and demonstrations from artists and instructors.

You can meet local artist vendors, participate in a live chalk-painting in front of the administrative building, and go to a one-day sale in the art supply store.

“People can sign up for a square and make their own work of art. The chalk paint is a temporary art form that washes away in the rain,” Gerhard said.

In addition, there will be a student exhibition in the gallery from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony beginning at noon. Artists will be selling their work, such as pottery, fiber-art in booths on campus.

Space for the outdoor festival is available to all area artists at no charge. Limited vendor space is also available.

Attendees will also meet Gerhard, who took over as director in November and had to do a lot of juggling to keep things going.

“We had a booth at the Arts Festival for the first time as part of our outreach. The hurricane gave me a lot of time to plan and implement new programs and ways to involve the studio in the community,” Gerhard said.

The staff was able to accommodate a majority of the classes, such as water colors, into the other building with the ceramics and glass fusing, even though they had to decrease the number of classes.

“We had to improvise a lot, make the best of it, and get to know each other very quickly,” Gerhart said.

The Arts Studio is at 4533 Coronado Parkway in Rubicond Park.

For more information, contact Gerhard at 242-3800 or go to jgerhard@capecoral.net.