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March 22, 2014

Upstart Art Mart to close

MT. VERNON — The Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corporation Upstart Art Mart will be closing by the end of April.

The news was part of the DMDC annual report. According to the report, the lease for the art incubator will be up at the end of April, and the gallery works will be moved.

“A committee plans to re-home the works of artists to either an empty store front building or arrange to place individual works of art in downtown businesses,” the report states. “DMDC wants to continue to support local artists until another opportunity is available for display of local talent, one option could possibly be the Armory building. Final plans for re-homing will be determined at the March 30 meeting (of the DMDC board) to work out the details of the transition.”

The grand opening of the artist incubator and gallery was held April 27, 2013. The mart was created as a venue for local artists to sell their work. The all-volunteer staff worked to recruit local artists for showing and selling their art.

“Although the art mart is closing, DMDC concurs that the project increased the community’s awareness of the wealth of artistic talent that resides in our community and supported the arts throughout the area,” the report states. “And for that reason, they plan to re-home the artists within the downtown district.”

Another change happening this summer is in the First Fridays event.

“DMDC is restructuring the 2014 street festival of music, arts and crafts, and food,” the annual report states. “Tentative plans include three third Fridays — May 16, June 20 and July 18.”

Each month’s theme has been set, with May focusing on Mother’s Day; June on Father’s Day and July on “Summer in the City.”

“Some commitments for the events have already been arranged,” the report continues. “An advance schedule is planned for distribution.”

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