Art sparks downtown renaissance
Many people believe Chester’s downtown business district can be vibrant again with arts and entertainment venues as a foundation. Chester Business Association President Linda Braceland, also a founding member of Art on the Avenue, hopes to jumpstart that renaissance by creating an artist colony where artists can work and a gallery to exhibit and sell what they create.
A recent art show and sale Braceland sponsored in the 500 block of Avenue of the States drew a sizeable audience and offered hope for an arts-led renaissance of the area. Braceland said, “This is the first of many art shows we plan to have. We are currently working to establish a permanent gallery to host a variety of events in conjunction with changing art shows.We plan to make this a venue with an emphasis on art, entertainment and community involvement.”
She said the event was so successful that she opened what was formerly a storage area to host special shows and student artists.