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March 25, 2014

Art gallery opens as part of Delphi Opera House renovations

Art gallery opens in Delphi

DELPHI — Paintings, photographs, jewelry and other works of art by local artists have found a new home while renovations to the Delphi Opera House have been put on the fast track.

Delphi Opera House 2, or DOH2, gallery opened at the beginning of March at the former Delphi United Methodist Church at the corner of Monroe and Union streets.

The move of the gallery is a temporary fix while restoration changes are planned for the Delphi Opera House. The city’s receipt of a Stellar Communities grant put the opera house project on the fast track, said Anita Werling, chairwoman of the Delphi Preservation Society opera house advisory board.

Volunteers with the society have hit the ground running with the opening of DOH2 art gallery and have set the space to be welcoming to visitors. Wooden floors lead to a room with paintings and photographs displaying the work of both residents and guest artists.

A second room is set up displaying jewelry as well as some hand-crafted items such as woven blankets.

The first exhibit has the theme of “transitions” with guest artist Wyndham Traxler Carer and resident artists Rena Brouwer and Alan McConnell. Jamie Staggs Hicks will be the guest artist for April.

Check out a 360-degree tour of the art gallery here.

In addition to the gallery, several classes and events are available at DOH2. Art classes are offered throughout the week for different subjects, including pottering, tatting, jewelry making and painting with watercolors, oil and acrylic. Yoga, cake decorating and photography are also being offered. Most classes are offered in the education wing of the former church. A list of classes can be found by visiting www.delphioperahouse.org/classes-doh2.

DOH2 will continue as DPS is scheduled to go out to bid on the opera house project soon. The expected construction start date for the area is now May.

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