Wednesday, August 26, 2015

smARTroom opens on Main Street

It's so nice to see once-vacant spaces get fillied. Have you walked down Main Street yet and seen the signs for smARTroom? Oh, it's colorful, which is as it should be, especially if you know one of the co-founders, Maynard's very own Aimeé Ledwell.

You may have walked by and wondered what the heck it is. Rather than me try to explain, I figured I'd just do the smart thing and just go to their Web site. "We are a small, local, learning center specializing in Art integrated with Academics, also known as S.T.E.A.M.  Our family-friendly makerspace is coming to downtown Maynard this fall. We will be open to all ages, with programming starting at age 3 and going up through adults. SmARTroom will offer classes for all ages, open studio time, birthday parties, corporate workshops, and more." If you follow smARTroom on Facebook you'll see, through their posts, the kind of inspiration they're going to share with the community.

Though they expect to open in September, they need some funding to really get their little non-profit off the ground with flair. They have started an Indiegogo campaign to help them get some of the funding they need for some supplies. If you have any connections to anyone that might be able to help them with the things they need, don't hesitate to stop in.  

Here's a link to their Web site, but don't forget to like them on Facebook. 

ArtSpace Downtown Has Changed its Name. Welcome 6 Bridges Gallery!

Though they just opened end of November, ArtSpace Downtown has decided that a name change sooner rather than later would be best. Why? "Well, we love ArtSpace and our association with ArtSpace Gallery and Studios. What we didn’t love was the confusion, and there was plenty of that. Often people looking for us ended up at the studio building and vice versa. That was a lot of explaining we had to do."

The new name is 6 Bridges Gallery, a name that came out of the fact that there are 6 bridges over the Assabet River in Maynard. You'll find those bridges on Waltham St., Walnut St., Main St., Florida Rd., Mill St., and Great Rd.

The logo graphic will be staying the same., so hopefully it won't take too long for people to catch on.

In case you haven't had a chance to check it out, here's a link to the Web site.

Full disclosure—I'm a member of this gallery, but maybe you already knew that.