Saturday, July 10, 2010

Oh, I've been working on the railing....

OK, not really. I was just there to drop off lunch and take pictures as I'm not much use in the welding department, but it was another busy weekend at the Fire Arts Center for our fabulous volunteers, Danielle, Ryan, and Al. They helped install the patterned inserts for the railing that wraps around the mezzanine. The design was created by the students of another one of our Fire Artists, Roger Karlson, who had his interior design class at Brown Institute work on a plan for the interior of the building as part of a design project they did for us.

Here is Ryan working on one of the first four panels.

and here is a better look at the full design.

And here are our volunteers taking a much needed and much deserved break. We picked a fine day to be working in welding gear in a building without air conditioning! Sorry guys!

And here's the rest of the mezzanine, which will be where classes and studio space for jewelery and glass will be located.

It's all coming together--thanks again to those of you who helped us out again! You're the best!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another Prize Uncovered!

While the rest of us were off relaxing, celebrating our nation's independence, or just generally goofing off over the long weekend, two of our intrepid board members were hard at work and accomplished a major feat in the restoration of our building.

Just as reminder, here is what it looked when we started the project:

And here is what it looks like now:

(click on the photo for full view)

Board members Ryan Knoke and Montana Scheff spent the weekend on ladders laboriously scraping off every inch of paint that covered up the original encaustic tile. Isn't it beautiful? Hard to imagine that someone would want to paint over it, but that's the way it's been for at least the past 20 years!

All along it has been our intention to preserve or restore as much of the original movie theater as possible, and Ryan and Montana helped us take one huge step towards that effort this weekend.

Well done!