Monday, April 23, 2012

Bountiful/Davis art center gets an upgrade

After more than 50 years displaying the fine arts of Davis County, the Bountiful/Davis Art Center is getting a much-needed upgrade.

Staff are packing up decades’ worth of accumulated treasures in order to move out of the space for about 10 months, said BDAC executive director Emma Dugal. The center will host exhibits at Centerpointe Legacy Theater while crews redo the floors, ceilings, walls and just about every other feature of the building. Art fans can buy a piece of the center’s history at a yard sale this weekend.
The remodel will allow more people access to the building, Dugal said, with a fire suppression system allowing more than 50 people in the basement classroom where programming takes place. There also will be a larger foyer and meeting room for artist receptions, and moveable walls will allow more artists to exhibit.

Painter, Theresa Otteson is particularly excited about the planned hands-on children’s center, which will allow school groups and any other interested kids to come in and create artworks of their own.

Visitors also will be able to get their hands on history in the building’s new addition. The space will provide about 8,000 square feet dedicated to the South Davis History Center, an interactive museum focused on the history of Davis County. Salt Lake Tribune