A sampling of local art centers

March 8, 2012 8:26 am

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Here are thumbnail sketches of a half dozen of the region's many community art centers:

The Associated Artists of Butler County Art Center

Where: 344 S. Main St., Butler

Hours: Noon- 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon- 4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission: Exhibitions free; fee for classes.

Event: A reception for "The Green Show," work that ranges from the color green to environmental commentary, 7 p.m. Friday through March 22.

Particulars: Exhibitions, shop, child and adult classes, reading area with library, small permanent collection.

History: An artist group that began meeting in the late 1920s and coalesced into The Associated Artists of Butler County in 1934. In 1990, the organization established the art center with a mission to encourage, promote and foster the arts in Butler County. It is an essentially volunteer effort with a $50,000 budget supported by public and private grants, donations, class fees, exhibition entry fees and dues from approximately 200 members.

Information: 724-283-6922 or www.aabcartcenter.com

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall

Where: 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie

Hours: Variable hours Monday through Saturday. The Espy Post is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays or weekdays by appointment.

Admission: Free. Library card and Wi-Fi free to registered Allegheny County residents; others may apply for an out-of-county card. Music Hall events priced individually.

Event: The annual Civil War Weekend will be held April 27-29 with vendors, a Victorian tea, a period fashion show and programming. Military drills and skirmishes and a vintage baseball game will take place in Carnegie Park. Most events are free.

Particulars: The library houses the restored Capt. Thomas Espy Post No. 153 of the Grand Army of the Republic, one of very few intact Civil War veterans' posts. Stage 62, Pittsburgh Savoyards and The Carnegie Performing Arts Center are resident companies that perform in the Music Hall in addition to other local organizations. In September, a chamber orchestra series with local musicians will be offered. Changing exhibits of work by local visual artists are shown in the reception hall. Local collections - ranging from tea pots to "Gone With the Wind" items - rotate in lighted historic display cases from the H.J. Heinz Co.

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