Tuesday, February 12, 2013
It was 'Art in Motion' when the second-annual Lansdale Fun A Day art show brought in hundreds of people to see the talents of local artists from across Montgomery County.
The Lansdale Fun A Day art show is not your typical black-tie art gallery affair. In fact, it’s held in the upstairs ballroom of a local pub. “It’s better than going to an art museum,” Matt Rosenfeld, a Blue Bell resident, said. “This is less formal, more relaxed, and a different crowd of people.” While this was Rosenfeld’s first visit to the art show, of the hundreds of visitors that attended this year, many have made it a point to return. “I think these shows are great, because you get a lot of different artists from different perspectives,” Mike Omensetter, of Hatfield, said. “It’s not your traditional, mainstream, mass-produced art. It’s much more personal with these artists.” Omensetter said that he became passionate on attending …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Mike Sobel, councilman and 311 W. Main St. Task Force chairman, addressed the task force with a statement on its purposes and desires
Friday, February 10, 2012
The following is a letter printed in full that was read by councilman Mike Sobel prior to the beginning of Tuesday's 311 W. Main St. Task Force meeting: To the 311 Task Force, I just wanted to start our meeting with a short statement from your very grateful chairman. We have all been donating time and working diligently to take on a huge task. This task has been and will continue to be a sometimes-contentious issue within our borough. Sixteen-thousand residents are looking to us to help guide borough council’s decision on what to do with a borough-owned building in the heart of our downtown. We can’t just let it sit untouched as a monument to past failures and oversights. What’s done is done, and again, I’m not going to sit here and try to…
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Lansdale's Fun-A-Day show exceeds expectations in both quality and attendance
As a sign that the arts are alive and well in Lansdale, hundreds of area residents attended Friday night's Fun-A-Day show at Third and Walnut, shattering the originally expected attendance. The show -- which featured the works of local artists who participated in January's Fun-A-Day project -- began nearly half-an-hour early, as groups of eager art patrons couldn't wait to make their way inside. Due to the overwhelming turnout, many of the artists on display sold pieces of their work, and a handful of lucky attendees received the unique stylings at a fraction of their price, courtesy of the Millionaire's Auction. The show's coordinators and the participating artists were thrilled with the event. By night's end, there was already talk about…
Friday, December 2, 2011
An online petition to make 311 W. Main St. an all-ages venue for local and touring bands is nearing 1,000 signatures. Meet the men with the plan.
In under 24 hours, a petition on Change.org to make 311 W. Main Street an all-ages venue for local and touring bands to play shows has garnered 947 signatures. Those signatures aren’t just the names of teens, young adults and adults in the North Penn area; the names reach as far as New York and California and have been promoted by bands like The Wonder Years. The essence behind the petition is a musical movement – to revitalize a dying music scene that once flourished in Lansdale. People don’t want to lose this scene, and they don’t want to lose 311 W. Main St. To sign the petition, click this link. “Growing up in the Lansdale, PA area, the underground music scene gave us all a place to do something positive, productive, and creative all …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Council held a special meeting to determine future use and potential litigation of property at 311 W. Main St.
The estimated price tag to fix the white elephant in Lansdale at 311 W. Main St. is around $4 million, which includes renovations and bringing the building up to code. The prime conceptual use of the space presented Tuesday was for the building to be transformed into a community center that can serve all aspects of art. During a special meeting Tuesday night, it was revealed that the former Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts has a long ways to go before it can be open to the public, and costly repairs are in the future. The base estimated cost to bring the building into compliance is $239,995. The base estimated cost of renovations and new construction—including contingency costs and soft costs—is $3.8 million. The meeting featured …