Pictured is the Boyne Arts Collective’s new location. Officials expect to be moved in by Oct. 3.
BY BETH GOHS, STAFF WRITER
Nearly homeless, the Boyne Arts Collective (BAC) will now have a new location—at least temporarily—in downtown Boyne City.
Just three weeks before they were about to lose the home of their beloved art center, Boyne Arts Collective officials found a generous building owner with space just a few blocks from their old location.
“We are excited about our move to the new gallery location and appreciate Jim White’s help,” said Jackie Wollenberg, Boyne Arts Collective Curator. “He said he would like to try it for a year and then reassess.”
Jim White is the owner of Boyne City Ace Hardware, which is located at 200 Water St.
The building space he has offered is located next-door at 202 Water St. (Photo on page 12)
Wollenberg said the arts collective, which was founded nine years ago, will still pursue a more permanent place with more space because the current space they will move to is less than a quarter of the space they have now at their 210 Lake St. location.
“Finding another space will probably entail a much higher fee, and that is where we could use community help,” said Wollenberg, “Either from a building owner, a private investor, or a community donation.”
The Boyne Arts Collective must move to make way for Catt Development’s multi-use facility project, which—when completed—is expected to contain a restaurant/pub, a fitness center, space for lease and possibly a bank.
Boyne Arts Collective members have begun working to ready the news space for moving day but they could use your help.
“Anyone who would like to help repair, clean, or paint is more than welcome,” said Wollenberg. “The BAC will hold a moving sale at 210 Lake St., our old gallery property, on Saturday Sept. 26.”
June Storm, a founding member of the Boyne Arts Collective, said her group asked to keep a section of the building as the collective but Catt said there was no space in his plans.
“We are a nonprofit, so we don’t have a lot of money,” Storm said.
The collective was formed, said Storm, because there were no organizations to connect the many talented artists in the Boyne area.
“I do feel we brought a lot of business down towards that area, something to develop the arts area,” she said. “My gosh, on Friday nights alone, we get over 50 people.”
The Boyne Arts Collective is home to close to a hundred members.
The type of art featured at the collective includes sculptures, paintings, weavings and tiles.
“I think the importance of art really is the community,” said Storm.
Storm said the arts collective has worked hard for the building and they are upset about having to move.
“I think it brings culture,” Storm said. “Our culture gets the community involved. As I say, we have a ton of artists; I know because I teach art—watercolor and oils—and we have a lot of people.”
She added, “And, these people are quite talented. If you go in there and look at the show, there is a lot of talent in this town.”
During a Friday Sept. 4 board meeting of the Boyne Arts Collective, members discussed their options looking further into the future.
With rent at the 210 South Lake St. location at $1 per month plus utilities, some on the board discussed looking into paying for space.
“In June 2014, we paid utilities over $2,000,” said Storm. “We could look at a place to pay rent on, and have utilities included, then we could pay rent.”
She added, “We could pay up to $350 for rent, if the utilities are included.”
The Boyne Arts Collective will close at its current location this week on Thursday Sept. 17.
Look for the arts collective to reopen in time for the Oct. 3 Boyne City Harvest Festival.
See the Boyne Arts Collective online at www.boynearts.org