CEDAREDGE, Colo. - Cedaredge has a new art galley and events center and the building includes a ton of history.
"Its been a grocery, its been a mercantile, its been a bank. We still have the bank vault back here. It's been an auto repair shop, it's been a movie theater."
This building with all the history behind it will open as the grand mesa arts and events center at 5 pm today, and will include some festivities such as a red carpet along with a ribbon cutting.
"People will come in. We'll give them tours of the facility. We'll be having hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. We have the fun part tonight, the really exciting part when we go back into the theater is, a lot of 5 by 7 paintings. Done by students, professional, and amateur artists and those are going to be silent auctioned off as part of a fundraiser for the arts and events center."
Tomorrow festivities will continue with doors opening to tours at 11 am. At noon there will be a panel of historians talking about the history of the building. Children's activities begin at one o'clock. At two fifteen, the two artists that have their pieces on display will be present talking about their art.
Along with the art gallery, there is also an event's center in the building.
"We'll have theater. We have some groups that are wanting to have plays here on our stage. Also cinema, we're going to bring cinema back. This used to be the Mesa Theater where they would have movies and above here was where the projector room was and it's where our sound man will be."
The events center can also be booked for special events as well.
"We have a 70th birthday party already scheduled, weddings already scheduled. We have lots of events already scheduled, and music series and art classes. We're going to have dance and yoga classes scheduled in here as well."
A few local girls were also getting in on the fundraising efforts by selling lemonade and popcorn outside the building.
"We were going to do just a normal lemonade stand, and then someone decided, hey, do you want to donate the money to the art center, and we did."
The art gallery will include rotating artists with the intention of the gallery being an educational experience.