The Reeves House is an old farmhouse built in 1897, the same year Woodstock officially became a city. Vacant for decades, this historically significant home will be transformed into the heart of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, helping the community pulse with vibrancy.
“The idea is to bring art to people who might never really interact with it. It’s for all citizens, and it’s about making the city more interesting and more visually significant.”
“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
From local to world traveling artists, the Gallery will host hundreds of paintings each year to be viewed. From contemporary to classical styles and even from the students learning under the same roof, this humble home will serve as the artistic heart of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.
“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
Bringing artists directly into the community will grow the vibrancy almost immediately. 6 Studios will be avaiable for established and emerging artists working in a variety of disciplines ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and textile design.
“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about. He’s not interested in how things look different in moonlight.”
This space will be used to engage with the community. From forums, artists lectures, painting lessons, special events and more – this space will be the exemplar in turning “the observer” into the participant.
“Leonardo Da Vinci combined art and science and aesthetics and engineering, that kind of unity is needed once again.”
Increasingly, technology is becoming more important. The merging of technology and the arts is something that is needed. Science build tool to solve a problem, but it is more than making tools that we need. We need a different lens sometimes to truly solve a problem. Science finds the answer, art asks more questions, both are equally important.
This computer lab will teach all sorts of scientific and artistic classes with a new perspective. The computer lab will teach graphic design, screen printing, software engineering, website design, photography, and more!
“Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.”
Complete with pottery wheels, a kiln, easels and more, the community will be able to learn how to create. Gathering a wide variety of teachers and artists, a student will be able to create their first piece of art, an adult may be able to paint for the first time, and love for creating will begin under this roof.
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.”
The catering kitchen will serve as the branch into the next segment of Phase II, the culinary and community gardens. This will allow for special events to take place in and around the Reeves House. It will also allow for the beginnings of culinary art to take place at Elm Street.
It is our hope to create and engage a community that will expand to larger ideas, so that it will never return to it’s original size.
We believe that art is the capacity for fascination, the vernacular for compassion, and the articulation for beauty.
You can participate.
We invite you to join us. Our community can come together and show that this is more than bricks, but instead we can show that we are all for the vibrancy of our community.
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