Sue Gibbs

Sue Gibbs

Summerland Community Arts Centre to move

The Summerland Arts Centre will soon have a new location, its third home in the last two years.

The Summerland Arts Centre will soon have a new location, its third home in the last two years.

At the end of the month, the centre will be out of its building on Main Street, as the location will be used as the location for a business.

While the arts centre will have a new home in the former library building on Wharton Street, the details surrounding the new location have not yet been worked out.

Sue Gibbs, past president of the arts council, said the Main Street location was a temporary location for the arts centre.

Earlier, the gallery and arts centre had been located in the former municipal hall building on Main Street.

The arts centre was relocated in 2014, when the new library building was constructed at that location.

The present Main Street location, a former retail space, was leased by the municipality as a temporary facility for the arts centre and gallery.

At the end of March, the municipality was informed that a new tenant had been found for the building and as a result, the arts centre would be out at the end of April.

As a result of this change, the show at the gallery will come to an end earlier than planned.

Linda Tynan, chief administrative officer for the municipality, said the initial plan had been for the arts centre to move into the library building at the end of May or later, but the change to the use of the Main Street facility has shortened the time line.

“We thought we had at least another month,” she said.

Tynan said council wants to create a cultural centre in the former library building. The governance model for the cultural centre has not yet been determined.

On Monday, municipal representatives met with the Summerland Community Arts Council to discuss the use of the former library building.

At the next municipal council meeting on April 11, council will consider a resolution to allow the arts council to move into the library building for May 1.

Tynan will also speak to the arts council board at the board’s next meeting on Tuesday.

She said the municipality is working to create a cultural centre in the former library building, but the governance model for the centre has not yet been finalized.

Gibbs said the future of the arts centre remains uncertain as the details have yet to be worked out.

“We’re in a holding pattern right now,” she said. “There’s no end in sight.”

Despite the changes, Gibbs said the arts council will continue to have a presence in the community.

“The Summerland Community Arts Council will not disband,” she said. “It will not disappear. But it may look very different.”

By April 24, the existing arts centre building will close its doors.

Gibbs and office manager Karan Bowyer urge those with banners for the annual street banner project to finish their work before that date.

The gallery’s present art show, My Journey with Colour, by Carol Hannah, will close on Saturday, April 23 at 4 p.m., a week earlier than originally planned.

The gift gallery will also be closed, at least temporarily.