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The Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon, Illinois has made some changes, and WSIU InFocus had the opportunity to get a sneak peak at an open house held on November 1. Updates include the addition of 28,000 square feet to the original Museum building, a complete renovation of the Main Gallery, and an expanded gift shop, which has been moved to just inside a new glass entrance.
The new Grand Corridor and 3,850 square foot Performance Hall utilize glass and wood to bring the outdoor beauty of Cedarhurst inside. During the open house, Cedarhurst debuted their first Permanent Collection Gallery, which features over 400 works, including paintings by Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Singer Sargent, and William Glackens. Also unveiled at the open house is a new Family Center designed to encourage children and their families to create, appreciate, and interpret art.
Finally, the former Administration building has been renovated and renamed as the Creative Art Center, where adults and youth can take art classes. Independent artists also may use the center for studio time and gallery exhibits.
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