Washington Street artists’ co-op rounds corner — by George

CHARLES TOWN — The Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative has moved into a new home — on North George Street.

Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith and officers of the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative, the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County signed the agreement last month for the cooperative to open its gallery in the Charles Town Visitors Center at 108 N. George Street.

The agreement enables the visitors bureau, AHA! and the Washington Street Artists’ Co-op to share the space with support from the city. The intention of this new collaboration is to improve tourists’ experience of Charles Town and provide gallery, classroom and meeting space for area artists in the heart of Charles Town’s historic downtown.

“This agreement brings together three organizations that make important contributions to the life of our city in a unique collaborative effort that joins the arts, tourism, and arts advocacy in a single space,” Smith said. “We are already seeing a dynamic energy develop among these groups that will enhance arts and culture tourism and economic development in Charles Town and the county.”

The Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative mission is to provide a space where artists in the West Virginia Panhandle region can create, teach, exhibit and nurture an appreciation for art in the community. The gallery shows juried work by 30 local member artists. Gallery hours at 108 N. George Street are Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-724-2090, or visit the website at wstreetgallery.com.

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