For Immediate Release
October 28, 2010

Contact: Sherry DeVries, Executive Director

Phone: (919) 560-2709 Email:sldevries@durhamarts.org

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL TO RELOCATE ITS CERAMICS STUDIO TO NORTHGATE MALL

New Clay Studio Facility Will Offer Expanded Programming

The Durham Arts Council, Inc. (DAC) is pleased to announce the relocation of The DAC Clay Studio to Northgate Mall in November/December 2010. The new 2,500 square foot ceramics facility will be located on The Plaza next to Gamefrog and near the Stadium 10 Theater and water feature with a beautiful exterior façade and convenient front door parking. The new studio will contain expanded ceramics production space, two high-fire kilns (1 new), ample display and storage areas, and a beautiful new DAC Ceramics Gallery that will showcase and sell exemplary ceramics artwork of regional artists. In the new studio, DAC will be able to continue its high quality wheel and hand building classes for over 2,000 adult students annually, and DAC will also be able to expand programming to offer classes, workshops and special events for families and children. When the opening date is determined, a grand opening and ribbon cutting will be scheduled to kick off a series of opening special events and classes.

 

Ginny Bowman, the Managing General Partner of Northgate Associates, states that “Northgate is thrilled to add yet another unique Durham non-profit to our tenant roster. The DAC Clay Studio will bring a new entertainment feature to the eclectic mix of stores, services and uses located on The Plaza. We are excited about working with the Durham Arts Council on a variety of special events to promote the opening of the studio as well as activities related to the Arts throughout the coming year.”

 

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Northgate Mall to bring an expanded ceramics program to the community and lively arts offerings at Northgate. We appreciate the favorable economic lease terms that makes our program in the new space possible. We are also grateful to CT Wilson Construction, Bryant-Durham, Pendergraph Electric, Northgate Associates, and ACME Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning for generously donating part of the cost for up fitting the space” said DAC Executive Director Sherry DeVries.

 

 

Durham Arts Council has provided a high quality clay program for over 20 years. At its inception, the program was located in the historic DAC building located at 120 Morris Street. As the program grew, DAC relocated the studio to Liberty Warehouse at 546 Foster Street in 1999. Liberty Warehouse was owned by Walker Stone, a generous supporter of the arts, who provided DAC with a below-market lease rate and assisted with some of the capital costs of creating the studio to help make the ceramics classes sustainable and accessible to the public. In 2008, after Greenfire Development purchased the building they continued the existing lease agreement with DAC. DAC is grateful to Walker Stone and Greenfire Development for providing a home for the DAC Clay Studio for over 10 years. DAC is looking forward to an exciting partnership with Northgate Mall and the opportunity to provide an excellent and growing clay program to new and continuing students of all ages and abilities.

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About the Durham Arts Council

The Durham Arts Council is a private nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire Triangle Region in North Carolina and has served the community since 1954. Each year DAC serves over 300,000 visitors and program participants, over 600 artists, and more than 60 arts organizations through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grants programs, technical support, arts advocacy and information services. By supporting the Durham Arts Council, you help DAC fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. For more information call 919.560.ARTS or visit our website at www.durhamarts.org.