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Arts collective reopens--in president's home

Posted 9/4/12

By Daniel Walmer

Press And Journal Staff

The Middletown Area Arts Collective’s new location should feel like home for President Sherri Brandt – because it is her home. MAAC is setting up shop at Brandt’s house at 116 Poplar Street, …

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Arts collective reopens--in president's home

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By Daniel Walmer
Press And Journal Staff

The Middletown Area Arts Collective’s new location should feel like home for President Sherri Brandt – because it is her home.

MAAC is setting up shop at Brandt’s house at 116 Poplar Street, which has space for the collective because four of her five children no longer live at home, Brandt said.

Although the gallery space will be smaller than at its previous location in the Elks Building at Union and Emaus streets, MAAC’s plans have not shrunk.  

The collective will feature work by local artists, host pottery, drawing and painting and jewelry making classes, and create learning opportunities for local school students.

“I’d like to establish some after-school programs at least one day a week,” she said.

Since Pennsylvania does not historically have a great tradition of art, MAAC also hopes to establish more of an online presence to provide exposure for artists, she said.

But while the Internet reveals MAAC to the world, look for artists in action in Middletown as well.  

They will be painting murals on the house and garage at 116 Poplar, and the new location provides more private space for artists to work on location, Brandt said.