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January 6, 2014

Market Street nonprofit group moving

Niagara Gazette — The folks at the Market Street Art Center want people to know they’re not going anywhere. It’s the nonprofit group, Market Street Art Center Inc., that’s on the move.

This past Thursday, the nonprofit group announced it is currently searching for a new location, leaving its office space at 247 Market St. Board member Mike Miller said once a new spot is found, the nonprofit group will also change its name.

”We have a few places we’re looking at,” Miller said.

In a written statement, the Market Street Art Center Inc. board said, “Our focus will continue to be on the greater Lockport community, artists at all levels, families, organizations and businesses. We will offer exhibition galleries, programs for anyone wanting to learn about art, about making art and arts-oriented events, and classes for adults, children and those with special needs.”

The tentative plan is to hold a gallery grand opening in April, Miller said. But that plan is still in the early stages, with updates coming soon, he added.

The nonprofit’s move will not affect the Art & Soul Gift Shop, the studios or the two galleries operating out of 247 Market St., said Sally Bisher, who runsthe shop and gallerieswith her brother Art Hilger. The two also own Hilger Properties, which in turn owns the building. Hilger rents out studio and office space to artists and businesses.

While at 247 Market St., Market Street Art Center Inc. leased a single office, Bisher said.

Hilger Properties has fielded a number of questions about what is happening with the various commercial enterprises operating out of 247 Market, according to Bisher.

Miller said he also has fielded questions, in addition to well wishes and expressions of support for what the nonprofit group wants to do.

Both Miller and Bisher said there’s no animosity behind the non-profit group’s move, noting the center and the nonprofit could work together in the future. Miller has a studio and teaches a class at 247 Market St. and will continue to do so, he said.

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