ST. ALBANS CITY — The St. Albans City Council paid a visit to the Artist in Residence gallery at 10 South Main St. on Monday.
The city is the gallery’s landlord, having purchased the building after the previous owner was unable to perform needed repairs. The city then restored the building before renting it to the gallery.
“This model where we acquire, renovate, rehabilitate, I think it’s got a lot of legs,” city manager Dominic Cloud told the council.
The building had sat vacant for four years, even though the city was bringing possible tenants to see the site, according to Cloud.
The gallery was previously located in Enosburg Falls. The move to St. Albans City has reinvigorated the cooperative that operates the gallery, according to director Nancy Patch.
Of the 42 artists whose work is on display, just 13 were also exhibited in the Enosburg location, said Patch. The gallery has work from established names like Corliss Blakely to up-and-coming young artists like Alex Foltz.
“I want to thank the city from the bottom of my heart,” said Patch. The city, particularly director of business development Marty Manahan was “phenomenal” to work with, she added.
“We also thank you,” said Ward 6 Councilor Chad Spooner. “This is a perfect fit for our downtown.”
The gallery will hold its official grand opening on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.