The facility offers member artists a place to work, to show and market their art and to network. The gallery offers art for sale, exhibits, classes and seminars. Jennewein said discussions are underway with
"I've never been able to do enough fund-raising to keep the place alive," Jennewein said. She said that although the CADC has had great supporters and board members over the years, this "task has been daunting without proper staff and funding."
"This is a particularly brutal blow, as the CADC represented just what artists need to keep living and working here -- a professional venue to market and sell their work," Buttacavoli said. "But for a city whose government and business leaders brag about having such a rich arts and culture scene, there is a gap in supporting that claim. We have to launch from a community where supporting our artists/buying a work of art -- from
Tracing its roots
The gallery started taking shape in 2006 when Cannery developers
"It was a great concept," said Jennewein, an artist best known for her large abstract contemporary paintings and functional art furniture. "We had 10,000 square feet and 40 artists. It was designed to be a business within a business -- each artist leased their own studio."
The idea was to create an art community downtown. Originally Jennewein was an employee of the building; eventually, the decision was made to turn the gallery into a non-profit organization, Can Opener. Two years ago when the Cannery building changed ownership, Jennewein sought a new location and ended up at
Jennewein said the move caused an identity crisis, particularly with the name change. But the classes, art shows and programming continued in the new location.
"We have opened our doors and opened our gallery and services for free to many community-minded people to help improve our city," said Jennewein, who said groups such as Generation Dayton, Ted Talks,
With Jennewein's help, ideas including First Friday art showcases came to fruition, as well as other efforts that have benefited the community.
"Although we're closing the gallery, we'll be doing more mobile art," he continued. "We've been putting art in offices -- today we're going to flood Dr.
" We can make bigger things happen when we collaborate," Stanard said.
CADC is currently holding a moving sale. For more information, visit www.canneryarts.com or call (937) 313-9883.
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