A full house of guests gathered to mark the Grand Reopening of the Anderson Arts Center Saturday night, including about a dozen Anderson family members.
The famed gallery underwent a $4.3 million renovation that includes a new geothermal heating and cooling system that will protect future art exhibitions. Newly painted walls, lighting system and a versatile frame hanging system will accent those displays as well.
The former mansion’s roof was replaced as well as most of the windows. A sparkling set of new restrooms now occupy the former garage and the building is now handicapped accessible.
A standing room only crowd at Public Craft Brewing was treated to a personification of Valentine’s Day by Babe-alon 5 Friday night, whose melodies were sweeter than a bag of conversation hearts and sassier too. They’re welcome back to the Second District anytime. It’s businesses such as Public that are driving economic diversity downtown. Who knew economic development could be so much fun?