On June 10, 2020

Chaffee re-imagines offers ahead of reopening

RUTLAND—The Chaffee Art Center is preparing to reopen in a few weeks. It will be a phased process as it navigates the restrictions and recommendations when dealing with the coronavirus, with a focus on keeping everyone safe.

This period of closure has allowed time to “re-imagine” the Chaffee…to look at things from different views, and to create new, exciting, fun programming and enhanced services, one of which celebrates family and greatest-of-all-time dads! There are two options to purchase a creative and fun DIY gift for all those great dads and granddads out there.

Make a Smash Kit ($20) out of permastone and put a hidden gift card or surprise inside such as ChaffeeBuck$ or a membership.

The Trucker Hat Kit ($30) comes with two trucker hats and fabric pens to design one for dad with a matching one for you, or you can do the project together for some one-on-one time. Be sure to email Chaffee a photo of your finished project to share on social media.  All kits come complete in a gift bag with everything needed to create a unique gift.  Go to chaffeeartcenter.square.site or email info@chaffeeartcenter.org to place an order.  Deadline to order is June 15.  Curbside pick-up will be at the Chaffee on Thursday, June 18 from 7:30-10 a.m. (Enter parking lot from East Center Street, drive through the car port side entrance).  Delivery within Rutland City can be added on for $5, and will be on June 18 from 12-3 p.m.

The Chaffee is celebrating 59 years as a community art center.  It is proud to continue to enrich lives through the arts by offering cultural exhibits and educational programming in its 1890’s historic mansion that offers a gathering place for individuals to special events, with a glimpse at history and what life was like in that time. Your support has never been more important and truly needed as the Chaffee, like so many others, fights to remain a vital resource in the community.

Keep checking chaffeeartcenter.org and Chaffee’s Facebook page for details on its new online gallery and online gallery shoppe that will feature juried artists’ handmade pieces such as jewelry, pottery, carvings, books, masks, smaller art pieces and more.

The Chaffee Art Center is located at 16 South Main St. in Rutland. For more information call 802-775-0356 or visit chaffeeartcenter.org.

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