A newly-created organization for the arts has a new home in hopes of continuing to grow. Re:Create Arts Initiative, a creative reuse store and arts venue, is now moving to a new location starting Friday.
“We’re definitely planning on staying with the same path we were on, and that’s collecting donated art supplies from the community, and we turn it around and sell it at discounted prices,” said Re:Create Arts Founder Jandi Goshert. “In addition, we hold classes, music events and monthly gatherings for writers and artists and much more.”
The new location is 828 Cumberland Street-Rear in Lebanon. The first event being held is an open house, which is Friday, the day of grand opening, from 5 to 9 p.m.
“I’m so excited to be able to show it off,” Goshert said. “I’ve had so many people support me over the past several months to make this happen. I can’t wait to be able to say, ‘Hey, we did it!’”
And having those volunteers involved in the organization and with the opening of the new location has been critical for Goshert, who founded the organization in the summer of 2014, and opened the first location in February of 2015. She has kept it running all on her own, with help from volunteers, raising more than $5,000 to help open the new location. Goshert expressed her gratitude for all the help she’s received.
“I just want to say thanks to everyone that donated and all artists and musicians who came out and supported this,” Goshert said. “The volunteers really came out of the woodwork when I needed them the most. I feel blessed and honored to still be doing this and hope I can continue to do this for the rest of my life.”
The hours for the store will be Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
And there’s plenty of more events starting up again after Friday’s open house. First, the newly-formed, “Artists League of Lebanon,” that came out of Re:Create, will meet April 13 at 6:30 p.m., which is a group for artists of all kinds who come and discuss their work and do monthly projects. Re:Create also hopes to start public art and murals in the city, called the “Garage Project,” where homeowners and business owners who have their own property are invited to let the organization paint their garage doors in a unique way.
The next night, April 14, is the organization’s writer’s night called, “Word Crafters,” who show their writing and participate in writing exercises and other activities. Then April 21, Re:Create’s knitter’s night series starts, called the “Stitch of the Month Club,” at 6 p.m. In each class, which is monthly, participants will learn a new stitch. The class is $15 per month, or $11 in advance for six classes, and runs all year long. The events on April 13 and 14 are free.
Customers can also be on the lookout for possible offerings of private parties for kids and adults.
And with the organization finally getting back under its feet at its new location, Goshert hopes for more growth.
“I hope to have more customers and get more people to know about our place and that we exist,” she said. “We also want to get the word out that we’ll continue to have classes, and plan to keep offering more and more stuff.”