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Yates County Arts Center buys Maxwell Building

PENN YAN—Once renovation work is completed on the former Penn Yan village court building, it will be the new location of the Yates County Arts Center.
The center purchased the building for $65,000 when the village auctioned it off. Sandra Murrin, vice president, explained things were getting cramped at their current location on Elm Street.
The YCAC rents a ground floor space from the Masons building. Murrin said the YCAC also used to make use of space on the building’s second floor for classes. However, she explained as the Masons grew, they needed the space back so the YCAC held classes out of a church. Murrin said the YCAC had a desire to stay in one location so started to look for a new location.
Now the Arts Center has that new building, and on Main Street. The only thing is, it needs work to turn the downstairs into a gallery and the upstairs into offices. Murrin said the renovations would take place after the YCAC’s busy season, which is June through August. She admitted it would be a slow process, and in the meantime the gallery would stay on Elm Street.
Murrin said the center will do a campaign and request funding to finance the work. She explained they want to open up the ceiling and remove the judge’s bench from the former Maxwell Building. With that done, the main room is already ideal for a gallery. Murrin said it is “as wide as it is long.” She explained that their current gallery is about the same size, but narrow in shape.
Murrin added the second floor is in “disrepair.” She said the roof leaked, so that will also have to be repaired. Until the YCAC knows all what needs to be done, Murrin said the work will take a while.

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