Arts Guild Establishes Art Bank

July 20th, 2016 – Hanover, PE

Need a dab of paint? An inch or two of yarn? Sometimes, an artist requires an expensive mat cutter, but only for an hour or so.

Whether you are trying to make a living as an artist or just enjoy an evening of crafts, spending lots of money on your passion isn’t fun.

The Hanover Area Arts Guild is starting a new initiative with that in mind.

The Art Bank, explained Sara Little, vice president, is designed to allow members and those in the community to use arts and craft supplies they need.

“What we’re trying to work with the community to share not only supplies, but our resources,” she said. “This is in the era of sharing and reusing.”

It will be offered free to members of the Arts Guild. Community members using the “bank” will be asked to make a donation to the Arts Guild’s scholarship fund. Annually, the Arts Guild awards a $1,000 scholarship to a student studying an arts related field in college.

The idea is to SOAR — Share Our Art Resources, Little said. The Art Bank has been promoted within the Arts Guild and already shelves are filling up.

Art Bank resources can be used for school art projects, a hobby or even a banner or yard sale sign, Little said, adding she’ll often be around to assist youth and adults with their projects.

The Art Bank has a number of items on its shelves. Already collected, and shelved are a variety of paper for drawing, banners, watercolors, colored paper and scrapbook papers; rug yarn; stamping and embossing inks; rubber stamps; two paper cutters; mat boards; beads and rhinestones; wood scraps; a large amount of ceramic bisqueware; nylon fabric, perfect for flags; oil, acrylic, pastel and tempera paint; and all kinds of brushes.

A small printing press has even been promised.

“We have enough acrylic paint to paint the entire building,” Little said. “Why buy a whole tube, she continued, “when all you need is a small amount?”

The community can use the Art Bank, but donations of art supplies also are being accepted. Little said useable art and craft supplies can be dropped off at the Arts Guild’s gallery, Art Downtown, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, during regular business hours, or email [email protected] if you have questions about donations.

Monetary donations will be accepted to help purchase annual youth memberships at $15 each.

Beginning this September, members will be allowed to use the Art Bank any time the Art Downtown gallery is open. Youth members must be chaperoned, Little said. She also is planning to have the Art Bank open for the community several times during the month.

Specific dates will be announced in August.

“We hope all those in need will open our doors and share our resources,” Little said.

The Art Downtown gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday,

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Call 717-632-2521 or email [email protected]