Introducing the Holmes Art Cellar

New creative space inside the DL Senior Center to host open house Friday

This is the coffee bar that has been set up inside the new Holmes Art Cellar, which shares space with the Detroit Lakes Senior Center in the basement of the Historic Holmes Theatre. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

This is the coffee bar that has been set up inside the new Holmes Art Cellar, which shares space with the Detroit Lakes Senior Center in the basement of the Historic Holmes Theatre. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

This comfortable lounge area, complete with a painting of Big and Little Detroit Lake in the background, is part of the new Holmes Art Cellar that will be showcased at an open house set for this Friday, March 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

This comfortable lounge area, complete with a painting of Big and Little Detroit Lake in the background, is part of the new Holmes Art Cellar that will be showcased at an open house set for this Friday, March 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Last fall, Historic Holmes Theatre Arts Outreach Director Beth Gilbert embarked on a joint venture with the Detroit Lakes Senior Center to revamp the seniors' home in the basement of the theater.

The plan was to convert the Senior Center into a space that could not only accommodate the senior nutrition program, Meals on Wheels and various other senior social activities (as it has done since before the theater opened in 2003), but also provide a space to showcase the work of local artists, offer art classes and open a small shop for selling artwork and other hand-crafted items to the public.

"This senior center used to be very vibrant," Gilbert said last September when announcing their plans for the first time — but its participation numbers had been slowly dwindling, due in part to the ready availability of other local dining options besides the senior nutrition program.

So she and the Senior Center staff and volunteers came up with a plan to revitalize the space — and now, they're ready to unveil the new Holmes Art Cellar (HAC) to the public for the first time.

This coming Friday, March 9, the HAC will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., prior to the start of the Holmes Theatre's evening show at 7:30 p.m.

The open house will spotlight the work of local artists Kurt Anderson, who does wood turning, and Joann Knapp, who has been doing on-the-spot sketches of the Holmes Theatre's live shows for many years. After the show, Gilbert says, Knapp usually asks the artist to sign the sketch, then gives copies to both the artist and the theater, while keeping the original for her own collection. 

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