Located smack in the middle of Gloucester County, the boundaries of the borough of Pitman span just over two square miles. But despite its minuscule size, Pitman is positioning itself as the county’s epicenter of arts and culture.
Pitman is already the home of the popular Broadway Theatre, which hosts a full schedule of performing arts. There are also several craft boutiques, including the Lil Art House, Fahrenheit Ceramic Studio, and the Bead and Glass Boutique, lining Pitman’s quaint business district, known as “Uptown.” Debuting on March 3, a new artistic center located at 59 S. Broadway, will be added to enhance this already-creative community.
The Pitman Gallery & Art Center is the brainchild of fine artists Al and Tina Magonagle and Lisa Morgey. Last fall, the trio had organized the town’s first annual Art Stroll, which attracted entries from 60 regional artists and hundreds of visitors, who came to enjoy works of fine art printed on banners along Pitman’s main thorofare — Broadway.
Following the success of the Art Stroll, the Magonagles and Morgey expanded their idea to create a professional space for fine artists to create, collaborate, teach, and sell their art. From there, the three artist-partners formed a 501(c)(3). Their development of the Center was then set in fast-forward when a perfect storefront location became available at 59 South Broadway.
The Magonagles and Morgey envision the Pitman Gallery and Art Center as becoming the premiere location for contemporary art in Gloucester County. They hope to attract all types of fine artists and art-lovers from the region to participate in the Center’s rotating exhibitions, artist talks, art education classes, studio-space rentals, and public and private events.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception, Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. After the opening reception, the Pitman Gallery & Art Center will begin to offer a full calendar of workshops and events to encourage the artist appreciation and expression of adults and children. Individual and family memberships are already available at www.pitmanartcenter.org. To support the Center, or for more information, like the Pitman Gallery & Art Center on Facebook or call 856-553 7757.
This item submitted by Jennifer Martin for Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce.