The biggest of these is BDAC's new Red Wall Project, a special area of the art center that will highlight larger, bolder works from local artists. The showcasing wall has, naturally, been painted bright red in preparation, and is already showing off its first painting -- "Allegro," by Linda Lee Shimmin. "We were sprucing up and thought the art center needed a punch," said Emma J. Dugal, director of BDAC. "This is a chance for us to give attention to art that's bold, brash and cutting edge."
BDAC's Red Wall Project is willing to consider work by a wide variety of professional artists, provided the art is of sufficient size and bold enough to stand up to the red wall. The center expects to rotate the art about every three months, or earlier if a piece is sold.
More than color, however, is on its way to the BDAC. The art center is currently in fund-raising and approval talks to create a children's art area within the art center galleries, where they can learn about art through a variety of mediums.
Downstairs, a larger, children-only art exhibition space would be created, as well as a workshop area where children can create art.
Such an area would likely end up being the permanent home of BDAC's Family Encounters of the Art Kind, a children's art program held the third Monday of every month at the art center.
Each month features a variety of activities, including an I-spy search through the upstairs art gallery. Downstairs, an art-based project is set up that younger visitors can make and take home. The craft varies from month to month and has included everything from hand-tooled leather bracelets to metal Khamsa hands.
After all, there's no better pick-me-up than bringing a little more art into the world.