Posts Tagged ‘ Gura Building ’

SoCCA ‘soft opening’ offers a peak at new arts center

August 3, 2016
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Arts Center-Ruben Marroquin teaches Rachel Dehnel to weave

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR A couple of visitors were leafing through John Atashian’s photographs of famous guitarists, and the sounds of  The Sawtelles filtered downstairs through the crowd like the perfect soundtrack. In a room at the top of the stairs, one man sat at a loom. Two others were holding a demonstration for weaving rugs in…

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SoCCA receives temporary occupancy certificate for the Gura Building

July 6, 2016
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Painters, above, have finished their final touches on the Gura Building. A short list of things still need to be done, but SoCCA officials have received a temporary certificate of occupancy as work begins to wind down.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER After two years of living room board meetings, the team behind Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) held their first board meeting in the organization’s new home—the Gura building in downtown Southington. With their temporary certificate of occupancy recently acquired, SoCCA is putting the finishing touches on the new art center. They are…

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Painters are putting the finishing touches on the Gura project

June 10, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Professional painters exploded into the Gura Building last Saturday like a cluster of spiders scrambling to build a web. They spilled into every room, blanketing the floors with drop cloths and paint buckets. Some were climbing ladders, armed with paint brushes. Others were crawling into corners and staircases, while the rest swept across…

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Window art at the Gura Building

March 26, 2015
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Photo by Tammi Naudus

The Gura Building exploded into a burst of spring colors as the boarded windows of the future Southington Community Cultural Arts building began to be adorned with local artists’ work. The temporary project is meant to beautify the downtown area during construction as workers wait for the special-order windows to arrive.

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Artwork will decorate boarded windows at Gura building

March 6, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) President Mary DeCroce has enlisted ten local artists, including herself, to create artwork to place on the plywood in the window openings at the Gura building until late April when the windows are installed. The Gura Building is going to display some local artwork for a…

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SCCA raises enough funds to lease the Gura Building

July 18, 2014
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Southington Community Cultural Arts has raised enough money towards renovating the Gura Building and on Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to lease the building to the group for a $1 a year.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) reached its fundraising goal and secured a lease for the old Gura Building, which it will renovate and turn into a community arts center. In 18 months, the arts group was able to raise $1,113,000 and will now lease the Gura Building for a…

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Arts campaign at halfway mark; Council approves grant for Gura Building

November 29, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) halfway into its 18-month capital campaign to turn the old Gura Building into an arts center, the Town Council voted in approval of a DECD Grant worth $500,000 Monday night. During its meeting, the Southington Town Council voted 8 to 1 to accept…

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Furniture fundraiser for SCCA, Gura building

September 13, 2013
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The Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) is looking to turn the Gura Building into an arts center.

By Lisa Cappobianco Staff Writer Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) will hold a raffle at Pilgrim Furniture City in an effort to raise money to turn the old Gura Building into an arts center. Mary DeCroce, chairperson of SCCA, said the winners will receive $25,000 worth of furniture. The raffle will begin September 15 and…

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SCCA receives state bond;$500,000 to help with Gura Building

July 5, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) is well into its fundraising efforts to turn the old Gura Building into an arts hub, thanks to $500,000 from the State Bond Commission. “I want to thank former State Representative Zeke Zalaski and current State Representative Dave Zoni for their passionate advocacy in support of…

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Group uses bike art to raise funds

June 1, 2013
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One of the bikes that was showcased at the Governor’s Mansion in April.

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) is matching up artists with local businesses to decorate bikes that will eventually be on display in the Apple Harvest Festival parade. The organization is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise enough funds to convert the vacant Gura Building into a new…

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