Art Gallery

ART FILLS THE FORMERLY EMPTY SPACE — Dennis McVey, chairman of the Rainier Arts Commission, shows off some of the space that will be used as an art gallery in the basement of the Rainier School District Building in this photo taken last May.

The City of Rainier’s arts commission will host the grand opening of its new art gallery, located in the basement of the Rainier School District office, this Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Councilmember Dennis McVey said this project was a year in the making. He said he hopes it will highlight the great art the community has to offer.

“Rainier is a big sports supporting town, but there are other things going on besides sports, and we want to make people aware of that and highlight that,” he said.

The show will feature 34 pieces of art. Much of the displayed art will be for sale, and pieces will change often.

Upstairs on the first floor of the district office, the Rainier Historical Society will host an exhibit of what education and classrooms used to look like back when the district office was used as an elementary school.

“These two exhibits have been made possible through the hard work of local volunteers, the City of Rainier, Monarch Sculpture Park and our school district. The Historical Museum and the Art Gallery have been amazing achievements for Rainier,” Rainier councilmember George Johnson wrote in an email to the Nisqually Valley News. “Let’s show our support and join in on the grand opening festivities.”

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