Lakewood has a new cultural center gallery to highlight local artists and art students.
The Corner Gallery opened at the beginning of October in the space at the Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, the space previously occupied by the Artisan Showcase.
It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
"The gallery is really continuing the mission of the Artisan Showcase, which is to meet the needs of the local arts community," said Lorene Joos, Lakewood arts curator. "There are three main groups we want to highlight: emerging artists, students and local artists."
Joos said the design behind the gallery was to make each show the responsibility of whoever is on display. Artists will hang their work, host their reception and facilitate any sales.
"People and groups can submit a proposal to use the space, and we'll put together a jury to look at the submissions," Joos said. "All the exhibits will be a month long, and all the materials are there for the artists to set it up."
The current exhibit showcases youth art from the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.
"The work is a collection of pieces our members have done for the past year for the Boys and Girls National Fine Arts exhibit," said Elizabeth Bossert, cultural arts program specialist. "It's a year long competition, and we've also got work from previous years' competitions."
Bossert said that art programs in the Boys and Girls Clubs give students a chance to work on and explore art outside of the classroom.
"It's really great for them to get their art in the community. I'm really proud of them and we have some great artists here," she said. "It's awesome that the Cultural Center reached out to us so we could show our members' work in the public space."
The Developmental Disabilities Resource Center will be featured during November.