2015-12-31 / Front Page

Anniversary celebration of Gallery 194, PIX Theatre open to public Jan. 8

LAPEER — January is a month associated with new beginnings on Jan. 8 when the Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer celebrates the anniversaries of new beginnings for Gallery 194 and the PIX Theatre.

Fifteen years ago the Lapeer Downtown Development Authority, Lapeer City Commission and the city planning office rescued The PIX Theatre, a then run down, shabby, movie theater showing second-run movies. They recreated The PIX into a live performance venue with a new stage, and theatrical lighting; giving The PIX a new life and a new beginning.

Five years later, the DDA purchased the building next door to The PIX, 194 W. Nepessing St. Built as the Lyons & Smith department store the building had changed hands several times and was, at that time, owned by Lapeer Title and Abstract. The building was transformed into three studio apartments and Gallery 194 giving the building a new life and a new beginning.

You are invited to join the Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Gallery 194 and the 15th Anniversary of The PIX as a live performance venue. “We will also honor the anniversaries of our beloved buildings,” said executive director Jill Lyons. “The PIX turns 75 on April 9, 2016 and the Gallery building turned 50 in August of 2015.”

Visitors are asked to enter through The PIX on the red carpet, share in the complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy the Anniversary Art Show featuring the works of Becky Baksa, Dwayne Burda, Vera Bean, Aaron Biefer, Marilyn Biefer, Daniel Cascardo, Alan Charnley, Marianna Fiedor, Laura Gabriel, Caren Huizenga, Mollie Jones, Deb Keene, Laura Locke, Miriam Marcus, Mike Monville, Jacquie Piechowski, Kim Santini, Ron Schmitz and Jim Schuessler.

Share your stories and your memories of The PIX and Gallery 194.

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