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Arts are measure of the town

If the giant thermometer on the side of the Copeland building is a sign of the Valley’s temperament towards the arts, it’s way off.

Sitting at a little more than 30 percent, the goal of reaching the $900,000 needed to pay off the loan seems unattainable.

That hasn’t stopped Executive Director Steve Farnsley or the Carson Valley Arts Council board from moving ahead.

The Copeland building now houses the Dakota Organization, Public Access Television, Heartstrings Gallery and the Carson Valley Community Theatre box office.

The arts council hangs art works in the Copeland gallery, they recently sponsored the community film “Secrets of the Desert Nymph,” and on Sept. 28 they are bringing “Tahoe Adventure Film Festival 2012” road tour to the CVIC Hall.

“If in the time I continue to work we can reach the goal of renovating the Copeland warehouse into a performing arts facility that would be an exclamation point in my life,” said Farnsley in a November interview shortly after taking on the challenge.

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The arts council’s $900,000 capital campaign will give the organization a permanent home by paying off the loan on the old Copeland Lumber building, allowing them to renovate it into a fixed-seat theater.

When complete, there will be room for an art gallery in the foyer, a stage three times larger than the CVIC Hall, seating for 400 people, an orchestra pit, a green room and a shop area for sets and props.

The board continues making contacts with the community for donations towards their goal, and says that no donation is too small.

A performance hall would be beneficial for many Valley organizations from the pops orchestra to the schools and to the many theater groups.

It would bring more people downtown and allow for larger scale productions. It would be good for business and put Carson Valley on the map as an arts community.

To contact the Carson Valley Arts Council, call 782-8207.

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