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Meridian City Hall is a state-of-the-art building in more ways than one.  Thanks in great measure to the work of the Meridian Arts Commission, a group of six dynamic volunteers – Meg Glasgow (chair), Mary Jensen, Nancy Rountree, David Stolhand, Rob Walker, and Dwight Williams – City Hall is also becoming a hub of art and culture in the Treasure Valley.


If you haven’t yet visited Initial Point Gallery, on the third floor of City Hall, do it today!  The gallery features a monthly installation of artwork created by artists from Meridian and surrounding communities.  The paintings of Helen Grainger Wilson and Patricia Fennell are on display through November 25, followed by an exhibition by the Grange Group Art Guild to close out 2009.  In 2010, the gallery will feature artwork of national and international renown in addition to the work of talented Idaho artists.  The Call to Artists to complete the 2010 line-up will be released in the coming weeks.


The City’s permanent art collection, Art in Public Spaces, is growing every year.  Take a moment to see the marvelous work of local artists the next time you are at City Hall.  You’ll find “Old East Meridian” by Dwight Williams in the lobby; “A Warm Evening” by Gregg Russell on the way to the Clerk’s Office; “Brook Blues” by Joyce Green on the second floor; and “Meridian Creamery #5” by Charles Hoffman in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the third floor.  Thanks in large part to the generosity of private donors, more pieces will be added before the end of the year.  While you are here, you can also enjoy the striking sculpture suspended over the lobby, “Origin,” created by Nampa artist J. Amber Conger of Refinerii.  You can’t miss it when you arrive, but take a moment to see it from the second floor overlook. 


The Arts Commission has created opportunities for Meridian residents and visitors to take part in the performing arts as well.  Last winter, the Commission brought the Missoula Children’s Theater to Meridian, and in one busy week several local children auditioned for, rehearsed, and presented an excellent and memorable production of “Little Red Riding Hood.”  It was such a positive and educational experience that the Commission has invited the touring company back to direct “Pinocchio” in February 2010.  Information about auditions and the show will be available soon.


The first annual Concerts on Broadway series was a huge hit this summer.  Hundreds took advantage of beautiful Meridian summer nights by gathering in the plaza of City Hall to enjoy dance-inspiring tunes of the Kings of Swing, Rich Wetzel, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.  Plans are already underway for another summer of fabulous music at Meridian City Hall.


The Arts Commission regularly meets at City Hall on the second Thursday of every month, at 3:30 p.m.; you are always welcome to attend.  There is so much to see and so much to do in Meridian.  Come to City Hall and take part in the arts!


Contact the Meridian Arts Commission at mac@meridiancity.org or learn more about it on the City’s website: http://www.meridiancity.org/local_government.aspx?id=3229.