City adding space for art studios

Success of Jay Street facility prompts expansion of effort to lure artists, musicians and writers

Section: Capital Region,  Page: B3

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

SCHENECTADY - Last year, Proctor's Theatre and the 440 Arts Center opened Jay Street Studios to provide low-cost rental space to professional artists. The studio space is currently occupied by eight working artists, including classical guitar teacher George Seror and Heather O'Hara of Country Scents.

The space also features the Schenectady Museum's gift shop, "Innovations." Because of the success in leas ing space to local painters, musicians and writers, Proctor's and the Arts Center are expanding the availability of studio space.

"The vision of the arts and entertainment district growing and becoming a viable entity is becoming a reality," said Proctor's CEO Philip Morris. "For us to see, in one year's time, an increased demand for studio space from the artists in the Capital Region proves to us that (vision) is a true testament to all of the plans we have for this downtown."

Additional space will be available in three more locations on Jay Street: one in the former Graubart Jewelry store and two in the Synthesis Architectural building, located at 158, 164 and 166 Jay St.

Space is also available in the original Jay Street Studio location.

"It is exciting to see Jay Street come alive with working artists as part of the renaissance that is taking place in downtown Schenectady," said Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton.

For information regarding rental space, call Caitlin Foley at Proctor's Theater, 382-3884 Ext. 150.