History of the Buchanan Art Center
The idea of an art center in Buchanan started when a small group of people met in December 2003, headed by community member Monroe Lemay; In November 2004, we incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. The goals from the onset were to offer art classes and to display art in a gallery. In August 2005, the dream became a reality when the City of Buchanan allowed us to lease the former public library building, our current facility.
In 2006, a community member, Tom Fehlner, donated funds to eliminate the debt we incurred for startup, and initiated a grant proposal for a second gallery. The Show Place Gallery was completed in 2007, with funding from a grant from Michigan Gateway Community Foundation.
In 2008, a generous gift from an estate provided the resources to complete the Hess Library Gallery. That same year, we funded our endowment at Michigan Gateway Community Foundation with a donation from the Shirley and Donald Roti Roti family. In recognition and appreciation of their ongoing support, our main gallery is named the Roti Roti Gallery.
With the vision and perseverance of Marie Remington, volunteer Education Director, and the leadership of volunteer Executive Director, Mary Lister, we opened the pottery studio to both children and adults.
Since May of 2005, when ten people took our first class, we have had literally hundreds of people attend our classes and exhibit their artwork at the Buchanan Art Center. We are now funded by generous donations, memberships, grants, art sales, and class fees. Many of our teachers and staff are still volunteers.