TAG roughs it for Artoberfest

Artoberfest in the Rough will give people their first glimpse at the future home of the Trumbull Art Gallery.

“Rough” is an appropriate description of its current state, as volunteers have been stripping the building on North Park Avenue in downtown Warren to its shell. Two-by-fours block out where walls will be for director Pat Galgozy’s office and a galley to handle refreshments during receptions, but there’s no drywall on the frames.

Despite its primitive state, Galgozy said the gallery’s board believes it can be ready early December optimistically or early January at the latest.

“Once the cleanup is finished, they say it will go fast,” Galgozy said.

While they’ve relied on volunteer labor and donations up to this point, the estimated cost of the renovation project is between $80,000 and $100,000, Galgozy said. Board member Paul Clouser, who owns National Fire & Water Repair, has much of the equipment needed for the project, and his resources and expertise are making it cheaper than it would be otherwise.

TAG is applying for grants, approaching local foundations and engaging in its own fundraising campaign, and it will apply for a loan through Warren Redevelopment and Planning if those efforts fall short.

“We had a WRAP loan for the last place,” Galgozy said, referring to the East Market Street location that was TAG’s home for the last decade.

Either way, a lack of money won’t impede progress, she said.

Even with the renovation costs, TAG’s board determined it would save money in the long term because of the difference in the rental fee being requested for the old location compared to the price at the new place, which is locked in with a 10-year lease and a 10-year option.

The building is much larger than TAG’s old home and will provide additional space for classrooms, handicap accessible bathrooms, a larger gift shop and a space that can be used for lectures, performances and events with seating for about 60 people.

Artists Aaron Chine and Thad Minnick will create a temporary mural on the building’s walls during Artoberfest. Live entertainment and refreshments will be available.

“Artoberfest in the Rough” runs from 2 p.m. until dusk at Trumbull Art Gallery, 160 N. Park Ave. Admission is $5, and proceeds will be used for the renovations. For more information, call 330-395-4876.