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Partners announce Lancaster art collective

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The Candy Factory and Zamagias Properties are partnering to create The Arch, a new art collective and community gallery in downtown Lancaster.

Located in the Steeple View Lofts building at 118 N. Water St., the 2,400-square-foot space is currently in the planning phase and will start construction soon, opening in late summer to early fall.

Anne Kirby is the founding member of the Lancaster co-working space The Candy Factory, which has a second location called Groundworks and in February announced work on a third space dubbed Warehouse D.

"We'll have room for 8-10 artists in the collective space and the gallery will be open for classes, workshops, events, etc.," Kirby said in a news release. "We want The Arch to become an active part of this already great creative community, and we will be looking to collaborate with other organizations on projects and initiatives. We have been given a wonderful opportunity thanks to the Zamagias team. Their support of this project not only reduces our costs, but it allows us to be the community gallery we want to be. We have more flexibility knowing the owner of the building believes and supports our mission.”

David Martens of Zamagias Properties expressed hope "that The Arch can continue to add to the excitement of what is happening downtown and provide an opportunity for new creative talent to showcase their work.”

“You’re seeing a movement towards ‘art as an experience’ and not just something pretty to look at," Kirby said. "We want to touch it, be part of it, make it our own."

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