Local Artists Want Former New Lexington Municipal Building

by Danielle Cotterman on September 19, 2011 at 7:49 am

One local group of artists are pushing to revitalize the former New Lexington Municipal Building.

The Perry County Opera House and Culture Arts Center Group have been gathering the 3rd Sunday of each month in the basement of New Lexington’s Lutheran Church. Member Nikki Enright said it’s an attempt to bring notice to local artists and rekindle the culture in the New Lexington area. Ideally the group would like to rejuvenate the former Municipal Building- which was at one time an Opera House- back into an art and opera center.

"We’re a little bit worried that the old building will get torn down and we really don’t want that to happen," expressed Enright. "We also have a lot of, I mean if you follow the news at all, we have a lot of trouble right now in New Lex. As far as the population, there is a lot of drug use and just a lot of bad stuff so we figured that we could get the Opera House going and the Art Center and have a place where people could come and do positive things and have something good for the community to do."

At Sunday’s showing Artist, Glenn Belluscio caught the eye. Glenn is a frequent student of Rendville Art Works but what makes his work interesting is that he has Down Syndrome. Mainly Glenn’s inspiration comes from movies, T-V Shows and entertainment characters. His Mother Marilyn spoke with us.

"Well he’s always drawn and loved to do a little painting and what ever," said Marilyn Belluscio. "I paint so i guess it’s in the genes."

If you’re interested in learning more about the Perry County Opera House and Culture Arts Center Group you can visit the New Lexington Lutheran Church the 3rd Sunday of upcoming months.