Heyde Center for the Arts Launches Fundraising Efforts for New Gallery Lighting
currently, galleries rely on overhead pendants and natural light, which are less than idea for illuminating art
The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls just launched fundraising efforts in order to install new gallery-quality track lighting in their gallery spaces. Currently, their gallery spaces rely on overhead pendants and natural daylight; consequently, the artworks are not shown to their best presentation at any time of day, nor can the shows be truly appreciated in the evening hours when patrons of the performances in the auditorium might visit the galleries.
The Heyde Center for the Arts hosts multiple art shows each year, from showcasing the art of area school children and local art groups to shows by well-known regional artists. Their mission is “to be a catalyst for artistic expression and education to enrich the Chippewa Valley and beyond,” which includes the visual arts. As part of its mission, the Heyde Center for the Arts seeks to continually improve its facility to highlight and celebrate local artists and performers.
Spearheaded by artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet, the Heyde Center for the Arts is reaching out to local and regional artists and arts organizations who are most directly impacted by this project. Depending on the funds raised, the project will be completed in two phases with the two lower gallery spaces (the Schafer and Casper rooms) completed first, followed by the two upper rooms (Volunteer and Chippewa Falls Rotary Club rooms).
After extensive research online and through visits to other professional area galleries, they found that adjustable LED floodlights and spotlights will illuminate both 2D and 3D artwork and be aesthetically pleasing, energy-efficient, and last for decades.