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Perry County arts council celebrates 30 years of influencing the community

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The Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) is celebrating 30 years of hosting talented artists and their creations.

For more than a decade, this gallery on the square in Newport has been a popular showcase for artisans throughout the midstate. Rotating displays of paintings, sculptures, pottery, literature, jewelry and crafts are all made possible by the PCCA.

Executive Director Roger Smith said the council has made a difference in the whole community.

"Over the course of 30 years, PCCA really helped to create a very vibrant arts culture, which makes the entire area so much richer in a cultural sense," he said. "I want this to be a place that people move to because they see there is a ton of cool stuff going on that they can do."

And just a few blocks from the gallery sits the council's newest pride and joy -- the Landis house. The place they call their "creative commons."

Walking through the house, Smith pointed out one room he says they call their ballroom.

"It's our major gallery area," he said. 

The century old home was bequeathed to the council by long-time arts supporter Mary Landis. It was her dream that her family's home become a regional venue for world class and local art exhibits and recitals. The home also features the Landis family's paintings, furniture and priceless artifacts.

"This Bechstein piano did come from Germany, along with the rest of the possessions of the house," said Smith during a tour. 

The PCCA also hosts or supports numerous concerts, festivals and fund-raisers throughout the region.  They showcase emerging talent and established artists, including Newport's very own George Orthey, a world renown builder of autoharps.

In addition, a seven-county Arts in Education program links professional artists and performers with students eager to learn.

The PCCA says their programs attract more than 40-thousand visitors a year.

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