New Lighting for Live Events at Heights Arts
By Amanda Bohn
Heights Arts is the beneficiary of new lighting in its gallery and performance space on Lee Road thanks to the generosity of Keith and Leslye Arian and Keith Arian Construction.
Artist Leslye Arian and her husband Keith have been long-time supporters of Heights arts, and Leslye participates as a member of its volunteer Exhibition Community Team, which helps plan and execute the organization’s group and Spotlight exhibitions. When attending an Ekphrastacy event last year, Keith Arian and executive director Rachel Bernstein discussed the need for better lighting. Says Keith,“Leslye and I were happy to donate additional track lighting and switching in the gallery. Rachel had mentioned to me that there were some under-lit areas in the gallery especially during some of the programs. Leslye and I appreciate the large amount of work that goes into running a community gallery with emphasis on local artists.”
Bernstein also showed her appreciation: “We present many poetry readings and music performances in our space in addition to our exhibitions. All lighting prior to this installation had to be dedicated to the exhibitions. This important donation will allow us to hold performances and readings with dedicated lighting for the poets and musicians, who will no longer have to stand or perform in shadow. I am so grateful to Keith and Leslye, as their generous donation will ‘shine some light’ on our two other important art forms once we are back to holding programming in person.”
While events have not yet resumed in the space, this lighting will make a major difference for musicians and poets when the Ekphrastacy – Artists Talk and Poets Respond and Gallery music performance series resume. The Store and current group exhibition Independent Together and Spotlight exhibition featuring Joesph van Kirkhove are open for business for those who want to purchase a unique work of art or craft.