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Arts council chooses interim chief


The Central Sierra Arts Council, on the verge of collapse just two months ago, has a new interim administrator, a gallery that is open on a regular basis and plans for continued growth.

Hoyt Cory, an artist, consultant and eight-year Sonora resident, began his tenure yesterday as the council's temporary manager. He will serve on a month-to-month basis until a permanent executive director is hired, said Council President Don Hukari.

That will take at least several months, because the Council has not been allocated funding this year from either the state or Tuolumne County, Hukari said.

A $15,000 grant from the Sonora Area Foundation will keep the Arts Reach to Schools program operating, and a series of fund-raisers and private donations are keeping the gallery open and providing Cory's salary — about $1,600 per month for 20 hours of work per week.

The Arts Council gallery and administrative offices, still at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora, are now operating in a condensed space in the former Post Gallery, at the building's entrance.

The Council's previous central gallery is now home to an antique furniture shop operated by landlord Lorain Ramsgard.

The new gallery is open from 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Selections from the Arts Council's permanent collection, including works by George Post, Nan Frost, Della Taylor Hoss, Charles Waldman, Peter Schifrin, Gwynn Popovac and Al Golub, are on display.

The exhibit will stay up until Oct. 18, when a fund-raising art auction will be held.

Other fund-raisers under way or planned:

• "Dine for the Arts," in which one restaurant each week donates a portion of its night's proceeds to the Arts Council.

•A screening of the French art film "And Now Ladies and Gentlemen" on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Signature Theatre on Sanguinetti Road.

• A custom pottery booth at the Sonora Christmas Craft Festival in November.

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