Gateway City Arts is a venue for events, entertainment, dining, art-making, teaching and learning in Holyoke’s growing Arts and Innovation District. Our primary mission is to build and strengthen community, culture and the arts by providing the space and infrastructure to do so.
We offer a vast program of quality entertainment including live music, theater, dance and just about any special event you can imagine. Our three event halls can also be rented by independent producers and production companies for both private and public events including performances, parties, weddings, concerts, dances, galas, fundraisers, and more. We can provide catering services and a full bar is open at most events.
Our team of chefs also offer eclectic, locally-sourced (whenever possible) New American dining, available throughout the week for lunch and on the weekend for our Sunday Brunch and soon to re-open Beer Garden.
In addition to events we also offer a variety of classes and workshops from visual arts to dance, yoga and more. Our class programming is always changing and we welcome class proposals from teachers working in any creative discipline.
Gateway City Arts also has various membership-based, co-working studios including an all purpose art studio, ceramics studio, and woodshop. These are an affordable alternative to working from home or renting a private office, and offer the advantage of networking, collaborating, and socializing with other creatives. We also have several personal workspaces that can be rented monthly and offer a more private work setting with lockable storage for your tools, supplies and work, while still having access to a network of other artists.
If you are interested in getting involved with Gateway City Arts please contact us. We are very open to collaborating and making new and creative ideas come to life. To stay on top of all the latest happenings at GCA subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
LORI DIVINE (CO-DIRECTOR)
I came to art later in life after a career as a Physical Therapist, with a Masters Degree in Education. My science background gave me little entry into the visual wonder around me. My first painting classes started me on the journey of “seeing” the world differently. That has continued through the years. I have explored painting with pastels, oils, and now work primarily in acrylics. I am also drawn to photography, sculpture and most currently, welding. I love the 3-dimensional aspect of objects- especially overlapping forms, how they interact and how the light and shadows are affected. I am drawn to different aspects of color and love movement in objects. The love of the 3dimensional comes from my first passion, buildings/houses and the use of space within them. This has been a lifelong interest that I have pursued in differing degrees and ways.
Aside from actually making art, I was on the Board of Directors of the Guild Studio School in Northampton, MA. and Easthampton, MA. For the last few years I have been serving on the Board of Directors of Snow Farm: NE Craft School. I am moved by the idea and ability to provide a place to both introduce people to new areas of art and make it possible to expand ones ability to pursue it.
Gateway City Arts combines many of my passions and interests in one place and I am thrilled to be a co-founder of this exciting adventure.
VITEK KRUTA (CO-DIRECTOR)
I am a professional artist, art restorer, set designer and teacher. I was trained in the Old World techniques of Fine and Decorative Arts in the Czech Republic and Germany, where I attended school and apprenticed. After my education, I worked in the restoration field, restoring castles and churches, before coming to the United States in 1991. Since then I have worked as a freelance artist and gallery owner. Currently I also own my own restoration company, VK Restoration, and consult for various art education organizations, architects and historical societies.
Gateway City Arts is a culmination of my experience, skills, passion and dedication to art. Gateway City Arts is designed as a platform to support variety of art disciplines. It creates plethora of opportunities for artists of all kinds to develop, practice, interact and showcase their talents and allow them to pursue a professional career in the arts.