OLEAN, NY —The Tri-County Arts Council will celebrate the opening of their new location at 110 W. State St. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by the opening reception for the  2019 Members Exhibition on Friday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., and the opening reception will continue until 8 p.m.

“We’re excited to start off activities in our new space with a ribbon-cutting and Members Exhibition opening reception,”  Tina Hastings, executive director, said. “We thought that an exhibition showcasing work created by members was a perfect inaugural exhibition because members are so important to any arts organization’s success and we want our members to know that we value their support.”

This year’s exhibition includes work from 28 members and showcases the artistic talent and diversity in the region.

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All arts council members were invited to be part of the exhibition and could submit one work to be included. The biennial exhibition is a benefit of membership so there was no fee to enter. This year’s submissions are a variety of mediums including needle-felting, beadwork, painting, photography, pottery and sculpture.

Friday's event, which is free and open to the public, will include hors d’oeuvres and beverages along with live music from The Hick Ups. Guests can vote for three viewers choice awards, and the winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m. The exhibition continues until Aug. 23.

The Tri-County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the region for more than 20 years with quality arts programs and services. Tri-County Arts is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Cattaraugus County, members and business sponsors. For more information, please visit www.myartscouncil.net.