TrueNorth opens new artistic center in Avon Lake

Lorain County’s newest artistic center drew a crowd on its opening night on Jan. 20.

TrueNorth Cultural Arts had standing room only when local artists, performers and their supporters came out for a grand opening of the new center at 739-1 Moore Road, Avon Lake.

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Singer Leslie Andrews of North Ridgeville performs during the grand opening of TrueNorth Cultural Arts’ new artistic center at 739-1 Moore Road, Avon Lake. Arts enthusiasts packed the open house on Jan. 20, 2018, to celebrate the opening and tour the new center. Andrews will be a voice teacher at the center and her husband, Chris, will be a percussion teacher there. (Richard Payerchin – The Morning Journal)

Through the end of January, TrueNorth will build up its enrollment for arts programs for learners of all ages.

The center will open Feb. 4 with regular hours 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Anthony Trifiletti plays piano while Tia Karaplis sings during the grand opening of TrueNorth Cultural Arts’ new artistic center. (Richard Payerchin – The Morning Journal)

At the opening night celebration, founder Rick Fortney thanked the people who made the organization a mainstay for the visual arts, music, singing and theater in northeast Ohio. Many of the same people worked to transform the former Lesco Office Building into 12,000 square feet of new rehearsal space, classrooms, studio and gallery.


A version of this story was published Jan. 21, 2018, on MorningJournal.com.

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