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Artists breathing new life into deteriorating Celia's

Original post made on Apr 13, 2009

The Pioneer Art Gallery has found a new home – the iconic red-and-white former Danville Hotel Restaurant. A lot of work needs to be done on the deteriorating 5,300 square foot building but the artists hope to open their new gallery in May.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, April 12, 2009, 9:36 PM

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Posted by Stephen Sanfilippo
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

Thanks for sharing this exciting news with your readers, Dolores. I'm really looking forward to leading this second phase of our gallery project on behalf of the Alamo Danville Artists Society (ADAS). This organization began in 1977 and has done incredible fundraising for art programs in our local schools over the years (

ADAS invites Danville-area residents to be a part of this cultural- and heritage-building effort. So anyone who can share items and services with us to help ensure our success can email me at:

Our new website will be launched shortly, which will make it easy for artists, students, teachers, patrons, donors and sponsors to engage in all that this gallery has to offer. (Stay tuned for more info.)

- Stephen

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Posted by Brenda Zwahlen
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 13, 2009 at 4:48 pm

What a wonderful partnership of the town, Castle Construction and ADAS to serve the greater community! Looking forward to another successful gallery to carry on the enrichment of the much-missed Pioneer Art Gallery!

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Posted by Community courtesy
a resident of another community
on Apr 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Thank you, Dolores and ARTISTS,

If our community of neighborhoods can volunteer to make this opening a welcoming event, i.e. fix the fascia, continue the patina, and celebrate all the memories of that location, we want to help!

We look forward to bringing a donation of wine and good humor to celebrating this exceptional usage of a once-welcoming center of our night life.

I will make my CDSI e-mail available to gather support:

THANK all artists and owners for this immediate and creative usage in welcoming community to art and conversation.

Hal, as a community courtesy,

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

As an Artist from Pleasanton, I came across your last Pioneer Gallery showing from an artist friend. I toured your downtown for the first time and found it charming, but as many downtowns, I could see a lack of shoppers. I did notice this building away from the central hub of retail activity and wondered if it would be in use again as it did look very run down. I hope the city will help out as this is going to take some major funding. It does look promising and with a lot of funding and elbow grease it could be spectacular. Why was it abandoned??

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