What Does the Future Hold for Maine's Snowshoe Factory?
Brunswick artist John Bisbee interviews the Lights Out team at their new location, 10 Tannery Street, Norway, Maine to learn more about why they are dedicated to supporting artists and the Maine arts community and how you can help bring their vision to life.
Lights Out (Daniel Sipe, Reed Mclean, and Karle Woods) has found its new home at 10 Tannery Street, Norway, Maine. Purchased in February of 2022, we immediately began working to renovate and restore the old snowshoe factory, working to build an evolving hotspot of local collaboration and statewide coordination. This new location will soon be home to dozens of small businesses, local organizations, artists, makers, and educators.
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The buildings are 15,000 square feet combined and sit on almost a full acre in downtown Norway.
There are four zones planned for the factory renovation and restoration, each with its own use. In the historic factory building, the first floor will be dedicated to shared office and studio space. A multi-purpose dance studio will take up the second floor. The daylight basement will be dedicated to a community makerspace and tool library. The newer warehouse building, built in the 1970’s, will become a gallery and event space.
With the generous help of dozens of volunteers and community members, we have cleared out both buildings, made structural repairs, and lifted and reinforced the foundation. These necessary fixes ensure that Lights Out’s new home will serve the community for years to come.
For more information, visit our website at https://www.lightsoutgallery.org/