PLATTSBURGH, NY – Bi-annually The Strand Center for the Arts produces exhibitions focused on presenting the talents of its members; the Holiday and Summer Members Shows. Members at any artistic level, from hobbyist to professional, are invited to submit works for these “Members Only” exhibitions. The Opening Reception for the Holiday Members Show will take place Friday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The diverse array of art featured in the Holiday Members Show includes painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, stained glass, bead weaving, printmaking, mixed media and woodwork. A majority of these artworks will be available for purchase and can be picked up before the end of the show for holiday gift giving.

Gallery Director David Monette said, “For the Summer Member show, we had an incredible turnout, both in the quality of artwork submitted and in the amount of people attending the opening, and I’m expecting even more for this event. The Members Shows are great, it’s when artists come out and surprise us with their diverse concentrations of skill.”

The Annual Holiday Members Show will be on view in The Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from December 7 to December 28, 2018. The Opening Reception will take place Friday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts, or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts please call 518-563-1604 or visit

The Strand Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a high caliber arts center and theatre, providing the best of visual arts, music, dance, and theatre to the community.  The SCA is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the United Way, The Adirondack Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The Strand Center for the Arts’ Diamond Sponsor is NBC 5; Platinum Circle Sponsors are The University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital, and Twinstate Technologies. The Strand Center for the Arts’ Gold Sponsors are Northern Insuring Agency, Inc., Boire Benner Group, Best Western Plus – The Inn at Smithfield, Casella, 97.5 Eagle Country, Meadowbrook Healthcare, and Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company.