Imperial Arts announces grand opening events free to public – November 16 and 17

Houston Artist Matt Manalo will open The Imperial Gallery with a show of new work.

Imperial Arts invites the public to grand opening events at their new center for the arts in Historic Downtown Rosenberg on friday evening and saturday afternoon, November 16 and 17.

The new Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Rosenberg (823 Third Street, at the corner of Third and Avenue G) will open to the public for ʻopen house-styleʼ events on Friday, November 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, November 17 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

This facility is the new home of Imperial Arts, and includes The Imperial Theatre (a 130-seat performance space), The Imperial Gallery (a visual arts gallery), space for the Imperial Arts Academy, 2 lobbies and restroom facilities for patrons, a green room and dressing rooms for performers, storage space, and administrative offices.

Friday, November 16 event is designed for adults, and will include live music by the Marvin Gaspard Trio and classical Spanish guitarist Frank Rodriguez, complimentary wine and hors dʼoeuvre, a cash bar, and announcements about the upcoming season.

L to R – Economic Development Director Matt Fielder, Rosenberg Development Corporation President Bill Knesek, Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr., Imperial Arts Founder and Executive Director Edward Crowell III, Imperial Arts Visual Arts and Education Director Robyn Miller, Imperial Arts Board Member Kelly Ferguson.

As well, The Imperial Gallery will open with a show of new work by Houston artist Matt Manalo. At 7:00 p.m. that night, Imperial Artsʼ Founder and Executive Director, Edward Crowell III will introduce Imperial Artsʼ Board, Staff, and artists, and other VIPs, followed by announcements about the 2012-13 Season.

Saturday, November 17 event is designed for children and families, and will include live music by blues guitarist Frank Matta, free concessions, and a free art project for children in which they may create their own “Imperial mask.” No reservations or tickets are required to attend the events.

The opening of this facility is one of several key components of Imperial Artsʼ performance agreement with the Rosenberg Development Corporation. The agreement also compels Imperial Arts to restore and re-open the historic Cole Theater (downtown Rosenberg) by the end of 2014.

Representatives from Imperial Arts, the Rosenberg Development Corporation, and the City of Rosenberg toured the under-construction facility last week.

The building was built in the late 1950s by Duke & Ayers, and has since served as home to a number of different types of retail and service companies, most recently a book store.

While touring the facility, Rosenberg Development Corporation President Bill Knesek remarked nostalgically about his first part-time job working in the, then new, Duke & Ayers store, and offered advice on improvements to the buildingʼs facade.

Also during the tour, the gallery and performance spaces were examined and discussed.

The Center for the Arts will serve as Imperial Artsʼ home and performance space for the 2012-13, and 2013-14 seasons which will include visual arts gallery shows, performances of Classical and jazz music, choral music, plays, ballet, lectures, and a film series to include classic, art, and family films.

Imperial Artsʼ 2012-13 season partnerships include the Houston Chamber Choir, the Houston Symphony, and CAST Theatrical of Rosenberg, all of which will complement Imperial Artsʼ own productions and roster artists. For more information on the Grand Opening events, go to www.theimperial.org or call 281.277.7444.

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