SAMA set to open fifth museum site in Bedford

Conversion of Anderson House into museum began in Nov.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is opening its fifth museum site at the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford, to the public on May 5.

As part of its Community Day celebration, the museum will be open free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature live music, creativity stations led by some of the museum’s teaching artists, new web-based audio tours of exhibitions and a children’s scavenger hunt.

Attendees also will be able to view eight galleries displaying several exhibitions and the Nicole Renae Clark Creativity Studio, which includes crafts and an activity space for children.

“SAMA is excited to become part of the fabric of the Bedford community,” Jim Cayce, the museum’s board of trustees president, said in a statement.

The galleries feature a wide range of work from various artists including John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Albrecht Durer, Donald Robinson and Leonard Baskin.

The conversion of the Anderson House into a fine arts museum began in November. Clark Contrac­tors Inc. of Bedford leveled the floors and stabilized the structure while trying to maintain the building’s existing historical elements.

SAMA will finish renovating the building’s exterior, including painting and installation of lighting, once the weather gets warmer, according to Debbie Grazier, SAMA Bedford site coordinator.

Starting May 6, the museum will begin its regular daily hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. The museum will be closed Tuesdays.

Admission is $10 per person with free admission for those 21 and younger or 65 and older.

Residents of Bedford Town­­ship can get free admission on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

For more information, contact the museum at bedford@sama-art.org or visit www.sama-art.org.

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