Located at 24 W. Central Avenue in Paoli, Pennsylvania, in northeastern Chester County on the Upper Main Line, The Center on Central provides a diverse array of personal wellness and enrichment services to the community, in a single venue that strives to meet the needs of individuals and families who are committed to improving and maintaining their well-being.
Recognizing that a healthy individual seeks wellness in mind, body and spirit, The Center’s mission is to provide the finest personal enrichment programs, in one-on-one and group settings, at times of the day that meet the consumer’s needs.
Nearly all of our offerings are on a “rolling” basis – so you can join in at any time. Some of our offerings even accept walk-ins, though you are advised to check ahead of time for space availability.
The Center on Central is Your Home for Creative Arts – with Young Rembrandts® drawing and cartooning classes, Studio 4 the Young Artist, ‘Next Step’ Cartooning class, music groups and individual music lessons, creative theater, bead making, fashion design and a pottery studio all featured.
In addition, The Center on Central features programs such as Zumba® fitness classes and Jin Shin Jyutsu® energy restoration, as well as foreign language enrichment with ¡Ven a Jugar!. We welcome suggestions from the community and inquiries from qualified instructors for future potential offerings. On weekend afternoons, you can host a child’s birthday party or other private gathering at The Center on Central – and on summer weekdays, we hold Creative Arts summer day camp.
The Center on Central is also home to Creative Arts Therapies – both for individuals and in social skills groups. We feature Music Therapy, Art Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy, and in the summer, our acclaimed CAMP 24 Creative Arts and Social Skills Day Camp runs weekly, Mondays-Thursdays.
People of all ages and abilities are welcome!
Please use our website to find the offerings which appeal to you, and also feel free to call 610-710-1487 for more information. Thanks for visiting us on line – we hope to see you in-person soon at The Center on Central!
About: Celebrating 20 years in West Chester specializing in antique estate & one of a kind fine jewelry. Graduate Gemologist repairs & design, 2nd floor fine arts gallery with original paintings by many Chester County artists.
Hours: By Appointment
Specialities: Platinum 18k-14k, Graduate Gemologist-Appraiser, Graduate Gemologist, Finest Quality Diamonds, Finest Collection Of Antique And One Of A Kind Jewelry, Expert Restoration And Repair, Custom Design
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The Chester County Art Association is a non-profit, cultural organization that promotes participation in the arts through quality instruction, exhibitions and community outreach. CCAA believes that art does make a difference and has enhanced the community by involving people of all ages and aspirations in the arts since 1931.
CCAA was founded in 1931 by several prominent artists and community leaders including William Palmer Lear (1908-1970) and N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), both renowned illustrators, and Christian Brinton (1870-1942), an internationally-known art critic and early promoter of Modernist art movement. The original group met weekly to sketch and plan exhibits, many of them featuring the works of the young Andrew Wyeth as well as that of other soon-to-be celebrated artists such as Horace Pippin, Tom Bostelle, Barclay Rubincam, Philip Jamison, Peter Sculpthorpe and Harry Dunn.
In those early years, their hope for a permanent home of the arts in Chester County had several incarnations. Members met initially in private homes including the DeHaven House, which was rented from the West Chester School District until 1947 when a high school fire necessitated its use for school administration. For several years the homeless CCAA held its exhibitions at West Chester University.
Finally, in the early 1950s, a local resident, Mary E. Page Allinson, came to the rescue and donated more than an acre of land on the edge of West Chester. It was here that the present art center was built in 1953. A subsequent gift from another resident, WW “Chick” Laird, expanded the property to a total of five acres. Bequests from Stewart Huston and Alison Farmer Wescott enabled the addition of a second gallery as well as several spacious studios in 1974.
In the 75 years since its founding, CCAA has retained its mission as a community-minded organization but has grown tremendously to include an astonishing range of activities and “ArtReach” programs. These include popular summer day camp; a satellite facility known as the Exton Square Studio and an ever expanding curriculum of classes for adults and children alike, with vital scholarships provided for children who are most in need.
Gallery in West Chester
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am – 4:00pm
John Hannafin is a dreamer and renaissance artist, striving to evolve a personal style and create uplifting paintings that inspire others to live creatively. Experimenting with the various techniques and textures of oil paint, he seeks to express the beauty of nature through strong imagery, bold color and energetic brushstrokes. John created *Art Across America*, where he painted and filmed national parks, produced books and a DVD, and was featured on NBC, ABC, Fox News & Public Television. When he is not traveling around the country, John enjoys painting around his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania.