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Rochester's Only Private Museum Celebrates One Year

August 18, 2019 11:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- One year ago, the Charles E. Gagnon Museum, a private, non-profit museum opened to the public.

“The comments I’ve heard have been wonderful. The museum is doing its job. It’s speaking to people about healing as art. I’ve been hearing from educators that we’re doing things they’ve never seen done in museums before.” Said museum director and founder, Arlyn Gagnon.

The past year has been a busy one with tours, hosting special exhibits, and even starting an intern program to further their mission; which is to provide educational and artistic programming about Charles' peaceful, healing bronze sculptures in the environment where they were created.

“Art is a wonderful healing experience and a wonderful form of communication; very international, a universal language,” Gagnon said.

The museum also contains a sculpture garden.

“It offers a refuge in the middle of this busy city where people can go and find peace.” Said Gagnon. “It’s a wonderful experience for people who come here and feel a bit broken. It’s a place where they can rest.”

Sunday, they celebrated with a special evening at the Mayowood Stone Barn. In the future, Gagnon says that they are going to have continually changing exhibits. The museum has already showcased one new exhibit of Charles’ unsigned and unseen drawings that his wife discovered years after his passing.

“There are two kinds of people in the world, those who give and those who take. The people who have been supporting this museum are the people who give, and I’m lucky to have them, and so is the community.” Gagnon said.

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An auction was held at the event with all funds going towards fulfilling their mission to provide educational and artistic programming.

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