BDAC Returns Music to Main Street!
The Bountiful/Davis Art Center (BDAC) returns to Main Street in Bountiful early 2015 in a newly renovated building at 90 N. Main Street. The Art Center is excited to return to Bountiful after a two-year stint in the Farmington Court House while Bountiful City found and purchased a suitable replacement building. “We are overjoyed to return to Bountiful and greatly appreciate the wonderful support of Bountiful City in renovating a superb building for our exhibitions and education programs,” said the Art Center’s Executive Director Emma Dugal.
BDAC will be located on the same block as the former People’s Opera House (70 N. Main) that was built in the early 1890s at a cost of $15,000.
Reports suggest that the opera house “was one of the most attractive and one of the largest brick business blocks erected in Bountiful. It was a three-story building built of brick and was forty-five feet by ninety feet. The lower part of the building was used for a mercantile while the second floor was used for a dance hall and theatre.”
“An elegant stairway led from the street directly upstairs to a large high-ceilinged room with hardwood dance floor and a stage. This was the setting for community events such as plays, operas, concerts and balls.” The building was destroyed in a fire late February 1909.
Included in BDAC’s main gallery is a recital stage that offers a terrific location for music recitals and small venue concerts. “This recital stage allows for a wonderful and unique marriage of the visual arts with music. To hear music while surrounded with art created by excellent local and national artists will be a one-of-a-kind experience and a premiere location to showcase budding musical talent of our local youth.” Dugal said.
BDAC seeks support from the community as it raises funds to purchase a Steinway grand piano, audience chairs, and equipment. Mayor Randy Lewis is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, “I am thrilled to welcome the Bountiful/Davis Art Center to a beautiful new location on Main Street in Bountiful City. Art raises our life experience to another level. We are fortunate to have wonderful Utah artists of all ages inspire us with their talents.” Lewis also said, “BDAC needs your support! How can you help? I encourage you to become a member of the BDAC, make donations and volunteer. Join with me in supporting the Bountiful/Davis Art Center.”
Information about this exciting grand piano fundraising project is available at www.bdac.org/piano, or call Emma Dugal at 801-451-3661. Donations can be made securely on the website or you may request a donation form to be sent to you by mail.
People’s Opera House, Bountiful, Utah Grant Smith, 26 May 2006
Rampton, Charles H. Obituary, Davis County Clipper, February 22, 1935, page 1
Opera House gets new life in Bountiful, Jose Luis Sanchez Jr. Deseret News June 7 1999