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A new space to create

GRANTS PASS — Rogue Community College art students in the Grants Pass area have a new space to paint, sculpt, draw and craft jewelry.

The college recently completed $2 million worth of renovations on the Deschutes Building at 3345 Redwood Highway in Grants Pass, and the public is invited to an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. The event kicks off with a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting, and light refreshments will be served, according to a news release.

The art center renovation is the first Redwood Campus project supported by a $20 million bond levy passed by voters in May 2016, said RCC Marketing Director Grant Walker. The levy was intended to support capital projects and facility improvements on RCC campuses.

Other projects covered by the levy include a $4.2 million High-Tech Center at RCC’s Table Rock Campus in White City, and a $21.25 million Health Professions Center being built on the White City campus. That facility is also the beneficiary of $8 million in matching funds from the state.

The 6,246-square-foot Deschutes Building (commonly referred to as the D Building) was built in 1984 and originally housed the college’s gunsmithing program. That program was discontinued, but precision machining and jewelry-making continued at the location.

The renovations, headed up by Adroit Construction, began Jan. 14. A majority of RCC’s arts classes in Grants Pass will relocate from the downtown Esther Bristol Education Center to the new building.

Contractors built three new studio classrooms, a computer lab, exhibit space and faculty offices. The building also boasts an outdoor gathering space and a high-set awning, made so students with large art projects can enter and exit the building with ease.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

Courtesy photoRogue Community College art students will have a new place to create after recently completed $2 million worth of renovations on the Deschutes Building.