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Opening celebrations for FabLab, Arts Center
Roxie Remley Center dedicated
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Roxie Remley, center, is applauded by friends and fellow Averitt Center for the Arts supporters during Thursday's grand opening ceremony for the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts. The Averitt's latest addition has a teaching studio for ceramic arts on the ground floor and studios rented to local artists upstairs. Remley, born in 1919, has been an artist, art educator and arts patron in Statesboro for more than 65 years. - photo by AL HACKLE/Staff

Friday evening brings grand opening celebrations for the downtown Innovation Incubator and Fabrication Lab as well as the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts.

The 4:30 p.m. free grand opening at the Innovation Incubator and Fab Lab, at the Georgia Southern University City Campus on East Main Street, will feature guest speakers, tours of the facility and demonstrations of machinery such as 3D printers, as well as information on business innovation programs. While the FabLab provides means for innovators to create product prototypes, office space in the incubator is being rented to entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, this is the second of three days with events marking the grand opening of the Roxie Remley Center, an expansion of the Averitt Center for the Arts. “Experiencing the Arts at the Roxie,” 7-10 p.m. Friday, features art demonstrations, food, drinks and dancing in the outdoor brick corridor. Tickets are $30 a person or $50 a couple.

The Roxie’s ribbon-cutting and free tours were held Thursday evening. Saturday will bring a 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. “Collect and Create” event with an arts market, also in the newly bricked alley, and a sampler art class inside the center, coinciding with the Mainstreet Farmers’ Market.

Both the Innovation Incubator-FabLab, operated by Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group, and the Averitt’s Roxie Remley Center were built into existing buildings purchased by Statesboro’s city government.

The city and Georgia Southern University, together, received a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, to which they and the Averitt Center added other funding for the overall project.


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