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Plumas Arts buys downtown building

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
9/28/2011

Plumas Arts purchased the historic Capitol Club in downtown Quincy at public auction Thursday, Sept. 22, for $70,500.

“We’re thrilled and rightly a bit scared,” said Roxanne Valladao, executive director of the countywide arts organization, likening the acquisition to buying a house.

“We have saved for an opportunity just like this,” she said, noting that the group has looked at several buildings over the years.

The cash for the purchase came from “an accumulation of private donations held in trust for this purpose as well as 20 years of accumulated surplus from projects we generate,” said Valladao.

No county or state funding was used in the purchase.

Plumas Arts hopes to move from its current location in the Bell building to the new location in time for the Quincy Sparkle.

Plans for the new space include an expanded storefront gallery with a section devoted to locally made goods. “We might co-op with others,” Valladao said. The new location will also provide more office room. And the spacious second story holds much potential, but will need “a huge renovation. That’s years down the road,” she added.

Valladao sees the building as not just an art gallery, but as a space that can be rented out for parties and events. Workshop space for artists is another possibility. “We’re only limited by the creative energies of all our members and our community — and that is infinite,” she said.

She envisions the gallery being open on weekends to serve as a visitor destination.

Although the organization has not decided on a name for the new space yet, Valladao said she wants to pay homage to the building’s history by keeping “Capitol” in the title.

Plumas Arts made a similar bold move during tough budget times 11 years ago when it took over operations at the struggling Town Hall Theatre. (The Townhall Association still owns the building.) Valladao said it is a privilege to “caretake these historic buildings as community gathering places.”

 

 

 

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Jim...the previous owners stripped the building before the sale.
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Congratulations to Roxanne, Plumas Arts, and the community. While I left Quincy years ago, it's still where my heart calls home. The concerts and other events sponsored by Plumas Arts that I was able to attend while I was there are some of the best memories I have from Quincy. Keep it up.
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Plumas Arts has now admitted it's been banking money. That fact is contained in the article. I say it is secret because, prior to the real estate purchase, Plumas Arts claimed it needed county funds to stay open. By buying the club, Plumas Arts has now admitted it has had money all along.
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Just a rumor? For starters, the newspaper has faithfully reported pretty much every summer, during its coverage about the budget, that Plumas Arts has sought assistance from the county. It typically ranges from $10,000 to $25,000. In addition, board minutes reflect these requests. Not a rumor.
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I am not saying you are wrong, but making serious accusations like that, especially in an anonymous manner, should be backed up with source info. Anyone can make positive or negative remarks about people or an organization, but without corroboration, it's just rumor. Where can we find the truth?
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It isn't true that county money isn't being used. In fact, it's an outright lie. Each year, for nearly 20 years, with leader Roxanne Valladao leading the way, Plumas Arts has asked the county for funds, claiming it is broke. Yet, all this time, it has been putting money in a secret fund.
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Craig, are you saying the previous owners, or Plumas Arts put the backbar on CraigsList? Either one, that's just insanity.
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Andrew, I believe the article stated it succinctly: "No county or state funding was used in the purchase."
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Jim, the owners stripped the bar of anything good. That back bar can now be found on Craigslist. What a nice tribute to their family and to the history of our county.
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Isn't Plumas Arts getting their funding by the county cut? Great priorities!
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Heavens yes, keep the old bar and the name. Hopefully later on hold class reunion's there, catered, we all have come back to town and that was a landing spot.
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I remember installing carpet in the bar in the early 70s. It was the last day I had hippie hair. A couple pretty ladies came in and I wanted to impress. I removed my headband to let my long hair flow freely. As I continued to trowel adhesive on the floor, it flowed right into the bucket of glue.
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Perhaps they will consider that the name has been Capitol Club - the 2 words have been inexorably linked together. Maybe script in between, the word "Arts". And the only real art existing inside the former bar is the back bar. There should be a way to feature that to help maintain the history.
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The Bar is dead and gone...you can thank the former owners for losing that one.
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I realy hope that they do not get rid of the bar.. it is a landmark!
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