The Giving Tree
Sherwood Arts INC To Centralize Arts, Music Activity Through Various Community Events
A recently vacant wing of the Dahlstrom Building is now being repurposed as a centralized hub of music, art and general camaraderie for Greater Jamestown area community.
The duo of Vince Liuzzo and Justin Miller, the “Tree Guys” of Tactical Tree Solutions, are in the midst of making this vision into a reality in the form of Sherwood Arts INC, located at 433 Buffalo St., and accessed via the easternmost entrance of the building along Second Street.
Liuzzo and Miller have been in possession of the space for approximately a year, and have recently begun the process of transforming the space into a suitable environment for hosting several community events. In a nutshell, the duo envision the Sherwood Arts complex to be a multi-purpose venue capable of providing a sustainable entertainment destination that presents: regular music and art-based programming, a rehearsal/studio/art enrichment space, an outdoor art park, an indoor convention space for public use, and the capacity to host large scale festival style events and A-list recording artists.
“The basic concept of this whole space is to bring different aspects of what this community has to offer to the forefront in a centralized location,” Liuzzo said. “We’re pitching it as an art and music venue on the surface, but there’s going to be so much more happening in here once we get it off the ground. Right now we’re looking to build it from the sky down, as opposed to from the ground up.
“We’ll start off by bringing in the arts and music community, then get vendors involved to do some community outreach so that people who have interest in what they’re doing can learn more about these various nonprofit organizations in our community, and what they offer.”
The pair stressed that the space will also serve to introduce younger people to the local art and music scene in an environment that isn’t a 21-and-over bar or music venue. Miller added that the feedback the duo has received about their vision from community members and organizations is nothing short of enthusiastic.
“The community is ecstatic at how much opportunity exists here for people who want to make a movement and a change in our area,” he said. “People always say, “Imagine everything you could do here,” and all of it can be achieved with some funding and community involvement. We’re making it happen on our own right now, with our own sweat and our own thoughts, and we’ve got some help; but I think creating a buzz about this will really make a statement with the people who can help us make this into a long-term, sustainable reality.”
Sherwood Arts INC follows the tenets of its own original credo, summarized by the acronym INC — which stands for involvement, neighborliness and charity. The concept and physical location, as a whole, is presented by the “Tree Guys” of Tactical Tree Solutions.
HANDS ON EVENT TODAY
Following the momentum of its open house event on April 29, Sherwood Arts INC is planning to open its doors again to host the Hands On Jamestown after party event from noon-3 p.m., in cooperation with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s annual citywide cleanup event.
Presented by “Unplugged,” the “Tree Guys” from Tactical Tree Solutions and sponsored, in part, by Cellular One, the Hands On Jamestown after party is intended to integrate the tenets of of Sherwood Arts INC with the intent of the annual JRC event.
“We want to keep the momentum going from the morning’s event,” Liuzzo said. “The theme of the day is to get involved and be a good neighbor, and we want to celebrate the efforts of everyone who helps out (today).”
The event will feature live music by Ryan Buzzetto, Mike Brunacini and Todd Paropacic; refreshments from Labyrinth Press Company; works by local artists Aaron Lyon, Justin Dombroski, Melody Madigan, Gary Peters, Kara Storey, Katherine Turnquist and Liuzzo himself; as well as involvement opportunities from local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, St. Susan Center, Lakeview Cemetery, Kids and Cancer, Infinity, Chautauqua Striders and Food Bank of WNY, among others.
Hands On Jamestown brings together volunteers from all over the region in a community-wide effort to clean and beautify the streets of Jamestown through flower planting, litter collection and other cleanup activities. This year’s event will run today from 8 a.m. to noon.
For more information on Sherwood Arts INC and today’s event, visit facebook.com/sherwoodarts complex.