Every picture tells a story ... of Plattsburgh

Daul also hopes the collection will get people excited about Plattsburgh's past.

"Older people that will come in here will reminisce," she said. "They'll have stories to go along with all these photos. And those are the kinds of things that we want everybody to remember."

For the younger people who come in to see the collection, Daul said she anticipates them not being able to recognize many of the places in the photos, as they have changed quite a bit in recent years.

"So that will be a learning experience for them," Daul explained. "I'm really excited about it. You have to have part of your history looming so people can talk about it and experience it together."

The current exhibit shows just how much the art center can now offer in their new space.

The old building the art center occupied was about 4,000 square feet with only enough space for one gallery at a time and one room for classes. The new building, located at 23 Brinkerhoff St., has 15,000 square feet, with three floors of classrooms.

"It's fabulous. The ideas are endless," Daul said.

With the new space, she added the center can now consider bringing in traveling exhibits.

Daul explained museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art have traveling exhibitions, which can take years to get and require certain lighting, square footage, and money.

"As you write the grants to get these traveling shows, you [have] to make sure you've got enough space to do it," she said. "And we will have that now."

The center will also receive help from an architect from New York City, who Daul hopes will be coming to the area by the end of the month.

After being one of only two places in the state to receive an award from the New York Multi-Arts Centers Consortium, Daul said the architect, who specializes in galleries and cultural centers, will draw out blueprints of how the center could be better spaced out.

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