Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the arts in Smithfield and Isle of Wight County. Next week is the focus will be on the community's music venues.

 By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The Isle of Wight Arts League can trace its lineage back to a rambling old Victorian house.

The three story house, now the home of Home Sweet Home Care in downtown Smithfield, was where three women artists got together and created the Collage Studios and Gallery in 1991.

Fast forward 27 years and the Arts League not only has a permanent facility closer to the business center — the Arts Center @ 319 — it also has under its umbrella three other arts venues — the Smithfield Summer Concert Series, Smithfield Music and Sundays at Four.

Today, the Arts Center alone gets from 13,000 to 14,000 visitors a year, according to Director Sheila Gwaltney. 

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