French Art Colony
This art gallery and museum hosts artists and displays their work through exhibits and special programs. The center also works to preserve the cultural history of the Ohio Valley, with exhibits that feature historical items and programs for children and adults. The organization traces its roots back to 1964 when Raymond Hoy, a local furniture dealer, started an effort to create art courses for adults in the area. The idea attracted other supporters and the group rented a room downtown and started an organization that soon began an effort to create a more permanent space. By 1971, the group had secured commitments of over $120,000, allowing them to purchase the current facility and acquire a small art collection that continues to grow.