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New outlet for artists aims to boost local economy

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2014

Members and supporters of the arts community assemble at Port Hole Books to establish the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, a merger of several local art groups. From left to right in front are Tracy Webster, Karen Nichols, Harlen Springer, Catherine Rickbone, Bettie Egerton, Claudia Ignatieff, and Tim Creager; in the back row are Pat Ryle, Claudia Brown and Lisa Walter-Sedlacek. Not shown is Ellen Traylor.

Visual artists and writers have long been among the underpinnings of this regionís culture, while fishing, timber and paper once held the top positions on the list of the local economyís base.

Now a newly formed group of individuals hopes to target the approximate 400 artists in the area to establish the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA), a nonprofit organization that would work to bring the local arts community to the forefront, ultimately rejuvenating the economy of the central coast. The alliance aims to establish Florence as an artistsí community and a destination for practitioners, patrons and others interested in the arts.

For the complete article see the 01-15-2014 issue.

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