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January 27, 2013

Spirit of Athens pursues year-round haven for artists


When will it arrive?

It could be a year or more before the incubator is a reality in downtown Athens.

Before the space can be renovated, a committee must determine how to divide and supply the space. For example, the space needed by a painter is different from the space needed by a potter. A painter may need a sink in the general area but a potter may need water right inside his or her individual space, Black said.

Athens State University Professor Gail Bergeron, an AOTS Committee member who works in all mediums, will be a great resource in helping determined what is needed in the warehouse space, Black said.

Security is another issue. At Lowe Mill, chain-link fencing separates artist spaces. This allows the artist to use the space and display work but still keep materials and creations secure.

Who will be chosen to rent the space is another consideration.

Artists would probably be selected through a jury process, Black said.

“Artists would apply and be selected based on what kind of work they do and what their needs are,” she said.

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