The Artists of Franklin County, a local group that I coordinate, have been having Artists Window Exhibits (AWE Project) since 2006.Â We have a current one going on for the month of May.Â Local artists are putting our artwork in local windows and on indoor walls to beautify Greenfield and to help build the Creative Economy.Â Last time we included work by the students from the local high school.Â This time we included people who are receiving services in the community.
Bryant Stewart at Opus, Photography Â© Susan Elkin
We sent out lots and lots of press releases and here is a great writeup in the weekly paper.Â They took most of it word for word from the press release which is great (that they used it, not that I wrote it great)!Â Here is the link I could find to show you the whole article.Â In the print paper they also included 4 of the images that I sent them.Â Now that I have seen it, of course I need to write them a thank you note. Some of it is below:
<Quoting from the Town Crier (and our press release)>
The Artists of Franklin County are presenting Greenfield with their extraordinary art for the entire month of May. Storefront windows up and down Main, Federal and Miles Streets will offer amazing artwork as local artists share their work with the community. The exhibit will begin on May 1 and run until June 1. This display of art is presented free of charge to the community by the Artists of Franklin County in conjunction with the Greenfield Business Association and Fostering the Arts in Franklin County. Anyone interested in purchasing art on display is asked to contact the artists directly.
The Artist Window Exhibit (AWE) has been showcasing artwork in Greenfield since 2006. AWE brings together area artists and local businesses to enhance the experience of Greenfield by seeing artists’ work in downtown windows. These exhibits have been very successful in the past, with positive feedback from artists, residents, visitors and shop owners.
Margaret Soussloff is displaying her work with AWE for the first time. Margaret says, “I work in Greenfield and walk down Main Street almost daily. While I walk I gaze in the windows, looking with my artist’s eye. I’ve enjoyed immensely the artwork displayed in store windows. It occurred to me, I could show my own art. That prompted me to take the plunge and have my art on display as part of AWE.”
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It is pretty exciting to see our AWE Project in the paper!! Really fun! Particularly such a large spread!Â This Wednesday Susan Elkin and I are going to be doing another TV piece at the local access TV station (GCTV).Â Luckily it will be short since each of the people who received grants from the Local Cultural Council will be doing a brief piece.Â All this is fun, exciting, frustrating, tiring and rewarding.Â Thanks for stopping by!!
~ Diane Clancy