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November 23, 2013

Artist Studio holds annual sale

MT. VERNON — — The Independent Artist Studio will continue to have its art available for sale and exhibit today.

This year is the studio's 10 year anniversary. Originally formed in 2003 by Sarah Capps and former art students of hers, the group of friends work in a small studio space on Harrison Street. The space is used to create different works of art and to help one another.

According to studio member Debbie Wilson, being in the studio and working together is beneficial. Wilson said being able to share ideas and having someone honestly look at the work and critique it is helpful to her.

"We have the same focus and the interest in the arts," Capps said. "Working in the same area, we kinda inspire one another and help each other."

The sale today will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Broadway. Items such as paintings, metal jewelry, handmade aprons, decorative gourds and ceramics will be available. Capps said prices for the art range from $2 to $150. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to the church.

Capps said since each item is hand crafted, the items at the sale are one-of-a-kind. Supporting local creativity and buying locally is important to the group.

"A lot of people tend to think that homegrown artists are not as good as someone in the city," Capps said. "People need to realize that there are some fabulous artists in this area."

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