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Opportunities for local artists

6:01 p.m. EDT, June 3, 2012

Spruce Forest Artisan Village at Penn Alps in Grantsville, Md., provides studio space for three guest artists in traditional or contemporary art or craft media each month during the summer and fall season.

Guest artists are part of a larger educational program in which working artists open their studios to Artisan Village visitors. Guest artists pay a small fee that covers utilities, but then have access to the studio seven days a week for the month. Resident and guest artist studios must be open and artists working on their craft five days a week, during which time artists may sell their wares.

“Being a guest artist is a great opportunity because I am able to expand my audience,” said Lenore Lancaster, an award-winning artist who has shared her colored pencil drawings with visitors to Spruce Forest for five years. “Working in my own studio or even doing weekend craft shows doesn’t allow me to really talk to and get to know the customers. The setting here is really intimate and because of that sales are good.”

Spruce Forest Artisan Village is home to a number of historic house museums, art studios, galleries, an 1800s grist mill and is adjacent to the Historic Casselman Bridge which will celebrate its 200th birthday next year. The three studios available to artists are housed in historic buildings.

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