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Water Street Studios helping to promote local artists

on Monday,December 13,2010 21:12

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Community studios are not only beneficial for local artists, but aspiring ones as well. Recently, Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois, celebrated its first year as a refuge for individuals looking for a creative outlet.

Nearly 32 resident artists and members struggled financially to get the studio off the ground in 2009, according to the Batavia Sun-Times. Through perseverance, Water Street Studios has gained national recognition and is now working to raise awareness of local "starving artists." The goal is to erase the stigma attached to individuals who rely on producing and selling art as a primary source of income.

"Water Street Studios wants to establish a centralized location for professional artists and consumers to interact on a professional, educational and art awareness and admiration level," Sharon Sychta, Water Street Studios director of marketing, told the news source.

Recently, the studio has opened a retail store called Gallery H20. A wide range of art work is up for sale, and all pieces are below $200. Water Street Studios artists will now have the opportunity to sell their pieces at the shop for additional profit.

Employment of artists is predicted to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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