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Phillips Mill 91st annual Art Exhibition will go online

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The Phillips’ Mill Community Association has steered the prestigious Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition through floods, snow storms and a World War.
 
This year the committee decided to share and expand the show through its website, phillipsmill.org. It will support that expansion with a social media campaign on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Pinterest, etc.
 
“With the uncertainties presented by the pandemic, we feel this is the best use of our dedicated volunteer committee,” the association said Wednesday in a written statement.
 
“Rather than adapting the on-site show to the moving target of changing regulations required to open the Mill safely and legally to large numbers of artists and the art-loving public, we’ve chosen to use this opportunity to develop our online presence – something we’ve long wanted to do. This will allow us to reach new collectors, as well as our old friends who are no longer in the immediate area. We’re very excited about this opportunity to bring the work of our talented local artists to the attention of this wider audience.
 
“As a community association started by and for artists, we feel that it’s important to do what we can for our community during this turbulent time. We’re sensitive to the challenges the pandemic has brought to our community and its dampening effect on sales that our artists rely on. Although we’re concerned that a potential resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall and the difficult economic climate we find ourselves in may affect our sales, we want to support our artists as much as we can.
 
“To that end we’ve decided this year to waive the entry fees for PMCA members and reduce them to $15 for nonmembers. (In the past it was $12.50/member, $25/nonmember.) We are also temporarily reducing, for this year only, the Mill’s sales commission by 25% (from 40% to 30%). All proceeds from the Art Show go to the Phillips’ Mill Community Association. These reductions will lower the amount of money the Art Show earns to preserve the historic Phillips’ Mill, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. But we believe it’s the right thing to do.”


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