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Saturday was a beautiful day in Calistoga, with many residents and tourists crowding the sidewalks along Lincoln Street. But meanwhile, out at the art center, a dozen local artists were showing their work for five hours, but it was quite slow.

I might understand a big reason why. It is because most everything else that Calistoga offers is close together along Lincoln Street. Who’d want to get back in their car and drive that far -or walk- even if they did know its existence?

I appreciate that Calistoga has an art center. It’s a good one, and run well by hard-working people who love art and care about giving art a place to happen. It's a fine space for making art, teaching classes, and hosting photo club or open mic events. But it’s too far from the rest of town to properly showcase its artists. Can we find a space for it on or near Lincoln Street?

Or maybe an artist co-operative, with rented studios and direct sales, which could appeal to visitors and residents alike. While our town does have a nice sprinkling of artwork and venues, an art co-op would offer its own type of art and would further help establish Calistoga’s reputation as an art destination.

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Matt Sarconi

Calistoga

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