Artists of Franklin Co. Are AWE-Inspiring

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Diane Clancy, Susan Elkin and fellow Artists of Franklin County have been presenting their signature ArtProject Window Exhibit, or AWE, in downtown Greenfield storefront windows for the past three years with positive feedback from residents, visitors and shop owners.

"People in town say it makes such a difference," said Diane.

"It really ties our community together and we want to broaden the base."

Artists of Franklin County meet often to hold artist presentations, various discussion groups and work on other projects like the constantly expanding AWE. AWE can be seen three times a year during the spring, summer and fall at over 30 locations in the area. Last year's exhibit featured artwork by Greenfield High School students, works by mental health patients will be a focus of interest this year.

"I am passionate to understand other realities besides my own," said Diane.

Expanding her horizon, Diane is breaking through the digital divide by creating computer-generated imagery that is colorful and vibrant. Painter, charcoal artist, and now Web and graphic designer, she is branching out, offering some of her work on her website.

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"I'd like to do more on line," said Diane. "Recently I've been exploring graphic design. No messy paint to pick up at the end of the day!"

Diane's newest work is made on a high-end laptop running 3D-modeling software which she uses to generate the expressive landscapes seen in her images.

"I'm the in-house photographer," said Susan Elkin, who is also an art editor for The People's Voice of Franklin County, a progressive newsletter founded in 1984.

Susan shoots local landscapes, portraitures, commercial and fine arts. She said she prefers black and white photos, but most people want to see color. All of the prints and photos created at the Abbott Street studio are produced using archival inks and acid-free paper to preserve longevity.

Artists of Franklin County are in the process of planning spring art shows. Local businesses in the past have included: Bart's Cafe, Simon's Stamps, L Salon, Copy Cat Print Shop, Greenfield Community College, All About Beads, Country Jeweler, Green Business Assoc., Main Street Optical, Money Concepts, Ruggeri Real Estate, Network Chiropractic and many others, and they are always looking to expand their network of friends and supporters. The organization plans on working with schools in the area to keep the arts alive in the minds of children.

Diane Clany's art is available at: dianeclancy.com. Susan Elkin's photography is available at: susanelkin.com. To learn more about Artists of Franklin County or how you can participate by featuring local artists, call 773-7333.


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