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Garret Offers An Artistic Retreat

Are you an artist looking for a residency? Look no farther than the artistic Village of Clinton.

The Village not only has the Kirkland Art Center, Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, multiple artist studios and various stores dedicated to selling local art, but now there’s also a new resource in Clinton for artists.

Nora (Mathews) and Mike Revenaugh opened the Garret on the Green last year after the couple moved back to the area. Nora grew up in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School. She left the area for college and work after graduation.

She is Marketing Director for Foreign Affairs magazine  and a member of local band The Boom Chickens. She also runs the live music and events program at The Kirkland Art Center. Mike is the Coordinator of Hamilton College’s Language Center.

“I’ve always loved this town,” Nora said, “and thought it was a great place to grow up. I’ve always wanted to come back to a place like where I grew up.”

The couple purchased a house on Utica Street, just steps from the Village Green, that has a second-floor living space. Renovations quickly took place to turn the space into a perfect work spot for writers and artists.

“It was always a dream of mine to have a multi-level building for a couple of reasons. One is because, as someone who used to be a fully freelance working artist and would like to be again someday, it helps to have multiple sources of income. Making a full-time living as an artist is hard,’’ she said.

When living in cities, Nora said she was always looking for retreat spaces and residency programs that served artists who didn’t have the flexibility to take a whole month off from their life.

“It seemed like one way to support those goals of having a wider range of voices represented in the art that we see is to support those artists early in their process and to provide resources and space to artists who may have to care for their families or hold down their day job or just don’t have the financial flexibility to take a whole month off from their life,” she said.

The couple’s original idea for the Garret on the Green was to have it as a writing residency program called the Snowed-In Residency. It will offer one-week-long solo art retreats.

The Garret is sure to have nearly everything an artist or writer needs including WiFi, a bedroom, a kitchenette “stocked with Utica Coffee and cooking staples.” There’s even a soaking tub in the bathroom.

The name for the space on Utica Street was inspired by the fact that it’s located on Clinton’s Village Green. The other part of the name the Garret on the Green comes from...

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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