‘Making it in the Arts’ series continues with Ann Coleman in Wilmington on May 19

BRATTLEBORO — How does one make a living, stay creative, and have a career in the arts? What effect does commercial success have on artistic growth? What are the assets and challenges of working as an artist in Windham County? How is life different after Irene?

These are some of the questions to be explored at the sixth public artist potluck and forum hosted by Brattleboro-West Arts, the Arts Council of Windham County, and the Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce. It will take place Sunday, May 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wilmington's historic Memorial Hall.

All are welcome.

Painter, gallery owner, and arts entrepreneur Ann Coleman ( will share her story as a successful area artist. Included in the discussion will be her observations and opinions about how to strike the balance between making money and making art while maintaining artistic integrity. A general discussion follows.

A gallery tour begins at 5. A potluck starts at 5:30 (please bring your own plates and utensils). The program and discussion begin at 6:30.

Brattleboro-West Arts ( is a diverse group of artists and craftsmen living and working in the Whetstone Watershed dedicated to improving the commercial and artistic success of its members. BWA considers the arts to include not only the traditional visual, sculptural and performing arts, but also writing, landscape arts, and fine foods.

Donations are accepted to defray expenses. For more information, contact Doug Cox at [email protected] or 802-257-1024

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