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New virtual gallery showcases local artists

There’s a new art gallery in Prescott-Russell, and you can visit it no matter where you are!

The Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) recently launched its new online, virtual CAPRAC Gallery.

The virtual gallery is designed to increase visibility and public exposure for local artists.  It also allows users to purchase tickets for upcoming cultural events in the area.

The CAPRAC Gallery was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation.  According to CAPRAC Marketing and Cultural Promotions Coordinator Jocelyn Beauchamp, the grant ends at the end of 2019 but the organization is planning to make the gallery a sustainable part of its regular operations.

“Things are looking good,” said Beauchamp, who added there has been a lot of interest from various artists.

“The grant has given us the opportunity to create a modern and viable space that meets the needs of the region’s cultural and artistic players,” said CAPRAC President, Ron Handfield.

Beauchamp said CAPRAC is seeking sponsorships and wants to work with schools to promote artists from the region.

The organization also plans to increase its revenue through the new virtual gallery.  The profits will be reinvested in efforts to advocate for the arts, culture, and heritage, and through a new arts fund designed to support artistic development in Prescott-Russell communities.

CAPRAC currently has more than 100 members.  Anyone can join, but Beauchamp noted that there are extra benefits for artists as membership allows them to increase their profile.  There is a “become a member link” on the organization’s website and the annual membership fee is $20.

Visit the new CAPRAC Gallery at: capracgallery.ca

James Morgan

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