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the arts by Lori Ferguson Photos by Jack Rowell

Studio Place Arts a win-win for barre, the public, and the arts The “Granite Capital of the World,” Barre, Vermont, is a town indelibly shaped by the vast deposit of igneous rock on which it rests: a vein of granite estimated to be some 4 miles long, 2 miles wide, and 10 miles deep. In the late 1800s, granite was the town’s lifeblood, drawing artisans accomplished in quarrying and working the stone from England, Sweden, Canada, Scotland, and Italy. Their contributions supported Barre’s development. Two centuries later, artists are once again breathing new life into the city, this time through the creation of Studio Place Arts (commonly known as SPA), a nonprofit community visual arts center located in downtown’s formerly abandoned historic Nichols Block. 4

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Image - Fall 2012  

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