The residents of Wahkiakum County will notice something different next time they have a cold, an accident or a check-up. That's because the clinic that services most of the county has partnered with a newly forming artist guild in Wahkiakum County. The "Community of Caring and Sharing" is a group of artists and volunteers that focus on showing local talent at every opportunity. When Dr. Wright and his staff offered the use of the clinic for such a purpose, the committee jumped at the idea.

"Hundreds of pairs of eyes will see these pieces over the next three months, and hopefully, it will increase the awareness of our rich local talent" says Janet Cimino, who started the group and is an artist herself. "We plan to have regular public shows in new locations as the group grows stronger" she noted.

With one of the paintings selling in the first day the clinic displayed the new artwork, the group is optimistic that this opportunity for exposure will pay off.

Eleven artists are showing 30 pieces overall. The art will remain in the clinic for three months, at which point the artwork will show in another location and the clinic will get new pieces.

The group is also working with the Lower Columbia Economic Development Council to secure a location for an artist incubation workspace. Any local artist in urged to contact the group for inclusion in upcoming shows, or to offer ideas and/or encouragement.

For more information contact Jennifer Johnson at the Wahkiakum County Chamber of Commerce (360) 795-9996 or

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