Home base: The Art Lab opens on Dickinson
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Home base: The Art Lab opens on Dickinson

Harvey S. Wooten, center, cuts the ribbon on the new Ms. Harvey S. Wooten The Art Lab on Feb. 1, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector) When the owners of Studio 9 on Dickinson Avenue decided to discontinue the lease, sculptor Jordan Parah did not know what would be next for her and her art. She would have nowhere to showcase, store or create her art. She needed an affordable new place. But where? “We were looking all over. One of the main issues was affordability. My work is all metal and I can’t just go weld in my own house — I needed a space,” Parah said. “It was a very stressful time.” Then Holly Garriott, director of the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, approached her with an idea she had been working on with Emily Jarvis, director of A Time For Science after an effort to recruit an artist in residence did not work out. “We thought, ‘What if instead of just having one artist, we have four artists and we create an incubator space?’” Garriot said. “We then found out that the four artist’s in Studio 9, their lease wasn’t going to be renewed and they’d […]

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