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Art for art’s sake

September 17, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - For Hancock-based artist Mary Wright, the creation of art is something that should involve as many members of a community as possible.

To achieve that goal of participatory community art, Saturday Wright was overseeing the painting of old wooden chairs and other pieces of furniture on the Finlandia University Quincy Green in front of the former Hancock Middle School building on Quincy Street.

Wright said the painting project was for the Copper Country Community Arts Center on Quincy Street in Hancock.

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Anna Backman, left, and her mother, Ramona Backman, paint a chair on Finlandia University’s Quincy Green Saturday as part of Hancock artist Mary Wright’s community project to provide chairs for the Copper Country Community Arts Center ballroom. Behind the chair is Norman Arkin of Tucson, Ariz.

When finished, the furniture will be placed in the ballroom at the CCCAC.

"We're showing the community arts center is for the community and it does artistic projects," she said.

Wright said creating art can have a beneficial effect on people with physical and mental problems.

"Research shows when people are engaged in the arts their brain produces endorphins that make them feel good," she said. "Art makes us feel better."



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