PARIS — A group of local artisans have recently founded the Maine Foothills Artisan Co-op.

The organization supports local craftspeople by encouraging participation at area art venues to display and sell Maine made quality handcrafted items created by the diverse artisan group.

Local artisans are encouraged to join and agree to display and sell their work in a cooperative effort with fellow members at select venues throughout the coming year. Details of a working agreement will be articulated among the members who commit to future events.

It is the intention of Maine Foothills Artisan Co-op to form a nonprofit 501(3)(c) and secure a local shop in a highly visible area where artisans may display and sell their items year-round.

Membership will consist of either full status to include working in the shop in a capacity to be determined or display-only status, which will constitute consignment sales.

Funding for the co-op will be gained through one-time membership fee, annual dues, space rental, fundraisers, the pursuit of eligible grants and educational opportunities offered by members to the community.

Maine Foothills Artisan Co-op intends to engage the community in the artistic process by hosting special events, connecting with other business cooperatives, offering education and enrichment opportunities for all ages, as well as fostering a unified presence that contributes to the local economy.

The co-op is seeking to expand its membership. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Paris Public Library.

For more information, contact Jackie at 890-7188 or [email protected] or Nancy Lee at 743-6475 or [email protected]

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