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Artist group to reopen in new location; Picker Collaborative to host open house in Dec.

By DAMIEN FISHER
Staff Writer

NASHUA - It almost didn't happen, but Nashua's Picker Collaborative Artists persevered, and the collective is up and running again in a new home at 3 Pine St.

"We looked for a year, and we were on the verge of going our separate ways," said Kathleen Frank, one of the founders of the new collaborative space. ...

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NASHUA - It almost didn't happen, but Nashua's Picker Collaborative Artists persevered, and the collective is up and running again in a new home at 3 Pine St.

"We looked for a year, and we were on the verge of going our separate ways," said Kathleen Frank, one of the founders of the new collaborative space.

The art galleries at the new location, a former church, are now open, and the artists collaborative is set for a grand opening and holiday open house on Dec. 3-4.

The Picker artists started out down the road at the Picker Building at 99 Pine St., where they all rented spaces in the four-story former mill building and developed into the city's premier artist collective. Last year, the owner of the Picker Building, Jack Bolger, told the artists that he was selling the building to Clocktower Place Apartments.

That left the more than 20 artists scrambling to find a new home. Frank and her husband, Mark Frank, along with Gail Moriarty, tried to keep the artist group together, but it was hard to find a space for all of them.

"No one wanted to rent to a bunch of artists," Moriarty said.

As more artists started finding their own places, the Franks and Moriarty decided to form an LLC and rent their own space, and bring over a core group of artists. The found their new home at the old Baptist church, now owned by Gate City Fence.

Moriarty, the Franks and others put in months of effort to renovate the space into artist studios. They had to gut parts of the building, and essentially reshape it into the new collaborative space. Moriarty said Gate City Fence has been a big help in their move.

"They treat us like part of the family," Moriarty said.

The new collaborative so far has about half a dozen artists, and Moriarty said more artists are interested in joining. She said she hopes to see the effort expand in the years to come.

"We're still in the process of building out," she said.

The open house will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 4

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com.