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Off The Beaten Path giving artists venue to showcase pieces

Nicolette Powell knew about the demand, but she was unsure about the supply.

To her surprise — and delight — the number of local artists who submitted pieces to display at Off The Beaten Path Bookstore’s locals art show overwhelmed her.

Instead of having one summer show, Powell, who directs events at the store, will have two.

“We have so much talent in this community for the number of people we have here,” Powell said. “We had such a good response.”

Last month, Off The Beaten Path featured the written word in honor of National Poetry Month. During May’s and June’s shows, the focus will be on visual art. Powell is a painter and writer, so she is excited about the opportunity to showcase local talent.

The first show already is on display, and the store had a successful opening Sunday.

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“May’s show is more nature-based,” Powell said. “June’s show is more abstract, less traditional.”

Hanging on the cafe walls are oil paintings and photographs of all varieties. Many of the artists are willing to sell their pieces, and others are just appreciative of the opportunity to have a venue to display their work.

The artists range in age from 20 to their 80s or 90s, Powell said. She still is getting phone calls from local artists interested in submitting pieces. She is embracing the idea of having a fall show to accommodate the interest.

If any local artist is interested in displaying his or her art, contact Powell at Off The Beaten Path.

The first show is running through May 29, and Powell is hoping to hang the second show the same day. The second show will run until June 19.