Artist seeks permanent home in Corning
By TYLER ELLYSON - CNA staff reporter
It was love at first sight for Rachel Sims, who has been an artist-in-residence at the Corning Center for the Fine Arts since July 2007. She lives and creates her handmade jewelry in Corning, and would love for it to stay that way.
There’s just one problem.
The young artist needs to sell close to $70,000 of jewelry before the end of February.
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Our Neighbors: Artist Sims right at home in Corning
by Emily Kesten, Staff Writer
...Linda Shearer, the center's board president, would like to keep Sims in Corning. "If you know of any projects for her, let us know," she said.
Artists in residence who open studios in Adams County following completion of their residency receive a reimbursement on their program rent. But more importantly, artists who stay can develop and sustain a creative culture in rural Iowa.
The young artist hopes to raise enough money from jewelry sales by the end of February to buy an 110-year-old building on Davis Avenue, Corning's main street.
"I saw it on my first day in Corning, and it was just like - boom! That's it!" said Sims.
After spending two and a half years in Switzerland, Sims took a chance on Corning, a small town she had never seen with "a population smaller than my high school." The chance has turned into a life decision.
The slower pace of life, close-knit community, its lively downtown and the can-do spirit appeal to her.
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