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A who's-who stomping ground for Springs-based artists, Cottonwood is a must-visit for last Friday art openings. At other times, drop in just to see nearly 80 studios and a respectable gallery, all under one roof.

Best Place to See Emerging Artists

If success is a numbers game, Cottonwood Center for the Arts knows what works. Now happily ensconced in its new building, Cottonwood offers nearly 80 studio spaces, currently leased by 92 artists. It boasts two main galleries for art shows, but each studio also acts as a mini-gallery in itself, open to visitors on the last Friday of every month. Executive director Peggy Vicaro projects that half of Cottonwood's artists are emerging, while the other half are more established. She points to the in-house marketing team and multitude of networking opportunities as two of the reasons why so many have come to Cottonwood as a source for professional growth, bringing the curious crowds with them. "I think because we have really created a presence for ourselves here in downtown and the word has spread that this is really a great place to be ... that there's a lot of positive energy," Vicaro says. "And people really are drawn to that." — Edie Adelstein

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