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New studio and gallery aims to help grow local arts scene

"It's not that there aren't any," Costello said of art pieces displayed publicly in common spaces. "There are a few here and there, but it's something that the ROTA Gallery could possibly facilitate. Just help in connecting these other organizations and help get the word out."

Only open for a matter of weeks, ROTA has already developed quite a buzz, drawing bands like Withered Remains, Trinity Park Radio, and For the Kid in the Back, and several artists ranging from painters to sculptors and creators of other medias.

"We've been hearing from all walks of life," said Costello. "We've had artists from all over the area stopping in and students from the college seem to be quite interested - especially the ones in the art department and the English department. They're interested in doing a poetry reading night."

That mix is exactly what Costello and his friends want.

"It's a great space for artists to get together and for the community," said volunteer Anastasia Lewis.

"The great thing is it's open to everyone," added volunteer Matt Hall.

Though the local arts community is starting to grow, Costello said he feels Plattsburgh can one day become like Burlington - "a place that's culturally flourishing with a myriad of galleries and places to display."

"It's still quite early, though," he added, with a laugh.

The ROTA Studio and Gallery, 19 Clinton St., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery can be reached by calling 586-2182. For more information, search for "The ROTA Studio and Gallery"on Facebook at www.facebook.com.

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