Business of Law
Law firm is blank canvas for local painter in residence
Posted Feb 3, 2014 11:30 AM CST
By Martha Neil
Painter Melissa Miller was joking when she suggested to the president of Orr & Reno that the unfinished third floor of a new office for the long-established a Concord, N.H., law firm would be a great place for an artist's studio.
But Peter Burger took the idea seriously, and she began working there Monday as the firm's new artist-in-residence. Orr & Reno doesn't charge her rent, and views the arrangement as part of its role in the community, reports the Concord Monitor.
"We just felt like it was a perfect fit from the perspective of combining what our object was, which was to be involved in the redevelopment of a district in Concord promoted by the arts, paired together with a Concord artist,” Burger told the newspaper.
To ensure that attorney-client confidentiality is protected, Miller has access to the space only during normal business hours for the firm.