Business of Law

Law firm is blank canvas for local painter in residence


Concord Rooftops with Steeples IV
by Melissa Miller.
Courtesy of McGowan Fine Art.

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.

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