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Law firm is blank canvas for local painter in residence

Posted Feb 3, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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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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