They also hope to launch a series of "First Fridays" soon. As she envisions the "First Fridays" events, there will be music on the street corners and art displays in businesses and restaurants. Wells said she can see incorporating in Fayetteville some ideas from the Art Walks held monthly in Charleston. She also said officials with the Town of Fayetteville are supportive of the coalition.
For decades, people have worked to tell the world that Fayette County is a place for world-class outdoor recreation, she said. Now work is also underway to bring Boy Scouts from around the world to the new Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.
"With the coalition," she said, "I think we can enhance the experience of tourists who are drawn here now and will increase in the future."
On the new web site, members of the coalition wrote, "We have room for more art in Fayetteville. By fostering an environment in which art is not just appreciated, but encouraged and supported, we can have a significant impact on our community and its value to ourselves and the state of West Virginia."
Art not only can enhance the spirit, but it can also put money in the pocket. Several local businesses are partnering with the coalition to draw more people to the area and to support business.
As a long-term goal, the coalition also envisions drawing a music festival to the area, even one with national status.
Wells said the coalition is seeking volunteers and donations. The coalition has its tax status as a 501c3 organization. The web site, www.fayettevilleartscoalition.org, provides information about how to contact members. They range from email, to Twitter, to a Facebook connection to a post office address -- P.O. Box 344, Fayetteville, W.Va., 25840.
Wells said that the diversity of the coalition's board is a strength. One board member is Ronald DeWitt. He lives in Fayetteville, but he is the director of artisan services for Tamarack in nearby Raleigh County. His connections with the juried artists who display their work at Tamarack helps the coalition, Wells said.
Wells balances her life as a wife, mother of two small children, a teacher, and artist. She was looking for ways to squeeze in more time for her own art and for ways to keep inspired when she founded the coalition. "The coalition fills a big hole for me," she said. She wants the coalition to make an impact on many lives.
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