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Culpeper Launches Website to Showcase Arts

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Town of Culpeper Press Release

Want to know more artists and the arts in Culpeper? Now there is a website for that.

The newly launched website at www.CulpeperArts.com has what you need to know about arts and culture in Culpeper.

The website promotes local artists, cultural events, film screenings, performing arts, educational arts opportunities for kids, arts organizations, shops and galleries, and is a virtual who’s who of local talent and events.

“I think people will be pleasantly surprised at how many talented and accomplished artists, published authors, and musicians are here in Culpeper.” said Culpeper Tourism Director Lori Sorrentino, who helped create the micro-site within the Tourism website. “There is some artistic talent in our community that goes unsung and not promoted, and we’re hoping to change that with this new promotional tool.”

Creating the Culpeper Arts Council was just one step, but how to get the word out was another.

“My first goal on the Arts Council was to see a web portal for the arts,” said Culpeper Arts Council chairman Gary Close, a well known local artist. “This is exactly what I had in mind. Now tourists and local residents can easily find out about movies, artists, authors, writer and events with one search.”

Close credits Sorrentino and her staff for creating a user-friendly and informative website.

“Artists around the area will now get world class exposure on the web,” Close said. “I expect to see great things come from this for artists and for Culpeper in general.”

Close particularly liked the unique use of monochrome images that link to the various areas of interest.

The website provides a map of Culpeper’s Cultural District, lists numerous educational organizations and programs and events. Local photographers, artisans and artists also are showcased. There is even an “Artist Spotlight” section. Website visitors may even suggest an artist to put under the spotlight.

A drop down tab – “Get Involved” – allows local artists to submit an application to be linked to the website, and provides information about how to attend an Arts Council meeting or simply volunteer. The Culpeper Arts Council is inviting local artists, photographers, graphic designers and published authors to submit their information for a free listing on the new website.

Culpeper is establishing itself as an emerging arts destination with the revitalization of the State Theatre, and the audio visual restoration at the Library of Congress Packard Campus.

“The potential for this website is endless,” said Sorrentino. “I hope more local artists and galleries take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

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