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Spotlight: CACHE brings artists and community together in Springdale

Vic Barquin is an experienced print-maker who is getting to explore the process of making sculptures this summer while she spends six weeks as an artist-in-residence. The CACHE Exchange provides artists with funding, studio space, opportunities for community interaction and guidance with the technical parts of turning art into a business. (Courtesy photo/Sky Maggiore)

…Before grad school at UA, Barquin knew she was destined for a life in the arts. She grew up in a creative family who saw craft opportunities everywhere. She recalls a walk with her mother as a child when they went past electricians working on electricity poles. The scraps they left behind were purple and green, and that day they took them home to make rings.

“"That sense of reuse and creativity, innovation, has always been a part of me," she says.

“Barquin attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design which, with financial aid, was very affordable. It also had an exceptional print-making studio. Between the resources and the faculty available in print-making, Barquin made it her major and a huge part of her early career.“

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