Ayers said artists have invested $3.5 million in real estate purchases during the past decade, including many purchases that saved historic buildings, based on real estate records he has examined.
They're also giving Hannibal a strong reputation in the arts community, earning national recognition for their work. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver July 6-8, considered one of the best in the U.S., received applications from 2,100 artists. Only 236 exhibitors were chosen. Seven of them were from Hannibal, including Knill, Dominiak and Cole.
Many of the artists also will be among the 60 or so who display their work Saturday and Sunday in the first-ever Hannibal Downtown Art Fair, on Main Street.
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