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GRID to harness “creative energy” in Montgomery

By STEVE KEENAN

The Montgomery Herald

Instructor Bernice Deakins works with Kathy Frank in a painting session Saturday during the opening of the “Generate Renew Innovate Design” space, or GRID, at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Montgomery.
(Montgomery Herald photo by Steve Keenan)

MONTGOMERY, W.Va.  — Bernice Deakins says a new initiative at BridgeValley Community and Technical College can help breathe some life into Montgomery in the coming years.

Deakins, the BridgeValley CTC artist in residence, was among those who led workshops on Friday and Saturday as BridgeValley opened its “Generate Renew Innovate Design” space, or GRID.

A Montgomery resident, Deakins guided a three-hour painting session on Saturday. Other weekend sessions led by various individuals focused on areas such as basket making, beaded jewelry, sewing, small engine troubleshooting, entrepreneurship opportunities with medical cannabis and reaching customers online with Google.

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