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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Art gallery doubles as social club, unique gift shop


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Members of the Wrangell Art Gallery are, from left, Michael Bania, Mary Fredrichs, Joan Benjamin, Loretta Rice and, seated, Olga Norris. The group, along with other members Chris Ellis, Jacquie Dozier, Linda Fabrello and Roberta Floyd, gather at the gallery on Thursdays to work on projects, get feedback and socialize.

For more than 50 years, members of the Wrangell Art Gallery have come together once a week to work on projects, give each other feedback, and to spend time with artistic-minded friends.

Along with creating one-of-a-kind artwork, they've also created a lot of memories.

One of the members who has been with the group since the beginning, Olga Norris, still strives to learn new artistic mediums to work in, even at 93 years old.

"There was a group of us that painted together for years, and the main person that started (it) was Lavon White," Norris said. "Her daughter owns this building (where...

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