BEVERLY - After moving from Seattle to take a position at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Lucas Spivey soon discovered something was missing for local artists: working exhibition space.
"There is no shortage of artists or audience in Beverly," Spivey
is not the only one who has noticed the North Shore's creative culture and opportunities.
Despite the national economic downturn, the region's creativity is on the rise, helping the local economy and enriching the quality of life.
According to a recent study from the Enterprise Center at Salem State University
, there are more than 2,200 creative economy businesses on the North Shore bringing in more than $3 billion in revenue.
Spivey, 27, founded 17 COX in October 2010 with the intention of highlighting the experimental or underrepresented ideas of the struggling or established artist.
"It's not a traditional gallery," Spivey
Both Feldman and Spivey
reflect a growing trend of business built on the North Shore's creativity, bringing what many believe will be lasting economic and communal benefits.
"Creativity is integral to any community because it gives meaning," Spivey