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Susannah Raine named Bay School’s Artist of Month

Richmond-based artist Susannah Raine is the Bay School Community Arts Center’s March Artist of the Month.

She will be the guest artist at the school’s Spanish Wine Tasting, to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the school’s Art Speaks Gallery on Main Street in Mathews.

Raine’s business, ZouZou’s Basement, was named for her grandmother, ZouZou, whose basement was the genesis for Raine’s career. Years ago, when Raine’s grandmother was cleaning out her basement, Raine visited and found many items “that anyone who had been through the Great Depression would hold onto,” including aluminum pie plates, jars and cans, and terracotta flower pots. Raine took some of the pots and painted a few, then gave them as gifts.

“Then people began to pay me to paint things,” she said, “and thus, ZouZou’s Basement was born.”

Raine said she actually does all of her painting and paper pieces in her attic, which is filled with paint, ribbon, paper, and “bits and pieces of ephem...

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