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Tallahassee's 621 Gallery Fighting for Survival


A Tallahassee art space is facing tough times. The 621 Gallery in Railroad Square is trying to rally its supporters to the cause of survival.

Tampa Artist Kim Radatz is now opening her show at the 621 Gallery. She said there’s nothing like it in her hometown.

“It’s such a gem and you guys are so fortunate to have it in Tallahassee,” she exclaimed.

But 621 Gallery Director Lauren Baker worried it may not be around much longer.

“We are hoping to reach out to the public to get their support and help this gallery that’s been open for 38 years to survive.”

Baker said a big turnout at this week’s First Friday event would help. She also hoped an intense social media campaign will spur more attendance at upcoming art exhibits and other cash generators to keep the doors open.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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