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Austin art industry continues to grow

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The economy remained almost flat in 2011, yet the art market saw big gains.

Forbes reports the art market jumped 11 percent last year with people across the world spending 12 billion dollars on art. Austin artists say they're seeing a similar situation here, but on a smaller scale.

Texas was never known to be a hub of art culture, but artists told us Austin is creating its own niche in the industry.

"I'd say over the last five years, Austin has created a different environment for supporting its artists,” designer and sculptor Wells Mason said. “That's why I've opened a gallery, and that's why I'm showing my art in Austin now."

Some of the artists say Austin art galleries and shows won't rake in millions like some cities, but Austin's art scene has finally grown enough that it is possible for artists to make a living.

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