PORTLAND – Roxanne Quimby will discuss the Quimby Colony, an artists-in-residence program that she plans to establish on Congress Street, at the Portland Regional Chamber’s next “Eggs & issues” event, on Sept. 8.

Quimby, who co-founded the Burt’s Bees line of personal care products, will discuss the nonprofit venture to bring together artists specializing in fashion, costume and textile arts and those focused on culinary arts in the former Roma restaurant building at 769 Congress St.

Renovations of the building have been under way for weeks, but Quimby hasn’t talked publicly about her plans. A website, www.quimbycolony.com, says artists will be given room, board and studio space.

Quimby recently dropped plans for another artists-in-residence project, at 660 Congress St. That project was delayed by Quimby’s successful appeal of a city fee of more than $400,000 to compensate for seven apartments being displaced from the building, and by an arson fire that damaged the interior of the building soon after renovations began in January.

“Eggs & Issues” is put on monthly by the Portland Regional Chamber. The breakfast featuring Quimby will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street in Portland.

Tickets cost $17 for members and $27 for non-members. Those who want to attend must register by Sept. 2 by calling the Portland Regional Chamber at 772-2811 or by going to www.portlandregion.com and clicking on “Register for an event.”


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