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Seattle sends performance artist to the suburbs

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BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) - To help share Seattle arts with the suburbs a King County agency has sent a performance artist to Bothell.      

The performance by Amy-Ellen "Flat Chested Mama" Trefsger consists largely of her being herself.      

From this weekend through July ninth she's living at Country Village, a cluster of 45 shops in a garden setting where chickens and rabbits roam.      

She's living on an old wooden boat in a duck pond, wearing a sailor cap and nautical outfits. She's waving to shoppers and other visitors and wandering around the shopping area, where she can eat at restaurants and explore shops. She says the "art" of it is simply her idea of art to live in a public space.      

Trefsger was paid 500 dollars by Four-Culture, the King County arts agency as part of a program called the "Site-Specfic" Performance Network. It's financed by the county's hotel-motel tax and a 30-thousand dollar grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.      

She's welcomed at Country Village where a spokeswoman says, "Quirky are us."      

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