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Velvet painting museum closing

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The Oregon owners of what may be the world's only velvet painting museum said they are closing the attraction after four years.

Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin said they are closing Portland's Velveteria museum of black velvet paintings for the final time Jan. 24 because they are moving from Oregon to Southern California, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Monday.

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Anderson and Baldwin said they are California natives and have long wanted to return home. They said they hope to re-open Velveteria with their collection of more than 2,000 paintings in California at some point in the future.

The pair said their museum has long struggled to make money.

"We were making it, but then the economy went really sour. This is a tricky business. We needed more people to come in all year-round," Anderson said.

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