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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Re: Al Shumate’s letter, “What is art’s real bottom-line value?” May 16:
I am sure he offended many, if not all, artists with his comment, “all artists have their hands out for money.” He certainly offended me.
I’ve been in the art gallery and picture framing business for 38 years. For 10 of those years, I owned The Cormany and Turner Galley, carrying more than 75 different artists.
When a charitable event comes up, artists are among the first asked to donate a piece of work. And they do so willingly, absorbing the cost of time and materials and framing. Most of them have full- or part-time jobs, and paint whenever they can.
I don’t know if Shumate reads the entertainment section of the paper, but he would find many musicians who donate their time and talent to charitable events, raising money for victims of cancer, displaced families, funeral costs, etc. I’m sure Shumate has offended them, also.
Our art community, as many others, gives back much more than he realizes. He may see us as just entertainers with our hands out for money, but I can assure him we are so much more.
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