It is my belief that art should be made available to the public. That may make me sound a little nutty, but I honestly believe that the rockstars of artistic imagery didn’t want their pieces gathering dust in a museum that charges an arm and a leg just to get in the door; or on the wall of someone’s multi-million dollar loft or summer home in the Hamptons. I don’t mean to insult those who financially support artists. It has been an ancient practice for artists to be commissioned by the kings, queens, dukes and lords of the land so that they can support their families and if someone is able to afford a Mondrian or Monet, good for them. But why shouldn’t anyone be able to view it up close and personal? It’s like hiding the Eiffel tower in someone’s backyard or keeping the Statue of Liberty on a private island.

There are only a few masters that come along in a generation and not allowing their work to be seen or heard by the public is shielding those people from being a part of something that defines a moment in history. Guernica wasn’t meant to be kept on the wall of a celebrity’s Hollywood home until the end of time: it was meant as a statement for all to see. We needed to be told, all of us, about what was happening in that moment in history. In person, it stands 11 feet tall and over 25 feet wide and is impossible to convey by any text book or teacher. You have to see it for yourself.

It is in that vein that I pursue the right for each person to become a part of the literature, music and artwork around them through public art events. These are typically supported by the community or local galleries and museums, but sometimes the artists support one another through music or craft and art festivals. Stop by and check out the latest in public art news, whether it’s in your hometown or just a short drive or train ride away.

Every week I will be talking about venues that typically cost money to get into but they make an exception on a special day of the week or once a month. I will also be posting about special events that usually occur over more than a couple of days, like a festival or film series. So stay tuned and be sure to get out there to see it for yourself.

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