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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Is it art or not?

This is funny, but a little sad. The Jim Hunter Gallery has closed down at the Mayfair Promenade, no, that's not the sad part, but when you think of it, it is. But anyway, some sort of "green store" is going into the place, I'm not sure what.

Anyway, the gallery closed and as I was leaving the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery next door, on Saturday night, during Gallery Walk, I saw these two guys who seemed to be homeless, looking into the window of the former Hunter Gallery staring at these lights. They thought they were art! It's funny because they seemed to know it was a gallery just last week, but now it is completely empty except for these lights in the window.

I was listening to them, not wanting them to know I was listening. It finally dawned on one and he said to the other, "Those are lights, it's not art." The other one then realized he was right.

The sad part came when one said to the other, "I would like to go into the gallery and look around (meaning the Arts Festival Gallery next door, where the Marianne Williamson exhibit was), but we're not dressed for it." The friend said, "We're never dressed for it." And they walked off. I was so tempted to tell them that they were more than welcome to enter the gallery and see the art, but I didn't want them to know that I had heard them, so I just let them walk off and left it at that.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

like everything else in grove

August 09, 2012 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soundss like the basis for one or two days worth of comic strip to me.
I mean that in a complexly serious and non-snarky way. :)
How about a kind of Bill Waterson meets Gary Larson-esque strip following Sledge and Old Fart as they argue their way around the village every day. :)


August 09, 2012 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think they look better than the art next door if you ask me

August 09, 2012 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and of course with the birth of the artist came the inevitable afterbirth. The critic.
-Orson Welles
History of the World, pt 1

August 09, 2012 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad indeed. Know the official who thinks feeding the homeless should be illegal?

August 09, 2012 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are the lights for sale

August 09, 2012 5:17 PM  
Blogger Lilia said...

The beauty about art is that it is not is life itself and a passion for some, no matter age, where you were born, how rich or how poor you are. It's a way many of us communicate and understand, and no matter how rich, poor, good looking or different you are, when you see good art, it can brighten your life.
Every gallery in the Grove, especially those associated with the CGAF, are open to EVERYONE, those with homes or without them, we don't ask you to like the art just respond to it, those who hate what's on the walls are still relating and responding to it. That's what art is.

August 10, 2012 7:33 PM  
Blogger Lilia said...

Tom...I'm not sure this is the proper place to do this but i personally want to thank you for your support of the galleries, and the artists in the Grove. The Jim Hunter Gallery is gone, and it of course hurts me personally, because our mission was to showcase emerging excellent artists and we were so good at it. The Grove has lost this resource, hopefully someone out there will say, let's keep that in our community... We were better than galleries in Wynwood! The arts in the Grove need everyone's support.

August 10, 2012 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive always wondered wynwood second saturday ark walks do so amazing yet the one in the grove is so bad.the grove needs a good promoter to bring people in and instead of these once a year events the grove needs weekly events like a bon fire in the park full moon parties weekly art walks with big name bands.something big to compete with south beach and brikell and wynwood which are all doing really really good.

August 10, 2012 10:46 PM  
OpenID CreativeToolsInc said...

I am sorry to see the Hunter Gallery go. It was not only a great venue for emerging and established artists, it was also a wonderful memorial to the artist and educator, Jim Hunter. It would be wonderful to find another venue to re-establish and keep the Hunter Gallery here in the Grove. -- liliana dones

August 11, 2012 1:01 PM  

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