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About the Art Parlor

What is The Art Parlor?
Art show reviews & photos, local art news, thoughts about art.

There’s so much visual art in western Massachusetts, but not alot of visual arts coverage. We aim to fill part of that gap by writing about our travels and visits to art in the Valley, and taking some photos along the way which we’ll post on Flickr as a companion to this blog.

What/Where is the “Valley”?
Specifically, we mean the Pioneer Valley: the three western Massachusetts counties (Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin) in the Connecticut River valley.

Who is The Art Parlor?
We prefer to remain anonymous. This blog isn’t about its writers, it’s all about art.

We love visual art, and collectively practice and have backgrounds in many artistic disciplines: fine art, art history, graphic design, and other creative pursuits.

Update: ok, yes, it’s me, Bronwen.

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  1. Posted February 24, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Eric Suher was lauded at the Really Big Show today for his accomplishments in reviving the three clubs he owns and for his vision for yet a fourth music venue to be opened soon at the former Baptist Church. He reminded everyone that the arts are fragile, and that we have only to look at the almost-closing of the Academy and the Pleasant St. Theater as proof.

    He questioned why we are cutting school arts and music budgets and made us all sit back and realize that supporting the arts are the job of a community.

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    Posted February 25, 2008 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment Max.

    It is painfully sad that arts budgets are usually the first cut, and it’s interesting that the arts are considered extraneous, unneccessary & of lesser importance than other budgetary items. One only has to attend *any* arts event to see that the arts are a large part of what can create and nurture community. The Really Big Show is a great example. (Unfortunately we missed the Really Big Show this year). It’s a great event & everyone invloved should be applauded.

    We are blessed to live in an area that’s so rich in art and artists (& we mean that to include all the arts), but it’s unfortunate that there’s so little funding. I think we’re perhaps fooled a bit into believing art does receive adequate funding because there are just so many artists and creative people in the Valley who often create things on a shoestring or self-fund. The real danger, we believe, is of a creativity-drain to other distant communities that not only fund public art, but offer wonderful incentives and subsidies to artists to practice and relocate. Look to a community like Paducah, Kentucky, and their Paducah Arts program & Lowertown Arts District (to name one), and you’ll wonder why we aren’t trying some of the same tactics here.

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