Island Arts: High-flying musings on the value of art

I recently had to take an out-of-state trip. This particular trip required I travel by plane. As many of you who travel know, there are times when your travel plans are out of your control. Since I wasn’t responsible for flying the plane, this left me time to read and as you may guess, write.

Not breaking news here on Marco, there is a campaign underway to Save Marco’s Art League – Project Rescue. My favorite types of magazines to peruse while travelling are design and art publications; I know, not a huge surprise! Anyway, I was reading the editors page of one publication and there was a comment that fits our Art League, Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, and its current environment: As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, it has been a time to reflect on the past and to envision our future. And the future is now. Project Rescue is our future.

Often, the holidays find us with time to reflect and be thankful. This holiday is no different. As you are taking time out to do this, maybe you would reflect too on what the Art League has provided for you. Whether it was or is a place to learn, a place for contemplating, a place for expression or a place of friendship; a place for giving or a place for taking away with you; a place you pass by or a place you have seen grow. The reflection may be clear or it may be muted, but the fact is, the reflection is there. When you find that place, you too may be thankful. Thankful for those who shared your dreams, provided their inspirations, gave of their time and their talents to provide what has been, is and will be your Art League. The future of Project Rescue is what will stimulate the future that is now. As released in October, this campaign is to save your Art League.

My mother, who is my biggest fan, saves any articles she comes across that reflect upon the arts and shares those with me. On this trip I was able to read them with her and discuss their content face-to-face, a time to cherish and one of those times I know I will reflect on and be thankful for.

We discussed “Art of Sacrifice Not So Easy,” a column by Bargain Babe journalist Julia Scott. The column discussed whether buying art is financially savvy. Scott outlined all the intricacies and breakdowns of all the tangibles associated with the cost of a piece of art to try and answer this question. After all was said and done, she surmised that, “Enjoying art is valuable and necessary. But enjoying art –seeing a play, going to a museum – is different than shelling out major cash to hang a pretty picture in my living room. I cannot justify the latter.”

Thankfully, Scott’s column did not end there. Maggie, a reader of Scott’s column, did not agree and argued Scott’s practical approach to enjoying art. Maggie commented, “I can’t agree with you on this one; I really can’t put art into a category of bargain hunter – art is something that makes a house a home – something you look at every day. I make a point anywhere I travel to buy some sort of art. I love looking at these pieces daily and remembering the trips I’ve taken. Don’t they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words? You (Scott) didn’t do the breakdown calculation for that stipulation.”

As we look at the past and plan for the future, aren’t the arts worth saving? As we end another year and start a new one, you too can be reminded that the Art League is a 501(C)3 non-profit tax entity, and as such, may accept donations that are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Or, maybe you want to make a purchase at the Art League; this too will support the arts. The future is now. Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!

The Art League provides this column to keep you the readers informed about the organization. If your club or organization is interested in submitting a column or content, please contact Editor Bill Green at bgreen@marconews.com.

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