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By Charlotte Van Zant-King
Gallery Director 

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To the Editor:

I would like to offer some further explanations of why the Golden Art Guild chose to end our operations of Big River Art and Crafts.

It was difficult to find enough dependable people to operate seven days a week, not just for sales but also behind the scenes work, event planning, and financial operations. We are an ageing group of artists, and younger members were not joining. Reasons for that are many, but much has to do with a cultural shift toward technology and less interest in creating with pen, ink, paint, or other media. It also means than many younger folk do not "collect" art in the same way as the older generations have done. Many galleries and art and craft festivals are finding less attendance at their events. Some have closed, such as the Trout Lake Art Festival. More artists are finding their audiences through the Internet because they don’t want to pay gallery commissions, and yet those commissions keep the rent paid and lights on in the galleries.

I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon. I’m proud of what we did as an art guild, and we intend to continue, just adjusting to the times. We are hosting a community-wide discussion group and hope to find many other interested people to build a more relevant cultural organization. If you are interested in joining, call Beth Poirier at 250-0094 or me at 250-2655, and we will contact you as to time and place of our first meeting later this month.


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