Monday, February 28, 2011

Self Portrait with Food Stamps

Starving Artist by Luke Ramsey

I wrote Self Portrait with Food Stamps to draw attention to the fact that many people want to market Asheville as as arts destination without knowing all that's involved with surviving economically as an artist (or musician.) It isn't as easy as it looks!
The comments that have appeared thus far on the website are quite interesting.


"I (taxpayer) should not have to pay for you to fingerpaint and play with clay."


"Personally I’m sick of Asheville and as soon as I see a good chance to split..I’m taking it. Asheville has been a curse to me ever since I arrived over 10 years ago. I say cut your losses and run to every artist I see."


For visual arts especially, we need a good independent upscale auction house that draws agents and collectors (not just tourists) so that Asheville’s artists can more efficiently enhance their reputation and reach a wider audience—an audience with deep pockets.


We work odd jobs all year round and eat a lot of rice and beans, rarely go out to hear music or see theater (sadly). 95% of our sales are from out of state. In the summer a lot of money flows in, but then it flows out quickly on materials and travel expenses to sell at shows.

Please feel free to join in the discussion!

Additionally, Asheville will be holding it's first Creative Summit on March 16th and 17th to determine what Asheville needs to grow as a viable city for working artists.
Independent artists, performers, and creatives are invited to share suggestions and insights 5:30-8:30 at the Masonic Temple Wednesday March 16th.
Check for more information

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