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Council insists it will know and ban 'bad' art | Diane Steinle column, Dec. 7

Opinions on art mostly subjective

Having read Diane Steinle's opinion column, I feel I need to comment. As a professional graphic artist with more than 36 years of experience, I understand all too well that anyone's opinion of what is "good art" or "bad art" is exceptionally subjective.

More often than not, it's not the art itself that is good or bad, merely the viewer's interpretation and reaction, based primarily on their personal history.

Of the three pieces of art currently on display on Cleveland Street in Clearwater, Bruce White's Sorcerer's Gate is by far my favorite. I think it's a stunning piece of work and very well done.

I also think that if Bruce had painted it green and called it Nature's Doorstep, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

But it would still be the same great sculpture.

Chip Haynes, Clearwater

Council insists it will know and ban 'bad' art | Diane Steinle column, Dec. 7

Let the experts make the calls

I agree with Diane Steinle that Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard and the Clearwater City Council should leave questions of good versus bad art to those more qualified, namely the Public Art and Design Board, which the city created.

The cliché "art is in the eye of the beholder" is misleading, since it might lead one to believe anything anywhere could be considered art. The appreciation of art is surely a subjective experience and up to the beholder, but deeming whether something is, in fact, art is risky business. Only someone with years of experience should attempt it.

Mayor Hibbard recently stated that offensive art "is like pornography — you know it when you see it." He does a disservice to the Public Art and Design Board, an experienced and dedicated group of art experts.

Finally, the mayor and council's insistence on becoming final arbiters of public art in Clearwater could deny residents and visitors the opportunity to see some really outstanding art.

Denis Gaston, Dunedin

Educated voters picked Obama | letter, Dec. 5

Clinton legacy no cause for pride

If history serves me right, and I think it does, the last Democrat in the White House (Bill Clinton) brought us inflated stocks, cooked books, eventual jailed CEOs , a convicted Arkansas governor, questionable real estate dealings, missing papers and documents, the horrific Rwanda debacle, psuedo-military Band-aids in the Balkans, utter disregard of terrorist warnings and the threat of Osama bin Laden, and the utmost disrespect of the sanctity of the Oval Office.

And upon their departure, this "educated and well-informed" bunch left downed telephone connections, dismantled and destroyed computers, and every W on every computer keyboard that they could find, obliterated.

Intelligent and ethical behavior? I don't think so.

J. Arcuri-Wals, Dunedin

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