DoN then scrambled over to City Hall to catch the opening of Likeable Art on floors 2 and 4. DoN believes all art is likeable – even the stuff others find distasteful – but the curators took to heart that some folks like art to be pretty, accessible and understandable. The exhibit consists of glass display cases with art arranged in themes: beach scenes, still life, babies, animals, butterflies, even abstract paintings and sculpture (in pretty colors). DoN was introduced to Juror and chair of the exhibitions committee, Cavin Jones, who explained that the process of choosing works was different than usual. ForLikeable Art there were four jurors who all had to agree on which works made it into the show; appropriately a group decision usually is the correct one since it combines the thought processes of multiple minds – kind of like on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire when the audience choice is usually the correct one. DoN asked Cavin an inappropriate question, “Which is your favorite?” – Cavin responded that the seaside amusement park scenes by Alice Dustin were images he insisted on including. Art in City Hall literally has thousands of viewers, especially on the fourth floor, and there is no commission so the artist receives 100% of the sale price. But Jones explained that sales are few – so here’s a shout-out to collectors – go to City Hall and support your local artists!!! Buy a painting, start a collection, bring your friends, brag about the deal you got and help keep arts alive in Philly.
Arthur Ostroff @ Likable Art in City Hall.
Many of DoN‘s friends are included in the show including Ed Bronstein, Dale Levy, Ona Kalstein, unfortunately the pictures DoN took are blurry – take some time and go see for yourself the fine work these Philly artists have to offer.