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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 9:57 AM


Recently, several interested parties have come forward, from an idea which I floated a couple years ago; about the prospect of a regional arts competition. Against those of other locales.
While I was hoping for a T.V. pilot, documentary-maker thinks, that a grant might suffice to pit a group from Cleveland artists against small groups from New York, Osaka, and Queensland.
The thought of actually having to assemble a team, has me thinking aloud.

Myself, to be sure. Several businesses have sprouted up, based on the fecundity my ideas, across the many arts mediums. Literally, everyone has emulated my guerilla marketing techniques. As a photographer, solely Dirk Hooper, from OKC might give me a run. But locally? David Vickers from Boardman, would be closest. And that, not very. [Do you really have to look to the bottom of this letter to know who I am?]

Painter? Michelle Muldrow, another California transplant, is the easy choice. Clearly Mondrian inspired Rothko, and since then the cubist movement has had an ongoing dialog within the arts community. Michelle's scenes, overlaid within that movement are nothing shy of brilliant. Us Californians certainly have inspired and raised the bar, here locally. Augusto, you're the man. But second doesn't count, unless I'm allowed more slots.
Sculptor? Not the easiest choice Kim Bisset's stuff I like, and the same for Chappelle Letman. But I'd go with Charmaine Spencer. Working from found art, with folk-inspiration; her work rivals what's seen on any international arts publication.
I'd like an outsider [as in no arts education]. To think outside the box. And really, only Mike Kaplan at the Glass Bubble Project fits the bill. That and he built his own kiln. . .

While there are some great regional artists, the Dana Depews' and the Liz Maugans' for an international competition they are still mired in the early career blues.

Fiber majors? The need to chase arts markets and pop-up shops seem to have stripped them of what talent they originally aspired to.
Dance? Theatre? When was the last time a Broadway Show launched from our vaunted Theatre District? And writers??? Hey, I strongly believe in uniting the mediums, negative space, and more importantly, in the strong stimulation of all the senses.

Now music is a much different animal entirely. And choosing would be a challenge. But, I really like the experimental nature of Brian Straw's work.
Celluloid? It really is a shame that the guy who was to run the short film festival was such a freak. That venue would have been the first opportunity whereby Robert Banks and I would have competed in a heads-up venue.

Again, just thinking out loud. Will keep you posted. Would we be intimidated? Puh-lease. As Mohammad Ali said, 'I plan to shock the world'.

Marc Breed
America's Fetish Photographer

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