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Fine art at fine event

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:(This is in response to Victor and Ellen Torell’s opinion in the Aug. 3 Times.)Let us start with the fee to be in the show. Besides the show fee, which according to you was $250, each artist paid an additional $25 fee to the city of Aspen, just for the city. That is above and beyond the extra city tax that you will receive for the city from each artist. You do the math. Let us move on to the word vendor. We are artists, not vendors. The galleries in town would not call their galleries fine vendor galleries. They are buying art from the artists and then reselling the pieces that they either buy or take on consignment. Without artists, there would be no fine art galleries in any town. One more thing. We have spent 10 days in your lovely area, enjoying entertainment and spending money wherever we go. We support each town that we do the fine art shows in. We do not do damage to stores, we bring people into town that come to buy fine art, whether they buy it from the artists or from the galleries.We have been to many a fine area that greets us with open arms. I give credit to the people of your town who want to keep such a fine event in the area.Debra SullivanCrystal River, Fla.


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