Monday, October 23, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1348 Artistic License Renewal by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 23, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1348 Artistic License Renewal by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 23, 2017     
                                              Artistic License Renewal  
                                       A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © All rights reserved 2017

             (The man is in his 50s, dressed in a suit, but a little distracted)

I really don't understand all this.  I mean, what we are doing here at this museum is very simple.  We are selling some of our paintings.  All right, half of our paintings.

But that is our right!  I don't see how the children of some of the artists can complain!  Does anyone realize what we are trying to do?  We are trying to save this museum!  We are trying to make sure that, even if half the exhibits have to be closed for awhile in this city, at least we will still have a museum!  There are those who question the need for an art museum.....but I want to point out that once we lose our art museum, we are just a collection of farms and houses and buildings - barely a town!

Art is the basis of culture - music, the performing arts, the visual arts....without them, we can barely call ourselves civilized!  How can you teach your children about the beauty of the world when you shutter the only contact they have with the beauty that we make?  Yes, we have a beautiful countryside, but the seasons art, we capture the loveliness of the clouds, the pristine sense of a meadow under snow.....the quiet of a square, with night falling.....the lustre on a child's face when they gaze for the first art.  It is a renewal of spirit....this artistic connection!

And you, all of you here watching this court case.....where have you been these last twenty years, as the museum attendance has dropped?  Why do you want a museum, but you don't support it?  We are the defenders of our own humanity - and yes, we WILL miss the artists we are selling - but without those sales, THERE WILL BE NO MUSEUM!

            (Takes a deep breath)

You can send money to those in need after hurricanes and fires and other natural disasters....and that is good.  But this is our home.....and this is your chance to show how important art is to all of us.....
Life is not all one is a series of choices that lead to success....and that series starts with something different.....please, your honor......let us sell the artwork - and save our art!

       (He sits, end of scene)


Based on a true story -in an art museum in Berkshire
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