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Chat about Lawrence Own Your Own Art Show with Scott McMichael

December 7, 2006

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Scott McMichael

Scott McMichael is in charge of this year's Lawrence Own Your Own Art Show; the public reception is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Moderator:

This is Jon Niccum, entertainment editor of the Journal-World. Please welcome Scott McMichael of Bert Nash, who is co-chair of the Lawrence Own-Your-Own art exhibition.

Scott McMichael:

Hello, my name is Scott McMichael. Glad to be with everyone today.

Bassetlover:

Scott----You do so much for the Lawrence community. What compelled you to orchestrate this art show, as I know it is a big undertaking!

Scott McMichael:

As the Director of Development for the Bert Nash Center, we pride ourselves on partnerships within the community. The Art Community is a partnership we are happy to be a part of and support. It is a big undertaking and we have a volunteer group of about 12 people that help put on the show each year.

Moderator:

What does Bert Nash do with the 20 percent donation it receives from the artists?

Scott McMichael:

We use the funds raised from the LOYO show to support our programs that are usually not fully funded through other means. We have several Child & Family programs such as the WRAP summer program and Adult Services outreach programs that always can use financial assistance.

cobaltblue:

I am sure you are aware of all the talk among the Lawrence artists about the recent gallery closings.
http://www.lawrence.com/blogs/art/2006/nov/20/olive/

There are many artists and others who consider the annual LOYO show a contributing factor to the difficulty of sustaining a viable gallery in Lawrence. Do you think the show has helped or hindered the local gallery scene?

Scott McMichael:

We have always tried to use the LOYO show as a venue to enhance the local art community, which includes the local galleries. During our show we encourage the artists that are selected to also give us infomation about the galleries where people can find additional work by the artist. Thus, helping drive additional traffic to the local galleries. We have always hoped that the audience we attract to the LOYO show will be encouraged to attend local galleries throughout the year.

Moderator:

Of the 50 artists in the show, how many originally submitted work to be juried?

Scott McMichael:

We typically receive from 85 to 100 artists submissions each year.

ChristyLittle:

Hi, Scott. What are some of the more striking pieces that will be featured in the show?

Scott McMichael:

Not to give away any secrets, but, we have another very diverse show again this year. Some of the eye catching pieces that I have seen so far are the watercolors, jewelry and some great looking furniture pieces. However, they are still hanging the show as we speak and I encourage you to come by and pick your favorites.

Moderator:

If I buy a piece of artwork, can I take it home that night?

Scott McMichael:

The proceedure is, once a piece is sold, the piece is marked and left up for display for the remaining days of the show. At the conclusion of the show (December 17th) we have a closing ceremony and the pieces can be picked up at that time.

Moderator:

Because LOYO artists donate a portion of their sales, will part of my purchase price be tax deductible?

Scott McMichael:

Technically, the artists are the ones that get the tax deduction. Most of the people that purchase the artwork understand that a portion of the proceeds that they are paying are going to a worthy cause. However, you should consult your tax advisor for additional advise.

Moderator:

Any closing thoughts about this year's LOYO?

Scott McMichael:

We encourage everyone to come by the show and learn more about local art. The juror on Saturday night will talk about her selection process and have a Q & A session with the patrons. We are glad to be at the Arts Center this year and think it is a great venue for the show. We also want to thank Dan Sabatini and Sabatini Architects for sponsoring this year's show. Come out and have some fun and enjoy some local art December 9 thru the 17th.

Moderator:

Thank you Scott for your time. Good luck on this year's LOYO.

Comments

macon47 7 years, 4 months ago

it seems we have some sort of "Art Gala" about every weekend lately.. no WONDER the artists are starving. the buyers are whipped, broke and wore out. talk about overkill

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