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From the dais to the canvas
What do you do after eight years on the City Council? Former Ward 3 Councilman Matt Kelly has been trying to push all those meetings out of his head by taking painting classes with Bill Harris at Liberty Town Arts Workshop, but it seems some issues of local public policy have found their way into his work.
Kelly is taking suggestions for a title for the above painting, one of his first, which he says might be featured in a student show at Liberty Town in January.
Not too long ago, Kelly and his colleagues on council were going back and forth over whether to paint the low brick wall in the picture–intended to keep VRE riders from walking into traffic–a more neutral hue. The council eventually dropped the matter, but it turns out Kelly got his own chance to “paint the wall.”
“Someday this wall will be no more (hopefully) and I wanted to document it as a lesson to future generations so that they can learn from our mistakes. It’s the historian in me,” Kelly writes. “Also, this scene has a lot of straight lines and no people. Not ready for a lot of curves and odd shapes yet. ”
Speaking of the arts, a plan to establish an arts and cultural district downtown will be up for a hearing at next Tuesday’s City Council meeting. This district would allow the city to waive some fees and taxes for arts-focused businesses, and would allow for some small tax rebates for restaurants and other businesses that allow local art to be exhibited in their public areas. Look for more in the paper on this plan before Tuesday.