Take a gander at this: "Artists MUST ONLY work in permitted areas of St. Augustine," saith the St. Augustine Art Association. (CAPITAL LETTER emphasis in original). SAAA's rules for its upcoming plein air art competition are Draconian, stating that no art sales may occur at all while painting, and no painting may take place in areas prohibited by the City's unconstitutional ordinance. Sounds unenlightened, unfair and unctuous?
In the words of a famous New Yorker cartoon, "That dog won't hunt."
Like a bullet in the gun of the City of St. Augustine, is SAAA placing itself in the position of being an enforcer for the City of St. Augustine's unconstitutional law -- the only law it seeks to enforce in its plein air art competition rules.
I've spoken with SAAA's Administrator, who told me, "we're not taking sides." I also spoke with one of its Directors, who told me, "I hope that lousy law gets changed." So says SAAA Board member S. Gary Snodgrass, a St. Augustine Beach City Commissioner and retired utility executive, whose wife is a talented pianist who plays at their Lutheran Church; both worked their way through college doing music, playing piano and singing at funerals.
Mayor Shaver's right: "Our streets are not lively."
Thus, I have written the City of St. Augustine, the Cultural Council and the St. Augustine Art Association about changing the plein air competition rules:
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 3:54 pm
Subject: Request No. 2017-184: STAA PLEIN AIR ART COMPETITION RULES