I am sad that St. Augustine Art Association has shuttered our annual November Art Festival.
I am hoping that a new St. Augustine Art Festival might one day start anew, with new sponsors, and a renewed emphasis on artistic freedom and First Amendment values.
Do St. Augustine artists need their own free democratic union or trade association?
A new organization might be an advocate for the arts and their proper respect in our town.
Is that too much to ask?
Saint Augustine said, "An unjust law is no law at all."
At St. Augustine Art Association plein air évents, uncouth rules sought banned illegal painting in prohibited areas pursuant to the City's Code of Ordinances.
How gauche and louche of SAAA. That decision made St. Augustine Art Association look extremely small, hurting its reputation in our town.
St. Augustine Art Association was unsupportive and unhelpful to the artists and musicians who were run out of St. George Street as "vermin" and "Gypsies."
Yes, my friends, those were the otherizing pejoratives emitted by entitled disgraced former St. Augustine Mayor, wicked CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. a/k/a "Len Weeks." On September 25, 2014, then HARB Chair, the destroyed 62A Spanish Street, 211-year old Spanish colonial building, working without permits, ignoring advice and directions from City archaeologist and building officials and WEEKS' own architect and engineer., .
From St. Augustine Record:
Special to St. Augustine Record USA TODAY NETWORK
October 31, 2021