No place like home

Main St. artists, trapped online, can only pine for tornado-ravaged downtown

Dallas artist Wayne Wolfe echoes Mitroi's ambivalence about the "virtual exhibition," but wonders why no real gallery space could be found. "I'm somewhat sad to see that we can't actually hang our work," laments Wolfe, who works by day in commercial photography to support his photographic art endeavors. "With all the museums there, I thought there would be one museum that could do something for us. I'm sure there is an elite system here and we're considered only hobbyists."

Photographer Kitty Snead, also of Dallas, says she would have preferred to have her "Venetian Boys" hang in an "actual, real museum," but is satisfied by the Internet show. "I can tell I am in very good company, although there's no detail in the images on the Net," she says. "It would have been a very good show," she adds wistfully. Snead says being selected was a "wonderful break" for her, and she's hoping to attract the interest of a commercial gallerist through this effort. "Gallery directors go to juried shows like this," she says. Surely, all the artists speculate, local gallerists will take the time to log on to see their work.

Joan Davidow believes they will. She says she's already gotten some new ideas for future exhibitions at the Arlington Museum of Art from her experience as the Festival Exhibition juror. "The work that I chose is a strong presentation," Davidow says. "I think the Internet show is a fabulous solution. This is the day and time we live in, and creating a virtual exhibit because of a natural disaster is truly creative thinking. And that's what contemporary art is all about -- creative thinking." Davidow says the necessity to view the work over and over in slide form and on the Net, rather than in person, helped her develop some future exhibition ideas. "I saw a couple of patterns," she says. "And I saw a lot of work I didn't know. I tromp around a lot, but I recognized very few artists." She didn't play favorites, but some of the winners in the Festival Exhibition may end up on the real walls and down the real halls at the AMA in 2001. "I'm not saying which ones or what I'm thinking," Davidow says. "I see a kind of wave of ideas."

Dallas artist Kitty Snead's "Venetian Boys" would have hung in the Modern Art Museum's annex gallery, but the Fort Worth tornado knocked Main St.'s Festival Exhibition out of downtown and onto the Net.
Dallas artist Kitty Snead's "Venetian Boys" would have hung in the Modern Art Museum's annex gallery, but the Fort Worth tornado knocked Main St.'s Festival Exhibition out of downtown and onto the Net.

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