We’ve ‘screwed the pooch’ on the Art Barn

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

There’s an artist who wronged the Art Barn on Lower Cross Road I’ve avoided for years.

He’s a lesser reason for the Art Barn’s demises. Because, comparatively, his wrongs weren’t as serious as Greenwich politicians and town officials shouting “My Art Barn.” I spoke to this artist and the Art Barn came up. He interrupted, laughing disrespectfully, “Oh I haven’t heard Art Barn, in years.”

It took 26 years to have a conversation with him and I figured he would still feel some guilt for his act on the Art Barn. Yet, he laughs and I walk up to him while he’s working on plans for a house. I can’t believe you’re laughing at the pooch you screwed. Receiving no reply, I look at his house plans and comment, “No art.”

He answers, “I have to do this, to do art.” So the Art Barn was just a place to us and not belong to I, I then comment. He says nothing and I leave him growling. It was magnificent.

There’s been no rest since I lost the Art Barn thanks to both the powerful and average citizen of Greenwich seeing the “lost great art facility” as no big deal. My father urged, I quote Prince Norodom Sihanouk, for the art barn.

Now, years later, I’m spending time and resources to keep the purpose of the Art Barn alive and all its equipment intact. I want to reopen the artist’s guild that once housed parts of Hirshhorn’s art collection before the Hirshhorn Museum was built on the Mall in Washington D.C.

I left this artist’s company thinking people are out for what? Attitudes of “just screw the pooch,” as long as I get and have.

I’ve lost so much and still do with John Margenot shouting her down. Nobody cared about Art Barn history, including neighbor Ron Howard, who raised funds instead to expand The Bruce Museum.

It’s just screw the pooch even when I was asked to campaign for Peter Tesei. I voiced preservation concern for the Art Barn’s buildings, the oldest part built in 1774, but they’re gone now.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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