The recent article by Matt Love was one of those aha moments for me (Sustainable art on the Oregon Coast, Coast Weekend, Jan. 6). At Sweet Basils Cafe, we are always striving for sustainability in our food offerings, but I really didnt give a thought about our art until reading his informative article.
After reading his view on sustainable art, I thought of doing a Poetry Reading Night. Well, Dave Densmore, Jon Broderick and Jay Speakman, all Fisher Poets rose to the idea and now, there will be Moon Light Poetry from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at The Wine Bar at Sweet Basils. That whole process took three days, as all the artists either live in Cannon Beach or nearby. Thats what sustainability in the arts can do.
Try putting an event together like that involving people in Cleveland. The event would probably never happen or would take weeks or months to coordinate rather than sitting down at a table in town with interested parties. So, as Matt Love suggested, we should all take sustainability a step foward in other parts of our daily lives to help support local foods, arts, buying and thinking.
A thanks to Matt Love and The Daily Astorian for your interest in promoting buying local. All are welcome every Thursday to see what thinking local can do for the arts.