Barton Faist Joins the Club
Lots of people
have been joining
the Palette and Chisel lately.
the number of full-dues
members is at an all-time high
of about 255.
But, I'm signalling out Barton Faist
because he's one of those artists
who would have qualified for membership
back when qualifications were needed.
(above are some of his portraits)
...and because he has forgotten
more about the history of Chicago artists
than I will ever learn.
Above are the Ric Riccardo murals
he has for sale
(he's something of a dealer)
Barton was active
in the attempt to keep
Tree Studios as an artist colony
to keep the Three Arts Club
as an artist residence.
So he has many sad tales
to tell of what happens
when an art instititution
is not owned and run by its membership.