Gallery Reacts to Being Called "A Step Backwards"

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A new art gallery is making headlines after a letter to the editor said it doesn't belong.

The Dwell Collective in Staunton has only been open for a couple of weeks and artists were surprised at the controversy after they opened.

A letter to the editor hangs on the wall at Dwell Collective, stating that the gallery is "a step backwards" for Staunton.

It calls the painters "unkept hippies" and pointed to noise regulations to help; however, Staunton police said they have not received any calls for noise or any other complaints about the gallery.

Steve Kizer, one of the artists there, said the fear in the letter has no basis.

"I think what we do, it builds off the tradition of art and architecture and the acting and the Shakespeare house. All these cultural things, we build off that legacy, we don't counter it. I think it's a symbiotic relationship all around," explained Kizer.

The artists at the Dwell Collective said they welcome people who disagree with them into their shop and believe with time, people will understand and appreciate what they're trying to accomplish.


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