If I could, I would be at Joe's show tonight, but I cannot. I hope he gets a nice turnout, though, with a friendly hometown crowd. If you can stop by, do.
Whatever you think of his art, give him credit for having the guts to put on a show -- and funding it HIMSELF. I should have put in my story that Joe's show is self-funded, but I didn't. This morning, there are mean and ignorant comments at the end of my story on the Press site griping about how their tax money was used to fund this.
Not true. A few of Joe's supporters made donations, but most of the money for the show came from Joe himself. He lives in Bristol and works full time in New Britain as a shipping clerk.
Donations collected at the show will benefit the Bristol Historical Society, not Joe. (If you want to support Joe, give him your donation directly. And throw a few bucks in the donation box if you can to show the historical society that you're glad they're having a young artist series there.)
P.S. Hats off to the BHS for hosting this series!!!