Letter: Connecting With Art 

Thanks so much for the cover story “Vision of Grandeur” (July 24). Many would say that public art helps to stimulate conversation. Art, both public and private, first must move the observer emotionally. We connect with art, and by extension, the artist, on an emotional level. And the connection changes us in some small way, forever. Great art is the highest aspiration of creators, collectors, communities and citizens.

It is important that Richmond have this conversation about art.

One small correction on the story, however: Sculptor Jack Witt, creator of the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson statue in Jackson Ward and “Mr. Smedley,” formerly in the Sixth Street Marketplace, no longer lives in Ashland. Jack and his wife, Judy, now reside in Virginia Beach. We are proud to represent several original sculptures created by Jack, the paintings of Judy and several books they’ve written together. We invite you to connect with the work of Jack and Judy Witt, as well as nearly 60 additional Virginia artists here at our gallery.

Ginny and Jim Meisner Jr.
Gresham House Gallery
Tappahannock

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