Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obama~ A Vision For Art And Quality Of Life

Our new, sensible-thinking President, Barack Obama has created an economic stimulus plan, which seems to mystify Republicans. I was dismayed to watch the news, wherein not one, but two Republican Congressmen used as their example of “pork” the allotted budget to the National Endowment for The Arts. Described as “special interest” created by liberals, one congressman couldn’t see what it had to do with creating manufacturing jobs.

I want to provide the congressmen a glimpse of my experience, which will perhaps clarify one connection between the arts and manufacturing jobs. In an effort to share the experience of beauty, my company developed a line of reasonably priced fine art offerings for the home. One concept took the form of tumbled marble tile murals and coasters. It was the better part two years of search before we could find someone in the United States to produce these. The majority of specialty manufacturing for the home d├ęcor profession is done in China. Tragic. Imagine if we, with all the empty manufacturing plants and unemployed workers, set up shop to create beauty!

What I admire about President Obama is his sensitivity to the quality of life. He is vitalizing education, the arts, and attending to our infrastructure. He clearly knows what it takes for people to live with dignity and pride of a house in good order. I applaud President Obama’s choices. Living well is the root of prosperity; financial benefit is its by product.

Melody Phaneuf is a Boston Fine Artist, working at Fenway Studios. Phaneuf is acclaimed for her evocative still life and landscape paintings. Her paintings have exhibited at Galerie Herouet in Paris, The National Arts Club in New York City, and Art du Monde, a traveling exposition in Japan. Her work is regularly displayed at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

Melody The Artist Home, showcases the artist’s original paintings on tumbled marble tile murals and coasters, fine art prints and note cards. She believes that everyone deserves to live with beauty. Online ordering at

Featured Above~ Rhythms And Red, tumbled marble tile mural by Melody Phaneuf

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