where do you draw the line? when i juried into Boise Open Studios it was shared with me that some members " ....expressed concern with the pieces containing gold leaf as being too decorative." which i interpret as falling on the crafty side of arts & crafts.
this is a debate that happens often in the gallery. and i sort of feel like if it's well done, what does it matter? bad art is bad art and is more offensive to me than good craft. is weaving art or craft? sewing? does it depend on what is sown? quilts are art, purses are craft? is it, like so many things, subjective?
at the end of the day a gallery has to make money. people tend to buy more earrings than pieces of art to hang on the wall. if the "craft" is of a high enough quality, as it should be to be juried in, then in my opinion bring it on.
one of the members flew off the handle at another for bringing in some things the first deemed "crafty", while the same person was carrying in painted flowerpots to sell. really?
i am curious to know what you think, though. i find the line more blurred every time i think about it, and what i keep coming back to is the quality of the work- the originality, presentation, materials used- i have seen purses that are works of art and i have seen oil paintings & watercolors that most certainly are not.
as with so many things, in the eye of the beholder, i guess.
this being in a cooperative gallery thing sure is an education! it reminds me to be generous and happy for other artists, and glad for their success and sales, for which i am grateful. every sale benefits the gallery, and by extension each artist involved. i just wish every member realized that.