An Artistic Community
“The future of our town, and of the countryside, depends on a kind of integration between country- and city-dwellers that has hardly begun.”
Lewis Gannett (p. 153, Cream Hill)
Many of Cornwall’s part time residents were keenly aware of the ill effects that part time residents could have on a town and made concerted efforts to become aware, involved, and get to know their neighbors; to avoid that.
In addition to rationing and gardening part time artists and authors that came to Cornwall during the first half of the 20th century participated in community groups and events, as well as created new ones integrate into the community. It was through these events and other interactions that they fostered their neighbor’s creativity as well.
In 1959, Rose Algant mounted an exhibit of art from friends around Cornwall. The show was a pivotal point in Cornwall’s progression from a community of artistic people to an artistic community. It featured work by anyone interested in participating, it did not distinguish between professional and amateur artists, and all artwork was displayed equally.
The Rose Algrant show was such a success that it continues today, and has also inspired other artistic community events, such as Art @ The Dump, and Books and Blooms.