Ben Stroud 
Member since Apr 2, 2010

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Born 12 Dec 1946 Memphis boy from old Crump family..[not the most famous one though] attended Springdale Elementary, Snowden Jr High Cetral HS, Memphis Evening… More »

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Re: “Letters to the Editor

" Taxi Stories" by Eddie Tucker has an "On the Road" Kerouac feel to them. Keep the "Taxi Stories" rolling along with the Yellow Fleet..It is an accurate reflection of life in our times mirroring the noble struggles of a frustrated public and their Driver- trying to get somewhere.. Eddie is a a recognized Visual Artist who has also revealed a talent for street level journalism. Well done!

Ben Stroud
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Posted by Ben Stroud on 02/19/2011 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Art House

A community with a population of Art enthusiasts and Artists with great comradery is certainly a positive mark. However, if there a not a viable base of collectors/clients the Artists in discussion are like a professional sports team without a home stadium.

An Art museum seriously dedicated to local talent is needed instead of "ring knocking" big exhibitions of notable expired Artists to gain attention for ambitious museum executives. The drive for Artist promotion needs to be more broad and less exclusive to each Art institution. Rhodes is for Rhodes alumni. The Acadamy [old name I can't shake] is for theirs. Memphis University is exclusively for their contributors and to Haides with anyone without their documentation or tuition receipts. It is as if God almighty has to work through one of these buildings to land an Artist on the planet in the Memphis area.

The talented Artists of Memphis [those who persevere great discougement] will eventually gain the attention they deserve regardless of their social, academic status or neighborhood origens. But most likely that will mean abandoning their Memphis roots. There are a lot of Memphians committed to the visual Arts- but few checkbooks. The money spent on sports by world recognized Memhis business is many thousands of times greater- absolitely mind boggleing. But the deep pockets of Memphis just are not interested what goes on outside the Gym and in the Artists studio.

Posted by Ben Stroud on 07/30/2010 at 2:32 AM
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