Traverse City Record-Eagle

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November 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 11/12/2013

Planting a seed

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. While my friends were waiting for a tour to begin, I wandered off to nearby exhibits where I overheard a conversation a man and woman were having. They wore badges, but I couldn’t read them; I don’t know if they were employees or volunteer docents.

The gentleman was telling the woman about the unprecedented number of foreign visitors, most notably Asians, who had been coming to the museum since it was announced Sotheby’s had been asked to appraise the extensive works of art that may be auctioned off. He said they specifically were asking to be directed to some of the better-known works such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

I walked over and quietly said, “Don’t worry, I am sure Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have picked out a few pieces so they may stay in Michigan for awhile.”

He sputtered and said, “I don’t know how to respond to that.” I just smiled and walked away, hoping I planted a seed of protest that becomes a tsunami of protests to save one of our state’s greatest treasures.

Jan Stowe

Traverse City

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